42 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Try & Love

Lunch is about more than leftovers and vending machines (promise!), which is why we are sharing our favorite healthy lunch ideas with you. And while you're at it, make sure to plan an evening meal—either a healthy dinner for two or a healthy supper that the kids will love.

Veggie-Packed Chicken Salad

"I cooked up a bunch of chicken to use in this salad recipe at the start of the week — such a yummy and healthy sandwich."


Savory Couscous

“Easy to do and delicious! Caramelized onions work wonderfully and I go heavy with sultanas when I add couscous to stock.”


Eggplant Meatballs

"Incredible! Our family is always looking for ways to incorporate healthy, meat-free options into our menu plans, and these 'meat' balls were just that!"


Falafel Sandwich

"This was the best falafel I have ever had! Really, it was better than any restaurant I've been to."


Grapefruit Spinach Salad

"The dressing was perfection! This is a seriously terrific salad."

-Caroline Cooks

Veggie Quesadilla

"What a great lunch! Flavors are subtle but delicious."


Shrimp & Asparagus Stir Fry

"Once everything is prepped, this recipe comes together so quickly."


Citrusy Kale Salad

"A fantastic combination of bitter greens, creamy avocado, sweet berries, crunchy pepitas and tangy dressing."


Smoked Salmon & Egg Toast

"I already knew I liked smoked salmon with eggs, but the addition of the other components just made it even better."

-Muffin Goddess

Cheesy Taco Shells

"Delicious! I haven't yet used this as a taco shell, instead I ate it like a sandwich. It was crunchy, chewy and delicious. I'll use this so many different ways!"

-Sooz Cooks

Lentil Soup

"This soup is even better for leftovers!"

-Peachie Keene

Greek-Style Chicken Tacos

"We loved these! Very easy and so tasty. Great as leftovers too."


Chickpea Salad Sandwich

"I have been making this sandwich for years, and my whole family finds it completely amazing."

-Veggie Fam

Black Bean & Spinach Salad

"Wonderful! I enjoyed this a lot. It is so quick and very easy to make."


Quinoa Salad

"A delicious and healthy salad!"


Cauliflower "Potato" Salad

"I would choose this salad over potato salad, simply because it's delicious."


Healthy Sandwich

"I had this for lunch today and really enjoyed it!"


Ham & Cheese Wraps

"Wow, these were easy and really good. I highly enjoyed the cream cheese spread. I even made extras for hubby's lunch for tomorrow."


Healthy Shrimp Alfredo

"This was super easy and definitely something I will make over and over again."

-Neva A

Steak Salad

"Awesome! The flavors are so good and it really fills you up! "


Mexican Chicken Casserole

"I added a touch of extra cheese and topped it with sour cream. It was very flavorful but not spicy, just the way we like it!"


Chicken & Cherry Tomatoes

"An easy, healthy and yummy dish!"

-Dr. Jenny

Spinach & Bulgur Salad

"I cannot believe how delicious this salad is! The dill really makes it shine."


Avocado, Bacon & Tomato Wrap

“The avocado makes this wrap. And so easy to put together.”


Kittencal's Famous Greek Salad

“One thing I'd suggest for this Greek salad is to let your chopped tomatoes, onions, cukes and peppers spend a few hours bathed in the dressing in the fridge, tossing periodically. Then introduce those much more flavorable veggies to the lettuce, feta and olives when serving.”


Rainbow Summer Rolls With Peanut Sauce

Here's a visually stunning Asian-inspired summer roll packed with vivid, crisp vegetables.

Hot & Cold Thai Sesame Noodle Salad

“I really didn't expect this to be so good! I didn't think I was ever going to find a recipe that combined peanut butter and spaghetti that I liked but this really is a keeper! The sauce is perfect.”


Grilled Moroccan Chicken

"After months and months of trying recipes on this site, this one is hands-down, the winner.”


Grilled Tuna Steak

"This was absolutely wonderful tuna. If I didn't know I was eating tuna, I'd swear it was steak. I will tell anyone who wants to enjoy a really good tuna, don't overcook it. It needs to be dark pink inside for it to be tender & flavorful.”


Vietnamese Cold Spring Rolls

“I had made a few too many but they were still just as good two days later and hubby even took some to work for lunch.”

-Allison 333

Cold Chili Orange Noodles

“I keep all my extra sauce in the fridge and can very quickly put this dish together for lunch, which I do quite regularly. The more times I eat this, the more I like it!"


Italian Bread Salad

“I usually throw some sort of protein in (leftover steak, shrimp, chicken) and serve it as a meal. I also add other types of veggies as they come in and out of season.”


Baked Salmon

“It was highly wonderful. The taste and texture were perfect. The lemon and garlic were in perfect balance, neither overpowering. The olive oil did not make it oily in the least.”

-Ann Marie F

Stir-fried Noodles

“A wonderful and quick dinner idea! We have added a little more of carrots and there was enough to feed a very hungry family of three!”


Perfect Pasta Salad

“All the reviews saying how great it was are correct. I was never a big pasta salad fan but this made me change my mind.”

-bad kitty 1116

Greek Village Salad

"I have been making this for years now and it's a favorite of my daughter's. I let the salad marinate for at least an hour before serving."

-Amazon Annie

Antipasto Wraps

“Excellent sandwich! I will be making this again. The only thing I'll do differently next time is remove the ribs from the romaine lettuce — I think that would make it easier to roll the wrap.”


Mediterranean Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

“My boyfriend insisted that I rate this recipe five stars. I liked it a lot too. I did think it could use some salt to the meat mixture though.”



“I love this recipe. It's one of my favorites. I make it at least once or twice a month.”


Quinoa Black Bean Salad

"Loved it. Used a can of drained diced tomatoes, but otherwise followed the directions exactly."


A Great Meatloaf

“Five stars because it was easy to make and my very picky eaters liked it. After reading some of the reviews, I substituted the slice of bread with some stuffing (ground into crumbs with food processor) for more flavor.”


Award Winning Chili

“Amazing! Delicious! I didn’t think a chili recipe without garlic would taste good. I was wrong!”