55 Vegetarian Lunch Ideas (Easy Recipes to Pack for Work)
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You’ve come to the right place for some tasty and healthy vegetarian lunch ideas. Tasty wraps, creative buddha bowls, protein packed salads, even soups in a jar!
And of course we’ve made sure these recipes all contain a good amount of protein!
Does this sound familiar? You’re opening your packed lunch – and are met with the same boring old food.
Wilted greens, soggy sandwiches, and tedious cauliflower rice dishes are not the stuff exciting vegetarian lunch boxes are made of!
And eating out daily is hardly a viable prospect – budget-wise AND health-wise.
Well, what if we can put you out of your misery and add some zip and zing to your veggie-packed lunches with our list of vegetarian lunch ideas (and if these aren’t enough, we also have vegetarian low calorie lunches under 500 kcal over here!)?
What makes a good vegetarian lunch list?
Not only are they supremely yummy and exciting lunch recipes, but they are also:
- easy recipes
- filling and
- perfect for lunch boxes!
While we are on the subject of lunch boxes, how about a new one to go with your new recipe collection? We suggest you take a peek at the following:
Lunchboxes to choose from:
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 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 😉
Then, without further ado, let’s spice up your (lunch) life!
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And here they are – our 55 favorite vegetarian lunch ideas!
Make sure to scroll down all the way down to our last 9 lunches. These are especially suitable if you are active and looking to get in at least 550kcal and at least 24g of protein per dish.
Chickpea Spinach SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: heart-healthy recipe
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.
Wedge Salad with Creamy Cashew DressingCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: perfect for batch prepping ahead of time
Fresh, easy, and delicious vegetarian wedge salad with creamy cashew dressing makes a perfect high-protein lunch in a jar.
Easy Veggie Quesadillas with Melted Mozzarella and CheddarCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: perfect for healthy school lunches, very versatile
Bell peppers, onion, some spinach, cheese, and our delicious red pesto. Quesadillas are perfect for sneaking in a whole bunch of veggies.
Easy Homemade Ramen in a JarCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Just add hot water and microwave
Pre-packaged instant noodles can be fun, but this ramen soup is a whole different level! Top tip: switch up the veggies and pack in separate containers for different healthy vegetarian lunches for the week!
Lentil Quinoa SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: ideal weight loss recipe
The high-protein and high-fiber combo of lentil and quinoa will keep you going all afternoon. An excellent way to get rid of mid-afternoon energy slumps!
Smoked Tofu and Hummus Buddha BowlCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: vegan and dairy-free
A few, simple ingredients are enough to whip up this flavorful Buddha bowl, packed with healthy veggies and protein-rich tofu. A quick and delicious meal for lunch or for a midweek dinner.
Tangy Veggie WrapCheck out the recipe here
Zingy ginger, zesty lemons, and mustard come together with crunchy veggies to create a party in your mouth! A fun way to add some pep to your next barbeque or picnic.
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 small carrot
- 1 small red onion
- ¼ bell pepper, red (your favourite colour)
- 1 small handful spinach or similar
- 1 thumb ginger, fresh (grated)
- ⅓ cup cottage cheese
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3 tsp mustard (or try wasabi paste, but less!)
- 2 wraps
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup bean sprouts (they’re really healthy! And they add a lovely crunch too)
For the wrap:
- Roast the sunflower seeds in a pan without any oil/fat until golden brown.
- Peel and grate the carrots. Wash and dice the the bell pepper (get rid of the seeds and white bits).
- Peel the onion and cut in thin rings. Wash and drain the spinach. Wash the bean sprouts with cold water and let them dry.
For the dressing:
- Peel the ginger and grate it into a bowl. Add the cottage cheese, sour cream (or your vegan substitute), lemon zest and mustard and mix it well.
- Spread the dressing mixture onto the wraps, stopping about 1cm from the edge. Lay out the spinach leaves on top.
- Put the carrots, bell pepper, onions and bean sprouts in a wide line down the middle and sprinkle the roasted sunflower seeds on top.
