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55 Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas (Quick and Healthy Recipes)

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These delicious recipes are perfect for a simple midweek meal or super hearty, protein-packed vegan lunch ideas for busy days.

There’s something in here for just about every mood, preference or season!

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Let’s face it, lunch doesn’t get many people going as much as dinner does. It can be boring and perceived as a major step-down from the delightful breakfast.

To put it bluntly, lunch is the meal we stuff our faces in just to quell hunger, which is kinda sad because there are a billion savoury and exciting ideas out there. 

Just take the tasty ones in our compilation as examples.

They’re colourful, full of flavour, loaded with veggies and include your favourite store cupboard ingredients.

In fact, combined with vegan breakfasts and vegan dinners, you could make a complete menu out of them. Not sure which to pair? I’ve made all the decisions for you in our free 7-day vegan meal plan, a complete guide to making the most delicious and easy vegan recipes!

Easy and Awesome Vegan Lunch Ideas and Recipes

Don’t get us wrong, salads are great and I’ve included some solid choices here but there’s more to life than those colourful mixtures. 

That’s why I’m presenting you with a much more delicious and diverse variety of dishes.

Just scroll through the different sections of our vibrant list and experiment with new flavours and textures, making lunch a meal you look forward to!

Sandwiches, Wraps and Spreads

Vegan Tempeh Sandwich

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4.78 from 31 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 547kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: my pick for a quick and hearty sandwich

This tempeh sandwich is THE new vegan sandwich. Mega tasty and super nutritional, it sets the new bar for all sandwich lovers out there.

Speedy Vegan Burrito

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4.82 from 22 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 316kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: an easy recipe that makes a healthy and versatile meal

The new vegan burrito is here, paving the way and setting the standard. Mega quick and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Chickpea Wraps

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4.84 from 31 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 428kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: slather some avocado on these before adding the filling!

Chickpea Wraps – these firm faves are really easy to make, super tasty and oh-so-satisfying. We’ll even show you how to roll them properly!

Smooching Mushrooms on Toast

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4.80 from 20 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 332kcal
Ready in:12 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: quick, comforting, delicious and so healthy 🙂

Our delicious vegan take on the trendiest cafe food of the moment, Mushrooms on Toast. It’s perfect for everything from a savory breakfast, quick and nourishing lunch to a light dinner.

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Asian Slaw Vegan Wraps with Cauliflower Rice

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Protein: 6 g
Calories: 197 kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ThisHealthyKitchen
Bonus: flavourful, savoury, peanutty and satisfying

For AMAZING fresh wraps with peanutty, delicious flavour, look no further than these nutritious Asian slaw vegan wraps. Perfect to feed a crowd.

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Vegan Egg Mayo Sandwich

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Protein: 9 g
Calories: 132 kcal
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: VeganPunks
Bonus: tasty, easy, healthy, perfect for a quick lunch

This vegan egg mayo sandwich could be the quickest recipe on our website! It takes just ten minutes to make. Perfect for lunch in a hurry or make the night before ready for the next day.

Easy Vegan Caprese Sandwich

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Protein: 11 g
Calories: 210 kcal
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: StaceyHomeMaker
Bonus: quick, filling, tasty and so healthy

Thick-cut slices of juicy heirloom tomatoes, creamy vegan mozzarella, fresh basil, and tangy balsamic glaze between two slices of toasted bread makes a delicious, easy vegan sandwich that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner! 

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Vegan Crispy Buffalo Tofu Wrap Recipe

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Protein: 15 g
Calories: 358 kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes (20 minutes prep)
Recipe by: TheHealthyToast
Bonus: full of flavor, taste and health benefits meal

This vegan crispy buffalo tofu wrap recipe is packed with flavor and texture. It makes for the perfect high protein vegan lunch.

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Peruvian Sandwich (Sanguche)

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Protein: 11 g
Calories: 404 kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: VeggieDesserts
Bonus: one of the best sandwich recipes out there

This tasty Peruvian Sandwich (vegetales sanguche) is filled with vegetables roasted in Peruvian spices, then layered with avocado and quick pickled red onions.

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Smoky Chickpea Lavash Wrap

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Protein: 10 g
Calories: 222 kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: StaceyHomeMaker
Bonus: easy, flavorful, simple ingredients and high in protein meal

Vegan lavash wraps stuffed with a smoky chickpea, tomato, and onion mixture, crisp slices of refreshing cucumber, and fresh spinach make the best lunch or dinner! The wraps are easy to make and ready in 30 minutes! Enjoy them at home or eat them on the go for a satisfying and filling meal.

