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Zoodles with Avocado Pesto in a Jar – Easy Mason Jar Lunch

A few weeks ago I posted my recipe for Caprese Salad in a Jar, and now I’m excited to share with you my newest Mason jar lunch:  Zoodles with Avocado Pesto.  It’s combining two really hot fads right now – Mason jars and zoodles!

Zoodles with Avocado Pesto

Alright, I’m going to give you fair warning, I’ve been getting pretty obsessed with mason jar lunches lately.  I’ve been seeing them all over Pinterest, and I’ve completely fallen in love with them.  

They are cute, and portable, and always look yummy.  I’ve been experimenting with them over the past few weeks and have found a couple great combinations! 

healthy salad ingredients

For those of you that have been following the blog, you might have noticed a trend…I never seem to have the right tools in my kitchen to complete any task (how on earth am I food blogging??).  

For example, with the Blueberry Mint Lemonade I didn’t have a muddler, so I ended up using the back end of a whisk.  For the Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies I didn’t have an electronic mixer, so I mixed everything by hand.  

And as for the hilarity that resulted in my recipe for the Plum-Cherry Chocolate Chip Cakies…well for the cakies, I didn’t really have any of the ingredients.  The list goes on and on!

Sometimes I feel that since I don’t have a well stocked kitchen, I’m not really an adult.  Guys, I don’t even have a dining room table.  (what?!)  BUT regardless of whether I have the supplies or not, it doesn’t stop me from making a recipe.  

Making Zoodles without a spiralizer

This time was no different.  I obviously don’t have a spiralizer or a mandolin…but I was determined to make Zoodles (zucchini noodles!).  

So I improvised, and it worked just fine!  I do have a box grater, so I laid it on it’s side and chopped the ends off a zucchini.  Then I slid it along the grater (the side with the large holes).  It makes zoodles just fine.  

TIP:  The more pressure you apply, the thicker your zoodles will be.

ingredients for Mason jar lunch

I mean, just look at those zoodles!  They look great.  I bet you never would have even known I don’t have the proper tools if I didn’t tell you.  BUT I love to let you in on all my little secrets, so the cat’s out of the bag!  

The good news about this recipe: it’s super simple.  Only three ingredients!  Zoodles, cherry tomatoes, and Avocado Pesto.

avocado pesto and basil

I made a recipe for Avocado Pesto that’s really simple a while back (you literally just throw everything in a food processor), so check it out if you haven’t already.

And be sure to see how I used avocado for my stoplight baguettes. They were so much fun to make.

zoodles and pesto in a Mason jar

Ingredients for zoodles with avocado pesto:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup zoodles (1 medium zucchini)
  • 4 tablespoons of Avocado Pesto

zoodles with avocado pesto in a Mason jar

First, grate your medium zucchini.  Then toss with 4 tablespoons of Avocado Pesto.  Take a Mason jar and alternate layers of Avocado Pesto zoodles and cherry tomatoes.  Then you’re done.

That’s it!  It may be my most simple recipe yet.

Also for those of you doing Weight Watchers, the recipe yields one jar and it’s 9 points plus values.  If you use less Avocado Pesto it would be less, but I like mine SLATHERED in the stuff.  

It’s just that good!  Also this recipe is vegan, vegetarian dairy free AND gluten free.  Score!

zoodles with avocado pesto in a jar

I’m really happy with how quick and simple this mason jar lunch is.  Do you have any particular combinations you like for mason jar lunches?  I’ve got a few more in the works, but I’d love to hear your preferences.  Drop me a note in the comments!

Yield: 1

Zoodles with Avocado Pesto in a Jar

Want a light and healthy meal to bring to work? Check out my recipe for Zoodles with Avocado Pesto in a Jar. It's filling, healthy and super cute!

It's time for lunch on the go. Combine zoodles with tomatoes and avocado pesto for a light and delicious Mason jar meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini to make 1 cup of zoodles
  • 4 tablespoons of Avocado Pesto


  1. First, grate your medium zucchini.
  2. Then toss with 4 tablespoons of Avocado Pesto.
  3. Take a mason jar and alternate layers of Avocado Pesto zoodles and cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 342mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 9gSugar: 11gProtein: 13g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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