- Season with a dash of salt and pepper and fold the wraps a little on both sides, then at the bottom and roll it as tightly as possible (without squishing the insides out!).
- Cut the wraps into halves and serve. Enjoy!
Easy and Delish High-Protein Red Kidney Bean SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: gluten-free and packed full of fiber
Is it Greek? Or American? Or is it Mexican cuisine? All we know is, it is all kinds of delicious! Red kidney beans, crunchy cucumber and a punchy dressing – this ought to be the poster child for easy lunch options!
Vegetarian Ramen Noodle SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: easy recipe, batch prep
Prep ahead in your favorite mason jars and mark a big tick in the “healthy lunch ideas” column. Use soba noodles to make it a high protein, gluten-free powerhouse of a lunch.
Chickpea Salad SandwichCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: high in fiber and protein
Chickpeas are such flavor sponges that this sandwich packs a punch rather reminiscent of a homemade falafel. Ready in 10 minutes, the chickpea filling can be made ahead, cutting prep time on weekday mornings.
Mediterranean Rice BowlCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: healthy and hearty
The easiest thing to put together for a packed lunch, this rice bowl with Mediterranean flavors comes together quite quickly, making it ideal for hurried mornings.
Buckwheat Salad with Kale and FetaCheck out the recipe here
Kale and feta go so well together in this buckwheat salad. Packed with fiber and flavor, you will never go back to a boring salad with generic leaves and taste, ever again!
Vegan Lettuce WrapsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: tasty meat-free alternative for your Korean-themed lunch
Korean tacos, anyone? Prep these simple ingredients in advance and put together at the table, for a fun, DIY vegetarian lunch.
Greek PitasCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: perfect for school lunch
Sneak in some fresh vegetables and cheese and a whole bunch of goodness in these Greek-inspired pita sandwiches. This was one of our first 5 recipes on the blog!
Couscous and Pear Salad with Goat’s CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: toast the couscous lightly for a richer flavor!
Spinach, pear, and goat’s cheese, on a bed of fluffy couscous, drizzled over with a sweet, maple syrup – balsamic vinegar dressing. What’s not to love?
High Fibre Avocado Citrus Salad with FetaCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: sweet and sour and creamy!
Love avocados and need a change from same old avocado toast? Well, how about something sweet, something sour and something avocado?
Vegan Vegetable Lo MeinCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: quick and easy vegan lunch
So easy to make and so tasty, you would never even think of ordering takeaway from your local Chinese again (and if you check out these vegetarian chinese recipes, you’re sorted for life!)! Toss in some bean sprouts for some added crunch!
Healthy Egg SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: filling lunch for one or appetiser for two
NOT your boring salad! Colorful, flavorful and packed full of phyto-nutrients, this is as healthy as your egg salad can be!
The Ultimate Avocado SandwichCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: heart-healthy recipe
A healthy and nutritious sandwich filled with avocado, cheese, tomatoes and rocket for a juicy and unbeatable taste!
Chickpea Avocado SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: high fiber, high protein
This salad comes with a warning – it is super addictive! Try it out right away, if you don’t believe us! Don’t blame us if it becomes your favorite way to eat avocados. Or chickpeas. Or salad.
Easy Vegetable Stir Fry with Creamy Peanut SauceCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Vegan, beginner-friendly
Fragrant ginger, tender veggies and a creamy peanut stir fry sauce come together to make this delicious dish. Substitute soy sauce with tamari, if you cannot tolerate it.
Quinoa Chickpea Buddha BowlCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: minimum effort for maximum taste
An assembly job of a recipe, with only the quinoa needing cooking time. This Buddha bowl hits the nutrient trifecta – grains, greens and legume! What’s not to like?
Kidney Bean Chickpea SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: packed full of fibre and prebiotics
Who would have thought chickpeas, kidney beans and feta would go beautifully together? (We did!) Replace feta with vegan cheese to make this vegan-compliant.
