41 Healthy Lunch Ideas – Recipes by Love and Lemons

If you’re looking for new healthy lunch ideas, you’re in the right place. These easy lunch recipes are fun, filling, and good for you, too!





Good healthy lunch ideas are like gold. In the middle of a busy work day, lunch is the longest break I take. It’s a time to reset, relax, and re-energize to tackle the tasks that lie ahead. Great healthy lunch recipes are ones that I can make ahead of time and that will keep me full and focused throughout the afternoon. But the best healthy lunch ideas taste delicious, too! They add something fun and flavorful to the middle of the work day, making my midday break extra-refreshing and worth looking forward to.

Below, you’ll find my top healthy lunch ideas, tricks, and tips, plus a slew of tasty healthy lunch recipes. Whether it’s your first time packing lunch or you’re a seasoned pro looking for new easy lunch ideas, I hope you find something you love!

Sandwich and Wrap Healthy Lunch Ideas

When it comes to quick and easy lunch ideas, you can never go wrong with a good sandwich! The recipes below include fun twists on classics like egg salad and PB&J as well as out-of-the-box sandwiches you may not have tried before. Tip: no one likes a soggy sandwich, so it’s best to assemble these lunch recipes on the day you plan to eat them.


Healthy lunch wraps


Healthy Lunch Wraps
I could eat these lunch wraps every day of the week! A Dijon mustard vinaigrette adds bold, tangy flavor to the chickpea, kale, and avocado filling.


Egg Salad Sandwich


Egg Salad Sandwich
I’m not kidding when I say that this is THE BEST egg salad recipe! It’s briny and bright, packed with fresh herbs, capers, and lemon juice. For an equally tasty vegan version, sub crumbled tofu for the hard boiled eggs.


Healthy lunch ideas - PB&J with hazelnut butter and strawberry chia jam


PB&J with Hazelnut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam, page 45 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook
Tired of the same old PB&J? Try this elevated spin! It features homemade hazelnut-pecan butter and tart strawberry chia jam. To enjoy this recipe year-round, make the jam with frozen berries instead of fresh.


Chickpea Salad Sandwich


Chickpea Salad Sandwich
This vegan spin on a French pan bagnat is one of my favorite healthy lunch ideas. A creamy, briny chickpea salad steps in for the traditional tuna, while fresh veggies like cucumbers, radishes, and green beans add delicious crunch.


Caprese sandwiches on focaccia bread


Caprese Sandwich
Roasted tomatoes and pickled red onions really amp up the flavor in this lunchtime classic.


Healthy lunch ideas - Chickpea Shawarma Wraps


Chickpea Shawarma Wraps
I love to prep the components of these wraps on the weekend so that I can easily assemble them throughout the week. They’re such a flavorful, satisfying healthy lunch. Creamy hummus, shawarma-spiced chickpeas, spicy zhoug, and fresh veggies fill soft pita bread.

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Noodle Lovers

Not in the mood for a lunchtime salad or sandwich? These lunch ideas with noodles might just hit the spot.


Sesame soba noodles with radishes, snap peas, and avocado


Sesame Soba Noodles
If our readers had to choose their favorite lunch recipes on Love & Lemons, these noodles would be #1. A tangy, nutty sesame dressing coats soba noodles, edamame, and lots of crunchy veggies. Feel free to vary the veggies with the season – julienned carrots, cucumbers, steamed broccoli, asparagus, kale, and more are fantastic here too.


Easy lunch ideas - peanut noodle spring rolls


Fresh Spring Rolls
Gooey peanut noodles, sautéed mushrooms, avocado, and red bell pepper create an irresistible filling for these savory, nutty spring rolls. To take them over the top, serve them with extra peanut sauce for dipping.


Healthy lunch ideas - Mason jar salad with soba noodles and kale


Soba Noodle Picnic Salad with Tahini Miso, page 117 of Love & Lemons Every Day
These colorful salads don’t just look adorable layered up in Mason jars – they keep well that way, too! Prep a bunch on the weekend, and they’ll last all week in the fridge.

Grain Bowl Lunch Ideas

Equal parts filling, flavorful, and fresh, grain bowls are my go-to healthy lunch ideas. Feel free to use these recipes as a guide. Make them your own by swapping in a different grain, alternative veg, or your favorite sauce.


Brown rice and sweet potato grain bowl


Best Buddha Bowl
A sunny turmeric tahini sauce jazzes up this simple combination of chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, kale, and brown rice.


