Healthy Lunch Recipes

Sharing today, a delicious, healthier and easy collection of lunch recipe ideas which you enjoy all months summer and even early fall.
Healthy Lunch Recipes

A good balanced lunch will make second half of the day more energetic plus will keep the mid-evening snack cravings away. Sharing today, a delicious, healthier and easy collection of lunch recipe ideas which you enjoy all months summer and even early fall.

I like to keep my lunch healthier still just right filling so that I can avoid craving for an evening snack. In my personal experience, evening snacks have always resulted in adding few pounds. (weight gain) 

Whenever I can, I love to pack lunch in advance. This one thing checks off an important item from my to-do list. Especially because if lunch is ready to go, there is less chance that we eat out i.e. indulge in a hefty dinner-size burrito for lunch.. then end up napping or drinking additional coffee in afternoon.

In short, a balanced, ready-to-go lunch will make a difference in your health, not only in summer but all four seasons. So if you don't focus on your lunch. Pay attention! There is no need to skip lunch for weight loss. Rather eat balanced lunch, portion control so that you don't overeat, and then see the magic! Seriously, you can get your health back with one healthy lunch a day.

Today, I have created a collection of few of my favorite Recipes that we love to enjoy for lunch. A lot of salads, chicken and shrimp based lunch bowl ideas, protein packed vegetarian quinoa and chickpea bowls, and few just-veggie salads that you can pair with chicken (cooked any way).

Tip: Enjoy pasta for lunch, just load it with veggies and portion control to keep check on calories.

Collection currently has my top favorite 30 lunch recipes. I'll update this with 10 New Recipes as month progress. You can pin this page and use this for reference whole month.

Note: Few of recipes have base of quinoa. Please note that quinoa is not carb-free. When I'm making carb-free meals.. I replace quinoa with cauliflower rice or zucchini, or portion control to limit serving.

Lunch Pasta Salads

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad, a creamy summer pasta salad inspired from Caesar Salad with crunchy romaine lettuce, bow-tie pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a delicious Caesar salad dressing. With crunch of croutons and buttery parmesan cheese.. this summer pasta salad is dream-come-true for Caesar salad and sum...

Ultimate Greek Pasta Salad

Ultimate Greek Pasta Salad

You guys, this Greek Pasta Salad is flavor bomb! With marinated sweet-sour red onions, crunchy cucumber and creamy feta, it will be your most-favorite pasta salad ever. Every cook and foodie should have a Greek pasta salad card in their personal recipe repertoire.. Don't you think? If you are looking for y...

Greek Dakos - Bread and Tomatoes Salad

Greek Dakos - Bread and Tomatoes Salad

Have you ever tried Dakos in a Greek Restaurant before? If you haven't then I highly recommend trying one at home. Dakos salad is a simple tomato-based salad, served traditionally over a toasted bread or barley rusk, and has mouthwatering combinations of, some of the well known Mediterranean flavors, like...

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Shrimp

This Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with grilled Za'atar Shrimp is bursting with Mediterranean flavors of Greek feta, olives, cucumber, dill and a zesty fragrant Greek Salad dressing. Every ingredient in this salad brings something delicious to fork. Serving of protein makes it perfect for salad-for-dinner weeknig...

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad with Avocado

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad with Avocado

Put leftover Easter eggs to delicious use with this easy Deviled Egg Pasta Salad! In this egg pasta salad creamy avocados, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, leftover/boiled eggs meet a zesty lemony dressing.. for a scrumptious after-Easter lunch or dinner! After festivity and enjoying holiday food.....

Mango Avocado Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Mango Avocado Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Healthy fresh take on pasta salad with creamy avocado, sweet mangoes and zesty flavorful cilantro-lime dressing. Every fork-full of this pasta salad has something delicious to enjoy - lime-soaking creamy avocados, juicy mangoes, farfalle pasta, and crunchy pine nuts. This is one avocado salad which you can...

Deli Style Pasta Salad with Kale

Deli Style Pasta Salad with Kale

In this deli-style pasta salad, every fork full will have something delicious to keep digging for more. If you are fan of deli-style pasta salads, this vegetarian pasta salad will be your new favorite! I promise!Specially great to pack for potlucks or family trips, ingredients in this pasta salad are robus...

