43 Packable Lunches You Won’t Get Tired Of
Packing lunch for the week seems to always be a drag. Will you have time to toss something together in the morning? Do you even want another boring sandwich? We hear your concerns. That's why we pulled together 43 of our all time favorite lunches. These are tupperware container-worthy recipes you won't grow tired of after toting them to work all week. Your sad desk lunch days are over, pal.
Herby Lamb and Turkey Meatballs
Herby Lamb and Turkey Meatballs Recipe
The possibilities are endless with these simple, baked meatballs. By combining lamb and turkey, the meatballs possess that signature, rich flavor of lamb, but don’t feel excessively indulgent. The fresh herbs and bold cumin pair beautifully with plain yogurt, tangy cheeses, and creamy dressings and condiments, like tahini.
Farro Salad with Peas, Pancetta, and Radishes
Farro Salad with Peas, Pancetta, and Radishes Recipe
Toss farro with a radish mixture, peas, pancetta, arugula, and more to make this salad.
Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans
Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans Recipe
This light summer salad is the ultimate way to enjoy the season. You'll want to double the sweet and spicy sautéed pecans for snacking during the week. Sub fresh summer fruit like blueberries or nectarines for the raspberries.
15-Minute Chicken Shawarma Bowls
15-Minute Chicken Shawarma Bowls Recipe
This Middle Eastern-inspired bowl is all about big flavor with minimal effort. A garlicky, tahini-spiked yogurt brings all the elements together and takes just minutes to make. Assemble a few bowls at the beginning of the week for easy make-ahead lunches.
A whole-grain protein bowl is the perfect solution for when lunch needs to be quick--as well as tasty, filling, and healthy. To complete the lunch, serve with 1/2 cup steamed green beans as shown.
Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe
This Caprese-inspired pasta toss is the ultimate summer main for lunch on the go. Save leftovers for a busy weeknight or outdoor picnic.
Tahini Chicken Salad Sandwich
Tahini Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
Nutty, creamy, and of course, topped with greens, tomatoes, and onions, this hearty, easy-to-prep chicken salad sandwich is the perfect, packable lunch. Eat it immediately, or wrap it up and allow the rich, deep flavors of the tahini run into your hearty, toasted bread.
Beet, Apple, and Goat Cheese Sandwich
Beet, Apple, and Goat Cheese Sandwich Recipe
For a refreshing yet hearty sandwich that you can pack for lunch in a breeze, this vegetarian beet and goat cheese sammie is a healthy, easy option.
Greek Chicken Grain Bowls
Greek Chicken Grain Bowls Recipe
These mediterranean-inspired grain bowls are perfect for make-ahead meal prepping. Hearty and filled with various flavors and textures, this is the kind of packed lunch you’ll be satisfied with all week long.
Orange-Almond Chicken-and-Cabbage Bowls
Orange-Almond Chicken-and-Cabbage Bowls Recipe
Make these low-calorie, no-cook bowls ahead for an easy lunch or dinner when time is tight. Change up the fruit, nut, or protein for whatever you have on hand.
Fiesta Bowls with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette
Fiesta Bowls with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette Recipe
Bookmark this one for your weekend meal prepping session, folks. Loaded with a variety of vibrant veggies and finished with a zippy chipotle-lime vinaigrette, these vegetarian-friendly rice bowls are the perfect make-ahead meal for packed lunches. We opted to go with brown rice for the base of our bowls, but feel free to use white rice or whatever grain you have on hand.
Sushi Sandwich Lunch Box
Sushi Sandwich Lunch Box Recipe
Love sushi rolls, but feel intimidated by the rolling technique? Then sushi sandwiches--actually a traditional Japanese dish called onigirazu--will be right up your alley. They require simply layering ingredients onto a piece of nori (seaweed) then folding the nori around to form a packet.
Ploughman's Lunch Box
Featuring an easy homemade condiment that's tangy and sweet with a little spicy kick. It's delicious as part of the ultimate snack lunch including toasty bread, nuts, cheese, and crunchy radishes.
Farro Salad Lunch Box
A mustardy dressing coats filling farro, hearty kale, and creamy feta cheese for a protein packed lunch. Add a hard cooked egg and prosciutto for the perfect feast.
Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Bowls
Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Bowls Recipe
These quick chicken-and-veggie bowls are endlessly adaptable depending on what you have on hand. Beyond cucumber and tomato, you could try thinly sliced carrots, steamed broccoli florets and zucchini, or roasted cauliflower. You could also sub flaked salmon or sliced cooked lamb for the chicken.
Chicken Salad Lunch Box
Chicken Salad Lunch Box Recipe
This super creamy chicken salad gets a flavor boost from thyme and lemon. Top Bibb lettuce leaves with a scoop and use celery for delicious dipping.
Packable Power Salads
A honey-poppy seed dressing is the perfect pair to summer fruit and veggies and creamy goat cheese. Pack dressing separately, and drizzle onto salads just before serving. You can also stuff each salad into a quart-sized jar with lid.
Bulgur and Greens Mini Quiches
Bulgur and Greens Mini Quiches Recipe
Mini quiches are quick, easy go-tos for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Leftovers are great, too, and easy to pack up for lunch at the office or to enjoy for breakfast during the busy workweek.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Veggie Wraps
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Veggie Wraps Recipe
Lunch to go never looked so good. Try these portable veggie wraps with any flavor of hummus you like and whatever crisp veggies you have on hand.
Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels
Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels Recipe
These turkey and swiss roll ups are perfect for packing yours or your kids' lunches. The dilly Dijon spread is the perfect compliment to hearty veggies, cheese, and turkey.
Farro Burrito Bowls
Enjoy these make-ahead grain bowls for lunch or as a no-cook dinner on hot days. Sub in whatever veggies you have on hand, and use leftover for a delicious morning frittata or wrap another day for lunch.
Orzo Salad with Chicken and Radishes
Orzo Salad with Chicken and Radishes Recipe
Because the lemon and basil flavors become even more vibrant with some time to marinate together, this five-ingredient salad makes the perfect to-go lunch. Pack it up the night before, and skip the cafeteria for a bright and luscious midday meal.
Greek Slaw and Chicken Pitas
Greek Slaw and Chicken Pitas Recipe
This quick-to-assemble sandwich is basically a salad in a pita, one that's full of crunchy lemon-feta Greek slaw and filling, convenient rotisserie chicken.
Southern Waldorf Salad
This gorgeous salad is so colorful and perfect for any warm-weather gathering or even a quick lunch. Plus it features some of our summer faves: Peel 'n eat shrimp , fresh juicy peach slices, and watermelon radishes. The shrimp gives us all those seaside, beachy vibes—even when we aren't on vacay.
Garlic-Sage Roasted Chicken with Kale and Radicchio Caesar Salad
Garlic-Sage Roasted Chicken with Kale and Radicchio Caesar Salad Recipe
This elevated take on your typical chicken Caesar salad utilizes nutrient-dense kale and pleasingly bitter raddichio in place of romaine to create a diversity of flavor and texture. Any leftovers of this super satisfying salad are great to pack up for a next-day lunch as the heartier greens are less prone to wilting quickly.
Winter Salad with Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Winter Salad with Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Kale and spinach provide a hearty salad base for herb-seasoned pork tenderloin, tangy feta, sweet grapes, and a bright olive oil dressing. If packing your lunch for the office, assemble greens, cheese, and grapes in a large plastic container. When ready to heat, add warmed pork and dressing, and shake salad with top on to evenly distribute dressing and ingredients.
Avocado and Marinated Zucchini Veggie Sandwich
Avocado and Marinated Zucchini Veggie Sandwich Recipe
Incredibly colorful and packed full of flavor, this loaded veggie sandwich is something to behold. Amping up store-bought hummus with avocado makes for an insanely tasty spread that you can use on all sorts of sandwiches throughout the week while marinating the raw zucchini slices softens is crunch and infuses it with flavor. If you’re packing this sandwich in the morning to take for lunch, even better. As the assembled sandwich sits for a bit, the flavors will be able to marinate further and the hummus will better bind the sandwich together—just be sure to toast your bread.
Tortellini, Chicken, and Arugula Salad
Tortellini, Chicken, and Arugula Salad Recipe
A bright, springtime salad that comes together in a cinch thanks to the use of a few quality convenience items. Hearty cheese tortellini, shredded rotisserie chicken, and peppery arugula join forces to create a light, yet filling, salad with plenty of texture and substance. Zippy lemon dressing adds welcomed vibrancy while shaved Parmesan adds a hit of salty, full-bodied flavor. Prepare the dressing and pasta ahead of time to make the final assembly even faster.
