Lunch Recipes

Why settle for anything less than scrumptious to satisfy your lunch cravings? We've chosen some of our favorite soups, salads, and sandwiches for you to try -- including stellar BLT slaw, a classic Cuban club, marvelous mac-and-cheese dogs, and more.

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    Guy Fieri's Grilled Chicken Tortas with Chipotle Crema

    Along with his extra-creamy avocado sauce, Guy Fieri's fiery rub gives this tender chicken sandwich its spicy kick. Add tomato, lettuce, and onion for fresh, cool toppers.

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    Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

    This island-style pasta salad is delightfully light and features a bright medley of fresh fruits: mango, avocado, and grape tomatoes. Toss in chicken and peppers, then coat in lime dressing for some zip.

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    Garden Veggie Subs

    On the go? Stack fresh veggies -- tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, radishes, and greens -- on a whole wheat hot dog bun for easy toting. Then lather on our fresh herb dressing and creamy yogurt spread that's high in flavor and low in fat.

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    Grilled Asparagus Soup with Chile Croutons

    Slurp up this steamy Sriracha-infused soup, made with tenderly grilled asparagus and reduced-sodium chicken broth. This simple lunch also features croutons slathered in savory chili butter.

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    How to Cook Asparagus

    Let us show you how to cook asparagus to a crisp, flavorful finish, with our Test Kitchen secrets to success.

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    Potato-Cauliflower Salad

    Watch out! This isn't your mama's traditional potato salad. We've kicked out the high-cal mayo and eggs and used tangy blue cheese dressing instead. It's equally creamy, highly flavorful, and only 150 calories per serving.

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    Southwestern Chicken Panini

    Spend 30 minutes or less creating a crispy, golden-brown panini that features all your favorite Southwestern flavors: chipotle chile, adobo, and hot red enchilada sauce.

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    Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

    Whether its served warm or chilled, this delectable dish is one delicious lunch idea. It features a Tuscanlike blend of fresh garlic-roasted veggies and al dente wheat penne coated in sharp Romano-olive dressing.

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    Iceberg Wedge Salad with Bacon, Carrots & Radishes

    A chilly chunk of iceberg lettuce gets a mouthwatering makeover when paired with crispy bacon and thinly sliced veggies. Drizzle over our homemade tangy garlic dressing for a bit of zing.

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    Potato-Cheddar Soup

    A sandwich or salad's favorite pair, this classic, creamy soup fills you up on hearty potatoes and sharp cheddar flavor. Garnish with mini sweet peppers for color and crunch.

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    PB&J Club

    PB&J-lovers will delight in our new twist on the childhood favorite. We nixed the jelly and instead used fresh, juicy-red raspberries for a more mature flavor, then drizzled the peanut butter in honey and crunchy granola to satisfy the kid in you.

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    Creamy BLT Coleslaw

    This stellar slaw captures all your favorite sandwich flavors: bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Toss in a few extra veggies, coat in our tangy dressing, and enjoy -- all in less than 20 minutes.

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    Turkey Reuben Loaf

    Classic Reuben flavors, such as caraway and homemade Thousand Island dressing, give leftover turkey a fabulous lunchtime makeover.

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    Avocado & Asparagus Egg Sandwiches

    Miss out on breakfast this morning? Not to worry -- we've got your bacon-and-egg cravings covered with our simple sandwich recipe. We've even added in a layer of creamy avocado and asparagus for extra yummy flavor.

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    Video: How to Cook Bacon

    Learn how to cook sizzling, savory bacon that's perfectly even and crisp every time.

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    Gingered Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

    Parmesan-sprinkled flatbread makes a crispy sidekick to this creamy carrot confection. When broiling, watch closely until the cheese is just barely melted. Then cool, dunk, and enjoy.

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    Torta De Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Subs)

    Meatball-lovers will go nuts for this Mexican spin on traditional meatball subs. We've topped these sammies with fresh slices of avocado, Monterey Jack, and our homemade coleslaw for a Southern kick.

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    Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

    Dive into a bowl of refreshingly cool blackberries to sweeten up your lunch. Quick-pickled red onions, mint, and creamy feta cheese give this fruit salad a surprising twist.

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    Cuban Club

    The classic Cuban club, originally made in Cuba and Florida, features ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and tangy mustard on sourdough bread.

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    Mac & Cheese Dogs

    Turn ordinary mac and cheese into an out-of-this-world hot dog that both you and your kids will love. Sprinkle the tops with bread crumbs and, if you're feeling bold, chili powder.

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    Tuna Focaccia

    Homemade red chile cream cheese livens up this totally tuna sandwich. Before stuffing the soft focaccia, combine the tuna-cheese blend with edamame, corn, and peppers for a healthful spin.

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    5 Grilled Cheese Updates

    Filling and delicious, a grilled cheese sandwich never disappoints. Upgrade the lunchtime classic with sophisticated add-ons like avocado and bacon. 

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    Fresh Citrus & Cranberry Salad

    Sweet meets greens in this refreshing fruit-salad fusion. Toss a medley of baby arugula, onions, and mint leaves with juicy lemon-coated citrus and cranberries for a bright salad. 

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    Meat Loaf & Potatoes Club

    Whip up a marvelous sandwich from leftover meat loaf in less than 15 minutes. Simply stack hearty layers of french fries, green onions, and meat loaf on toasty cheese bread and enjoy.

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    Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce

    Fresh sweet corn, gnocchi, and torn arugula create a stunning pasta salad. For the silky-light cream sauce, simply mix together half-and-half, cheese, and savory spices.

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    Fresh Corn Soup

    Freshly grated nutmeg makes all the difference in this sunny-yellow corn soup, adding a special boldness to help bring out the flavor of the corn that bottled nutmeg just won't do.

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    5 BLT Transformations

    Few combinations are more classic than bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Five fresh takes rework the traditional sandwich, and turn it into pizza, pie, and more. 

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    Cabbage & Carrot Salad with Peanut Sauce

    Creamy peanut butter, honey, and soy create a sweet dressing for this cabbage-carrot salad. To bump up the protein in this dish, top the salad with leftover grilled chicken or tofu.

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    Veggie Wraps with Chicken

    Together, mayo and pesto make an incredible spread for these warm wraps filled with chicken, summer squash, peppers, and zucchini.

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    Veggie Grilled Cheese

    For a healthier yet still satisfying version of grilled cheese, top whole grain bread with fresh baby spinach, dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and pickled veggies.

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    Fast Shrimp Bisque

    Old Bay seasoning gives this shrimp soup a gentle bite while creamy milk lends it smooth, delicate flavor. For a spicy curry seafood soup, use coconut milk in place of the evaporated milk, then add a little curry powder and Asian chili sauce.

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    Farmstand Slaw Dog

    Fresh from the garden, this farmstand slaw dog features sweet, lemon-zested veggie condiments: corn, green beans, peppers, and more.

  • Next Slideshow Healthy Lunch Ideas: Brown Bag Recipes

    Healthy Lunch Ideas: Brown Bag Recipes

    Brighten up your brown-bag lunch with healthy lunch recipes. With fresh salads, easy sandwiches, and simple snacks, our collection of healthy lunch ideas will save you from unhealthy choices at the drive-through or vending machine. With a close eye on calories, we made sure each and every idea is full of protein and nutrients to get you through the afternoon.
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