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Try these easy lunch ideas: the best non-boring foods for midday! You’ll look forward to these lunch recipes all morning.

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Need midday inspiration? Sometimes lunchtime gets the better of us. But guess what? There are lots of ways to make lunchtime exciting: starting with these best easy lunch ideas! The recipe below are one of two things: easy to put together on the spot, or easy to meal prep in advance. You’ll find our favorite sandwiches, roll ups and wraps, make ahead salads, dips, make ahead soups, lunch bowls, healthy treats and more! Ready to get started?

And now…easy lunch ideas to look forward to!

Sides to round out these lunch recipes

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

More inspiration

We’ve got lots more lunch recipes where those come from! Here are a few more recipe collections to browse:

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Hummus Bowl

45 Easy Lunch Ideas: Hummus Bowls & More!

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


A hummus bowl makes the best easy lunch or dinner: no cooking required! Layer a dollop with crunchy veggie toppings.


  • ⅓ cup hummus
  • 1 pita bread, sliced into wedges
  • 1 handful Kalamata olives
  • 1 handful red onion slices (or shallot)
  • 8 English cucumber slices (or standard cucumber, peeled)
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 handful baby greens or chopped lettuce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese, to sprinkle (optional or use vegan feta for vegan)
  • ½ cup cooked rice or packaged pre-cooked rice (optional)
  • Optional toppings: Roasted red peppers, caper berries, fresh herbs, frozen or homemade falafel, etc.


  1. Place greens and rice in the bowl, if using (try packaged pre-cooked rice for a quick shortcut). If using rice, season it with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Top with hummus, sliced cucumber, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Eat with pita wedges, using the hummus as a dip / dressing for the veggies.
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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!