June 23, 2024

70 Healthy Lunch Ideas That Are Easy to Pack for School and Work


Mason Jar Instant Noodle Soup

mason jar instant noodle soup
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Fully-Loaded Veggie Sandwiches

vegetable sandwich with avocado, tomato, cucumber and greens
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Salmon Salad Tartines

salmon salad tartines on a white plate
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Snap Pea and Chicken Salad

snap pea and chicken salad on a black plate
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Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos

sweet potato breakfast burritos with hot sauce drizzled on top
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Vegetarian Antipasto Salad

vegetarian antipasto salad with cucumber, tomato, chickpea, parsley and radicchio

This bright, crowd-pleasing salad is loaded with everything good — tomatoes, chickpeas, cukes and yes, those extra-small, extra-fun mozzarella balls — and as a bonus, can easily be made ahead.

Get the Vegetarian Antipasto Salad recipe.

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Creamy Kale Pasta

creamy kale pasta on a cream color plate
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Green Goddess Sandwiches

egg and avocado sandwiches stacked on top of each other
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Poblano and Black Bean Loaded Baked Potato

poblano and black bean loaded baked potatoes with dollops of cream on top
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Air Fryer Salmon Flatbreads

salmon flatbreads with tomatoes, cheese and greens on top
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Roasted Eggplant Veggie Burgers

roasted eggplant veggie burgers with red onion, cheese, pickles and lettuce
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To have homemade veggie burgers ready for lunch, prep them ahead of time, let cool, then wrap individually and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, just roast ’em until warm.

Get the Roasted Eggplant Veggie Burgers recipe.


Greek Salad

greek salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, and feta
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With such a short ingredient list, this Mediterranean classic shines especially bright with quality produce. Use the ripest, juiciest tomatoes and crispest cucumbers you can find.

Get the Greek Salad recipe.

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Soba Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Ginger Vinaigrette

soba noodle salad with shrimp and ginger vinaigrette in glass tupperware

Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap

avocado and tuna salad wrap with a blue napkin
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Avocado subs in for creamy mayo in this lightened-up take on a tuna salad sandwich. Throw some extra mixed greens into the equation and everyone will be happy.

Get the Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap recipe.


Waldorf Chicken Salad

waldorf chicken salad in a glass bowl
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A power lunch mainstay, this all-time American favorite combines fresh produce with a creamy mustard-based dressing. It’s ready from scratch in under 20 minutes.

Get the Waldorf Chicken Salad recipe.

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Chickpea Pasta Salad in a Jar

chickpea pasta salad in a jar
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Salmon Niçoise Salad

salmon nicoise salad on a white background
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Greek Salad Wraps

greek salad wrap on a marble surface
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Finding a protein-packed vegetarian lunch option can be a challenge, but these chickpea-studded wraps are here to save the day. (Pro tip: If you’re keeping close tabs on your fat and sodium numbers, dial down the amount of feta you use. A small amount still adds a ton of flavor.)

Get the Greek Salad Wraps recipe.

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Fiery Black Bean Soup

fiery black bean soup in yellow bowls
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Charred veggies help dial up the naturally smoky flavor of black beans in this quick but extra-satisfying soup.

Get the Fiery Black Bean Soup recipe.


Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette

roasted butternut squash salad with tahini vinaigrette
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