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14 Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes That Aren't Salad

Because sometimes salad sucks.


Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money and eat a little healthier — but salads seem to be the only star of the show.


But they don't have to be!

So here are 14 weekday lunch ideas that are easy to make and perfect for taking to work (and 100% NOT salad):

1. Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowls

Everything you love about burritos in a make-ahead bowl spiked with tangy buffalo sauce. Get the recipe here.

2. Lemony Broccoli, Chickpea, and Avocado Pita Sandwiches

These veggie-packed pitas include lemony broccoli, chickpeas, and all kinds of good stuff to get you through the workday. Get the recipe here.

3. Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls

This recipe gives instructions for making a week's worth of lunches — so you can meal prep once and eat all week. Get the recipe here.

4. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Pack the filling and lettuce separately to prevent it from getting soggy — then just assemble and eat. Get the recipe here.

5. Thai Peanut Wraps

This wrap is stuffed with a colorful veggie mix dressed in a sweet and savory peanut sauce — perfect for a midday pick-me-up. Get the recipe here.

6. Chicken and Avocado Roll-Ups

Chicken and avocado are a match made in heaven — so rolling them together and slicing them into roll-ups sounds like the perfect lunch. Get the recipe here.

7. Chickpea Shawarma Stuffed Pita

This pita has all the flavor you love from chicken shawarma in a vegan, veggie-packed pita loaded with chickpeas. Get the recipe here.

8. Peanut Noodles With Chicken

OK, I lied. There's one salad on this list, but it's the best kind: pasta salad. Get the recipe here.

9. Sticky Ginger-Soy–Glazed Chicken and Noodles

The best thing about these lunch boxes (besides the ginger-soy glaze) is that they reheat perfectly. Get the recipe here.

10. Korean Beef Bowls

These bowls have a bed of cauliflower rice, which you can buy frozen, make yourself using a food processor, or replace with regular rice. Get the recipe here.

11. Easy Lunch Wrap With Sweet Potato, Hummus, and Greens

This wrap is loaded with all kinds of great things like sweet potato, avocado, and creamy hummus to get you past that midday slump. Get the recipe here.

12. Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This sweet and savory cashew chicken would be equally as delicious over a bed of white rice or quinoa. Get the recipe here.

13. Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

Could this technically be considered a salad? Maybe. But with quinoa, hummus, and an array for fresh veggies, I'll let it slide. Get the recipe here.

14. Spicy Tuna Avocado Wrap

This wrap takes plain ol' canned tuna and transforms it into a spicy wrap perfect for bringing to work. Get the recipe here.

Let's get cooking!