Mezze Penne Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Mezze Penne Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

This pasta salad combines few of my favorite, seasonal foodie-love-affairs, in one! I mean, who will say no to deliciously fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese Salad, Pasta Salad, and a rich and fragrant Basil Pesto Vinaigrette?! All-in-one!! Anyone? Even saying "Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto" makes me hun...

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad - Sweet roasted buttery fennels coated parmesan cheese, with meaty artichokes, and orecchiette pasta dressed in a lite and lemony thyme dressing! This festive salad is perfect side for a festive Holiday Family dinner Or a weekday dinner with some protein on the side...

Ramen Noodle Salad with Miso Peanut Dressing

Ramen Noodle Salad with Miso Peanut Dressing

Ramen Noodle Salad with creamy, sweet and spicy Miso-Peanut Butter and Sriracha Salad Dressing. Every fork-full of this refreshing Asian Salad has something delicious to offer - crunchy cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, Ramen noodles coated in sweet and spicy peanut buttery dressing, and roasted peanuts for s...

Mexican Tortellini Salad

Mexican Tortellini Salad

Lite and zesty take on Tortellini Salad with mango, avocado, lime dressing and spicy taco shrimp. Spicy lime mango and avocado compliment rich cheese Tortellini so well.. I call this a Mexican Tortellini Salad. Forget creamy salads, I guarantee, this will become your new favorite way to Tortellini Salad....

Protein Packed Lunch Chickpea Salads

Spicy Chickpeas and Sweet Potato Salad Bowl

Spicy Chickpeas and Sweet Potato Salad Bowl

Starting Monday with meatless mighty spicy Chickpea and Sweet Potato Salad Bowl which will make you eat healthy, close to nature without much effort.This sweet, spicy and savory Chickpea and Sweet Potato Bowl has everything you need for a delicious and nutritious lite winter meal. Veggie protein of chickpe...

Apple Chickpea Salad

Apple Chickpea Salad

Every bite of this salad has something to offer - sweet apples, earthy chickpeas, crunchy celery, and mouthwatering sweet and sour honey-mustard dressing.This salad rocks the salad bowl for one reason: chickpeas can absorb any flavor you add to them. Specially, sweet and sour pairs exceptionally well with...

Mediterranean Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Shallot Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Shallot Dressing

Mediterranean flavors inspired warm Chickpea Salad with black olives, feta, a zesty oregano-shallot dressing and all the goodness of spiralized cucumber completing the need of pasta!Oh, and just 10 minutes from kitchen to lunch or dinner table... Or whenever you want to enjoy some greek-style chickpea good...

Mediterranean Chickpeas Salad with Herb-Citrus Vinaigrette

Mediterranean Chickpeas Salad with Herb-Citrus Vinaigrette

A 10 minute hearty dinner salad packed with proteins, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and a flavorful herb-citrus dressing! Wherever I'm time-pressed, this superfast and filling salad is my easy fix, for a lite and healthy summer dinner or even a lunch! Past few weeks, my schedule has kept me very busy..... feels...

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Feta Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Feta Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Feta Salad with roasted sweet and smoky sweet potatoes and seasoned chickpeas and feta, coated in a tangy lemon-herb dressing. This vegetarian salad makes a great side for grilled/roasted meat main-course. It is also a good filling lunch. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein-Packe...

Earthy and Flavorful Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Earthy and Flavorful Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad with flavorful oregano-garlic dressing, greens, cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, and amazing quinoa. Vegan, Gluten free. I call this my loaded dinner salad with all-you-can-eat-healthy ingredients. This quinoa and chickpea salad is often on our weekday menu, with or without side of protein....

Potato Chickpea Salad - Aloo Chana Chaat

Potato Chickpea Salad - Aloo Chana Chaat

Potato and Chickpea Salad with sweet, sour, and spicy tamarind dressing. Famous by name of Aloo Chana Chaat or Aloo Chole Chaat, this potato chickpea salad is bursting with flavor of Indian spices and a must try at-least once in life. Ready in just 20 minutes, it is also gluten free, vegan, and loaded with...

Tuscan White Bean Salad with Arugula

Tuscan White Bean Salad with Arugula

Tuscan White Bean Salad - A meaty meatless white beans, peppery arugula, flat zucchini noodles, and radicchio salad with a zesty sun-dried tomato dressing. I call this a salad but actually it is a complete low-carb and filling meal which is also very versatile. You can pack it for a healthy lunch, serve as...

Gluten free easy lunch with Quinoa Salads

Rainbow Garden Quinoa Salad

Rainbow Garden Quinoa Salad

Full of nutrients, clean, and delicious Quinoa Salad with rainbow of veggies such as beets, kale, broccoli, and fruits like strawberries, mangoes and a creamy Almond Sriracha Dressing. I even often call this healthy Life Salad. A serving or 2 of this salad every day is like eating nutrition supplement, (a...

Ultimate Greek Quinoa Salad

Ultimate Greek Quinoa Salad

Not just any Greek salad. This Greek Quinoa salad is quinoa-forward with bold Mediterranean flavor packed quinoa tomato sofrito, healthy greens, crunchy vegetables and a 2 minute Greek Dressing. Loaded with flavor, is complete lite meal, gluten free and vegan. A bowl so good for you and healthy, it will be...

Mediterranean Warm Quinoa Salad with Squash and Cauliflower

Mediterranean Warm Quinoa Salad with Squash and Cauliflower

Today, I'm here to share this Mediterranean warm quinoa salad which is loaded with winter vegetables such as butternut squash, cauliflower, bell peppers, and has delicious sweet and salty notes of honey, raisins, and feta cheese. I'm calling it a quinoa salad but really it is a complete nutrient-packed min...

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad - this scrumptious corn salad is two-salad-flavors-in-one. In this, I have combined fresh flavors of California cuisine with sweet and spicy flavors of Mexican Street Corn to make a yummy lite summer dinner salad!One thing is sure, every fork of this salad has something del...

Quinoa Power Detox Salad

Quinoa Power Detox Salad

This quinoa detox salad is power house of nutrition and anti-oxidants and is perfect to start any day fit and healthy. Quinoa, edamame, bell peppers, lemon, olive oil, arugula, and almonds... all these ingredients are perfect for natural body detoxification with food and my quinoa power detox salad combine...

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

There's always something yummy on your fork in a colorful salad like this one, which combines nutty quinoa, juicy cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, and a garlicky lemon dressing. I happen to call it Tabbouleh Salad, but really, it is 'Summer in a Bowl'! Traditional Mediterranean Tabbouleh or Taboul...

Protein Packed Lunch Bowls with Chicken or Shrimp

Chicken Caesar Salad with Asparagus

Chicken Caesar Salad with Asparagus

This recipe for Chicken Caesar Salad - is a healthier and more delicious take on classic Italian romaine Caesar salad with blanched asparagus and crunchy roasted chickpeas croutons! Gluten free, and packed with nutrients! I call it, Chicken Caesar 2.0!Chicken Caesar Salad is an amazingly crunchy, garlicky,...

Chicken Waldorf Salad with Grapes

Chicken Waldorf Salad with Grapes

Today, yet again Healthy Salad, flying from my kitchen to yours! This is my seasonal and healthy take on classic Waldorf Salad with two kinds of juicy grapes, grilled chicken, and a delicious buttermilk dressing.I love Waldorf Salad but I'm always up for adding my lite spin on classic heavy dressings. Trad...

Blackened Fish Taco Salad

Blackened Fish Taco Salad

This Fish Taco Salad is loaded with fresh veggies, blackened cod fish, creamy avocado dressing, and crunchy tortillas chips. In my world, it is delightful way to enjoy fish tacos everyday.. only served in a salad bowl!Worth a mention, the creamy avocado dressing is bursting with flavor with yummy cotija ch...

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad with grilled marinated chicken, cabbage and pack-a-punch Chinese salad dressing. This is one of the most popular Chicken Salad in my town. On specials in every Chinese eatery in summers. The heart of salad is crunchy veggies (specially cabbage and carrots) and Chinese sweet and sour m...

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Creamy Curry Chicken Salad with grilled chicken breast, sweet mango chutney, crunchy almonds, and aromatic flavor of spicy curry powder. Also known as coronation chicken salad, it is an easy chicken salad with amazingly bold and creamy curry flavor. One of our most-requested salad for potlucks and family g...

Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

Faster than takeout, delicious Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli stir fry. The Teriyaki Sauce recipe needs easy to find pantry ingredients and just 10 mins of prep. It is a takeout dinner that you can prepare at home faster and better than favorite restaurant. Especially since my teriyaki sauce recipe uses pan...

Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

An easy and flavorful Thai Basil Chicken stir-fry recipe which you can prepare in 25 minutes at home. Serve with steamed rice for a homemade Thai dinner quicker than takeout or wait for delivery. Oh, also sharing substitutes to make Thai Basil Chicken without a grocery store tip, using easy-to-find pantry...

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta, a creamy chicken and pasta recipe with bow-tie pasta and succulent chicken cooked in lightened-up yet creamy Basil Pesto Sauce. Only 15 minutes of prep makes this recipe perfect for quick dinner. Plus pasta is tasty, lite, and flavorful. I bet more flavorful than Pesto Pasta from your...

Chicken Broccoli Rice (Instant Pot)

Chicken Broccoli Rice (Instant Pot)

Sharing today, everyone's favorite Chicken Broccoli Rice casserole, ready without oven with this easy Instant Pot cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice recipe. Homey, flavorful and weeknight approved with only 15 minutes of prep. This recipe is gluten free and also great option for Meal Prep. Over the years, cl...

Greek Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

Greek Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

An amazing Cucumber Avocado Salad with flavorful Greek Chicken, sweet tomatoes, red onion, olives, and feta. Loaded with Mediterranean flavors and creamy avocado this salad is the perfect addition to your Summer Dinner Menu. Gluten-free, carb-free. The combination of buttery avocado with briny olives, fet...

Chicken Burrito Bowl (Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker)

Chicken Burrito Bowl (Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker)

Chicken Burrito Bowl prepared in Instant Pot start to finish for a weeknight dinner ready in 25 minutes. It has all you want from a hearty yet quick weeknight meal. Delicious chipotle chicken, black beans, corn, bell pepper, rice, and spice. Gluten free, nuts free. Also dairy-free (when served without dair...

Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Tzatziki Chicken Salad, a creamy chicken salad with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, coated in refreshing yogurt-dill tzatziki dressing. Carb free, low fat, gluten free, protein-rich and loaded with delicious flavors!Bring it to potlucks, or treat yourself to a no-carb protein-rich meal,...

Grilled Chimichurri Shrimp and Couscous Salad

Grilled Chimichurri Shrimp and Couscous Salad

Crowd-pleasing potluck salad with lite and clean grilled shrimp, nutty couscous pasta, grilled asparagus, bell peppers and lots of zesty tangy chimmichurri sauce... Friends, I call it a salad.. but it indeed is a complete lite dinner or lunch with portion of lean protein, lots of veggies, herbs as well as...

Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad

Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad

Sweet and spicy Grilled Shrimp with creamy avocado, tomato and onion salad coated in a vibrant citrus dressing. With only 10 minutes prep, clean, lite and delicious flavors, this Shrimp and Avocado salad is a perfect summer meal. Gluten free, dairy free, keto, offers good fats and protein. It is a south-be...

Indian Tandoori Chicken Salad

Indian Tandoori Chicken Salad

Today, I'm adding Indian flavors to your summer-inspired Sunny Salad Bowl, with my Indian-staple, easy Tandoori Chicken Salad!! Charred to perfection tandoori chicken marinated in homemade Indian Tandoori Marinade with cooling sweet-and-sour mango dressing, crunchy cucumber and radish, and nutty crunchy o...

Gluten Free, Vegetable Rich Bowls

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

Kale Brussel Sprout Salad - A Recipe to Celebrate the Season. Stores are loaded with fresh brussel sprouts and I could not resist bringing a few pound home. After all, it is That time of the year.. Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Stuffed Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and gorgeous cranberries..To help you prepare for th...

Avocado Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Avocado Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Modern day Caprese Salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, avocado and zesty Mozzarella Salad seasoning. This salad is as delicious as looks. Also sharing recipe to marinate red onions for more flavor, and a delicious Balsamic Dressing which you can prepare 3 months in advance.So, let's make some A...

