Healthy easy vegetarian lunch ideas for work? You’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 tasty vegetarian lunch options that are total crowd pleasers.
Are you a vegetarian and has trouble preparing delicious lunch ideas for work? Do you wish to skip the sandwich, but still enjoy your lunch? If you answered yes, then this blog post is for you.
Healthy Easy Vegetarian Lunch Ideas For Work
Eating lunch in a restaurant every day is often repetitive, probably boring, definitely bad for your wallet and possibly even worse for you.
Even if you stumble across a local that’s unique, exciting and great value, there’s a good chance that as non meat-eaters you’ll still only have the choice between a bowl of tomato soup (the appetizer for others) or a bland salad consisting of lettuce and tomato.
Vegans get it even worse.
So we’re here to put you out of your misery – this round up boasts 18 vegetarian lunch ideas and all of them are…
- quick to make
- filling and
- easily storable in a lunchbox!
Talking of lunchboxes!
If you need a new one, we suggest perusing these:
1. Plastic Container Set (BPA free, will do for anything, even liquid)
2. Glass Container Set (BPA free and leak proof. A little heavier, but great, if you don’t want to microwave your food in plastic containers. I have a set, and I’m super satisfied – works excellent with soups)
The Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad
You won’t believe this tasty bad boy is actually good for you! Ready in 7 minutes, high in protein, fiber and absolutely delicious. Perfect for a quick lunch.
Smoky Tempeh, Apple, and Arugula Sandwich
The sandwich that encompasses fall and all its flavors! Smoky tempeh, sweet apples and spicy arugula, a perfect dipper for those winter soups.
Easy Mexican Breakfast Burritos
Ready in: 30 minutes (Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 20 minutes)
These amazing burritos only require 8 ingredients (plus salt & water), and by repeating some of the ingredients in the avocado cream, it’s incredibly easy to make.
Lentil Quinoa Salad
In this superfood salad red lentils and quinoa are jazzed up with crunchy almonds, tangy olives and creamy avocado.
Egg Fried Cauliflower Rice
Now how easy is that? So so good for you, basic ingredients and delivers on the flavour too!
Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing
Pasta Salad with an unbelievable Peanut Butter Dressing. Did we mention it’s actually healthy too? Ready in 15 minutes, and packed with fiber and protein.
Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad
Ready in: 30 minutes (Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 20 minutes)
Vegetarian lunch recipes
Grab a pack of courgetti or spiralize your own for a simple vegetarian supper
Beetroot, feta & grain salad
Turn a pouch of cooked grains, plus three other ingredients, into an easy, vibrant vegetarian meal in just two minutes!
Sweet potato & shallot quesadillas
Pack tortillas with fried banana shallots, sweet potato, broad beans and cheese, then toast for crisp golden brown quesadillas – ideal for lunch or supper
Crunchy bulgur salad
A vibrant summer salad with radishes, edamame beans, peppers, almonds and herbs, drizzled with a citrus dressing
Keep it green sandwich
Curly kale, avocado and a smattering of chickpeas make this a filling vegan option to perk up your lunchbox
Grilled peach panzanella
This refreshing salad is a new take on an Italian classic, with a touch of sweetness – pair it with pork belly for a summer roast
Mushroom buckwheat risotto
A filling veggie risotto using buckwheat and porcini mushrooms for a rich, earthy flavour
Spicy cauliflower rice with minty cucumber raita
A vegetarian, calcium, folate, fibre, iron and vitamin C-rich pilau that’s also 4 of your 5-a-day. Packed with goodness!
Griddled salad jar
This jar salad trend is a keeper! The dressing stays at the bottom of the container, and the leafy greens remain fresh and crisp until you’re ready to serve
Sweetcorn & courgette fritters
An easy, vegetarian fritter you can have on the table in 25 minutes. Top with an egg with a runny yolk and a drizzle of our chilli dressing
Pickled pineapple & sriracha grilled cheese
A spicy twist on the cheese toastie, combining 70s classic combination of pineapple and cheddar to irresistible effect
No-cook festival burrito
This vegan wrap doesn’t require any cooking, just lashings of lime and chilli sauce for delicious festival or camping sustenance
Goat’s curd & spring greens salad with popped buckwheat
A colourful salad with plenty of crunch – radishes, broccoli and buckwheat make a great contrast to sweet, smooth beetroot and creamy cheese
Roasted beetroot & goat’s cheese salad
Tangy balsamic vinegar, sweet beetroot and creamy goat’s cheese combine beautifully in this easy vegetarian salad that’s sure to impress, containing four of your five-a-day
Lemon roast vegetables with yogurt tahini & pomegranate
Make a stand-out yogurt dressing by adding a dollop of tahini. This easy veggie salad with chickpeas, aubergine, peppers and pomegranate is rich in omega-3, vitamin c, fibre, folate and calcium, plus it’s 3 of your 5-a-day
Green rice with beetroot & apple salsa
Why not make this healthy rice salad the night before to save time when you’re in a rush? We’ve added walnuts to the salsa as they’re rich in essential omega-3 fats
Supergreen soup with yogurt & pine nuts
A simple low-fat soup that’s a fresh new way to use a bag of mixed leaves – it’s rich in vitamin C, fibre, folate and calcium too
HEALTHY COLD LUNCH IDEAS (VEGETARIAN & EASY)
These simple healthy cold lunch ideas will solve all your clean eating problems (if you have any). Get inspired with these easy vegetarian lunch recipes that you can take to work or to school, they are delicious, nourishing, many gluten-free and vegan.
