18 Vegetarian Lunch Ideas That Will Make Your Colleagues Jealous

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Eating lunch in a restaurant every day is often repetitive, probably boring, definitely bad for your wallet and possibly even worse for you.

Even if you stumble across a local that’s unique, exciting and great value, there’s a good chance that as non meat-eaters you’ll still only have the choice between a bowl of tomato soup (the appetizer for others) or a bland salad consisting of lettuce and tomato.

Vegans get it even worse.

So we’re here to put you out of your misery – this round up boasts 18 vegetarian lunch ideas and all of them are…

  • quick to make
  • healthy
  • filling and
  • easily storable in a lunchbox!

Talking of lunchboxes!

If you need a new one, we suggest perusing these:

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 excellent with soups)

3. Stainless Steel Lunch Box (lighter, definitely BPA free, but also not truly watertight. I 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 – it’s time to spice up your lunch life.

The Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad

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4.45 from 54 votes
Ready in: 7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

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.

Smoky Tempeh, Apple, and Arugula Sandwich

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Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: Veggies Don’t Bite

The sandwich that encompasses fall and all its flavors! Smoky tempeh, sweet apples and spicy arugula, a perfect dipper for those winter soups.

Easy Mexican Breakfast Burritos

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Ready in: 30 minutes (Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 20 minutes)
Recipe by: TheVegan8

These amazing burritos only require 8 ingredients (plus salt & water), and by repeating some of the ingredients in the avocado cream, it’s incredibly easy to make.

Egg Fried Cauliflower Rice

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Hedi Hearts

Now how easy is that? So so good for you, basic ingredients and delivers on the flavour too!

Lentil Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Lemon

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Ready in: 30 minutes (Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 20 minutes)
Recipe by: Veggie Inspired Journey

This delicious Lentil Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Citrus is protein packed and filling while still being an energizing light lunch.

Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

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4.69 from 16 votes
Ready in: 15 minutes

Pasta Salad with an unbelievable Peanut Butter Dressing. Did we mention it’s actually healthy too? Ready in 15 minutes, and packed with fiber and protein.

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

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Ready in: 30 minutes (Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 20 minutes)
Recipe by: Green Evi

A healthy, light, and flavourful butternut squash and quinoa mason jar salad with arugula and pine nuts.

Addictive Chickpea Soup

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Ready in: 45 minutes (Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 30 minutes)
Recipe by: PopSugar

You’re in luck: this addictive, creamy vegan chickpea soup tastes even better the next day once flavors have had time to meld. A perfect vegan lunch you can take to work!

Red Lentil Salad with Feta & Mint Yogurt Dressing

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: Food Hunters Guide

This satisfying salad that makes for a light yet filling lunch. One thing about this salad is that it tastes even better leftover, so I urge you to make extra!

Tofu and Kale Pesto Sandwich

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Vegan Heaven

This vegan tofu and kale pesto sandwich with grilled zucchini, carrots, and lettuce, is not only super delicious but also pretty easy to make.

The Best Kale Caesar Salad

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: Wake The Wolves

Crisp, hearty, and tangy, this kale caesar salad has to be one of the best “classic salads” out there.

High Protein Kidney Bean Salad

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4.59 from 12 votes
Ready in: 7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

High Protein Kidney Bean Salad. It’s like throwing the Greek and American cuisine In one bowl. A refreshing and satisfying salad ready in just 7 minutes.

Sweet Potato Salad

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: Vegan Family Recipes

This sweet potato salad is best served cold but can also be enjoyed warm, easily portable and even more delicious the next day.

Back to School Lunch Idea

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Veganosity

A fresh and savory pasta salad that you can enjoy hot or cold.

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Thai Green Curry (30 Minutes)

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4.75 from 16 votes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Ready in 30 minutes and packed full of taste, spice and a fresh lime kick. Delicious, nutritious and it’s even vegan, yaay.

Greek Couscous Salad with Watermelon and Feta

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Katie at the Kitchen Door

The combination of watermelon and feta is all the rage, so Katie took it one step further and added a few more Greek elements – kalamata olives, cucumber, and a tangy vinaigrette.

How to Make a Buddha Bowl

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4.94 from 29 votes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

How to Make a Buddha Bowl – The Definitive Guide. An incredibly satisfying meal – made the way you want, + 20 of the best belly filling recipes out there!

 

Tangy Veggie Wrap

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4.56 from 29 votes
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

A refreshing and tangy summer veggie wrap that’s easy to make and perfect for on the go – ideal for bbqs, picnics or wherever it’s needed!

Since this is veeeery probably my favourite in this list, let me put the recipe right here. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

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5 from 4 votes
Course Salads
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 wraps
Calories 342kcal

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • 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

Optional

  • ½ cup bean sprouts (they’re really healthy! And they add a lovely crunch too)

Instructions

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!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
18 Vegetarian Lunch Ideas That Will Make Your Colleagues Jealous
Amount Per Serving (329 g)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 560mg24%
Potassium 527mg15%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 10349IU207%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

21 comments

  1. 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!

  2. Thanks for including me Howie! Fantastic Roundup! I scheduled to share on Fb today!

  3. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    What a delicious roundup – every single one of these look tantalizing!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!!

    • Hi Erin!!
      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

  7. Juana Balcazar

    Thank you for the ideas I have a middle school er that have decided going vegetarian I need ideas for school.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. Is the app available at the iPhone app store?

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