Looking for low-effort lunches that are easy to transport? Here are all our favorite healthy lunch ideas, from quickest to most prep.

Desk lunch ideas

How do you lunch? For us, it’s simple. Seriously simple. It’s actually part of Alex and my strategy for eating healthy in the long-term. You see: we stay simple on breakfast and lunch to save all our meal prep energy for dinner recipes! Besides, who has time to worry about lunch anyway? When you’re on the go or eating a desk lunch at the office, you need something quick and healthy to power through the day.

Our beef with most lunch ideas? They’re too involved! No one has time to cook an entire soup or stir fry, unless it’s leftovers. With that in mind, here’s our list of no-frills healthy lunch ideas! The best part? Each recipe is listed in order from quickest to most prep time involved: so you know the ideas at the top of the list are the quickest! Ready to get started?

More lunch recipes? Go to Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas or Easy Lunch Ideas.

And now, our best healthy lunch ideas!

More lunch recipes!

We’ve got lots of lunch ideas around here! Here are a few more of our favorites:

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins These muffins are lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas (no flour)! Top with peanut butter or almond butter for a filling meal.
  • Greek Orzo Salad This herby orzo salad is a favorite and full of Greek flavors, bursting with fresh dill and mint, feta cheese, and tangy lemon. Make it ahead and it keeps for a 2 to 3 days in the fridge.
  • Healthy Chocolate Snack Need a chocolate fix? This chocolate snack tastes rich and chocolaty, but it’s just Greek yogurt, cocoa powder and maple syrup. And it’s made in 2 minutes!
  • Lentil Salad with Feta This zesty Mediterranean-style lentil salad is packed with big flavor and plant based protein! It’s a great lunch idea and gets better as it sits in the fridge.
  • More lunch ideas: 18 Easy Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

What to serve alongside

We offered a few “side” recipes for lunch, but here are a few more items that make these recipes into a meal:

  • Roasted salted nuts: almonds, cashews, etc
  • Dried fruit: apricots, tart cherries, raisins
  • Fresh fruit: Apple slices, peaches, plums, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries
  • Veggie sticks: Bell pepper strips, carrots, celery, kohlrabi
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Simple chickpea salad

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Easy Chickpea Salad & More

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


A 5-minute healthy lunch idea! This simple chickpea salad is easy to throw together: the perfect healthy plant based desk lunch or quick fix dinner.


  • 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup English cucumber, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 pinch celery seed or fresh torn herbs (parsley, dill, basil, etc), optional


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  2. Dice the bell pepper. Chop the cucumber (peel it if you’re using a standard cucumber; English cucumber doesn’t need to be peeled).
  3. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients. Taste and add salt as desired. Serve with crackers or pita triangles.
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Healthy Lunch Ideas

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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