20 Easy Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Wondering how to eat meatless at lunch? Here are healthy & easy vegetarian lunch ideas that will keep you full all afternoon.

Chickpea salad sandwich | Vegetarian chicken salad sandwich | Easy lunch recipes

Lunch is one of the hardest times of the day to eat healthy, right? In the middle of a crazy day, the last thing you want to think about when your stomach is rumbling is clean eating! But Alex and I have found with just a little bit of planning, lunch time can be manageable! Here are a few of the real life recipes that we eat for lunch.

The vegetarian lunch ideas you’ll find here? Simple ones.

Let’s start with a clarification of what you’ll find here. These vegetarian lunch ideas are ultra simple. You won’t find Alex and me eating a veggie burger or a hearty stew for lunch. Because we like to save the big guns for dinner! We’d rather spend our main cooking energy on healthy dinner recipes. These vegetarian lunch ideas include sandwiches, snacks, and dips you can mix and match to form a meal.

One note on protein: When you’re eating vegetarian, it’s important to make sure your lunch has enough plant-based protein so you stay full. Here’s more about how to get protein as a vegetarian. Some lunch ideas stand alone, like our Chickpea Salad Sandwich. But others are things you could combine to make a meal: for example, hummus, crackers, a hardboiled egg and an apple. Most of our vegetarian lunch recipes are simple to put together day of, or easy to make a big batch of and eat off of during the week.

Want all plant based recipes? Go to Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas.

And now: our our favorite vegetarian lunch ideas!

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Chickpea salad sandwich | Vegetarian chicken salad sandwich | Easy lunch recipes

Chickpea Salad Sandwich


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x

Description

Looking for easy vegetarian lunch ideas? This delicious chickpea salad sandwich is a vegetarian version of chicken salad made using chickpeas!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, vegan mayonnaise, or cashew cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 4 slices bread (try our Homemade Bread)
  • Lettuce, spring green mix, or sprouts
  • Hummus, optional

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the celery (if it’s a large stalk, cut in half lengthwise first). Thinly slice the green onions.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. In a medium bowl, smash the chickpeas with a fork.
  3. Combine the chickpeas with the chopped celery and green onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and celery seed. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on your chickpea brand and taste preferences, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Taste and salt until the flavor pops! If the salad is dry, add more mayonnaise (cooked chickpeas have a drier texture than canned).
  4. Assemble the chickpea salad sandwich: If desired, spread the bread with hummus (this amps it up a bit but not required). Top the sandwich with lettuce or greens and chickpea spread.

  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Sandwich

Keywords: Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Last updated: March 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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