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Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Panini

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Protein: 28 g
Calories: 460.6 kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: APlantifulPath
Bonus: packed with protein

This Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Panini is a delicious pizza in a sandwich! An easy, and satisfying lunch or dinner that’s quick and easy, and oh so good!

Best Vegan Egg Salad

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Protein: 7 g
Calories: 190 kcal
Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: VeganBlueBerry
Bonus: super quick, nutritious, tasty and perfect for lunch box

This easy Vegan Egg Salad recipe is created in 5 minutes or less with mashed tofu, vegan mayo, nutrition yeast flakes, and amazing black salt (kala namak) that adds real ‘eggy’ flavor.  The texture and flavor might fool your taste buds into thinking that this is ‘real’ egg salad!

Salads

Vegan Chickpea Winter Salad – Ready in 15 mins

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4.83 from 23 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 398kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: fresh, tasty, incredibly healthy salad

An animal-friendly, fresh and tangy winter salad with some serious health benefits. It’s fresh and new, but still prepped within 15 minutes – awesome!

Fitness Lentil Bean Salad

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4.75 from 43 votes
Protein: 34g
Calories: 551kcal
Ready in:25 minutes

Bonus: eat with some bread on the side for a filling lunch

This fitness lentil bean salad is a ridiculously high in protein post-workout or pack-and-go lunch salad. 40g per bowl. Ready in 7 minutes. Tasty and effective.

Colourful Tabbouleh Salad

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 9g
Calories: 370kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: use the vegetable broth to cook the couscous

Colourful Tabbouleh Salad – bring Mediterranean flair to the table or into your lunch box! Ready in just 15 minutes, vegan and super tasty!

Vietnamese Green Noodle Salad

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 16g
Calories: 515kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a unique, quick and filling salad

Ready to blow your taste buds away with a Vietnamese green noodle salad? Grab your noodles and tofu and chop-chop!

Moroccan Couscous Salad

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4.80 from 15 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 427kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: amazingly delicious, fun to make and so healthy

Authentic Moroccan Couscous salad. An exotic blend of heady spices, juicy fruits and fresh veggies and fluffy couscous. Exceptionally high in fiber and veggie goodness.

Arugula Lentil Salad From Heaven

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4.65 from 48 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 529kcal
Ready in:12 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, tasty, nutritious and really healthy

High protein, iron and fibre in exotic Arugula and Lentil Salad that’s healthy and vegan. Only 12 minutes to make with easy to find ingredients.

High Protein White Bean Salad

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4.67 from 27 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 416kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: quick, filling, satisfying and incredibly healthy

High Protein White Bean Salad that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B2 and B6 as well as iron and calcium. Takes less than 10 minutes.

Thai Quinoa Salad

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4.89 from 9 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 469kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: light, tasty and really healthy

Thai Quinoa Salad – Tropical Vibes. A refreshingly light, tasty Asian super-dish with lots of protein, fiber and tropical flavour. Get your summer feeling here.

Lentil Quinoa Salad

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4.88 from 8 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 520kcal
Ready in:27 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: serve with a dressing for the ultimate lunch

In this superfood salad red lentils and quinoa are jazzed up with crunchy almonds, tangy olives and creamy avocado.

White Bean Salad

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4.95 from 17 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 357kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: very quick, tasty and nutritious lunch

Speedy White Bean Salad – this tangy take on the classic is super-quick and super-tasty. It’s time to make lunch a thing to look forward to again.

High Protein Corn Summer Salad with Black Beans

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4.79 from 41 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 561kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: easy, nutritious and delicious salad

High Protein Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad. Simple recipe ready in just 10 minutes, bursting with summery flavours, protein, fiber and iron.

Turkish Lentil Salad

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4.85 from 20 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 444kcal
Ready in:7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: healthy, tasty, very quick and high in protein

Turkish Lentil Salad with a honey mustard dressing. Easy and quick, ready in 7 minutes. Full of fiber, protein and vitamin K.

Raunchy Sweet Potato Salad

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4.72 from 21 votes
Protein: 8g
Calories: 519kcal
Ready in:30 minutes

Bonus: beautiful, healthy and so tasty

This sweet potato salad takes lunch to a whole new level – make your lunchbox proud again!

