Make packed lunches easy with these Healthy Cold Lunch Ideas for work and school. All of these cold lunch recipes are easy, quick, and great for both hungry adults and teens. I've rounded up over 25 of the best healthy cold lunch ideas to help make your life easy!
What Food Can I Eat Cold for Lunch?
Whether it's pasta, vegetarian lunches, wraps, sandwiches, or salads you are looking for, these cold lunch ideas will help you to keep things interesting!
Or, maybe you need ideas for making lunch on a budget. Sometimes the need is you need something quick to eat on the go. For any of these needs, this list will get you there.
So many situations require cold lunches. Whether you are a teacher with little time, camping with your family without a microwave, or even a busy construction worker with no access to heat, these cold lunch ideas will work for you.
Looking for even more healthy lunch recipes? These Healthy Lunch Ideas for Teens and Adults will help!
Snack ideas? Try these healthy snack ideas for kids and teens!
Spinach quinoa salad is one of my favorite cold lunch ideas without bread.
Cold wraps are a simple no-reheat meal prep idea for your work lunch!
Elevate your cold work lunch game with this fun twist on a classic favorite: Deviled Egg Salad!
A delicious no-sandwich option for cold lunch!
This vegetarian cold lunch idea is a veggie-filled sandwich that is filling and delicious!
Forget the mayo for this healthy and easy-to-make tuna salad.
This delicious salad is full of colors and flavors!
Sushi for lunch is easy with this simple recipe that is one of my favorite recipes to use up leftovers.
Chickpea pasta is a great gluten-free alternative pasta for this recipe.
This is not your average sandwich!
Choose any fruit or berry you like in this light and refreshing salad.
Even high schoolers, middle schoolers, and kids will love these pinwheel sandwiches!
You don't need a microwave for this chicken with rice salad with basil and lemon.
Easy meal prep for the win!
Need filling vegetarian cold lunch ideas?
Need a keto or low-carb lunch without bread?
A healthy and well-balanced meal you will love to eat!
Thanks to the lentils, this gluten-free and vegetarian cold lunch salad is a high-protein option!
Cold lunches like salads, bowls, and sandwiches are three ideas for lunches to bring to work without a microwave. Each of the ideas in the list above requires no heating up, making it perfect to pack for work or school.
Salads and bowls are two easy options if you do not like sandwiches. You could also try a protein box or a wrap if you like sandwich ingredients, but without bread.
Pesto Chicken Salad
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 6 oz pesto
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together and serve in a wrap, on toast or a croissant or on top of lettuce like arugula, kale or romaine.
- Make ahead: Meal prep this recipe and make ahead for a week's full of lunches.
- Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.