Vegan Lentil and Potato SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a meal-in-itself salad
Say goodbye to boring weight loss recipes. This protein packed vegan lentil and potato salad is filling, healthy and nutritious (it’s one of our best vegan lentil meals!). The red onion and sweet mustard sauce give it the right zzzing!
Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter DressingCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Vegan, easy recipe
Pasta with maple syrup, soy sauce AND peanut butter? You will never dress your salad any other way!
White Bean SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: zero cooking time!
Speedy White Bean Salad – this tangy take on the classic is super-quick and super-tasty. Perfect for midweek packed lunches.
Speedy Vegan BurritoCheck out the recipe here
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: pack sauce separately to maintain freshness
Get extra firm smoked tofu to add some oomph to your lunch. You can ditch the wrap and make it into a burrito bowl, if you are watching your carbs.
Have a Good Avo Cheddar Cheese SandwichCheck out the recipe here
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: 6 ingredients only!
Zhuzh-up your lunch time sandwich with this one – it is an absolute joy to eat! And so nutritious and healthy too!
Fabulous Flatbread PizzasCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: quick, easy and tasty
This mega quick lunch recipe from ace chef Jansen Schouten is bound to please – it’s tasty, nutritious and most importantly – a break from the norm!
Lentil TacosCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Makes a great dinner option too
These veggie lentil tacos are our new go-to meal. SO TASTY and stacked with lentil protein and fiber!
Heavenly Halloumi SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: cheesy jokes extra!
Full of protein, fiber and loads of other nutrients this halloumi salad will keep you feeling full for hours – and you’ll secretly be looking forward to more!
Chickpea WrapsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: swap chickpeas with red kidney beans or black beans for a different flavor
These firm faves are really easy to make, super tasty and oh-so satisfying. We’ll even show you how to roll them properly!
Vegan Tempeh SandwichCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: add avocado slices for a creamy element
This tempeh sandwich is THE new vegan sandwich. Mega tasty and super nutritional, it sets the new bar for all sandwich lovers out there.
Healthy Huevo RancherosCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: makes a filling meal in itself
A quick and easy traditional Mexican breakfast that makes a great healthy option for vegetarians (more veggie Mexican recipes here).
Easy Sweetcorn FrittersCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: vegan, makes a great party appetiser
They’re tasty and uncomplicated, and can virtually always be made with simple store cupboard ingredients.
Speedy Chickpea StewCheck out the recipe here
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: ditch bread for rice, for a gluten free option
Really easy recipe that is healthy, quick and vegan. You can jazz it up by adding some raw, sliced ones to the top, for added crunch.
Vegan Chickpea Winter Salad – Ready in 15 minsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: vegan & packed with fiber
An animal friendly, fresh and tangy winter salad with some serious health benefits. Get it on the plate in 15 minutes!
Post-workout Healthy Fitness Sandwich For RunnersCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: can be enjoyed by non-runners too!
Say bye to your boring old post-run protein drink. Here’s a flavor bomb of a sandwich that hits all your nutritional post run needs – carbs, protein, healthy fats and electrolyte replenishment.
Vegetarian Fried RiceCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: creative use of leftovers
Great for lunch boxes and does wonderfully as a weekday dinner too. Grill some firm tofu for added protein.
Healthy Refried Beans and TortillasCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: high in fiber and protein
Our take on the traditional Mexican dish, with a health-conscious twist! Healthy and easy, they make excellent appetisers served with tortilla chips.
Arugula Lentil Salad From HeavenCheck out the recipe here
High protein, iron and fibre in exotic Arugula and Lentil Salad that’s healthy and easy to make.
Crazy Quick White Bean SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: keeps you full for longer
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.
Healthy Greens and Beans on Toast BreakfastCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: Perfect for lazy Sunday brunch
There’s ordinary beans on toast and there’s ours, super charged with a sauce made of fresh basil and parsley, leafy spinach, oat milk, garlic and lemon juice, to perfectly complement the smooth creamy white beans.
