I know we’ve all been there, that moment when you’re tired of eating expensive and boring takeout for lunch and you want something that’s flavorful, satisfying, and helps you rein in your budget. No worries! You can swap out that overpriced takeout for a homemade lunch with these 22 Easy Lunch Ideas, including no-cook lunch ideas, lunch salads, and vegetarian lunch options. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can reference it the next time you need a simple lunch idea! ;)
Easy Lunch IDeas
We’re starting things off with 5 quick & easy lunch ideas that are not only delicious, but they can also be made in just 15 minutes or less!
Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas
Fifteen minutes is all you’ll need to make these Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas. They’re easy, flavorful, and perfect to make ahead and freeze for later!
Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad
This Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad is super easy, creamy, and delicious! It’s made with a mayo-free dressing and can be served as a salad, stuffed into a pita, or piled between two hearty slices of bread.
Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen
Ditch the plain instant ramen…this Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen is rich in flavor, includes a delicious broth and comes together in just 15 minutes!
Classic Tuna Salad
We’re not making any boring tuna salads over here. Our Classic Tuna Salad is full of flavor, texture, and perfect for a quick lunch meal.
The Best Veggie Sandwich
We’ve got the formula to help you make the Best Veggie Sandwich ever! And because veggie sandwiches are super flexible, we have tons of ingredient suggestions and flavor combos for you to try!
Lunch Salad Ideas
Salads are an easy go-to meal for lunch, but if you’re going to have a salad then it might as well be one that’s loaded with flavor, texture, and easy to make! Check out our favorite lunch salads below.
Ramen Noodle Salad
If you love salads with Asian-inspired flavors, then you’ve definitely got to try this Ramen Noodle Salad! It’s made with simple ingredients like shredded cabbage, chicken, carrots, green onions, and uncooked ramen noodles for a little extra CRUNCH!
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad
If you want to mix things up for lunch, then save the recipe for this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad. You can serve it as is or with a tortilla as a wrap sandwich, or mix it with cooked pasta for a really good pasta salad.
Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad
This Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad is full of juicy chicken breast, almonds, lots of kale and the best homemade honey Dijon dressing!
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Mediterranean Tuna Salad is another salad that holds up great in the fridge, making it perfect for lunch and meal prep! It includes tuna, fresh vegetables, white beans, a little feta cheese, and a tangy homemade vinaigrette.
Cold Peanut Noodle Salad
Our popular Cold Peanut Noodle Salad is a super simple salad recipe that comes together with just a few ingredients and is topped with a creamy, tangy, peanut-lime dressing.
Chicken Salad with Apples
Chicken Salad with Apples is another Budget Bytes favorite! It’s filling, easy to prepare, and easy to customize. Serve it for lunch with a croissant, your favorite bread, with crackers, or as a topper for a green salad.
No Cook Lunch Ideas
If you’re looking for quick lunch ideas that require very little prep, we’ve got you covered! These no-cook lunch boxes and recipes are easy to meal prep and place in the fridge, so you can just grab your lunch and go!
The Hummus Lunch Box
This Hummus Lunch Box is a great no-cook lunch option to have as a meal or snack. You can mix and match the ingredients to find a combination you love, then enjoy it as is, as a pita sandwich, or with a salad.
Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl
This Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl is light and fresh, but still filling enough to serve as a whole meal!
The Cheese Board Lunch Box
Another great lunch box option is The Cheese Board Lunch Box. It’s like your own personal charcuterie board for lunch! ;)
Turkey Pinwheels are always a fun and simple way to make lunch for work or school. They’re also super versatile. Grab the basic formula in our recipe, then feel free to switch up the ingredient combinations!
The Peanut Butter Lunch Box
The Peanut Butter Lunch Box includes both sweet and savory side items that are all delicious dipped into the creamy peanut butter.
This Antipasto Salad is another great lunch option. All of the toppings stay pretty fresh when stored separately, so you can make half batches, ¼ batches, or even one salad at a time!
Vegetarian Lunch Recipes
If you’re looking for some good vegetarian lunch options, we’ve got a few that we think you’ll love!
Spinach and Feta Grilled Cheese
Seriously, who can resist a cheesy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich for lunch? Take it up a notch with this Spinach and Feta Grilled Cheese sandwich!
Creamy White Bean and Spinach Quesadillas
Switch things up for lunch with these Creamy White Bean and Spinach Quesadillas. They’re crispy on the outside, rich in flavor, and can be made in just 20 minutes.
Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad
This Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad is a great vegetarian salad option. It has incredible flavor and texture combinations including fresh apple and kale, roasted sweet potatoes, and a maple tahini dressing.
Roasted Cauliflower Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Ranch
I mean who doesn’t love a good taco bowl? Roasted Cauliflower Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Ranch are super yummy, easy to customize, and great for meal prep!
Roasted Vegetable Salad Meal Prep
In the mood for more veggies? These Roasted Vegetable Salad Meal Prep boxes are delicious and another great option that’s easy to make and customize with your favorite veggies and dressing.