40 Easy Lunches You'll Actually Look Forward To (2024)

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40 Easy Lunches You'll Actually Look Forward To (1)Ivis EstradaUpdated: Feb. 22, 2024

    Skip the same old PB&J. These quick and easy lunch ideas are here to change up your routine.


    The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

    The combination of creamy mayonnaise and cream cheese with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese will give you an indulgent sandwich you’ll want to pack for lunch every day. Wrap it in aluminum foil to maintain its warmth and crispiness until lunchtime rolls around.

    Sometimes cooking for just two people can be trickier than cooking for a crowd. We have a bunch ofdinner ideas for twothat are easier than you think.

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    Chicken Pesto Wraps

    This recipe makes a quick and easy lunch idea. Swap the sun-dried tomato pesto for basil pesto or your own homemade pesto to make the most of what you have on hand.

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    Easy Chicken Salad

    Use up last night’s chicken with this easy chicken salad recipe that’ll be ready in minutes. Featuring a creamy sour cream and mayo sauce, sweet grapes and crunchy celery, this sandwich is perfect for a hassle-free lunch.

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    Find more inspiration with these cold lunch ideas.


    Tuna Melt on Cornbread

    This open-faced sandwich combines the creaminess of tuna salad, the subtle sweetness of cornbread and the gooey richness of melted cheese to make a satisfying lunch that will leave you craving for more.

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    Turkey Spinach Salad with Maple Dressing

    Toss together earthy spinach, savory turkey, crunchy walnuts, dried cranberries and more for a vibrant salad that’ll give you energy to last the workday.

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    Peanut Butter, Chicken and Basil Sandwich

    You’ve heard of PB&Js, but what about a peanut butter and chicken sandwich? This easy lunch uses creamy peanut butter, shredded cooked chicken and fresh basil to turn the flavors you’d normally find on Thai noodles into a comforting sandwich you won’t be disappointed with.

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    Hasselback Tomato Clubs

    No bread in the pantry? No problem. This hassle-free version of a club sandwich uses plum tomatoes instead of bread for a juicy version of the classic. Simply cut 4 or 5 crosswise slices in each tomato and stuff them with meat and cheese—or whatever your heart desires.

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    Pesto Quinoa Salad

    Have a well-balanced lunch with this vibrant salad, filled with protein-rich quinoa, heart-healthy olive oil and a medley of vegetables like onions, red peppers and tomatoes. Customize it by adding crumbled feta cheese or toasted pine nuts to fit your taste!

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    Open-Faced Pizza Burgers

    Get the best of both worlds by combining juicy ground beef with the classic flavors of a cheese pizza. This recipe mixes together ground beef with pizza sauce, mushrooms and oregano before placing it on a bun and topping it with ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese.


    Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

    Toss together fresh spinach, juicy tomatoes, crunchy croutons and a hard-boiled egg for this make-ahead lunch. The hot bacon dressing uses ketchup, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce for its tantalizing taste. Use an airtight container for packing the salad so it’ll hold its freshness until lunchtime.

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    Basil Chicken Sandwiches

    This sandwich is the perfect choice for a light and satisfying lunch. Simply season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika before cooking it on a skillet. Then, assemble the sandwiches by brushing salad dressing on the ciabatta rolls, adding the chicken and layering basil leaves, red peppers and Romano cheese on top.

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    Try these other healthy sandwich ideas for tomorrow’s lunch.


    Indian Spiced Chickpea Wraps

    Enjoy global flavors for lunch with these chickpea wraps. Featuring seasonings like curry powder, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper, this easy lunch brings the taste of India right to your fingertips.

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    Sausage and Pepper Sheet-Pan Sandwiches

    Level up your hot dog game with these sausage and pepper sandwiches. Stuffed with Italian turkey sausage, sweet red peppers, caramelized onions and melted provolone cheese, every bite of these sandwiches is mouthwatering.

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    Shrimp Patty Sandwiches

    Feeling like having seafood for lunch? Impress your taste buds with these breadcrumb-covered shrimp patties, seasoned with parsley, celery salt, mustard and paprika. Top them with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo, and voila! Lunch is served.

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    Southwestern Pork Salad

    Go to the wild west with this southwest flair of a salad. Using pork loin as the base of the salad, its meaty flavors are complimented with refreshing tomatoes, ripe olives, hearty kidney beans and the crunch of green peppers and onions.

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    Dilly Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

    Enjoy a zesty work lunch with this chickpea sandwich that’s a breeze to make. Simply mash the chickpeas to your desired consistency, toss in the remaining ingredients, mix and serve! It’s the perfect lunch to make when you’re running short on time, but don’t want to compromise having a tasteful meal.

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    Focaccia Sandwiches

    Get a little fancy with your lunch sandwich by using focaccia bread. Packed with ham, turkey, salami, peppers, tomato and provolone cheese, this sandwich makes one fulfilling lunch you’ll come back to time and again.

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    Grilled Steak Bruschetta Salad for 2

    Grilled steak covered in bruschetta and blue cheese dressing? Yes, please! This steak arugula salad layered on toasted Italian bread will be the highlight of your week. Give the other sandwich to a friend or save it for tomorrow’s lunch!