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

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Protein: 1 g
Calories: 118 kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes (just 15 minutes prep)
Recipe by: TheSubUrbanSoapBox
Bonus: easy, fresh, so healthy and full of vibrant flavors

Simple, fresh, healthy and delicious! This easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is quick and easy to make. So perfect for picnics and potlucks!

Bowls and Pasta

Vegan Tomato and Balsamic Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 483kcal
Ready in:22 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: keeps well for sometime

Looking for a healthy vegan pasta salad that you can prep ahead for lunch? Try our Mediterranean pasta salad!

Sweet and Tangy Vegan Chickpea and Quinoa Buddha Bowl

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4.75 from 12 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 438kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: sweet, tangy and healthy

This easy (and animal-friendly) lunch and dinner bowl hits all the right spots – grains, greens and a legume! What’s not to like?

Red Pesto Pasta

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5 from 7 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 395kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: quick, simple yet delicious and nutritious pasta

Red Pesto Pasta – The natural evolution of a classic dish. The pesto is all vegan and has received so much praise already you won’t believe it!

Smoked Tofu and Hummus Buddha Bowl

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4.87 from 15 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 399kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: quick, healthy, delicious and full of flavor dish

Indulge with this smoky and savory Buddha Bowl. The combination of smoked tofu, hummus, and turmeric rice makes for a perfect vegan lunch (or dinner!)

Quick and Creamy Avocado Pasta

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4.73 from 79 votes
Protein: 14g
Calories: 494kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a super easy and creamy pasta

Quick and creamy Avocado Pasta that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamin C, iron and good fats. Easy to make in under 15 minutes.

Sexy Vegan Lentil Stew

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4.81 from 46 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 420kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Cristina Parés & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: can be stored for a while in the fridge

The sexiest lentil stew you have ever eaten. A nutritional powerhouse, this recipe is here to kickstart your year – and your health.

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Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad

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Protein: 21 g
Calories: 382 kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: CheneeToday
Bonus: this noodle salad has a short meal prep time and is one of my favorite vegan lunch recipes

A vegan and gluten-free cold noodle salad recipe made with peanut butter, sesame oil, and Banza chickpea spaghetti, full of spicy Thai and Asian flavors!

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Easy Broccoli Pesto Pasta Salad

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Protein: 10 g
Calories: 310 kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: IHeartUmami
Bonus: easy, nutritious, and flavorful

Broccoli Pesto Pasta Salad recipe is easy to make and bust with summer flavors. This healthy pesto pasta recipe is gluten-free and vegan friendly!

Assortments

Vegan Breakfast Potatoes

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4.79 from 38 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 423kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: works well for lunch too

Vegan Breakfast Potatoes – the best way to start the day and fuel up your afternoons. Animal-friendly, high in protein and even higher in taste. Yes please!

Healthy Masabacha

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 18g
Calories: 510kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Gabriella English

Bonus: serve with soy yoghurt and flat bread

Love hummus? Try masabacha! Made with whole chickpeas and served with roasted tomatoes, this is not one to miss!

Low Carb High Taste Zoodles

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4.67 from 27 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 364kcal
Ready in:15 minutes

Bonus: amazingly quick, light and full of health benefits meal

Low Carb High Taste Zoodles. Italian style spiralized zucchini noodles ready in just 15 minutes, excellent for a quick lunch or dinner.

Chickpea Flour Pancakes

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4.76 from 143 votes
Protein: 10.1g
Calories: 253kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: so tasty, quick and spicy

A savory pancake begging to be eaten with pickles and chutneys or yogurts and cream. East meets West with this beautifully, wonderfully healthy dish.

Microwave-Baked Potato with Veggie Filling

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4.85 from 13 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 415kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: with fresh vegetables, olive oil and some spice, you could make this quick afternoon meal

So many vegetables, so little time to make. Hit your nutrient and vitamin count for the day with ease. No need to spend loads of time doing it, either.

Vegetarian Baked Beans

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4.75 from 12 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 336kcal
Ready in:15 minutes

Bonus: enjoy with some toast

Vegetarian Baked Beans. Thick and full flavoured with a moreish tang. Low in calories, ready in 15 minutes and just as good as the ‘original’ from Heinz!

