50+ Easy Lunch Ideas (Instead of a Bowl of Cereal)

Opting for a lunch that delivers a broader range of nutrition can boost your energy levels and help you avoid that post-lunch fatigue. 

There are plenty of easy lunch ideas that can be prepared quickly or made ahead of time so that you can take a break, enjoy a delicious meal, and feel good. 


Salads are a classic lunchtime choice. Light but tasty and infinitely versatile, a great salad can provide you with a large proportion of your daily nutrition.

Simple Chickpea Salad

This super-fast lunch only requires a can of chickpeas, bell pepper, cucumber, and some inspired seasonings for incredible flavor. It is excellent for preparing the night before, toss the ingredients in a food bag and refrigerate.

Salmon Caesar Salad Grain Bowl

Salmon is an excellent replacement for the more traditional chicken in a caesar salad. This oily fish is incredibly nutritious, providing long-chain omega-3 fatty acids as well as a range of vitamins and minerals.

5-Minute Salmon Salad

Sticking with salmon, this is a 5-minute recipe with just five ingredients. Perfect for when you are short of time but want a delicious lunch that delivers lots of flavors, this is also a great option if you are on a paleo diet or desire a satisfying gluten-free meal.

Lentil Salad

Lentils are incredibly versatile; they make great soups, stews, and patties, and they are an excellent addition to a salad. This salad is packed with fresh, Mediterranean flavor that might add some sunshine to your lunchtime.

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