Healthy Lunch Recipes

Take-out lunches should be forgotten because there are so many healthy lunch solutions that can easily be taken to the office, to school and anywhere else you may need to go. Listed below are some tasty recipes which include delicious fresh produce such as fresh vegetables and lean protein which will fuel you for the rest of the day so that your body will not feel deprived.

o BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Leftover cooked chicken can be tossed in barbeque sauce and crunchy carrots for a quick and healthy lunch.

Makes 1 serving


1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken

1/4 cup shredded carrots

2 tablespoons barbecue sauce

2 teaspoons light ranch dressing

1 small whole-wheat sandwich bun

1 leaf romaine lettuce


In a medium bowl combine the chicken, carrots and barbecue sauce. Spread ranch dressing on the bun and top with the chicken mixture and lettuce.


323 calories

8g fat (1g sat, 2g mono)

62mg cholesterol

38g carbohydrate

26g protein

4g fiber

729mg sodium

456mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (100% daily value), Selenium (56% daily value).

o Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

Makes 4 servings


2 tablespoons lime juice

4 teaspoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 teaspoons light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 pound cooked and peeled small shrimp

1 cup thinly sliced red, yellow, and/or orange bell pepper

1 cup seeded and thinly sliced cucumber

1/4 cup mixed chopped herbs


Whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, oil, brown sugar and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Add the shrimp, cucumber, bell pepper and fresh herbs and toss to coat.


170 calories

5g fat (1g sat, 2g mono)

221mg cholesterol

6g carbohydrate

25g protein

1g fiber

652mg sodium

315mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value), Vitamin A (25% daily value), Iron (21% daily value).

o Tomato & Fennel Salad

Heirloom tomatoes are best used in this recipe. They are at their peak during the summer months and worth purchasing in your local grocery store or farmers’ market. However, any type of tomato will work well in this recipe.

Makes 4 servings


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper

1 pound tomatoes cut into wedges

2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

1/3cup toasted pine nuts


In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, fennel, parsley and pine nuts and toss to coat.


141 calories

12g fat (1g sat, 5g mono)

0mg cholesterol

9g carbohydrate

3g protein

3g fiber

321mg sodium

513mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (40% daily value), Vitamin A (25% daily value), Potassium (15% daily value).

o Lebanese Potato Salad

Makes 8 servings


2 pounds of potatoes

1/4 lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

4 spring onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint


Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and bring to the boil in slightly salted water until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Allow them to cool for 20 minutes and cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add the potatoes and toss to coat.

Just before serving add the spring onions and mint and toss gently.


143 calories

5g fat (1g sat, 4g mono)

0mg cholesterol

22g carbohydrates

3g protein

2g fiber

153mg sodium

516mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value), Potassium (15% daily value).

o Artichoke & Ripe Olive Tuna Salad

Makes 5 servings


1 12-ounce can tuna, drained and flaked

1 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts

1/2 cup chopped olives

1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano


Mix together the tuna, artichokes, olives, mayonnaise, lemon juice and oregano.


210 calories

8g fat (1g sat, 1g mono)

25mg cholesterol

12g carbohydrate

20g protein

3g fiber

791mg sodium

166mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Selenium (78% daily value), Vitamin C (19% daily value).

o Hot & Sour Slaw

This slaw is a perfect accompaniment to grilled pork tenderloin and a glass of Riesling.

Makes 4 servings


3 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

3 cups shredded greed cabbage

1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper

1/3 cup sliced spring onions

1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained and thinly sliced


In a large bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, reduced-sodium soy sauce, oil, ginger, white pepper and crushed red pepper. Add the green cabbage, bell pepper, spring onions and bamboo shoots. Toss to coat all of the ingredients.


62 calories

4g fat (1g sat, 1g mono)

0mg cholesterol

6g carbohydrate

2g protein

2g fiber

112mg sodium

189mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (85% daily value), Vitamin A (18% daily value).

o Tijuana Torta

This is a Mexican-style torta, just like a burrito, except the “wrapper” is a hollowed-out roll rather than a tortilla. It is the most delicious lunch when it is served with grilled corn on the cob or Spanish rice.

Makes 4 servings


1 15-ounce can black beans, well rinsed

3 tablespoons prepared salsa

1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 ripe avocado, pitted

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 16-to-20 inch long baguette

1 1/3 cups shredded green cabbage


In a small bowl, mash together the beans, salsa, jalapeño and cumin. In a separate bowl mash the avocado, onion and lime juice.

Cut the baguette into 4 equal lengths. Split each one in half and pull out most of the soft bread from the center. Divide the mixture and the cabbage equally amongst the sandwiches.


354 calories

9g fat (1g sat, 5g mono)

0mg cholesterol

60g carbohydrate

17g protein

17g fiber

682mg sodium

639mg potassium

Nutrition bonus: Folate & Vitamin C (29% daily value), Potassium (18% daily value), Iron (15% daily value).

Healthy lunch recipes really are that simple. Why go to your local café or restaurant for a lunch that may not be so good for your waistline, not to mention your health, when these delicious lunches can be prepared in no time at all. Another added bonus to preparing these healthy lunch snacks is that you know exactly what ingredients have been used to prepare them. What can be better than that?

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