REVIEW – Mason Jar Salads Cookbook

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Mason Jar Salads Cookbook

Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go

  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (May 20, 2014)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1612432891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612432892
  • Cover price $16.95

Imagine leaving the house each morning for work with a healthy and delicious lunch in tow—no morning prep required!

Introducing “Mason Jar Salads and More,” a new cookbook that 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.

Thanks to the glorious Mason jar and smart layering techniques (dressing on the bottom!), you can make delicious dishes ahead of time and spend no more than 30 seconds grabbing them from the fridge on your way out the door.

Sip on a Mango Smoothie for breakfast, be the envy of your coworkers with Asparagus Risotto for lunch, and enjoy Spicy Hummus and veggies for an afternoon snack… You’ll never be disappointed with your weekday meals again!

About the Author

Julia Mirabella grew up in a household that emphasized Italian food and taught her to love cooking with fresh ingredients. When starting her first job as an attorney, she realized she needed to rethink her work lunches and started making Mason Jar salads as a way of eating better. Julia started blogging to share her recipes with friends. Check out her blog at

Chapters in this cookbook include:

  • Breakfasts
  • Salads
  • More Lunch Ideas
  • Snacks And Dips
  • Salad Dressings

The beginning of the book is full of information on mason jars and mason jar salads. You’ll learn how theu work, what their benefits are, how to make them, how to assemble them and even how to heat them. Then come the recipes.

I expected this cookbook to have only salad recipes. There’s other stuff too! For example, in the breakfast chapter there are smoothies! Ingredients are clearly listed, as is the recipe yield. There is no prep or cooking time to be found. I have to presume that this is because the minimal prep work called for only takes a few minutes, and there is no cooking involved. There are lots of beautiful and vivid color photos in this cookbook.

Recipes I’d like to try first are the Steelcut Oatmeal, Caprese Salad, Pasta E Fagioli and Brushcetta. Hubby is a salad nut and is really looking forward to a number of these. They’ll be super easy for me to make for him and even easier for him to bring to work for lunch. Recipes I’d like to try first for him are Green Bean and Feta Salad, Southwestern Salad, Cobb Salad, Crispy Prosciutto And Butter Lettuce, Orzo Pasta Salad, Potatoes And Peppers, Asparagus Risotto, and Squash Risotto.

This cookbook would be perfect for the salad lover, as well as people who enjoy travel and making lunches ahead of time.

What’s your favorite kind of salad?


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patricia Marsden August 19, 2014 - 8:23 am

Real Cobb ala Brown Deerby.

Maggie C August 19, 2014 - 7:59 pm

My favorite kind of salad is Caesar salad. This looks like a fun way to make some new recipes!

Michele August 19, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I do love salads–almost all salads-there are a couple I could do without. I could use some new ideas!!

Ashley August 19, 2014 - 11:39 pm

I love effortless meals! They’re the best!

maria August 20, 2014 - 8:34 am

I love this idea! This would be perfect for me to bring to work.

Rebecca Swenor August 20, 2014 - 7:52 pm

This sounds like a great book to have indeed. I love the idea of the mason jar lunches because it is so convenient. Thanks for sharing.


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