27 Delicious Lunch Ideas for Days When You Just Can’t Eat Another Boring Sandwich

Face it. You can only have kale Caesar salad and a turkey sandwich for lunch so many times before you’re completely and utterly sick of the not-so-exciting midday meal. We can help: Here are 27 delicious lunch ideas to lean on when you’re totally bored of the usual.

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1. Meal-prep Turkey Meatballs With Zucchini Noodles

This combo of protein, veggies and your favorite jarred sauce will last you almost the entire work week.

2. Grilled Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

Sometimes you just need to let your inner child be in charge of the lunch menu.

3. Mini Chicken Shawarma

The recipe you didn’t know you needed to shake your chicken rut. Thanks, tangy yogurt sauce.

4. Easy Stir-fried Rice Cakes With Xo Sauce

You can find fresh rice cakes or XO sauce at Chinese or Korean grocery stores, right by the tofu or fresh noodles. Finish it with steamed broccoli or bok choy.

5. 15-minute Mediterranean Couscous With Tuna And Pepperoncini

It’s as simple as boiling water and opening a can of tuna.

6. Crispy Tofu Bánh Mi

Trust us. Between the homemade pickled veggies and spicy mayo, you won’t miss the pork.

7. Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

The ultimate antidote for cold, long winter days. Did we mention it only takes 35 minutes to make?

8. Indian Salad Bowl With Crunchy Chickpeas

Be still our spice-loving hearts. The garbanzos are roasted in curry powder, smoked paprika and shredded coconut.

9. Grilled Lemon-herb Chicken And Avocado Salad

Barley, tomatoes, red onion, oh my!

10. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Nothing against our favorite takeout spot, but sometimes we’re not patient enough to wait 25 minutes for lunch.

11. Meal-prep Honey Sesame Chicken With Broccolini

These sweet-and-salty thighs are sure to hold you over until dinnertime.

12. Blackberry-peach Grilled Cheese

Meet your childhood favorite, all grown up. BTW, there are three types of cheese in this one sandwich.

13. Meal-prep Creamy Pasta Salad With Broccoli And Raisins

Not only does it cost about $1.50 a serving, it’ll also last for up to five days in the fridge.

14. Chickpea And Vegetable Coconut Curry

This Thai-inspired beauty can accommodate all the sad-looking, wilted vegetables you’re eager to get rid of.

15. Buffalo Chicken Wraps With Blue Cheese And Celery

Store-bought rotisserie chicken does it again! (Yeah, there’s no actual cooking involved here.)

16. Blt Pasta Salad

Who needs bread when there’s pasta this satisfying.

17. Rainbow Collard Wraps With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Vibrant veggies and a tangy, spicy dip make this dish look (and taste) like it came from a fancy vegan restaurant.

18. 15-minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Complete with rice noodles, ground pork, bean sprouts and peanuts.

19. Avocado Egg Salad

Diced avocado, Dijon mustard and capers make a sandwich spread that’s equal parts creamy and tangy.

20. Cold Lemon Zoodles

The most summery pasta salad doesn’t actually include pasta at all. And how pretty are those sliced radishes?

21. Oven-baked Chicken Kofta Wraps

Sure, lettuce wraps are a healthy alternative to tortillas. But the real perk is how crunchy and refreshing they are.

22. 10-minute Macaroni And Cheese In A Mug

Forget boiling water, or even turning on the stove. Milk and cheese will get the job done in the microwave.

23. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Sorry, mayonnaise. You’ll have to sit this one out.

24. Lunch Kebabs With Mortadella, Artichoke And Sun-dred Tomatoes

Somehow deli meat is a lot more appetizing when it’s on a stick.

25. Shredded Thai Salad With Avocado

And the award for prettiest lunch goes to…

26. Chicken Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches

The bread gets a schmear of almond-basil pesto before being topped with chicken, feta, greens and sundried tomatoes.

27. Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches

Pretty enough for a picnic, easy enough for a lazy lunch.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...