Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve come to realize that Mason jars aren’t just for canning. In fact, they go way beyond no-bake desserts too! When the monotony of brown baggin’ it has got you down, basic jar salads are an easy way to shake things up (literally and figuratively). But why stop there? From amped-up noodle-y salads to hearty chicken chilis, we’ve found some of the most stellar Mason jar meals out there to help you put a fun spin on your lunches this summer.

1. Quinoa Cucumber Mason Jar Salad: Hearty quinoa is nestled into a convenient jar with creamy avocado, refreshing cucumber noodles, tomatoes, and tangy red onions, for work-lunch perfection. (via Eat Well 101)

2. Mason Jar Pineapple, Chicken, and Potato Salad: This ain’t your momma’s potato salad! Jazz things up with juicy pineapple, chopped chicken, crisp veggies, and just a smidgen of mayo for must-have creaminess. (via She Knows)

3. Mason Jar Zucchini Lasagna: Wanna get creative? Spoil yourself with a convenient little portion of saucy veggie lasagna with ribboned zucchini and heaps of melty cheese, obvs. (via Food Faith Fitness)

4. Thai Prawn Spiralizer Salad: This blend of spiralized veggies, vermicelli noodles, tender shrimp, and fiery chilis gets doused in a lemongrass dressing that will rattle your tastebuds. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)

5. Buffalo Chicken Jar Salad: Everything you love about Buffalo wings, from the tangy hot sauce to the creamy blue cheese, is layered into a jar, topped with lettuce, and called a salad. This is living. (via Julie’s Eats and Treats)

6. Take-to-Work Mason Jar Ramen: Your co-workers will have *serious* lunch envy when they see you slurpin’ on your very own homemade instant Ramen. Just add boiled water and you’re set! (via Hapanom)

7. Red, White, and Blue Mason Jar Salad: This salad proves that salty and sweet are meant to be together, thanks to a delicious mix of dewy strawberries, blueberries, and salty feta. (via The Cookie Rookie)

8. Vegetarian Mason Jar Burrito Bowls: Lighten up your burrito by snubbing the tortilla shell and neatly layering your fave ingredients into a jar for an easy make-ahead lunch. (via She Likes Food)

9. Healthy Layered Tuna Salad Jars: Tuna sandwiches aren’t a snore when done right, and by done right, we mean layered in a jar with a plethora of veggies, grains, and dressings. The options are endless. (via The View from Great Island)

10. Peanut Noodle Salad in a Jar: Not only is this noodle salad easy to assemble, but it’s healthy and substantial too. Peanut-y goodness is paired up with rice noodles and fresh veggies for a nourishing lunch that tastes like a cheat meal. (via Eating Bird Food)

11. Mini Buffalo Chicken Salsa Dip Jars: When you combine your love for Buffalo wings and layered taco dips into a miniature jar, magic happens. (via The Girl on Bloor)

12. Chicken Salad Mason Jar Salads With Creamy No-Mayo Dressing: This glorious jumble will have you looking forward to your salad at lunch with crunchy toasted pecans, juicy grapes, apple chunks, and creamy yogurt-based poppy seed dressing. (via Kristine’s Kitchen)

13. Mason Jar Veggie Macaroni and Cheese: If you’re totally over salads and in need of a treat, this Mason jar mac is just the thing. Prep your noodles, add some veggies, and you’re on your way. (via Framed Cooks)

14. Chicken Chili: If stuffing delectable chicken chili into a mason jar and topping it off with a homemade biscuit is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. (via Carolina Girl Cooks)

15. Easy Oriental Chicken Bok Choy Mason Jar Salads: These GF and Paleo-friendly gems are a total dose of feel-good with a healthy mix of fresh produce, protein, and slivered almonds. They’re also a great way to use up leftovers. (via Cotter Crunch)

16. Mason Jar Pasta Salad Shakers: Jarred pasta salads are a fab way to switch things up at lunch. Fill a container with turkey, cheese, veggies, pasta, and a homespun Ranch dressing that’ll blow your mind. (via Food Lovin’ Family)

17. Arugula and Watermelon Salad in a Jar: It doesn’t get any fresher than this: Arugula is packed with invigorating watermelon, tangy feta, cooling mint, and crunchy almonds. (via Sweet Peas and Saffron)

18. Vegan Red Curry Cup o’ Noodles: These DIY instant noodles are convenient and nutritious. They serve up natural flavors and legit vegetables, as opposed to those little dehydrated sponges in the pre-packaged stuff. (via Delish Knowledge)

19. Quinoa and Kale Mason Jar Salad: If you’ve got 20 minutes, then you’ve got time to prep and create this mondo salad packed with plant-based protein, healthy fats, and wholesome leafy greens. (via Pickles and Honey)

20. Sweet Chili Chicken Salad Jars: This impeccable grab-and-go meal is bursting with sweet chili chicken, healthy kale, tender vermicelli noodles, and wonton crisps for an added crunch you’ll be addicted to. (via The Girl on Bloor)

21. Mason Jar Zucchini Noodle Salads: Slam two food crazes into one dish with this awesome mason jar “zoodle” salad. It combines hearty quinoa, scallions, peas, and a whole lotta feta. (via Inspiralized)

22. Mason Jar BBQ Parfaits: Whether you’re aiming to store leftovers or pack a portable picnic lunch, these BBQ parfaits are sublime. Dig into layers of saucy shredded meat, smashed potatoes, and baked beans in one go. (via Creme de la Crumb)

23. Thai Salad in a Jar: Eat the rainbow with this colorful salad that brings nutty farro, crisp veggies, mango, chopped peanuts, and shredded chicken together for Thai-inspired bliss. (via What Should I Make For…)

24. Barley, Feta, and Asparagus Salad in a Jar: Nutritious and chewy barley is joined by crunchy veggies, briny olives, and crumbly feta for a scrumptious salad. (via She Knows)

25. Asian Chicken Mason Jar Salad: Complete with a lip-smacking sesame dressing, these Asian chicken jar salads will be your new healthy obsession. They’re loaded with veggies, rotisserie chicken, and irresistible crunchy cashews. (via Joyful Healthy Eats)

26. Southwestern Chicken Fajita Mason Jar Salad: This sheet-pan-dinner-turned-Mason-jar-salad is what easy and healthy eating is all about. Tender chunks of chicken are tossed with veggies and greens for low-carb fajita goodness. (via MJ and Hungryman)

27. White Bean, Basil, and Arugula Mason Jar Salad: Vegan and GF, this powerful plant-based lunch brings whole grain spelt berries to your fork along with white beans, basil, veggies, and an invigorating herb vinaigrette. (via Hummusapien)

28. Sunshine Salad: Toss halloumi, fennel, quinoa, and grapes into a jar, then top with a brightly flavored vinaigrette for a summer-worthy meal. (via Raspberry Sue)

29. Asian Zoodle Salad Jars: Shaking up a jar of sesame ginger dressing, zoodles, mandarin oranges, veggies, and crispy wonton strips will have you falling in love with a salad like never before. (via Foxes Love Lemons)

30. The Ultimate Superfood Detox Mason Jar Salad: Skip the shakes and drinking vinegars — this detox salad gives you a nourishing way to hit the reset button with kale, quinoa, goji berries, veggies, and a zesty blueberry hemp seed dressing. (via Fit Living Eats)

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