Easy lunch ideas - Brown rice bowl with broccoli and tofu


Tofu Broccoli Bowls with Carrot Ginger Dressing
There’s a lot to love about these vegan rice bowls – the crispy sriracha tofu, the savory air fryer broccoli… But the best thing about them is hands down the dressing. It’s a zingy, refreshing carrot ginger number that we just can’t get enough of!


Vegan Burrito Bowl


Vegan Burrito Bowl
So much better than Chipotle! To make these bowls quick and easy to prep, use store-bought pineapple salsa instead of making your own.


Veggie power lunch bowl with avocado and a soft-boiled egg


Veggie Power Bowl
Have you tried forbidden rice? If not, make this power lunch bowl ASAP! Irresistibly chewy and nutty, the rice shines against fresh veggies, sesame ginger dressing, and a rich, jammy soft-boiled egg.


Easy lunch ideas - grain bowl with turmeric tahini sauce


Macro Veggie Bowl
This healthy bowl features steamed veggies instead of raw or roasted ones. They fill it with clean, fresh flavors, and they make it super easy to prep!


Mango ginger rice bowl


Mango Ginger Rice Bowl
I love a good sweet and savory flavor combo. Filled with diced mango, pickled ginger, fresh veggies, and a tangy tamari sauce, this refreshing rice bowl delivers just that.


Roasted veggie quinoa bowl


Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl
Quinoa and chickpeas pack this hearty grain bowl with plant-based protein.


Healthy lunch ideas - brown rice bowl with adzuki beans and sesame slaw


Adzuki Bean Bowls
Adzuki beans add complexity to this vibrant grain bowl, but if you can’t find them, that’s ok! Swap in black beans instead.


Grilled tempeh kimchi grain bowls


Kimchi Brown Rice Bliss Bowl
Smoky grilled tempeh gives this bowl plenty of staying power. Top it with kimchi for a yummy funky pop!

Big, Bountiful Green Salads to Pack for Lunch

If you love lunch recipes that are bursting with fresh veggies, this section is for you! You’ll find gorgeous green salads that are big and bountiful enough to keep you full all afternoon.


Kale salad with carrot ginger dressing


Kale Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing
Roasted chickpeas, toasted seeds, and avocado make this recipe one substantial salad. Because kale is such a hardy green, you can make this salad up to 4 days in advance. It won’t wilt under the bright carrot ginger dressing. Just hold the avocado until the last minute – you don’t want it to brown before you’re ready to eat!


Sweet potato salad


Sweet Potato Salad
I love anything with sweet potato or avocado, so naturally, I adore this sweet potato salad, which is a delicious combination of both. I round it out with crisp arugula, tangy feta cheese, toasted pepitas, and a nutty tahini dressing.


Easy lunch ideas - Italian chopped salad


Italian Chopped Salad
The best thing about a chopped salad is that you can get a little of everything in each bite. Here, that means you’ll get a forkful of crisp greens, chickpeas, TWO cheeses, pepperoncini, juicy tomato, and sharp red onion. A zingy vinaigrette ties it all together.


Easy lunch recipes - Homemade Caesar salad


Homemade Caesar Salad
The classic, but with a twist. I toss in roasted chickpeas for extra protein and crunch, and instead of using a traditional Caesar dressing, I make an easy homemade version with capers and Greek yogurt.


Healthy taco salad


Healthy Taco Salad
Who doesn’t love a taco salad for lunch?? This one is loaded up with shiitake walnut taco “meat,” black beans, crunchy tortilla strips, and ALL the veggies. My cilantro lime dressing adds amazing zesty flavor.

Pasta and Grain Salad Lunch Ideas

Green salads aren’t the only ones that are yummy healthy lunch ideas – pasta and grain salads pack up perfectly too! Just save a few of the herbs to add at the last minute. That way, they won’t wilt before you eat.


Easy pasta salad


Easy Pasta Salad
Tip: cook the pasta until it’s just past al dente so that it stays tender once it cools.


Mediterranean quinoa salad


Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Quinoa salads are some of my favorite healthy lunch ideas because they’re packed with fiber and plant-based protein. I especially love this one, as roasted cherry tomatoes, olives, feta, and my homemade Italian dressing fill it with big, bold flavors.


Healthy lunch ideas - pomegranate rice salad


Pomegranate Rice Salad
This pretty herb and rice salad is at home at lunch or dinner. I often serve it as a side dish one night and then save the leftovers for lunch the next day!