Vietnamese Green Noodle SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: anti-inflammatory ingredients inside
Ready to blow your tastebuds away with a Vietnamese green noodle salad? Grab your noodles and tofu and chop-chop!
Healthy MasabachaCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: serve with Crudités for a healthy party appetiser
Masa-whata? Made with chickpeas and served with roasted tomatoes, this one is for all the hummus lovers who like an Oriental style lunch!
Lentil PattiesCheck out the recipe here
High-protein vegetarian lentil patties can be used as lentil burgers or fritters, and even made vegan, too (for specifically vegan options, check out these vegan burger ideas!)! Serve with pita for a filling lunch.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these quick and healthy vegetarian lunch recipes (and hey, why not check out our veggie lunch ideas for weight loss too?). Thanks for looking!
And now I’m hungry!! Any of these would make the absolutely perfect easy lunch!! So many great choices! Thanks for including my Lentil Quinoa Salad! Sharing!
You’re welcome, Jenn!! 😀
me too Jenn what a mood, vegie besties
Me too I guess we must try out Indian traditional veg recepies which had loy of nutrition Rich values
Thanks for including me Howie! Fantastic Roundup! I scheduled to share on Fb today!
You’re welcome Sophia!!
Nothing better than a great salad in a jar 😀
Thanks for sharing!
What a delicious roundup – every single one of these look tantalizing!
Thanks Sashi!! 😀
Yeess, it was quite easy to pic those haha
Thanks for including my tri-colored pasta salad, Howie! This is such a colorful and healthy roundup. It made me hungry. Sharing on social media now.
You’re salad deffo earned it’s spot in this roundup 😀
Thanks for sharing, Linda!!
What a wonderful list of veggie lunch ideas! Thanks for including my sweet potato salad 😉 I’ll have to give that yummy summer wrap a try! Sharing 🙂
GREAT post!! Quesadillas are my favorite comfort food! There’s something about the crispy tortillas with a gooey gooey center sandwiched between them. Thanks for such a fantastic post!!
So cool you like the post 😀
Yep we became big fans of quesadillas over here as well. I think for a while I even was addicted. You know, similar to when you have the sandwich maker up on the kitchenet, haha
Quesadillas are defffo not even the list!! 🙂
Thank you for the ideas I have a middle school er that have decided going vegetarian I need ideas for school.
I assume you are his/her teacher? So cool you’re taking so much care of your pupil! Maybe you also find our “How to make a Salad in a Jar Tutorial” helpful. Deffo quite handy to take to school 🙂
I’ve been looking for some good lunch/dinner recipes that are packed with protein but are mostly vegan. I ran across this in a google search and I can’t wait to try most of these recipes! Thanks so much!
You’re very welcome Te! Glad we could help – go make those colleagues jealous 😀
I am a middles schooler in the seventh grade and I recently became vegetarian this past September. This website helped me get some healthy, yummy, and easy to make lunch ideas that I can bring to school. Thanks so much!
Happy to be of service, Crystal! Really glad to hear your vegetarian way of living is such a success 🙂
Is the app available at the iPhone app store?
Hi Adriana, at the moment not unfortunately 🙁
But we’re working on it!!
im easing my way back into a vegetarian life and these recipes are so flavorful! can’t wait to try each one of them. btw us… I made cauliflower and mushroom tacos tonight with pinto beans and mango salsa and the kids didn’t even miss meat…my picky toddler ate very bite of the cauliflower mix…proof that good tasting vegetarian recipes are where its at!
Haha right on! Absolutely agree – when veggie food is done well then the kids love it. I’m glad you’ve found us – keep enjoying!
Thanks so much for this! Saving my life haha
Haha, happy to help!
So pleased to have found you! I am a gardener and trying to find interesting healthy vegetarian lunches that I can eat in the van between jobs becomes a bit tiresome. Loads of these look like I can make them the night before and take with me plus they sound delicious! Thank you
Happy to help, Katy! Yes, absolutely – transportability was one of the key factors when coming up with this lunch. I’m glad you like the look of the recipes, enjoy!