45 easy cold lunch ideas meant for adults at work or kids at school that are delicious and pack easily.
This list of cold lunch ideas includes everything from homemade lunchables to chicken wraps and filling salads.
They’re easy to make and some can be made in just 5 minutes using leftovers and fresh produce.
Whether you’re low-carb, looking for something to indulge in, or just looking for unique lunch ideas, this list has something for you – even ideas that work great for the working man in your life, whether that’s your husband or you!
There are 45 ideas in this list that prep well and taste incredible when cold. That means you can just pack your lunch up with an ice pack and enjoy it hours later no matter where you are. No microwave required!
We love to make these lunch ideas for work while working at home since they’re easy to prep ahead and have ready to eat for those busy days!
Easy Cold Lunch Ideas
35 easy and delicious cold lunch ideas that are perfect for work or packed for school.
This turkey avocado sandwich is the perfect quick and easy feel-good meal. Crisp toasted sourdough is layered with a homemade garlic aioli, creamy avocado, sliced turkey, and crisp, salty bacon. This recipe is incredibly versatile so feel free to use what you have on hand– it’s also a great way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers!
This healthy and easy Chicken Taco salad in a jar is quick to put together and uses canned chicken breast so it requires no cooking. It's the perfect, on-the-go ready to eat lunchbox meal for adults and kids
Lunchtime can’t get here quick enough when a Make-Ahead Healthy Travel Salad is waiting for you. Not only is this salad bright and colorful, but it’s also loaded with healthy ingredients and texture galore!
There's nothing better than the taste of sweet, tangy BBQ Sauce, smothered on top of juicy grilled chicken! This cold lunch idea is filled with fresh greens, grilled asparagus, and a creamy avocado ranch dressing, creating a flavorful dish packed with vitamins, fiber and protein!
All you need is 10 minutes to throw together the most delicious and versatile chicken salad pita ever. With pre-cooked chicken, you're close to a delicious lunchbox chicken salad. Eat it over a bed of lettuce, over whole grain bread, or just off a spoon.
These Avocado Chicken Wraps are a delicious and healthy 10-minute lunch! They're loaded with avocados, shredded chicken, grape tomatoes, cilantro, a spritz of lime, and a blend of Mexican spices and make a delicious cold lunch idea!
Make the halloumi wraps that everyone loves - kids and foodies included! With halloumi cheese, red pesto (store-bought is fine), avocado, and walnuts these wraps are packed with flavor, done in 20 minutes, and super easy to make.
This Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap will take you 5 minutes to throw together. Make it with leftover turkey or deli meat. Either way, this tortilla wrap recipe makes a great lunch box meal for kids and adults alike!
These Protein Snack Packs are filled with hard-boiled eggs, almonds, hummus, and crunchy veggies. An easy and delicious Lunch Meal Prep Solution perfect for any protein lover, these fantastic little protein snack packs are perfect for school lunches, post-workout snacks, or picnics in the park.
This easy spinach strawberry salad with balsamic dressing is bursting with flavor, is easy, and is perfect for spring and summer lunches. Add some grilled chicken and a slice of bread to your salad to make it a full meal.
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