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59 (Really Good) Lunch Recipes All In One Place

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Running low on stay-home lunch ideas? No problem.

Below, you'll find a ton of them to help you stay full and fueled all day. The lunch recipes are divided into categories: no-cook, 15-minute meals, family friendly, salads, sandwiches & wraps, and grain bowls. Save this list! 📝

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1. Simple Tuna Salad

Pile this on bread, crackers, or in lettuce wraps. If you don't have red peppers, swap in any other crunchy or bright veg — like celery or cherry tomatoes.

Recipe: Simple Tuna Salad

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2. Marinated White Beans

thekitchn.com

The easiest (and tastiest) use of canned beans and any leftover herbs. Bonus: These get even better as they sit, so it's a lunch that'll last through the week.

Get the recipe: Marinated White Beans

3. 10-Minute Blender Gazpacho

gimmesomeoven.com

Who said a quick lunch couldn't also be colorful and healthy?

Get the recipe: 10-Minute Blender Gazpacho

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4. Chickpea Avocado Tacos

No more chickpeas? Black beans or white beans work too.

Get the recipe: Chickpea Avocado Tacos

5. Build-Your-Own Lunch Boxes

thekitchn.com

For super busy days, stock your pantry and fridge with items that fit the Snacks for Lunch formula: 1 protein + 1 whole grain + 1 veggie or fruit + 1 wildcard.

Recipe: Build-Your-Own Lunch Boxes

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6. Chickpea, Tomato, and Egg Toast

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This bills itself as a breakfast toast — but it totally works for lunch too. You can also swap the chickpeas for hummus or avocado.

Recipe: White Bean, Tomato, and Egg Toast

7. Pesto and Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups

Slice the cucumber length-wise, spread it with pesto, pieces of cheese, turkey and roll it up. That's it.

Get the recipe: Pesto and Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups

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8. 10-Minute Raw Vegan Tacos

With a plant-based "meat" made with sun-dried tomatoes, raw walnuts, and lots of spices.

Get the recipe: 10-Minute Raw Vegan Tacos

9. No-Cook Zucchini Noodles With Pesto

healthyseasonalrecipes.com

If you don't own a spiralizer, you can find pre-cut zoodles in many stores or try making your own using these methods.

Get the recipe: No-Cook Zucchini Noodles With Pesto

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10. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

tasty.co

You can replace the kale with any leafy green you want.

Get the recipe: Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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11. Bacon & Egg Ramen

tasty.co

Toss the bacon on a foil-lined sheet pan for the easiest cleanup — and let it bake while you cook the ramen and chop a few onions.

Recipe: Bacon & Egg Ramen

12. Black Bean Tostadas with Avocado

gimmesomeoven.com

Mostly just assembly, and a few minutes of chopping.

Get the recipe: Black Bean Tostadas with Avocado

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13. Easy Beef and Broccoli

damndelicious.net

This might look like a lot of work, but because the meat is chopped so small, it cooks incredibly quickly.

Get the recipe: Easy Beef and Broccoli

14. Portobello Pizzas

cafedelites.com

Life hack: top anything with mozzarella and pepperoni to make it better. (For an even faster version, ditch the portobellos for English muffins.)

Get the recipe: Portobello Pizzas

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15. Veggie Fried Rice

pinchofyum.com

This is made with frozen corn and peas but you could customize it with any veggies you have at home.

Get the recipe: Veggie Fried Rice

16. White Bean, Artichoke, and Basil Toast

1. Toss pantry staples into a food processor. 2. Spread on toast. 3. Feast!

Get the recipe: White Bean, Artichoke, and Basil Toasts

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17. Gnocchi Skillet With Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes

thekitchn.com

A restaurant-worthy meal you can whip up in 15 minutes? Say no more.

Get the recipe: Gnocchi Skillet With Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes

18. Tuna "Sushi" Stacks

chelseasmessyapron.com

Got some leftover rice, or even rice cakes? Top it with canned tuna, mashed avocado, and mango salsa.

Get the recipe: Tuna "Sushi" Stacks

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19. Easy Lo Mein

damndelicious.net

For anyone who's been missing their Chinese take-out.

Get the recipe: Easy Lo Mein

20. Shrimp-Stuffed Avocado

heatherchristo.com

We can't go a tropical vacation right now — but we can queue up a festive lunch like this. (And watch the Travel Channel.)

