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4 Soup and Salad Mason Jar Lunch Combos

Eight glass mason jars stacked, half with salads, and half with soups on a gray background

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Let me introduce you to my all-time favorite office lunch—the soup and salad Mason jar lunch combo. When I was working in an office, I brought this exact pairing—one Mason jar with soup and one Mason jar with salad—for lunch so often that it kinda became a thing with my coworkers. I started a bit of an office wide revolution.

Why is this combo (and these containers) so trend-worthy? Lots of reasons! This is the perfect amount of food to make for a filling, nutritious lunch. Mason jars are food-safe, sturdy, and incredibly affordably (these hexagon beauties I found on clearance at my local hardware store for $1.76 for a four-pack). Mason jars are the perfect vehicle for heating up soup in the break room microwave (just remove the metal lid and cover loosely with a paper towel, stir, and eat!).

Four glass canning jars stacked with soup in them

And, best of all in my mind, these lunches can all be made ahead of time. Like, we’re talking making your lunches on Sunday for the whoooolllleee work week, and still having fresh, crisp salads and flavorful, healthy soup on Friday at noon.

Now, every time I post a Mason jar salad on social media, I inevitably get a whole slew of DMs from people saying, “But do they really stay fresh?!” I promise you, they do. If you stack your salads-in-a-jar in the correct order and keep them upright, you’ll have fresh, crisp salads up to a week later. I have a more in-depth post on Mason jar salads that is worth a read (and a viewing—there is a video with tips) if you are tackling them for the first time.

Four glass canning jars filled with salads stacked against gray background

Now, of course, you can mix and match any soup and salad recipes you like, but I’m particularly fond of the recipes and combos below. They are simple. They are easy to pull together on the weekend. They are flavorful. And they are nutritious.

(Another idea for the soup part of these combos: anytime you make a batch of soup, stash some into wide-mouth pint Mason jars and freeze them. Pull one out of the freezer in the morning, and it’ll be ready to nuke by lunch time. Just make sure to only use either wide-mouth pint jars or wide-mouth pint-and-a-half for freezing soups—any Mason jars with shoulders are not freezer friendly. They could break! I also tend to prefer the single-piece plastic caps for Mason jars when I freeze, but the metal ones work, too!)

Alright, let me show you my favorite combos!

Two canning jars on gray background, one with salad and one with orange soup

This combo of Blender Pumpkin Sage Soup and Apple Walnut Salad might be my favorite of all the combos for one simple reason: it’s so darn easy to pull together! The soup is literally just open some cans in a blender, add some spices, blend, and then pour it into a jar. And the salad is such a glorious combo of flavors, textures, and colors!

A note on the apple in the jar: I instruct you to treat the apple with a lemon juice wash to prevent browning, but even that won’t keep the apple crisp and un-brown for very long. If you add the apple to the jar, I recommend eating within 24-36 hours. If you want to have it last longer, add the apple right before serving.

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Apple Walnut Salad in a Jar


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings (2 pint-size Mason jars) 1x

Description

This salad features a beautiful mix of colors, textures, and flavors! I like it with baby kale, but if you’re kale-adverse, baby spinach is equally delicious.


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Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Water
  • 1 large tart apple (i.e. Granny Smith), cored and diced
  • 4 tablespoons honey mustard salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 46 cups baby spinach or baby kale

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon and water. Add in the diced apple and toss to cover the apple well. Drain the apple discarding the lemon water, and set apple aside.
  2. Divide the dressing evenly between two wide-mouth pint-size Mason jars. Add in half the apple into each jar, and then divide all remaining ingredients between the two jars—making sure to follow the order listed in order to keep the spinach or kale crisp.
  3. Stuff in as much greens as you can, screw on lid, and stash in fridge for up five days. 

You can find the Pumpkin Sage Blender Soup recipe here!

 

Two canning jars on gray background, one with salad and one with soup

I love this combo because it’s a cozy and warm meal like I always crave in winter, but it’s packed full of bright summery flavor. It’s like the best of both worlds!

Tomatoes can be pretty lackluster in the wintertime, but I have better luck buying cherry tomatoes throughout the year than the big tomatoes. Something about those little beauties seems to keep them from succumbing to the January pink, mealy tomato disease that infects their bigger cousins.

You can find the Fiesta Salad in a Jar here.

You can find the Easy Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar here.

 

Two canning jars on gray background, one with salad and one with soup

There was a time in college where, every Friday for lunch, some of my very best girlfriends and I would head to a particular chain Italian restaurant and gorge ourselves on soup, salad, and breadsticks. This soup and salad combo reminds me of those wonderful lunches spent laughing with my friends! You just need to add some breadsticks. This tomato soup is also ah-maze-ing with some grilled cheese for dippin’.

If you have access to fresh basil, that makes for the best flavor in the soup, but please don’t waste spend your hard-earned money on those anemic clamshell boxes of basil that the grocery store tries to sell for $5 each in the winter. Dried will do just fine.

You can find the Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar here.

You can find the Dairy-Free Tomato Basil Bisque here.

Two canning jars on gray background, one with salad and one with soup

There is something about this combo of classic Vegetable Beef Soup and a deconstructed Wedge Salad that makes me all kinds of nostalgic. Neither of these recipes are particularly fancy. And you probably wouldn’t serve them to guests, but they are warm, comforting, and über tasty (like the best comfort food always is).

The biggest shortcut here? Frozen mixed veggies! They save you tons of chopping and cooking time on the soup—and bonus, they are mega affordable. You can grab a bag of organic frozen mixed veggies for less than $2. Steal.

You can get the Unwedged Wedge Salad in a Jar recipe here.

You can get the Easy Vegetable Beef Soup recipe here.

6u8So there you have it! I know variety is the spice of life and all, but I’d be more than content with to spend the rest of my lunches eating a Mason jar soup and a Mason jar salad. Enjoy!

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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10 Responses
  1. I love this! I usually end up having some sort of leftover for lunch, so these would be great to double and bring the next day or two. Thanks again for the ideas 🙂

  2. Thanks! These look great and I can’t wait to try them. Can I make a suggestion? Being able to print them all at once or pin them all at once would be super helpful. Thanks for all of your great content!

  3. I made a bunch of mason jar salads for lunch this week, and as I’m shivering in the cold (sure, it’s Florida cold, but it’s still cold!) I’m wishing I’d had the foresight to bring some soup too! I think I’ll go home and make a batch of tomato soup to go with my salad for tomorrow! <3

  4. Jodi Klein

    I am trying this for the first time. I plan on bringing a soup and salad jar to work tomorrow. This may be a silly question, but I will ask it anyway. How do you eat the salad? Is the best way to empty on a plate?

    1. Julie @ Wholefully

      Yes! You can try to eat it straight out of the jar, but it is difficult to get everything mixed up without making a huge mess that way. We recommend pouring it into a plate or bowl.

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