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    Quick Tangy Sloppy Joes

    Get a tangy twist of your classic sloppy joes with this easy lunch idea. The sauce uses ketchup, vinegar, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce for an added zip to your sandwich.

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    This Cesar salad got a little makeover. Featuring everything we love about the classic like Parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, creamy Caesar dressing and chicken, this recipe adds the crunch of a sweet onion and heartiness of red potatoes for a lunch like no other.

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    Quick Taco Wraps

    These wraps are perfect for a quick Taco Tuesday lunch break. Smear the cream cheese mixture on a tortilla, layer bean dip, guacamole, cheese, olives and more on top, roll it up and tada! You have yourself a festive wrap ready to go.

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    Curried Egg Salad

    Add a little kick to your typical egg salad sandwich with this curried version. Cut a few slices of tomato and sprinkle some pepper on top for the perfect afternoon bite.

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    White Bean Arugula Salad

    Meal prep your lunch in just 30 minutes with this refreshing bean salad. Made with onions, tomatoes, cannellini beans and fresh herbs, this lunch is packed with protein to leave you energized for the workday.

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    Crunchy Tuna Wraps

    These tuna wraps not only taste good, but they’re packed with protein and veggies, making them good for you too! Roll these wraps up tightly and secure it with a toothpick so everything stays in place until lunchtime.

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    Asparagus Nicoise Salad

    This colorful, make-ahead salad calls for only five ingredients, making this a work lunch you’ll want to keep coming back to for its simplicity. The tuna and potatoes will fill you up while the asparagus and Italian dressing bring added flavor to the dish.

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    Sweet Macaroni Salad

    Switch your typical lettuce salad for this sweet macaroni pasta salad instead. Mixed with carrots, green peppers, onions, mayo, sweetened condensed milk and vinegar, you won’t want to stop at just one bowl of this creamy goodness.

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    Italian-Style Veggie Wraps

    These easy-to-assemble wraps are filled with everything we love about an Italian sandwich. Stuffed with zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, olives, onions, hard salami, hot peppers and lettuce, you can customize this easy lunch with endless varieties.

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    Check out these other sandwich wraps that are ready to be packed in your lunchbox.


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    Skinny Cobb Salad

    With the creaminess from Greek yogurt and ranch dressing, this “skinny” salad is half the calories with all the flavor. Filled with chopped apple, feta cheese, chicken, bacon and garbanzo beans, you’ll have a satisfied stomach with this easy lunch idea.

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    We couldn’t come up with an easier lunch idea if we tried. This upgraded grilled cheese stuffs green and red peppers, sauteed onions and jalapeno between melted Monterey Jack cheese for the ultimate lunch. Pair it with a side salad or tomato soup for a well-rounded, satisfying lunch.

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    Bacon Avocado Salad

    This disassembled BLT-turned salad incorporates avocado for a full-rounded, easy lunch. The creamy avocado, smoky bacon and juicy tomatoes give a balanced refreshing and savory taste to this bed of lettuce.

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    Guacamole Tossed Salad

    Skip the tortilla chips with this easy-to-make guacamole salad. Packed with juicy tomatoes, red onion, crispy bacon, creamy avocados, fresh greens and a few drops of hot pepper sauce, this salad is full of flavor.

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    Microwave Egg Sandwich

    Have breakfast for lunch with this ready-in-minutes egg sandwich. Made with Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, egg and salsa, this breakfast sandwich is high in protein and low in fat. The best part is you can cook in the microwave for the easiest lunch you’ll ever devour.

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    Almond Strawberry Salad

    Whip up a refreshing salad in minutes! This easy lunch tosses together spinach, strawberries and almonds before topping it off with a dressing made with vinegar, honey and sugar for a sweet and light meal.

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    Buffalo Chicken Wraps

    Spice up your lunch with these Buffalo chicken wraps. This recipe mixes together hot sauce and butter to dip battered chicken in and tops it off with creamy salad dressing for the ultimate lunch wrap.

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    Apple Chicken Quesadillas

    Enjoy a delightful twist on the classic quesadilla with this Apple Chicken Quesadilla recipe. Chicken, apple slices, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, onions and corn are tossed together and placed between two warmed flour tortillas for a sweet and savory lunch.

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    Loaded Turkey Sliders

    Don’t let the size fool you—these mini sandwiches are packed with flavor! Flavored with hamburger seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and Dijon mustard, these turkey sliders are then topped with gooey Muenster cheese for a satisfying lunch.

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    Lemon Cranberry Quinoa Salad

    Enjoy a medley of quinoa, cucumber, onion, cranberries and fresh herbs dressed in a tangy lemon dressing for a bright and citrusy twist to your average lunch. Looking for protein? Try adding in shredded chicken or shrimp for a rounded meal.

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    If you’re a fan of this whole grain, check out these other quinoa salads that are perfect for lunch.

    Originally Published: December 31, 1969

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    Ivis Estrada

    Ivis recently completed her first year as assistant editor at Taste of Home, where she's been writing and updating content about cooking trends, food news and cleaning and organizing. She also works on behind-the-scenes projects that help keep the Taste of Home team ticking along. Still learning how to cook elaborate meals, she's an expert when it comes to finding and trying beginner recipes.After hours, you can find Ivis out looking for the best restaurants in Madison (especially those that serve authentic Mexican food) or taking her dog for scenic walks.

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