NO MICROWAVE AT WORK? NO PROBLEM!
If you feel sick every time you think you need to eat “lean protein with veggies”, (especially when you’re vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian)…If you look at that pale chicken breast with soggy broccoli you packed for lunch 3 days ago with nothing but disgust…I’m here to tell you: There’s hope, my friend. There is hope.
As Shakira once said, you can have it all – flavor, healthy body, free time and hips that don’t lie. (just so you know – usually hips are huge liars).
These meatless clean eating lunch ideas will make you feel good and not like the universe hates you. They’re not boring and take less than 30 minutes to make.
Cold lunches are great if you don’t have a microwave at work, at school or are afraid that incubating your food in a microwave will turn it into a radioactive mess. Definitely not talking about myself here.
So, COLD lunches it is.
HOW TO MEAL PREP LUNCHES FOR THE WEEK
If you want to eat healthy throughout the week, it is worth doing some sort of meal prep on Sunday. Otherwise, convenience can easily take over and leave you with chips in your mouth for lunch. I am not the biggest fan of meal prep food, but I like making some things ahead of time to make quick and easy lunches in no time. Here’s what you can do to prepare for the week and make eating healthy for lunch easier.
WASH AND CHOP UP PRODUCE.
You can prepare by having your fresh produce ready to go. For example, you can chop up some cabbage, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, whatever non-juicy fruits and vegetables you like. Once chopped, you can easily add them to make salads, bowls or wraps. Pack the chopped vegetables in an airtight container in the fridge and they will be good for the next 3 days.
PREPARE DRESSINGS AND DIPS.
The two things I usually like to make for the week are hummus and tzatziki. I keep my dressings pretty easy – some salt, some olive oil and some lemon juice are what I prefer in my salads. But if you do have some favorite healthy dressing recipes that you would like to use, feel free to make them ahead. Most will stay good in an airtight container for at least 3 days in the fridge.
Roasted vegetables are such a great addition to salads, bowls and wraps. They just make them more interesting and tasty. So, roast some vegetables in the oven like I did here and use them to make delicious healthy lunches.
COOK GRAINS AND LEGUMES
Cook some rice, quinoa, bulgur, millet, lentils – whatever grains and legumes you would like to have in your salads or lunch bowls. I usually use pre-cooked chickpeas and black beans when I cook, just because it’s much easier, but I do make my lentils, rice and quinoa ahead and it saves so much time.
HEALTHY VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOWLS
5-MINUTE MEDITERRANEAN BOWL
Okay, there’s a reason this one’s one of my most popular recipes on the blog. It’s amazing. It’s easy to make, works for meal prep and is full of flavor. With a salad, hummus, tzatziki and olives this vegan bowl is delicious, fresh and filling. The recipe is here.
SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN BOWLS
Full of flavor and so easy to make! Roast some vegetables, add some black beans, mashed avocado salad and lunch is ready. Recipe here.
HEALTHY VEGETARIAN LUNCH SALADS
HEALTHY AVOCADO CHICKPEA SALAD
Salads with chickpeas are so filling and so tasty. This one is not completely vegan, but if you get rid of the feta cheese – you’re good to go. It’s filled with fiber and antioxidants and is a very tasty, refreshing healthy lunch. I prep the ingredients the night before and then throw them all together in the morning with the dressing. Keeps well like this until lunch. Recipe here.
QUINOA DETOX SALAD
This is a super healthy quinoa salad with avocado and tons of antioxidants. By far, my favorite quinoa salad. I have a similar quinoa salad here, but this one is to die for. I wouldn’t do too much meal prep with this, since the ingredients are very fresh, but to make this quicker during the week pre-cook your quinoa. The rest you can slice and put together in the morning (takes about 7-8 min). Pack dressing (olive oil, lemon juice) separately from the salad and mix it all together right before it’s time to eat.