Salads are a quick and healthy way to add vegetables to your diet. Grab and go salads packaged in mason jars seem all the rage. They make wonderful to-go meals, plus offer perfect portion control. I recently received a copy of Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab & Go by Julia Mirabella to review.
The publisher states “Mason Jar Salads and More by Julia Mirabella, a new cookbook, will show you how to create fun and easy layered lunches, snacks and more. This book will inspire endless on-the-go meal possibilities with its 50 recipes and gorgeous full-color photos.”
The book offers a wide variety of lunch time recipes. The introduction walks you through how mason jar salads work, what you need to get started, and a step by step guide to assembling your salads. I like that the author offers several tips to keep your salad crisp and prevent it from going soggy. There is nothing worse than a soggy salad! But this cookbook is more than just salads.
This cookbook offers a variety of dishes packed to go inside a mason jar. Recipes are broken down in the following categories:
- More Lunch Ideas
- Snacks and Dips
- Salad Dressing
One of the recipes that caught my eye is this Pomegranate and Pear Salad.
- 1 pear, cored and thinly sliced
- 3 cups spinach leaves, divided
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
- 2 ounces blue cheese
- 3 Tablespoons Sherry Vinaigrette
- 1 quart size Mason jar
- 2 1/2 Tablespoon Sherry vinegar
- pinch of salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- Place the pear slices in the bottom of the Mason jar.
- Layer 2 cups of spinach on top of the pear, then add the pomegranate seeds, another 1/2 cup spinach, and then the chopped pecans.
- Finish with the remaining 1/2 cup spinach and the blue cheese.
- Make a small cup out of parchment paper ( using a 8x8 inch square and press over and own to form a cup) at the top of the jar and pour in the vinaigrette dressing.
- Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Whisk together vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Slowly add olive oil, whisking until the dressing thickens.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Mason Jar Salads and More.
Other salad recipes that I really want to make include the BLT Panzanella, Crispy Prosciutto and Butter Salad, Fruit Salad, Southwest Salad, and Caesar Salad.
Now I said that this cookbook is more than just salads. I like that this book offers plenty of options. For breakfast, there are fruit smoothies and overnight oatmeal recipes. For lunch, try the Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry or Pasta e Fagoli soup. For snacks, enjoy Bruschetta or a Spicy Hummus and Vegetables. All these recipes are created and packaged into mason jars making them quick meals or snacks.
I recommend this cookbook for the following reasons:
- There is so much variety in the cookbook.
- Recipes are easy to follow.
- The ingredients needed are easy to find.
- Full color photos accompany many of the recipes, although I do wish that every recipe included a photo.
Get your copy of Mason Jar Salads and More today at a local bookstore or find it online at Amazon (affiliate link)