Get the recipe: Shrimp- Stuffed Avocado

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21. Sesame Peanut Noodles

This is nice way to use leftover noodles and a great recipe for all the times when it's too hot to turn on the oven.

Get the recipe: Sesame Peanut Noodles

22. Chilled Corn Soup With Cucumber Salad

A cold soup with sweet corn, tomatoes and bell peppers, AKA summer in a bowl.

Get the recipe: Chilled Corn Soup With Cucumber Salad

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23. 15-Minute Thin Crust Pizza With Arugula and Hot Honey

halfbakedharvest.com

Full disclosure: The pizza dough here is actually a flour tortilla but that doesn't mean this recipe isn't both brilliant and super tasty.

Get the recipe: Thin Crust Pizza With Arugula and Hot Honey

24. Chinese Chicken Salad Spring Rolls

thekitchn.com

The freshest, crunchiest lunch you could dream of.

Get the recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad Spring Rolls

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25. Make-Ahead Egg, Ham, and Cheese Burritos

budgetbytes.com

Stash a bunch of these in the freezer — then dole out as necessary.

Recipe: Make-Ahead Egg, Ham, and Cheese Burritos

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26. French Bread Pizzas

Can never go wrong with these.

Recipe: French Bread Pizzas

27. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Dumplings

tasty.co

Toss everything into the slow cooker after breakfast — and let lunch make itself.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Dumplings

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28. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

thegirlonbloor.com

Get those greens in!

Recipe: Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

29. Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

budgetbytes.com

A base of pantry staples — black beans, canned tomatoes — means this is super easy to assemble.

Recipe: Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

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30. Perfect Spring Salad

twopeasandtheirpod.com

Spring on a plate.

Get the recipe: Perfect Spring Salad

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31. Pistachio Pesto Salad

To make this even easier, ditch the homemade pesto for store-bought.

Get the recipe: Pistachio Pesto Salad

32. Protein-Packed Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

ambitiouskitchen.com

One of the best ways to use all those beans crowding your pantry.

Get the recipe: Protein-Packed Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

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33. Avocado Potato Salad

damndelicious.net

Forget about mayo, the best potato salad is made with avocado.

Get the recipe: Avocado Potato Salad

34. Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

cafedelites.com

Best way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken, IMO.

Get the recipe: Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

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35. Charred Broccoli Chopped Salad With Spicy Cashew Dressing

alexandracooks.com

You can always replace the kale with romaine and there is a lot of room for creativity with the add-ins here: skip the salami if you want, or add some Parmesan. Follow your heart — and stomach!

Get the recipe: Charred Broccoli Chopped Salad With Spicy Cashew Dressing

36. Fennel-Asparagus Salad With Buttermilk-Lime Dressing

Fennel and asparagus are in season right now and they're the star of this crunchy feast of a salad.

Get the recipe: Fennel-Asparagus Salad With Buttermilk-Lime Dressing

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37. Moroccan Carrot Salad With Harissa and Avocado

alexandracooks.com

If you have some feta lying in your fridge, it'll be a great addition to this super fresh and spicy salad.

Get the recipe: Moroccan Carrot Salad With Harissa and Avocado

38. Pasta Salad With Roasted Carrots and Sunflower Seed Dressing

smittenkitchen.com

You can prep this one on Sunday and eat it for lunch throughout the week.

Get the recipe: Pasta Salad With Roasted Carrots and Sunflower Seed Dressing

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39. Easy Tuna Niçoise Salad

theseasonedmom.com

A French classic and a great way to use the canned tuna in your pantry.

Get the recipe: Easy Tuna Niçoise Salad

40. Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad

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The best way to improve any salad? Add some shaved Parmesan to the mix.

Get the recipe: Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad

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41. Gouda Grilled Cheese With Curried Apple Chutney

No matter the question, the answer is always grilled cheese.

Get the recipe: Gouda Grilled Cheese With Curried Apple Chutney

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42. Thai Peanut Chicken Wraps

Another great use for rotisserie chicken. The peanut butter dressing is the star of the show here and you can have fun with the rest of the ingredients, using whatever you have at home.

Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken Wraps

43. Green Goddess Sandwich

bojongourmet.com

The secret of this stunner? A mayonnaise packed with herbs that takes it to another level.

Get the recipe: Green Goddess Sandwich

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44. Vegan "Tuna" Salad Sandwich

This is a chickpea-based salad with briny ingredients like capers and pickles, along with celery and onions — which make this recipe a great vegan substitute to classic tuna salad.

Get the recipe: