These days it's hard to find healthy salad lunch ideas for work. Easy lunches that are not a peanut butter sandwich. Cold lunch ideas for work that include chicken, quinoa salad, tuna salad, egg salad or sweet potato.
We all want to make healthy choices including more leafy greens that are good for you but also taste great.
Don't worry, I've got 12 Healthy Salad Recipes that you can prep ahead of time to take as a cold lunch.
- No. 1 Tuna and Tomato Salad
- No. 2 Strawberry Macadamia Salad with Spicy Poppy Seed Dressing (Low-Carb, Vegetarian)
- No. 3 Easy Raw Green Salad
- No. 4 Crunchy Lentil Salad
- No. 5 Mango Salad With Lime Ginger Dressing
- No. 6 Vegan Kale Caeser Salad
- No. 7 Spring Vegetable and Freekah Salad
- No. 8 Grape Salad
- No. 9 Russian Vinaigrette Salad
- No. 10 Grated Carrot Salad with Tomato, Onion and Chia Seeds
- No. 11 Vegetable and Herby Citrus Quinoa Salad
- No. 12 Easy Cucumber Salad
- No. 13 Mediterranean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
- No 14 Sweet Potato Egg Salad Sandwich
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As you know eating more greens is usually equal to eating more healthy. Incorporating fruits and vegetables in your meals without compromising taste is tricky.
Get creative and venture a little with trying something new and out of your comfort zone. You never know, you might find something new that your taste buds will just fall in love with and make some great cold lunch ideas for work.
Listed below are 12+ delicious and healthy lunch ideas that you could make as a side for dinner or meal prep to take for cold lunch the next day.
These healthy salad lunch ideas are not in any particular order. One of these salads are sure to catch your eye.
No. 1 Tuna and Tomato Salad
Written by: AmyG
Tuna and tomato are the perfect make ahead cold lunch idea. Simple to make with juicy garden tomatoes. All you need is a can of tuna and some other healthy ingredients. Just meal prep and pack your dressing separate for an instant cold lunch.
No. 2 Strawberry Macadamia Salad with Spicy Poppy Seed Dressing (Low-Carb, Vegetarian)
Written by: Adri Ruff
The flavors of fresh strawberry and cayenne pepper balance one another out in this deliciously fresh strawberry macadamia fruit salad with spicy poppy seed dressing! Perfect for date night, paired with wine and steak.
No. 3 Easy Raw Green Salad
Written by: Shahzadi Devje
This could be your go-to raw green salad, easy lunch salad recipe. Packed with a medley of fresh and crunchy ingredients like broccoli, kale, carrots, pomegranate and pumpkin seeds – super nourishing and YUMMY! Tossed in a tangy dressing, that’s the perfect match.
No. 4 Crunchy Lentil Salad
Written by: Bethany Maher Kramer
The most delicious crunchy lentil salad! Packed with veggies, sweet grapes, and roasted hazelnuts – then topped with a simple yet flavorful lemony herb dressing. The perfect meal prep idea for an easy cold lunch.
No. 5 Mango Salad With Lime Ginger Dressing
Written by: Kate Hackworthy
This mango salad is zingy, refreshing and super tasty! Mango, avocado and lettuce are piled high, then drizzled with a zingy lime ginger dressing. It’s easy, bursting with flavor and ready in minutes!
No. 6 Vegan Kale Caeser Salad
Written by: Debra Klein
This Vegan Caesar Salad with chick pea croutons. is a healthy gluten-free alternative to your traditional caeser salad recipe. Filled with lots of protein you get greens plus a chickpea salad.
No. 7 Spring Vegetable and Freekah Salad
Written by: Tamara Lowell Andersen
Spring Vegetable Freekeh Salad with Citrus Dill Vinaigrette highlights this unique grain with its chewy, smoky complexity, and delivers tons of flavor and nutrients. With English peas and other seasonal vegetables, it's a healthy addition to your salad repertoire!
No. 8 Grape Salad
Written by: Bintu Mustapha
This family favorite Southern Grape Salad requires only 10 minutes of preparation time and a few ingredients to whip up! Something different for the family to enjoy.
No. 9 Russian Vinaigrette Salad
Written by: Diana Sh
Another lovely Russian classic, a vegetarian vinegret salad drizzled with the traditional dressing! Something different for someone who is willing to stray from their comfort zone.
No. 10 Grated Carrot Salad with Tomato, Onion and Chia Seeds
Written by: Raksha Kamat
A delightful delicious carrot salad with middle Eastern Flare.
No. 11 Vegetable and Herby Citrus Quinoa Salad
Written by: Safira Adam
A simple and fresh quinoa salad that is Zesty, Zingy, Citrussy (basically lemony) and Herby. Another perfect make ahead meal prep idea.
No. 12 Easy Cucumber Salad
Written by: Jill Carr
This refreshing easy cucumber salad recipe is perfect for any summer meal! Easy and simple enough for a weeknight meal, elegant enough for a fancy dinner.
No. 13 Mediterranean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Written by: Sally Moran
This is a simple Mediterranean salad with two types of lettuce, black olives, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. Tossed with the lime vinaigrette dressing makes it a delicious, hearty salad that goes with just about anything you’re serving.
No 14 Sweet Potato Egg Salad Sandwich
Written by: AmyG
Website: Egg salad is one of the most popular meal prep ideas for cold make ahead lunches. Best part is that you can make it gluten free by using sweet potatoes as your bread!
So that's it. Just in case your wondering, I threw in one more salad for good luck. Now, I know you are probably feeling overwhelmed right now and to be honest so am I. I can't decide which one of these is my all time favorite. They are all pretty good.
P.S. A big thank you to the recipe bloggers that contributed to this post, you know who you are!
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