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Try these cold lunch ideas that are bursting with flavor and freshness! From wraps and vibrant salads to light and satisfying bowls, this guide has something for everyone, keeping you energized all afternoon long.

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Dreading another boring brown bag? Here at A Couple Cooks we’re always looking for lunchtime inspiration. So escape the midday rut with these top cold lunch ideas! From vibrant bowls to protein-packed wraps, light and satisfying salads to colorful sandwiches, this collection offers something for every taste bud and dietary preference. Even better, they all keep or transport well (see the specific recipe posts for storage and make ahead instructions). Ready to get started?

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Tuna wrap

25 Cold Lunch Ideas

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


A tuna wrap makes a tasty, easy lunch filled with tuna salad and crunchy veggies! Bookmark this recipe for lunchtime inspiration.


  • 1 5-ounce can white meat tuna
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon shredded or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 2 handfuls chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 2 10-inch burrito style wraps


  1. Drain the tuna. Place it in a bowl and use a fork to break apart any large clumps.
  2. Use a fork to mix together the tuna, chopped celery, green onion, dill pickles, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, dried dill, and kosher salt. Add the Parmesan cheese if desired (it really steps it up a notch!). 
  3. Place an even layer of lettuce on a tortilla, and top it with some of the red cabbage and red pepper. Place half of the tuna salad filling on top (see the photo). 
  4. Make a burrito style-wrap by folding in each side of the tortilla, then rolling it up from the bottom. (A small amount filling may come out after rolling.) Slice the wrap in half.
  5. Eat immediately, or wrap it up in parchment or wax paper for storage and refrigerate until serving, up to 8 hours. (Do not wrap in plastic, or the wrap becomes soggy. To make ahead, you can also pack the tuna salad and chopped veggies in separate containers and refrigerate, then assemble the wrap directly before serving.)
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Lunch

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!