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Packable Lunch Recipes

packable lunch recipes

No offense, PB&J, but grownups need something more exciting for our midday meal. These grab-and-go lunch recipes travel well, taste great at room temperature, and include hearty, protein-rich elements to keep you going until dinner.


Lemony Hummus Sandwich with Cucumber & Radish Sprouts

The hummus in this sandwich incorporates whole chickpeas, which add great texture, and a pinch of cumin, which makes it especially interesting and flavorful.

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Brown Rice Salad with Apples and Cheddar

Feeling nostalgic for your school days? This hearty lentil salad includes two classic kid-lunch items: apples and Cheddar. It travels well and is best eaten at room temperature.

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Flat Omelet with Scallions & Pickles

Eggs are a delicious source of protein in this elegant lunch or light dinner. They can be cooked a day ahead and taste great at room temperature, too.

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Chai-Spiced Fruit Compote with Yogurt

Dress up any yogurt with this easy-to-pack, fragrant, warmly-spiced compote.

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Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese with Fruit & Nuts

This pack-and-go lunchtime take on the cheese plate is as easy as packing up marinated cheese, nuts, bread, and fruit and then putting them together when you're ready for lunch.

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Spicy Italian Ham & Salami Sandwich

A mojo-like sauce made with fresh lime juice, garlic, and lots of fresh oregano perks up the flavor of a classic Italian sub.

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Lentil, Tuna & Roasted Pepper Salad

Give your tuna sandwich a makeover. Here, roasted peppers are transformed with a tangy vinaigrette and paired with lentils, tuna, and fresh tomatoes.

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Curried Turkey & Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries

It’s the citrus and spices that make this salad special, so feel free to use whatever small pasta you have on hand. You can also sub in rotisserie chicken if you don’t have turkey.

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Chilled Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

We love chilled soups for easy lunchtime fare. Roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and sweet smoked paprika give this one an intriguing smoky flavor.

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Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes with Tangy Cucumbers and Yogurt

Every element of this vegetarian pack-and-tote lunch—except for the yogurt—can be left out at room temperature until you’re ready to eat. Your lunch will be all the more flavorful for it.

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Greek Salad Pitas with Olive-Garlic Tapenade

The tapenade is a cinch to make and the salad mixture is portable, so feel free to pack it up; just be sure to put the salad mixture in a container and add it to the pitas just before eating so they don't get soggy.

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