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    The 35 BEST Healthy Lunch Ideas

    If you’re looking for some light and healthy mid-day meals, we have you covered!

    This collection of amazing Healthy Lunch Ideas will have you chowing down happily, without any guilt!

    Here you’ll find everything from soups to salads, make ahead meal prep ideas, lightened up versions of your favorites, and so much more!

    Go through all of these wonderful healthy lunch ideas. We’re sure you’ll find some new favorites!

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    The Best Healthy Lunch Ideas:

    1. Shrimp Foil Packets with Summer Veggies

    We’re starting our list of healthy lunch ideas with these Shrimp Foil Packets. They are a delicious healthy lunch with all your favorite summer veggies.

    Ready in just 12 minutes on your grill, campfire or even in the oven, this is great meal prep.

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    2. Greek Chicken Souvlaki

    This Greek Chicken Souvlaki is beautifully marinated chicken bites, skewered and cooked to perfection.

    All you need is some pita pockets and you are set for one delicious healthy lunch with all Mediterranean goodies like Greek salad with olives and tzatziki.

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    3. Tortellini Pasta Salad with Prosciutto

    This gorgeous Tortellini Pasta Salad is one dish that looks as great as it tastes. It’s so quick and easy, yet such a crowd pleaser.

    Whether you’re hosting a pot luck, or make it as a regular healthy lunch, it will be always hit.

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    4. Smoked Salmon Flatbread

    This smoked salmon flatbread makes a great healthy lunch or light dinner that comes together in no time.

    It has a great combination of flavors: cold smoked salmon, dill infused cream cheese, capers, fresh tomatoes, arugula and a nice squeeze of lemon juice. It’s like your bagels and lox taken to the next level!

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    5. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Inspired by P.F. Chang, these quick and tasty chicken lettuce wraps are a sure crowd pleaser!

    A great healthy lunch, no one will stop at just one…

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    6. Sesame Chicken Bowls

    These Sesame Chicken Bowls are the easy answer to your Chinese food cravings. In less than half an hour, you can have your own, customizable dish that’s so much better than takeout.

    They’re a breeze to make, and are a great healthy meal prep option to prepare in bulk. You’ll just love these leftovers for lunch.

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    7. Vietnamese Chicken Salad 

    This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is your bowl of vibrant freshness from crunchy veggies and loads of herbs.

    In every bite there is a perfect combination of sweet, savory and tangy with the slightest hint of spice, thanks to their beloved Nuoc Cham dressing. Try this chicken salad in healthy avatar.

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    8. Balela Salad (Middle Eastern Bean Salad)

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty, colorful salad comes from many Middle Eastern countries and is bursting with flavors and textures.

    This is one of our favorite meatless healthy lunch ideas.

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    9. TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl

    This Salmon Rice Bowl is a great way to use leftovers, and it only takes moments to prepare.

    If you have some leftover salmon and rice in the fridge, this is the best and easiest way to repurpose it for a quick and healthy lunch.

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    10. Shakshuka

    Shakshuka – So much more than your regular eggs! With so much flavor from the herbs and spices, this Middle Eastern classic will become your favorite in no time.

    Keep that crusty bread ready to scoop out this deliciousness.

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    11. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean Pasta is your new meatless lunch option. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love. 

    With just a few simple ingredients, this easy and healthy lunch will be on the table in no time. And it’s also versatile. Missing an ingredient? No problem!

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    12. Sauteed Spinach and Potatoes (Aloo Palak)

    If you are craving for Indian, try this easy and yet delicious vegetarian dish with spinach and potatoes.

    You would need few Indian staple spices to make this quick Indian popular dish for lunch.

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    13. Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

    This Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables is one of my new favorite light lunches. It’s so refreshing, a perfect alternative to those summer burgers.

    It’s a great make ahead dish, perfect for meal prep. And it goes great with a variety of proteins (we used shrimp this time), or you can skip them and go meatless.

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    14. Hawaiian Chicken Salad

    Hawaiian Chicken Salad – Take a look at this colorful platter. It’s full of tropical flavors, a variety of textures, and it happens to be healthy.

    This is a great summertime dish, when you want something light, yet satisfying.

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    15. Ground Turkey Tacos

    These Ground Turkey Tacos are absolutely delicious, loaded with flavors. It’s all in the seasonings and plenty of toppings!!

    Try this luscious, juicy ground turkey meat in between your favorite tacos, and make a very healthy, light meal out of your tacos. All this under in 20 minutes. Really? Read on…

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    16. Egg Roll Soup

    This Egg Roll Soup is everything you dream about in your beloved egg roll, but in a cozy, delicious low carb soupified way. This is one of our favorite keto soup recipes!

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    17. Fall Pasta Salad

    Who says pasta salad is just a summertime potluck thing? Our Fall Pasta Salad is brimming with all the best flavors of autumn.

    Roasted veggies, crisp apples, sweet dried cranberries, and so much more. This is one of those salads where every bite brings a new combination of flavors.

