Here are some healthy lunch ideas gluten free to get you on the road to better nutrition. Did you know that eating a gluten-free diet can help you lose weight? It’s true!. Finding healthy lunch ideas doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need a military-grade backpack filled with snacks, nor do you need a big cooler. With healthy lunch options available, packing a yummy lunch is stress-free and convenient. The key to finding go-to healthy lunch options is knowing what ingredients pair well together and how to cut down on prep time. Search for gluten-free recipes online or keep this handy list of easy gluten-free lunch ideas in the kitchen drawer for easy access!
Healthy Lunch Ideas Gluten Free
Looking for gluten-free recipes? There are plenty of gluten-free foods you can enjoy, check out our recipes below, then try our easy gluten-free recipes, gluten-free vegan recipes and gluten-free baking ideas.
Best Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas
1. Burrata With Pickled Spring Veg
A fresh and colourful way to eat burrata, this super-quick salad is the perfect light lunch. Sit the creamy cheese on top of pickled asparagus, baby carrots, radishes and more, then drizzle the whole lot with olive oil.
2. Spanish Tortilla With Paprika Ketchup
What could be more satisfying than homemade tortilla? Ours comes with homemade paprika ketchup, made using fresh vine tomatoes, pimentón, garlic granules and red wine vinegar. A spruced-up version of the classic Spanish staple – veggie and gluten-free.
3. Chickpea Fritters With Yogurt, Green Chilli And Cucumber Salad
Turn chickpeas into these lightly-spiced fritters and serve with a zesty cucumber salad for a quick, low-calorie lunch that’s gloriously gluten-free.
4. Halloumi And Mediterranean Veg Traybake
This gluten-free traybake packs in plenty of seasonal veg and salty halloumi for a vibrant lunch that’s ready in 30 minutes. There are lots more vegetable traybake recipes where this one came from.
5. Sweet Potato Melts With Rosemary, Garlic And Chilli
Top your baked sweet potatoes with gruyère, cheddar and rosemary for a comforting winter warmer that’ll keep you going until dinnertime.
6. Turmeric-Fried Veggie Rice
Try our vibrant turmeric-fried rice. This colourful gluten-free recipe is packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make.
7. Gluten-Free Fusilli With Salami And Cherry Tomatoes
Try our easy gluten-free fusilli pasta dish with salami and cherry tomatoes. The rich tomato sauce will have you counting down the hours until lunchtime.
8. Greek Salad
Master this absolute classic and you’ll never be short of a delicious lunch. The key to an authentic Greek flavour is plenty of oregano and red wine vinegar.
9. Quick Japanese-Style Rice Salad
Take just 15 minutes out of your day to make this super-fast, low-calorie lunch. Use ready-cooked or leftover rice for a clever time-saving hack, then mix with fresh king prawns, crunchy cucumber, avocado and edamame beans. Top with a sesame and rice vinegar dressing to bring everything together.
9. California Scramble
Think scrambled eggs are just for breakfast? Think again. Our colourful scramble packs in sweet baby tomatoes, warming red chilli and chunky slices of avocado. This easy meal for one has an indulgent feel and needs just a handful of ingredients to make.
10. Storecupboard Fried Rice
Fried rice is a fabulous fridge clearing dish that’s perfect for busy days when you don’t have a specific recipe in mind. Throw together spring onions, ham or bacon, frozen peas and a beaten egg for a bowlful of goodness in just 20 minutes. Drizzle with gluten-free tamari soy sauce to serve.
11. Niçoise Salad
A classic French-style salad, piled high with baby potatoes, red onion, eggs, Little Gem lettuce, olives, tuna and capers. Serve with a tangy honey-mustard dressing.
12. Healthy Bean Salad
Ready in just 20 minutes, this colourful salad is packed with green beans, kidney beans and cannellini beans, and comes finished with a green tahini dressing to boost the flavour.
13. Warm Lentil, Avocado And Feta Salad
Check out our easy lentil salad with avocado. This simple salad recipe is packed with crunchy cucumber, crumbly feta and fresh basil.
14. Warm Red Rice, Herb And Salmon Salad
Try this nutritious, spice-packed rice salad for a healthy midweek meal or easy lunch. Combine grilled salmon with a warm red rice base and extra veggies.
15. Warm Black Rice, Edamame And Prawn Salad
This punchy black rice, edamame and prawn salad is an easy midweek lunch for two.
16. Chicken Quinoa Salad
Looking for a simple and healthy salad recipe? Serve chicken breasts on a colourful bed of quinoa with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, sumac, mint and lemon zest. It’s low in calories, but absolutely packed with flavour. Discover more of our healthy salad recipes.
17. Sweet Potato Jackets With Smoked Mackerel And Dill YogurtLove jacket potatoes? Smoked mackerel and dill yogurt are an easy, healthy way to spice up baked sweet potato jackets.
18. Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Olives, cucumber, roasted red peppers and spices come together magically in this healthy chicken quinoa bowl recipe. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and a glass of cold Italian white wine.
19. Veggie Spring Rolls
Don’t be intimidated by these vibrant spring rolls–they’re easier to make than you might think. Stuffed with fresh raw vegetables, these stunners are an impressive healthy vegan appetizer for your next gathering.
