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

Lunch ideas, lunch recipes, healthy lunch ideas

Need midday inspiration? Us too. Even as cookbook authors and recipe writers, sometimes lunchtime gets the better of us. But guess what? There are lots of ways to make lunch-time exciting! We’ve combed through our archives in search of all the best lunch ideas…and re-discovered a few great recipes of our own to put into the rotation.

That said, here are all the best healthy and easy lunch recipes for midday inspiration! These recipes are one of two things: either easy to put together on the spot, or easy to meal prep and do well in the fridge over a few days. Here are the categories of recipes you’ll see below:

  • Sandwiches and toasts
  • Roll ups and wraps
  • Make ahead salads
  • Dips
  • Make ahead soups
  • Lunch bowls
  • Healthy treats

And now…easy healthy lunch ideas that are non boring!

Healthy lunch side ideas

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

40 Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas: Hummus Bowls & More!

  • 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

Keywords: Lunch recipes

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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