Zesty Kale and Sweet Potato Bowl
Zesty Kale and Sweet Potato Bowl Recipe
This loaded veggie bowl gets a touch of smoke from the chili-spiced sweet potatoes and roasted bell pepper and plenty of zing from fresh lime. Chili powder and lime also give toasted almonds an addictive crust; make extra and enjoy as a snack. Cotija cheese has a dry, crumbly texture—it won’t melt or disappear into the bowl. Use it to top tacos, stir into whole-grain salads, or top roasted broccoli.
Superfood Grain Bowl
This six ingredient salad is as simple as it gets. Arrange everything in a bowl, top with a little salt and pepper, and a drizzle of the gorgeous buttermilk-herb dressing.
Chicken and Arugula Pasta Salad
Chicken and Arugula Pasta Salad Recipe
Just a bit of a rich and pungent cheese can go quite a long way. Tossing hot pasta with a few ounces of creamy Brie makes for a light, luscious, and flavorful sauce to coat this abundant bowl of chicken, fresh veggies, and whole-grain noodles.
Creamy Cavatappi with Edamame, Lemon, and Tarragon
Creamy Cavatappi with Edamame, Lemon, and Tarragon Recipe
This hearty pasta dish will go fast at picnics and potlucks—or keep it to yourself as a packable lunch. We prefer Cavatappi noodles as the base, but you can substitute your favorite type.
Spinach, Hummus, and Bell Pepper Wraps
Spinach, Hummus, and Bell Pepper Wraps Recipe
Fresh, flavorful, veggie-packed, and ready in a 10-minute snap—now that’s a meal we can stand behind! Hummus delivers a winning combo of protein and healthy fat for staying power, while fresh bell peppers and spinach provide a satisfying crunch. Tomato-and-basil feta cheese adds a kick of salty tang and Mediterranean flair. Make this wrap the night before and store in the fridge—just grab it in the morning on your way out the door.
Kale, Apple, and Almond Chicken Salad
Kale, Apple, and Almond Chicken Salad Recipe
A simple lemon vinaigrette doubles as a marinade. Make sure to pat the chicken dry before searing, or the excess liquid will keep the meat from browning. This salad is packs a serious crunch and is loaded with superfoods and antioxidants to keep you satisfied and energized.
Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans
Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans Recipe
This main-dish salad features juicy strawberries at their seasonal peak. Balance them with a honey balsamic and creamy feta cheese for the perfect lunchtime main.
Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing
Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing Recipe
Grilling the kale leaves whole makes them slightly crunchy and smoky tasting. Just make sure they're completely dry or else they'll steam and wilt.
Tortellini Salad with Zucchini and Peas
Tortellini Salad with Zucchini and Peas Recipe
'Tis the season for zucchini. Make the most of it in this light and summery salad where it's just barely wilted.
Farro Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Berries
Farro Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Berries Recipe
The unlikely combination between bacon, Brussels sprouts, and sweet summer berries proves to be quite the match. This salad can be served with the bacon, Brussels sprouts, and farro are still warm, or you can prep the salad in advance, keep it in the refrigerator, and serve it chilled.
Greek Chopped Salad with Grilled Pita
Greek Chopped Salad with Grilled Pita Recipe
Your favorite Greek salad gets an upgrade from grilling the bell peppers along with the pita wedges to add a bit of char and smoky depth. You could also broil the peppers in the oven until blackened and peel them, and then toast the pita until browned.
Modern Cobb Salad
A silky buttermilk-herb dressing makes this hearty salad come together. Summery ingredients like green beans, corn kernels, and cherry tomatoes create the perfect bite in this easy lunch.
This is the ultimate use-up-your-veggies lunch. The recipe calls for asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, and carrots—but swap in whatever veg you have on hand when lunch time rolls around.
Autumn Glow Salad
This plant-powered salad delivers over 50% of your daily fiber and one-third of your daily potassium goal. Butternut squash is an excellent source of eye-healthy vitamin A and a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C and blood pressure-supporting potassium.
Romaine, Celery, and Parmesan Salad
Romaine, Celery, and Parmesan Salad Recipe
This streamlined Caesar salad gets extra crunch from celery. We left the anchovies out of the dressing to keep it kid friendly, but if you're looking for that extra salty, fishy flavor, then go ahead and add it in.