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    18. Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

    Gado Gado is a famous salad out of Indonesia. It’s loaded with veggies, carbs and protein for a complete meal, and topped with the most amazing peanut dressing.

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    19. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    We’re starting this pasta salad list with something which is basic, simple, easy, quick and yet so satisfying and delicious.

    Make this colorful pasta for your everyday easy and healthy lunches.

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    20. Ground Turkey Chili

    Ground Turkey Chili – When the temperatures start to dip, sometimes there’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili, loaded with your favorite toppings.

    This lightened up version subs out the usual red meat in favor of ground turkey, and trust me, it’s just as delicious and satisfying.

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    21. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    Quick, easy, healthy… this vegetarian black bean chili, based on Panera’s black bean soup, whips up in half hour or less.

    It’s a great make ahead meatless option.

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    22. Japchae

    It’s a beautiful, stunning and colorful stir fry with chewy, slippery and fun sweet potato glass noodles (which are glutern-free) and tons of veggies.

    Often served cold or at room temperature, it’s a great healthy lunch idea.

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    23. Bahamian Boiled Fish

    Give your family a pleasant surprise with this most popular Bahamian delicacy, Boiled Fish.

    This recipe is jammed-packed with your favorite flavors, like flaky fish in a broth seasoned with thyme, lime juice, onions, potatoes, bacon, and hot pepper.

    Traditionally eaten for breakfast, it also makes a great lunch!

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    24. Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl

    Look at this healthy and delicious Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl. This bowl is full of nutritious and filling ingredients, as well as bright colors and interesting textures.

    Meal prep it ahead of time and save it for your midweek lunches!

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    25. Chicken Tikka Gyros

    Chicken Tikka Gyros!! Does such thing exist? It does NOW! Right here on GypsyPlate.

    Who wouldn’t like to take a bite of Indian flavored chicken bites wrapped in your favorite pita bread, topped with Greek flavors.

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    26. Pasta Primavera

    This pasta primavera recipe makes a dish that’s packed with vegetables, healthy and easy!

    While it might sound like a summer dish, you can make it all year round, and you’ll want to thanks to its satisfying flavor and versatile ingredients.

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    27. Meal Prep Orange Chicken

    How about juicy and tender chicken bites, cooked in a delicious sticky orange garlic teriyaki sauce? From this simple meal prep chicken, you can have your lunches so many ways.

    Unlike take out, it’s not deep fried.

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    28. Fresh Spring Rolls

    These fresh spring rolls are totally phenomenal! They’re homemade, healthy, easy to make, and packed with fresh vegetables.

    They’re filled with fresh basil, soft butter lettuce, crunchy carrots, cucumber, red peppers, and crisp red cabbage.

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    29. Asian Salmon Kabobs

    These Asian salmon kabobs aren’t just easy to make, they’re also delicious, healthy, hearty, and light.

    The flavors, and colors, are fantastic, and it uses awesome ingredients like red onions, fresh pineapple chunks, and zucchini.

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    30. Italian Chicken Wrap

    Do you ever stare at fancy sandwiches on display, wishing you could make something like them? Now you can with this Italian chicken wrap! It’s filled with great Italian flavors, and it’s healthy!

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    31. Egg Roll in a Bowl

    It’s exactly what it sounds like – it’s egg roll in a bowl! This egg roll in a bowl recipe is the perfect way to get your takeout fix while staying on the healthy side.

    You can make it with your choice or ground turkey or chicken, and it makes an unbelievably tasty lunch.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    32. Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

    If you find yourself craving a Chipotle bowl, but you want to stay healthier and save some money, try this chicken burrito bowl recipe!

    You’ll save calories and time, and you won’t even miss the bowls from the restaurants.

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    33. Avocado Tuna Salad

    Despite the simple name, this avocado tuna salad is far from boring! It’s got it all – bright colors, a perfect blend of textures, and a bunch of amazingly delicious flavors.

    This is the perfect salad to make for a healthy lunch.

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    34. Loaded Greek Chicken Avocado Salad

    This super healthy and yummy salad has some serious Greek favors. Chicken marinating in super easy and tasty marinade, which will be used as dressing as well later.

    You can grill or pan cook the chicken to perfection and then it goes on a bed of all the Greek staples like cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, kalamata olives, green peppers and feta cheese. ALL YUM. It’s just like any restaurant quality Greek salad.

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    35. Chunky Shrimp Guacamole

    We’re wrapping up our list of healthy lunch ideas with a fun take on a classic. Go a little beyond regular guacamole.

    Add some cooked shrimp into the mix and you have a great base for a lunch. Serve it with chips, crostini or crackers.

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    So many awesome healthy lunch ideas! We hope you love them as much as we do!

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    35 BEST Healthy Lunch Ideas

    This collection of easy Healthy Lunch Ideas will give you plenty of guilt free ways to enjoy your mid-day meal. We love this easy black bean soup:


    • 3 15.5 oz cans black beans
    • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 bell peppers
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup vegetable stock
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 Tbsp cooking oil


      1. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.
      2. Chop onion, peppers and garlic. Add to heated pan and sauté 5 minutes.
      3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to low boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.

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