20. Stuffed Avocados
Pimientos and a touch of cayenne enrich a light creamy dressing for a luxurious but healthful seafood salad. Stuff avocado halves with it for a sensational lunch or light supper.
21. Spinach & Strawberry Meal-Prep Salad
One of our most popular salad recipes, Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts (see Associated Recipes), gets a makeover in these simple yet totally satisfying meal-prep spinach salad bowls. They require minimal prep and can be customized to your taste. Swap in roasted salmon for the chicken thighs, and almonds or pecans for the walnuts, and use any fresh berry that looks good at your market.
22. Vegan Superfood Grain Bowls
This nutrient-packed grain bowl recipe comes together in 15 minutes with the help of a few convenience-food shortcuts like prewashed baby kale, microwavable quinoa and precooked beets. Pack these ahead to keep on hand for easy meal-prep lunches or dinners on busy nights.
23. Brussels Sprouts Salad With Crunchy Chickpeas
This healthy high-fiber salad comes together in just 10 minutes. Serve it right away or pack it in individual servings for four super-satisfying high-fiber lunches for the week ahead. To cut down on prep time, we’re using preshredded Brussels sprouts from the produce department and store-bought roasted chickpeas. Look for roasted chickpea snacks with the healthy snacks or nuts at your grocery store.
24. 3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad
We put a flavor twist on the classic chicken salad by using a lemon-herb mayonnaise. Try other mayo varieties, like roasted garlic or chipotle lime, in this fast, no-cook lunch recipe. Serve with whole-grain crackers.
25. Turkey & Cheddar Lettuce Wraps
Crispy green lettuce leaves hold the filling inside this low-carb turkey wrap. It’s perfect for lunch or a quick, easy dinner on the go.
26. Sweet Potato, Kale & Chicken Salad With Peanut Dressing
These hearty kale salads hold up well for 4 days, making them perfect for meal-prep lunches. To keep the ingredients from getting soggy, dress this salad and top it with peanuts just before serving. For a delicious vegan option, swap in roasted tofu for the chicken breast (see Associated Recipes).
27. Lemon-Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowls
Brimming with colorful roasted vegetables, these plant-based meal-prep lunch bowls are high in fiber to keep you full through the afternoon. The easy roasted veggies are based on a popular recipe from our sister magazine (see Associated Recipes). Feel free to use your favorite store-bought hummus to cut down on prep time, or make a batch of your own (see Tip). You can also sub in an 8-ounce microwaveable quinoa pouch to minimize cooking.
28. Spicy Slaw Bowls With Shrimp & Edamame
The quick 10-minute Spicy Cabbage Slaw serves as the low-carb base in this veggie-packed lunch recipe. Topped with high-protein edamame and shrimp, this satisfying lunch will help you power through the afternoon.
29. Chicken & Apple Kale Wraps
Using kale leaves instead of bread to wrap your filling makes this healthy chicken lunch recipe low-calorie (and lower in carbs!). If you can’t find lacinato (aka Tuscan) kale, try cabbage for your wrap.
30. Shrimp & Vegetable Red Rice Salad
This healthy rice salad is loaded with vegetables and protein. Serve it as a healthy dinner or pack it up and take it along for your next picnic. Bhutanese red rice has a nutty taste and pleasant chewy texture, but any type of whole-grain rice tastes great in this hearty salad recipe. Check package directions: depending on the variety, red rice cooks for 20 to 50 minutes.
31. Rainbow Veggie Spring Roll Bowl
With tons of colorful vegetables, sesame rice noodles and a healthy peanut sauce, this noodle bowl is a hit with adults and kids alike. Assemble the bowls before serving or let everyone make their own. Serve with Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.
32. Barbecue Chicken Kale Wraps
Smooth, lacinato kale (aka dinosaur kale) is topped with barbecue chicken, carrots and cabbage in this healthy, gluten-free lettuce wrap recipe. Try them for a low-carb dinner or light lunch.
34. Chicken Curry Cup Of Noodles
Make your own cup of instant soup at home with this chicken curry zoodle (spiralized zucchini noodles) recipe. Pack several jars at once to take to work for easy lunches throughout the week.
36. Spring Roll Salad
All the tastes, color and fun of a spring roll without all the work! This healthy salad recipe is bursting with the colors of rainbow from generous amounts of fresh vegetables, shrimp and whole grains all topped with a peanut dressing for the ultimate satisfying salad.
37. Taco Lettuce Wraps
Don’t limit yourself to lettuce for this low-carb, gluten-free taco lettuce wrap recipe–any fresh green sturdy enough to wrap around 1/2 cup of filling works.
38. Rice Noodle & Edamame Salad
Seaweed asserts its umami magic in this beautiful noodle-edamame salad recipe, which is perfect for a summer evening. Several types of dried seaweed are available in natural-foods markets–arame and dulse (sometimes called “sea vegetables”) are two of the most common. Snipped pieces of nori (the seaweed used for sushi rolls) would work too.
39. Cobb Egg Salad
The bacon, blue cheese and avocado in this egg salad make it decadent. Serve it open-face on a piece of toasted whole-grain bread.