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SALAD MAGIC IN A MASON JAR
Discover the coolest way to pack a tasty, healthy lunch! Mason Jar Salads and More shows how to prepare on-the-go meals that are packed with fresh produce and whole foods.
The tasty recipes and gorgeous full-color photos in this book will show you how to create amazing dishes, including:
•Pomegranate and pear salad
•Pesto tortellini with cherry tomatoes
•Crunchy Asian salad
•Spinach, blueberry and blue cheese salad
•Curried chicken salad
•Kale and avocado salad
•Porcini mushroom risotto
•Overnight oatmeal with fruit
•Green bean and feta salad
Mason Jar Salads is a great cookbook that can definitely be the cure for sad desk lunch. This cookbook came just in time for me to start the new school year. I pack my lunch everyday since I only have 30 minutes to eat and sometimes I get tired of sandwiches or a frozen entree. This book provides fresh and delicious Mason Jar salads perfect to take to work.
The book is broken into breakfasts, salads, lunch ideas, snacks and dips, and salad dressings. Almost every single recipe comes with a color photo which is great to see. I love how easy the recipes are and there’s a huge variety so I can take a different one every day!
Taking my lunch in a jar is a great idea because the jars don’t leak, they are portable, and reusable! Also, the way that the salads are layered keeps the lettuce from getting soggy from the toppings. Then I put the salad dressing in a small container on the side. Plus, kids would love opening up a lunchbox filled with fun layered jars!
A few of my favorites from the book are steel cut oatmeal, corn and blueberry salad, asian salad greens, guacamole, and blueberry vinaigrette. The possibilities are endless! This is a great cookbook for anyone that packs their lunch to go to work or school.
I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Today I’m going to share the Southwestern Salad. This is a fun and colorful salad. I paired it with the Lime Vinaigrette which is tangy and perfect for the flavors of the Southwestern Salad.
Southwestern Salad (from Mason Jar Salads and More by Julia Mirabella)
Colorful with lots of protein and antioxidants, this hearty salad will keep you satisfied until dinnertime. You can step it up a notch with a little hot sauce in your salad dressing if you want to make things interesting.
Makes 1 serving
3 tablespoons Lime Vinaigrette
1⁄2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1⁄2 red vine-ripened tomato, diced
1⁄4 red bell pepper, diced
1⁄4 yellow bell pepper, diced
1⁄2 cup diced avocado (optional)
1⁄2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
2 cups mixed salad greens
1 ounce Cheddar cheese, grated
1 quart-size Mason jar
Start by pouring the vinaigrette dressing into the Mason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado, and corn. Finish with the salad greens and, finally, the Cheddar cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
dash of hot sauce (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Whisk together the lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, and hot sauce (if using). Slowly add the olive oil, whisking, until the dressing thickens.