Chickpea Flour Pancake #3 – Fennel and Olive

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4.78 from 18 votes
Protein: 8g
Calories: 232kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: easy, delicious and tangy pancake

These tangy chickpea pancakes are vegan and incredibly tasty. Getting them right is easy – just follow our simple cooking steps!

Roasted Pepper Dip

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 18g
Calories: 501kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: the best dip for your favourite veggies

Looking for a simple red pepper dip recipe? Try our Muhammara dip and lunch platter – with fresh veggies & flatbreads!

Vegan Zucchini Corn Fritters

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Protein: 6 g
Calories: 205 kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: HappyKitchen
Bonus: quick, crispy, tasty and really healthy

The most amazing vegan zucchini corn fritters you’ll ever have. Crispy, delicious and perfect with a salad or dipped into your favorite dip.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Noodles with Crispy Tofu

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Protein: 23 g
Calories: 470 kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: MyPlantifulCooking
Bonus: one of my favourite protein-packed meals

Flavourful peanut noodles are paired with crispy baked tofu and colourful vegetables. Ready in under 30 mins and is super filling and satisfying.

Vegan Tuna Salad

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4.85 from 19 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 428kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Lorena Nart & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a meat-free alternative to the classic

All the taste and all the goodness – without the fish. The new kid on the vegan block is even tastier than the original!

Super high in protein and fibre, this vegan tuna salad will keep you going throughout the day. Try it now!

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Servings:4 people
Calories:428kcal
Author: Lorena Nart & HurryTheFoodUp

Ingredients

Optional

  • parsley, fresh (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Put the chickpeas, soy sauce, olive oil, mustard, and the lemon juice into a food processor or blender. Blend until it’s mostly smooth.
  • Roughly chop the green onions and bell pepper. Add them together with the gherkins into the food processor. This time pulse gently – you want the salad to have a little consistency (it shouldn’t be a super-smooth sauce).
  • Taste test – if you’d like it a little stronger add the more of the mustard and lemon juice.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve on thick bread.

NOTES

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Then you should definitely check out our Black Bean and Lime Dip or this excellent Turkish Lentil Salad.
Lorena, thanks a lot for helping us to create this kick-ass recipe!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
55 Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas (Quick and Healthy Recipes)
Amount per Serving
Calories
428
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19.4
g
30
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.5
g
16
%
Sodium
 
631
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
746
mg
21
%
Carbohydrates
 
50.8
g
17
%
Fiber
 
13.9
g
58
%
Sugar
 
10.4
g
12
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Calcium
 
80
mg
8
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Vegan Lunch Ideas FAQs

Want to know more about what makes a great vegan lunch? Read on to find out. 

What do vegans eat for lunch and dinner?

There are many vegan couscous salads, sandwich recipes or buddha bowls available. Vegan Burritos or dips with veggies work very well too. Many pasta and curry recipes are for for people on a vegan diet by default, actually.

What lunch boxes do you recommend?

  1. Plastic Container Set (BPA free, will do for anything, even liquid)
  2. Glass Container Set (BPA-free and leakproof. 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 excellently with soups)
  3. Stainless Steel Lunch Box (lighter, definitely BPA-free, but also not truly watertight. I also own one though and I love it)

One last most obvious tip: always chuck your lunchbox in a plastic bag to be sure nothing leaks. Better to be safe than sorry 😉

With these vegan recipes, you will never run out of creative ideas to incorporate nutritious, high-protein ingredients into your diet, that is rich in antioxidants and perfect for fueling you with energy!

So give it a whirl and experiment with our easy vegan lunch ideas! Don’t forget you can share your favourite recipes by leaving a comment below or tagging us on social @hurrythefoodup. 

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7 comments
  1. 5 stars
    What a fabulous roundup! So much delicious lunch inspiration!

  2. 5 stars
    So many yummy recipes – can’t wait to try a whole bunch of them!

    1. They do look good, indeed! 😀

  3. These are not all vegan. I would change the title to Vegetarian so it’s not misleading?

    1. Hey Jennifer! Ahh you’re absolutely right, two naughty recipes made it on there somehow. It’s updated now and all recipes should be completely vegan. Thanks for letting us know!

  4. 5 stars
    Excited to try these 🙂 I need something different from my Vegan Norm, and I think these will do just fine 🙂

    1. Thanks for your interest Megan! These will do indeed! 🙂

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