Healthy Lunch Recipes

A healthy lunch can give you the right fuel to keep up your energy and mood for the rest of the day. The most difficult part of eating healthy may be choosing varied meals that don't leave you bored. That's where our best healthy lunch recipes come to the rescue. We've got tons of tasty lunch meals like crunchy fresh salads, layered-with-goodness sandwiches, and even picnic recipes to take with you to the ballpark or on a picnic. Sandwiches are a great healthy lunch choice—they're quick, delicious, and portable. A few simple swaps to your usual sandwich fixings can help you save hundreds of calories without skimping on taste. We walk you through how to make a lighter, more flavorful sandwich with low-calorie and low-fat swaps, as well as an explanation of the four basic elements of a sandwich. Americans also love salads for lunch recipes, which is a fantastic way to get multiple servings of vegetables and fruits. But salads can hide lots of hidden calories and fat sources. We walk you through healthy salad selections that are quick to make, nutritious to eat for lunch or dinner, and keep your body fueled. Our healthy lunch recipes are easy, delicious, and perfect for sticking to any diet.

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Zucchini-Corn Soup with Andouille

In summer months, you can't beat the flavor of this soup made with fresh corn-on-the-cob, but to speed things up or when sweet corn is not in season you can substitute 1 1/2 cups frozen corn.

Fruit Pinwheels

You get to choose your filling in these delicious (and pretty) pinwheel cookies. We suggest berry, cherry, or orange marmalade.

Andouille and Shrimp Gumbo

Transport to the Cajun South with a steamy bowl of gumbo. French andouille sausage is a spicy smoked sausage popular in Cajun dishes like gumbo, and jambalaya. Look for pork or chicken andouille. Or use any type of sausage you like.

Carrot Soup with Tarragon and Cream

A bowl of this smooth and creamy carrot soup is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day. When purchasing, look for plump carrots without any cracks or soft spots. If the carrots still have the greens attached, remove them before storing in the refrigerator so they don't lose moisture.

Bacon-Turkey-Cranberry Roll-Ups

Make these turkey roll-ups a day in advance and you'll have lunch ready to go. Or serve them as appetizers at your next holiday gathering.

Sweet-and-Salty Scotcheroos

These candy-like bars store best in the fridge (our tests showed they became stale at room temperature after one day). After chilling, let the bars stand at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
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More Healthy Lunch Recipes

Sheet Pan Sausage and Fall Vegetables

Change-up this sheet pan dinner by trying another flavor variety of bratwurst such as beer brats, bacon and cheese, or pineapple. If fingerling potatoes aren't available, swap in baby red or gold potatoes.

Coconut-Tamari Mushroom Soup

Don't let the mushrooms take all the credit. They're not the only ingredient packing in umami. Seaweed, or wakame, is a glutamate-rich ingredient that adds to the savory taste to this broth.

Cheesy Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders

For an indulgent take on sloppy joes, consider this cheesy chicken version. The comes together in just 40 minutes all in the same pot, so you can enjoy your sliders with less dishes and time in the kitchen!