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45 Lunch Ideas for Adults: At Work or at Home!

With over 1.5 million page views since 2019 and still counting, these easy lunch ideas are my most popular set of recipes. And for good reason – they are hands down the best work lunches you’ve ever had!

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Cold Lunch Ideas collage (fruit salad with greens, buffalo blue salad, and buffalo chicken wrap)

You will love these Easy Lunch Ideas for Work

There are thousands of easy lunch ideas out there, but I’ve hand selected the best of the best for you. They are the recipes you’ll just keep coming back to because they are that good.

You can finally cut the weekly meal prep and boring lunch recipes you’ve been making and eat downright good food. And we’re all about everyday easy food here, so you know these recipes are easy.

How can I bring lunch to work without a refrigerator?

It’s easy to keep your lunch cold without a refrigerator at work by using a thermal isolated lunch bag with a quality ice pack.

If stacking foods, place an extra ice pack on top to keep both layers nice and cold.

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45 Work Lunch Ideas

35 easy and delicious cold lunch ideas that are perfect for work or packed for school.

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45 Easy Cold Lunch Ideas

Samantha Erb
A collection of easy cold lunch ideas that includes everything from salads to these delicious buffalo chicken wraps
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 374 kcal


  • 1/2 pound leftover chicken such as cooked chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup chunky blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup lettuce


  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • Chop up chicken tenders into small 1-inch or smaller pieces and place in a bowl.
  • Pour Buffalo Sauce over chicken and mix to coat.
  • Put 1/4 of the buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and lettuce into each wrap.
  • Wrap each tortilla and secure with a toothpick if desired.
  • Enjoy immediately or store up to 3 days in the refrigerator and enjoy cold or with reheating directions above.



Serving: 1gCalories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 23gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1245mgFiber: 2g
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9 thoughts on “45 Lunch Ideas for Adults: At Work or at Home!”

  1. These are such great ideas! I wonder, do you happen to have a full list of the dishes? Just a master list we could print and hang to for ideas, then we can go find your recipe?

    I can go down each list and take my own but I wondered if maybe you had one already.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Kathy, all of the other recipe ideas are listed about the buffalo chicken wrap. If you click on the “get the recipe” button for each recipe, it will take you to that exact recipe you are looking for.

  2. Thank you so much for creating this post! So many of these recipes sound delicious and that’s pretty rare for me. We’re heading out on an 18-day road trip in June and we’re taking our pop-up camper, so these meal ideas were a huge help. Thanks again!

  3. Your list of cold lunch ideas is a lifesaver for busy mornings! I’ve already tried a couple of these recipes, and they’re not only easy to make but also super tasty. Thanks for making meal prep so much simpler! 💪🥪👌

    • I’m so glad to hear these have been a lifesaver for you, they have for me too! I love hearing that you are enjoying the recipes and they are making meal prep so easy for you. I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes! Thanks for all your feedback.

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