40 Easy Lunch Ideas Using 5 Ingredients or Less

Figuring out breakfast and dinner is hard enough. When it comes to lunch, let's make it easy. These clever noon-hour recipes help you do just that. Hungry for more? Check out our healthy lunchbox ideas and family friendly lunches.

Classic BLT Sandwich

"My family loves BLTs, and this is exactly how we make them. We all enjoy these!"


Pizza Muffins

"These are very easy but so good. I have made them several times now for lunch, and I love them!"

-Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Quick and Delicious Goat Cheese Salad

"This was quick, easy and delicious — a yummy recipe that even my boys enjoyed!"

-Julie Tremmel

Spinach Salad

"This is unquestionably the best spinach salad I've ever had! It can make a full meal by itself."


Healthy Egg Salad Sandwich

"We enjoyed this sandwich, next time I'll try toasting the bread."


Hannah's Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

"Yum! I love me a veggie sammich. I used vegan cream cheese, which worked just well. Thanks for sharing! I think this would be lovely on a bagel, as well.”


Simple Tomato Sandwich

"There needs to be a 10-star rating, because this is just about the most delicious thing I've ever shoved in my face. Hellman's mayo and some salt and pepper and this is just heaven. In my honest opinion, there's no need to toast the bread, and the whiter and more refined, the better."


Bacon & Egg Sandwich

“Great sandwich minus the miracle whip. Used real mayo instead.”


Peanut Butter & Bacon Sandwich

“Bacon, peanut butter, white bread — how could you go wrong? Even better if you lightly butter the outside of the bread slices and grill like a grilled cheese sandwich.”


Egg & Tomato Sandwich

“This is a perfect sandwich for a picnic or potluck! I loved it. The mayo with the tomato and egg was amazing. They travel well and are a nice vegetarian option!”

-Jonathan Melendez

Hot Dog Sandwich

“These are so good! They were a hit in my house. I buttered the bread, put garlic salt and parmesan cheese on it, put it in the pan buttered side down, added the cheese and hot dog and cooked both sides till brown. So good!”


Peanut Butter Fruit Sandwich

“Good toast! I used strawberries and it was delicious.”


Applesauce Sandwiches

"Delicious sandwich. Super easy."

-Sassy J

Easy Egg Salad

"Good basic salad, I like to add horseradish to taste. If your eggs are very fresh, try steaming them instead of boiling — shells will slip right off.”


Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

“Very good. This turns out yummy if you just put all the ingredients in a jar with a tight lid like a mason jar and shake it up, let it set for a while and serve. You can use oregano instead, too. Either way it is delicious.”


Smoked Salmon & Philadephia Sandwich

"Definitely not a boring, same old sandwich. This was awesome! I made this on toasted bread, but next time I'm making this on an everything bagel. The apple slices in this really made it special. I think cucumber slices would work well, too. This works for breakfast, lunch, snack or whenever.”


Tomato Sandwich from Italy

“These are absolutely fabulous for a sunny lunch outside. They are easy to make and don't keep you slaving in the kitchen. They have a great taste and are a must try.”


Tomato, Basil & American Cheese Sandwich

"I threw this together because I've had a busy day and I wanted something quick and easy. I had fresh basil and tomatoes on hand for a recipe I'm making tomorrow, so I gave this recipe a try. This was a wonderful, simple sandwich. I'll be making this again soon"


Fluffer Nutter Sandwich

"My kids love these. They are a change of pace from the usual PJ or peanut butter and honey sandwiches."


Five-Ingredient BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

"This is now our only meatloaf recipe! I can’t believe how moist and delicious it is.”

-Koechin Chef

Simple Tuna Pasta Salad

“This was a yummy salad! It was creamy and delicious, and the peas added just the right flavor. I'll definitely be making this again.”


Simple Slow-Cooker Boston Butt

“Cooked this tonight. Added a little balsamic vinegar. It was tender and delicious!”

-Janet C.

Fried Bologna Sandwich

"Try it with an over-hard fried egg! Awesome!"

-sknife 9.

Open-Face Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwiches

“Such a yummy breakfast! Filling too. I put it on a honey wheat bagel and used reduced fat peanut butter — very tasty!”


Cream Cheese & Jelly Sandwich

"My mom used to make this for me for school when I was younger, and I started making and packing them for my little brother. I still love them!"


Linda's Bean & Mayonnaise Sandwich

"What a find! I stumbled upon this recipe and had to try it. So simple and really satisfying.”

-Lucky in Bayview

Dorito Sandwich for Kids

"I searched high and low for plain Doritos and I couldn't find them, so I substituted Nacho Cheese. This actually will be loved by kids. I have now had my carbs, fat, and sodium content for the day, but what the heck, you live only once. And it actually is better than the liverwurst and ruffles on Wonder bread I ate as a kid!"

-Michelle S.

Elena Ruz Sandwich

"My all time favorite sandwich. Sweet and savory. Can’t beat that combination."

-Vasca 6.

ABC Sandwich

“This made a terrific sandwich — my houseguests loved it. I used ‘smart bread’ because it has the whole wheat while looking white. Cheddar and apples and bacon are a super combination.”


Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

"I was a little concerned about warm peanut butter, but I love peanut sauces on lots of things! This was very simple, ooey, gooey and great."


Italian Saucy Sausage Sub

"This is a wonderfully simple, very tasty sandwich. It's messy but so worth the effort!"


Cheater's Chicken Noodle Soup

"This soup was so yummy and easy to make! It made for a quick and easy weeknight meal."

-Troop Angel

Ham & Egg Salad with Crackers

"This is delicious! I love egg salad, and the ham really adds a whole new dimension."


Ground Chicken Ranch Burger

"What a gem of a recipe this is! The ranch dressing gives loads of flavor to the chicken."


Hummus Vegetable Sandwich

"I made this for my vegetarian daughter to take in her lunch, but figured I would make one for myself today. It was fabulous!"

-Julie F

Grilled Tuna & Cheese Sandwich

"This is easy and healthy. I have three teen boys, and this recipe is going to be used a lot in my household!"


Mushroom Quesadilla

"This was so simple and so delicious! I loved the sauteed mushrooms with the garlic."


Fenway Franks

"What a classic way of making a hot dog — so simple and tasty!"


Apple-Cheddar Panini

"This was nice and tasty! I have tried cheese and apples before, but never in a grilled sandwich."


Buffalo Chicken Wrap

"I love Buffalo chicken wings, and this is a fun take on that idea. The hot sauce mayo was perfect!"

-Chicagoland Chef du Jour