Greek orzo salad


Orzo Salad
If you love Greek salad, then this recipe will become one of your go-to easy lunch ideas. Orzo pasta mingles with cubes of tangy feta cheese, briny olives, and fresh veggies. Mint, basil, and a zingy Greek dressing take it over the top.


Easy lunch ideas - Pesto Pasta Salad


Pesto Pasta Salad
I make this recipe as written in the summer, with basil pesto and thinly shaved zucchini. For an equally good winter option, swap in kale pesto and roasted butternut squash!


Healthy lunch ideas - tortellini salad


Tortellini Salad
I took this salad to almost every gathering we went to last summer, and I always felt lucky when we had some leftover. I knew I’d have a delicious, easy lunch the next day!


Cherry tomato couscous salad


Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad
Calling all tomato lovers! This lunch idea is for you. It’s an herbed couscous salad made with tomatoes two ways, roasted and raw. The raw ones stay sweet and juicy, while the roasted ones add chewy texture and rich, savory flavor.

Hearty Bean and Lentil Salads

You’ve probably seen these protein-packed salads at picnics and cookouts, but did you know that they’re great healthy lunch ideas too? The flavors only improve as they sit in the fridge, so they’re perfect for meal prep.


Black bean and corn salad


Black Bean and Corn Salad
Scoop up this zesty salad with tortilla chips, or spoon it into lettuce wraps to sneak some extra veggies into your midday meal.


Easy lunch ideas - three bean salad


Three Bean Salad
Fresh green beans, crunchy celery, and herbs bring new life to this classic salad. Just 10 ingredients!


Mediterranean chickpea salad


Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Another reader favorite! Roasted red peppers and Medjool dates add unexpected sweetness to this cumin-scented salad.


Moroccan lentil salad with carrots, pickled onions, and mint


Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Salad with Lentils, page 121 of Love & Lemons Every Day
This recipe is a personal favorite from my second cookbook. The raw and roasted carrots contrast beautifully with earthy French green lentils. Take it to the next level by topping it with pickled onions and a shower of fresh mint.

Reheat-able Soups and Stews

If you’re not someone who likes to meal prep lunch recipes on the weekend, don’t worry – there are other ways you can get ahead on lunch! For example, whenever I cook a soup or stew, I make extra and stash it in the fridge or freezer for a meal down the road. These recipes reheat perfectly for a quick and easy lunch.


Easy lunch ideas - Instant Pot lentil soup


Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Thanks to the Instant Pot, this nourishing soup practically cooks itself!


Butternut squash soup


Butternut Squash Soup
Ginger, sage, and rosemary fill this comforting soup with cozy autumn flavor. With over 700 5-star reviews, this recipe is a HUGE reader favorite. Try it to see why!


Healthy lunch ideas - White Bean Soup


White Bean Soup
My veggie riff on white chili. Serve it with tortilla chips for a fun and healthy lunch.


Cabbage Soup


Cabbage Soup
The easiest way to use an entire head of cabbage in one go! Fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, and thyme give this wholesome soup delicious depth of flavor.


Vegan Broccoli Soup


Vegan Broccoli Soup
Even Jack, the biggest cheese lover I know, goes back for seconds of this creamy vegan soup. Enjoy a bowl on a cool day for a cozy healthy lunch.


Healthy lunch ideas - Best Lentil Soup


Best Lentil Soup
If you need a reason to try this recipe, just ask my mom. It’s one of her all-time favorites because it’s super flavorful, it reheats perfectly, and it’s SO darn simple. You likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already!


Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup


Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup
A bowl of this soup + good crusty bread = my ideal fall or winter lunch. Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand. This flexible recipe works with almost anything!

More Favorite Healthy Recipes

If you love these healthy lunch ideas, check out some of these recipes next:

Pictured at the top of this post: rectangle glass storage containers, and square ones from this set.

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Box Lunch Buddha Bowls

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Serves 4 to 6

Customize a delicious, packable veggie box lunch by following this formula: a grain, a legume, kale, a roasted vegetable, a raw vegetable, and a pickled vegetable. Top with creamy tahini sauce.

  • Assemble bowls with a grain, the massaged kale, a legume, roasted vegetable, raw vegetable, and a fermented or pickled vegetable.

  • Drizzle generously with tahini sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with more tahini sauce on the side.

*To roast the vegetables, preheat the oven to 425°F. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast the carrots for 15 to 20 minutes, and the sweet potatoes for 20 to 28 minutes.