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Loaded Burger Bowl Salad In A Jar (with homemade Thousand Island Dressing) | Paleo & Grain Free

Hey y’all! Today’s recipe post is part 1 of a healthy lunch box meal prep series I’m doing with Monbento where I’m sharing 5 Make-Ahead Healthy Lunch Box Ideas using their popular Bento Boxes, MB Jars, and MB Water Bottle. In this post, I’m sharing my delicious loaded burger bowl salad in a jar, and all I can say is – IT IS AMAZINGLY GOOD!

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This healthy salad recipe is 100% gluten free, paleo, grain free, and can be made low carb & Keto friendly by subsituting the Thousand Island Dressing with my homemade Dairy Free Ranch Dressing.

How to Prepare this Loaded Burger Bowl Salad In A Jar

Any salad can be prepped salad-in-a-jar style by simply layering the ingredients. The idea is to add the salad dressing to the bottom of the jar followed by the protein. Then, simply layer the ingredients with the highest water content on the bottom with the lettuce being the last ingredient added to avoid it getting soggy.

By prepping your salads in a jar, you can usually prep them up to 3-4 days in advance. So, it’s an easy way to meal prep salads as a healthy lunch option throughout the week that you just grab-and-go!

I love the MB Jar for this because it has the airtight seal on the lid so it tends to stay fresher longer, but you can also use a regular mason jar.

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Loaded Burger Bowl Salad In A Jar (with homemade Thousand Island Dressing)

3.8 from 8 votes
Recipe by Kayla Chandler Course: Lunch, DinnerDifficulty: Easy


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This healthy salad can be prepped in advance for a healthy lunch on-the-go. It’s gluten free and paleo.


  • For the Beef Mixture:
  • 1 lb 85% Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef

  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, finely diced

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper (optional)

  • Ingredients for the Salad Layers:
  • 4 Slices of Turkey Bacon, cooked & cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 Red Onion, finely chopped

  • 1 C. Cherry Tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 C. Dill Pickle Slices, chopped

  • 1/2 C. Organic Shredded Cheese (optional, eliminate for strict Paleo)

  • 4 C. Romaine Lettuce, chopped

  • For Thousand Island Dressing (Makes 1 Cup):
  • 1/2 C. + 1 Tbsp Avocado Mayonnaise (I use Primal Kitchen, KAYLA10 for 10% off)

  • 1 Tbsp Organic Ketchup

  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste

  • 1/2 tsp Raw Honey

  • 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp Organic Pickled Relish (sweetened or unsweetened, based on preference)

  • 3 Tbsp Water


  • Directions for Salad:
  • Add ground beef to a skillet over medium heat. Once it’s about 50% done, add all of the beef seasonings. Mix until fully combined. Then, add the chopped yellow onion. Continue cooking until the ground beef is fully browned and the onion is soft and translucent.
  • In a mixing bowl, add all of the Thousand Island ingredients, except the water, and mix until fully combined. Then, pour in the water slowly while mixing. Continue mixing until fully combined.
  • Separate all of the salad ingredients into 4 equal parts, including the ground beef mixture. Get 4 MB Jars or Mason Jars and get ready to layer!
  • To assemble each salad-in-a-jar, pour in the thousand island dressing first to coat the bottom of the jar (usually about 2-3 Tbsp). Then, layer the salad in this order: ground beef mixture, red onion, cherry tomatoes, chopped pickles, turkey bacon, shredded cheese, and romaine lettuce.
  • Place in fridge for up to 3-4 days. When ready to serve, dump everything into a bowl or onto a plate, mix, and ENJOY!

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Nutritional Info (Macros)

Below, I’ve calculated the macros for 1 Loaded Burger Bowl Salad (not including the thousand island dressing).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 30g 60%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Below, I’ve calculated the macros for 1 serving of the Thousand Island Dressing. 1 Serving = 2 Tbsp

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 Tbsp
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 121.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.5g 21%
Saturated Fat g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Looking for More Healthy Lunch Ideas?

If you’re on the search for more healthy lunch recipes, I’ve listed a few of my favorites below!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Monbento, and I did receive compensation for this post. All of the opinions are my own. Thank you for your support! It is because of you that I’m able to maintain this blog and continue posting new recipes and content for y’all.



  1. Hi Kayla!
    I am wondering if you ever take on nutrition clients virtually.

    I am seeing a local nutritionist that operates out of a hospital and she does not have a holistic mindset. I’d love to find someone like you to help me start a more specific meal prep plan.

    much love,

  2. Hi Kayla! This is the BEST salad ever! This is on repeat in our house. I make it once a week and it hits the spot when we’re craving burgers. The thousand island dressing is delicious! So easy to make! Thank you for taking the time to create these incredible recipes for us!


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