10 Make-Ahead (And Ridiculously Good) Lunch-In-A-Jar Recipes That Aren’t Salad

Who needs another lunch full of leafy greens when you can have a warm, delicious meal instead? Turn your lunch in a jar meals from bland and boring to yummy and sensational simply by foregoing salads.

Here are 12 non-salad recipes that are perfect for your weekday lunches.

1. Deconstructed Sushi

Krista and Jess

Sushi isn’t always the most portable of lunches, however, this handy deconstructed recipe is perfect for anyone on the go. Simply layer your favorite sushi ingredients (rice, ginger, avocado, cucumber, etc.) in a mason jar, and voila – instant healthy lunch.

2. Zucchini Noodle Mix


Swap out your traditional pasta dish with zucchini noodles for a healthy yet tasty alternative. Add avocado, cilantro, peas, and feta for mouth-watering lunch.

3. Skinny Burrito In A Jar


Who said burritos had to be fattening? It’s all about adding fat-free alternatives to this healthy mason jar recipe in order to get maximum taste with minimal calories.

4. Mediterranean Quinoa With Seasonal Vegetables


This is a recipe that I like to call a “kitchen declutter.” If you have any aging veggies, cheeses, or sauces taking up space in your kitchen, simply mix them with quinoa for an easy lunchtime treat.

5. Chicken And Dill Instant Noodles

Serious Eats

Now, here is a meal that your loved ones will be begging for. With just a few simple ingredients, this meal is both easy to make and easy to eat.

6. Chicken Pot Pie In A Jar

Cooking With Jax

Don’t fall victim to another tasteless lunch. Get out of your boring weekday lunch rut by adding this tasty chicken pot pie recipe into your rotation.

7. Instant Oatmeal Jars

My Fitness Pal

It’s time to bring your love of breakfast food over to lunchtime. Spruce up your meal by making these instant oatmeal recipes.

8. Sesame Ginger Noodle Cups

Sweet Peas and Saffron

Takeout food can be so fattening and not-to-mention expensive! Create your own Asian-inspired meals at home with this healthy sesame ginger noodle recipe.

9. Thai Peanut Quinoa Jar


Think of this dish as a mix between pad thai and a quinoa bowl. It’s sure to be filling and tasty.

10. Sweet And Spicy Chili With Cornbread Topping

Iowa Girl Eats

Here’s a recipe that’s so good, you’ll find yourself making it at least once a week.