21 Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas that are everything but boring: Satisfying, quick and easy lunch recipes to look forward to! Easily portable, mess-free, packed with nutrients, can be eaten cold.
I know that many of you are struggling with how to eat healthy and vegetarian while eating outside. I can absolutely relate to your struggles with this issue. The best tip here is: Think ahead.
Sure you can have lunch with your colleagues at a restaurant. But not every restaurant has healthy vegetarian lunch options and even if it does, you gotta have lunch every day, so repetitive meals become boring pretty quickly. Not to mention it can be pricey.
On the other hand, lunch can be challenging to make ahead at home, since you are limited to easily portable meals that have to be nutritious and not boring. Bonus point if they can be eaten cold. Two bonus points if they are delicious.
When it comes to school lunch box ideas, it’s really hard to be creative. Your kid can’t have PB&J every day for lunch. To save you a headache I put together a list of simple, delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch box ideas that both kids and adults enjoy.
What Makes a Healthy Lunch Box?
Over the years, I’ve posted quite a few healthy vegetarian lunch box recipes on my blog. They are everything but boring and delicious too! I included a few vegan and gluten free in this roundup as well.
No more brainstorming in the supermarket or making the same old boring sandwiches over and over again.
Here are a few healthy vegetarian lunch ideas that are also:
can be eaten cold (except for soups);
good for adults and kids;
easily portable in a lunch box.
Lunch Containers and Boxes
To make you all set, I suggest the following lunch container sets that are not only leak-proff, but also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe for your vegetarian packed lunch:
Pro tip: Make sure to put your lunch box in a plastic ziplock bag to make sure nothing leaks from it. This can easily happen if you forget to close the lid properly. I always prefer to be on the safe side.
Healthy Vegetarian Lunch Box Recipes
These healthy vegetarian lunch ideas are perfect for adults to take to work and for kids to eat at school. I have quite a few vegetarian lunch recipes on my blog that I can swear by (including my best vegan sandwiches collection).
I categorized them by type:
other vegetarian lunch box recipes like hummus with pita chips, quiches, falafel and spring rolls.
Check more amazing vegetarian lunch recipes from my fellow food blogger friends below.
Vegetarian Lunch Salads
Corn and Black Bean Salad with Zucchini
This flavorful corn and black bean salad with grilled zucchini and feta cheese is a perfect companion for any summer vegetarian BBQ.
This easy Greek Orzo Salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, BBQ and get togethers. Whenever you need an easy and healthy side dish, that is guaranteed to disappear first, make this gorgeous Greek orzo salad!
Delicious vegan Mexican chopped salad with avocado dressing makes the perfect lunch salad or an easy side dish to any Mexican feast. This gluten free salad is packed with fresh veggies, dietary fiber and plant based protein.
Bite into a deliciously chewy vegan bagel sandwich infused with Mediterranean baba ganoush, crisp cucumber, rich sun-dried tomatoes and spicy arugula. Protein rich and delightfully nutritious, your lunchtime options just got a whole lot tastier.
The Ultimate Vegan Buddha Bowl is loaded with nutrient dense vegetables, healthy fats, the best vegan protein, and healthy grains. This Buddha bowl is complete, well balanced meal in just one serving and isn't hard to make. The vibrant colors and rich flavors make it incredibly satisfying and you'll want to enjoy this vegan bowl of yumminess again and again.
These delicious vegan German potato pancakes or Kartoffelpuffer are crispy from the outside and tender on the inside and only require 3 staple ingredients and 30 minutes of your time. They are perfect for a quick and filling breakfast, lunch or dinner meal that everyone will love!
Celebrate springtime with this delicious and healthy asparagus quiche with sweet potato crust. This easy quiche is made of 7 ingredients and is perfect for brunch, Easter or any springtime family gathering!
Easy Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce: Satisfying, colorful and versatile snack loaded with veggies and dipped in delicious peanut sauce with ginger and garlic. Perfect healthy mess-free portable snack or appetizer everybody will love! Naturally gluten-free, raw and low carb.
Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.