Fresco Salad

Fresco Salad

Chili's Fresco Salad - A crisp spring greens salad topped with queso fresco and lite coated in honey-lemon dressing! This is, THE simplest 6 ingredients salad recipe ever! It will brighten up any plate of food, bring some vitamin C, and calcium to the meal, and crunchy greens and lemon flavors will make me...

Healthy Summer Glow Lentil Salad

Healthy Summer Glow Lentil Salad

A delicious french lentil salad with lemony vegan mint avocado dressing, artichokes, berries, tomatoes and fresh turmeric to nourish body and give skin, a healthy summer glow!!Oh, and this easy lentil salad is not just healthy, but tastes as delicious too! Keeping a salad delicious and flavorful motivates...

Brown Rice Salad with Mushroom and Lemony Dressing

Brown Rice Salad with Mushroom and Lemony Dressing

A brown rice salad like this vegan, fiber-rich salad with earthy mushrooms, sweet corn, crunchy almonds, and sweet cranberries is what makes me look froward to meatless diet days such as for Meatless Monday. Since we have more than one days in week when we don't eat meat and stick to vegetarian diet... Tho...

Vegetarian Kale Caesar Salad

Vegetarian Kale Caesar Salad

Starting Monday with healthy and crisp Vegetarian Kale Caesar Salad with crunchy radicchio, sweet raisins and a vegetarian eggs-free, mayo-free Caesar dressing (without anchovies). Oh, and crunch bomb in this Kale Caesar salad is 10-min easy 2-step Parmesan Crisp croutons which are also gluten free.This is...

Kale and Carrots Salad with Chili Lime Peanut Dressing

Kale and Carrots Salad with Chili Lime Peanut Dressing

Crunchy kale, carrots and peanuts salad coated in tangy, sweet and spicy chili-lime Peanut Dressing! A vegan and healthy way to enjoy your daily servings of green with scrumptious touch of favorite peanut butter! Actually today's Kale and Carrots Salad is more than a just-a-salad. It is Creamy Peanut-y Ve...

Ripe Papaya and Avocado Salad with Black Salt Dressing

Ripe Papaya and Avocado Salad with Black Salt Dressing

Sweet ripe papaya, creamy avocado, juicy cherry tomatoes dressed in sweet and tangy black salt honey lemon dressing, served over bed of peppery arugula or your favorite green! Whenever I can find some sweet ripe papaya, this lite and healthy salad is often on my dinner table.Inspired from Indian Ripe Papay...

Strawberry Melon Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Strawberry Melon Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

This is one of the simplest and best melon salad which I LOVE enjoying all melon season. Oh, I mean, summer season. :) Seasonal melons are soon going to disappear... So I thought to enjoy few more melon dishes... while I can still find some juicy cantaloupes, honeydews, and muskmelon in market. Why have I...

Marinated Kale and Rice Salad in a Jar

Marinated Kale and Rice Salad in a Jar

This marinated kale and rice salad is vegan, gluten free, packed with ton of flavor and it travels great with you!! That's right - raw kale enjoy the company of zesty cilantro dressing, slowly marinates as you reach to your favorite picnic destination. First, as you open the jar, the delicious aroma of cil...

BBQ Tofu Fiesta Salad with Tangy Lime-Cream Dressing

BBQ Tofu Fiesta Salad with Tangy Lime-Cream Dressing

Sharing with you a scrumptious vegetarian tofu salad with tofu smothered in sweet and spicy sauce, hearty beans, crunchy bell peppers, creamy avocado, sweet peach, and cooling lime-cream bbq dressing! Even describing it makes my mouth-water! yumm!!I'm sure you thinking, she is here again with one more sala...

Cauliflower Tabouli Salad with Tofu Souvlaki

Cauliflower Tabouli Salad with Tofu Souvlaki

Keeping up with resolution with meatless low-carb Cauliflower Tabouli Salad and Tofu Souvlaki Bowl. Gluten free, low-carb, and vegetarian. This delicious bowl is perfect for meatless Monday and it comes together under 25 minutes. Also, can be made at-least 2 days ahead. Oh, this salad can also be vegan. Ju...

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