Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

These simple picnic ideas can be prepared in 10 minutes or less, allowing you to have time to spare during your lunch break. Each of these nutritious dishes, from fresh salads to veggie-packed sandwiches, requires no more than six ingredients, excluding pantry staples such as salt and pepper.

So you won’t need to make a special excursion to the grocery store. If you keep the ingredients for recipes like our Cucumber Sandwich or Shrimp Nicoise Meal-Prep Bowls on hand, preparing lunch will always be a straightforward process.

1. Cucumber Sandwich

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

This recipe for a creamy, crunchy cucumber sandwich achieves a beautiful balance between richness and lightness. The cream cheese yogurt spread pairs well with the crisp, refreshing cucumber, while the robust flavor and texture of the whole-wheat bread keep the sandwich together.

By removing the crusts, the sandwich becomes more delicate than usual.

2. White Bean & Veggie Salad

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This vegetarian main dish salad is composed of velvety white beans and avocado. Try incorporating a variety of seasonal vegetables. Four days’ worth of high-protein vegan lunches can be prepared with just four simple ingredients from a local specialty grocery store, including a salad blend rich in vegetables.

Because this salad mix is robust, you can dress these bowls up to 24 hours in advance to enable the flavors in this healthy chopped salad to combine. If you are unable to locate a hearty blend, choose broccoli slaw or shredded Brussels sprouts.

3. Thai-Style Chopped Salad with Sriracha Tofu

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

This simple recipe elevates traditional egg salad with the addition of velvety avocado. Serve on a slice of toasted whole-grain bread or in a lettuce leaf. Plan on preparing it no more than two hours before serving, as avocados brown rapidly.

4. Avocado Egg Salad

This simple recipe elevates traditional egg salad with the addition of velvety avocado. Serve on a slice of toasted whole-grain bread or in a lettuce leaf. Plan on preparing it no more than two hours before serving, as avocados brown rapidly.

5. Caprese Sandwich

This caprese sandwich is made with fresh basil and substantial, ciabatta bread. Sun-dried tomatoes enhance the flavor of the dish. Adding basil leaves to the bread and using toasted bread prevents the sandwich from becoming soggy if you need to prepare it in advance.

6. 3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

Using lemon-herb mayonnaise, we gave the classic chicken salad a new flavor profile. Try alternative mayonnaise flavors, such as roasted garlic or chipotle lime, in this quick and easy brunch recipe. Serve with wafers made from whole grains.

7. 3-Ingredient Chicken Tabbouleh Bowls

This nearly immediate grain bowl takes advantage of the prepared foods section of the supermarket. For a healthful and quick dinner, toss together a premade salad with proteins.

This low-carb meal-prep version of the classic composed salad is ready in about 10 minutes due to a handful of time-saving ingredients, such as pretrimmed green beans and prepared olive tapenade. With a substantial 41 grams of protein per serving, these bowls will satisfy your appetite for the duration of the afternoon.

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8. Shrimp Niçoise Meal-Prep Bowls

This low-carb meal-prep version of the classic composed salad is ready in about 10 minutes due to a handful of time-saving ingredients, such as pretrimmed green beans and prepared olive tapenade.

With a substantial 41 grams of protein per serving, these bowls will satisfy your appetite for the duration of the afternoon. Feel free to substitute canned tuna or leftover roasted salmon for the prawns to change things up. We adore shopping at shortcut ingredients; for our product recommendations, see below.

9. Whole-Wheat Veggie Wrap

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

Use whatever vegetables you have available to fill this wrap. Avocado and hummus contribute to the wrap’s cohesiveness and provide heart-healthy fats and fiber.

10. White Bean & Avocado Toast

The combination of mashed avocado and white beans produces a creamy topping that is rich in fiber and the ideal complement to a fresh slice of toast. Try it as a breakfast or refreshment option.

11. Open-Face Goat Cheese Sandwich with Tomato & Avocado Salad

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This straightforward lunch can be prepared in just 10 minutes, making it an excellent choice for hectic days.

12. Couscous & Chickpea Salad

This fast brunch salad is composed of cooked couscous and canned chickpeas. The basil vinaigrette elevates the flavor beyond the ordinary. When fresh tomatoes are in season, we recommend adding them to tabbouleh for a unique twist.

13. Mixed Greens with Lentils & Sliced Apple

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

This salad with lentils, feta, and avocado is a satisfying brunch option for vegetarians. To save time, substitute lentils from a can; just ensure they are low-sodium and blanch them before adding them to the salad.

14. Avocado, Tomato & Chicken Sandwich

In this recipe for a nutritious chicken sandwich, the avocado is mashed into a healthy spread.

15. Pickle Sub Sandwiches with Turkey & Cheddar

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Cut back on carbohydrates by substituting pickle slices for the bread in this turkey and Cheddar sandwich. The oblong shape of Roma tomatoes is ideal for these mini sandwiches, but you can also use ordinary tomatoes; simply cut the slices in half so they fit on the pickle sandwich.

16. Falafel Tabbouleh Bowls with Tzatziki

The preparation of a week’s worth of sandwiches does not require hours in the kitchen. Greens, falafel, tabbouleh, and tzatziki are the only four ingredients required to produce these meal-prep bowls with a Greek-inspired flavor in just 10 minutes.

We enjoy going to the local specialty grocery store for ingredients like these that can be prepared quickly. The high-fiber falafel and tabbouleh will keep you satiated throughout the afternoon.

17. 3-Ingredient Farro Bowl with Rotisserie Chicken

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

To prepare this satisfying grain bowl, purchase a salad kit from the supermarket. Then, top the kit with farro and chicken for a high-protein, minute-to-prepare lunch or supper.

18. Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Combine pre-cooked legumes (typically found in the produce section of the supermarket) with an Indian-style simmer sauce to make a speedy and flavorful curry. Serving it over cauliflower rice increases the vegetable tally and reduces the amount of carbohydrates.

This three-ingredient meal (excluding salt, pepper, and oil) is as simple as it gets. Look for simmer sauces that contain less than or close to 350 milligrams of sodium per quarter-cup serving.

19. 3-Ingredient Green Goddess White Bean Salad

Easy Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes

This recipe for a creamy, crunchy cucumber sandwich achieves a beautiful balance between richness and lightness. The cream cheese yogurt spread pairs well with the crisp, refreshing cucumber, while the robust flavor and texture of the whole-wheat bread keep the sandwich together.

By removing the crusts, the sandwich becomes more delicate than usual.

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