10 Vegan Lunch Ideas

Last week, we explored Vegan Breakfast Ideas; now let's move onto lunch! Check out these 10 tasty and nourishing ideas for the midday meal and then share your own vegan-friendly tips in the comments!

1 Bean dips and spreads – Use spreads like Hummus and Fresh Shell Bean and Sage Spread on sandwiches or as a dip for pita, crackers, or vegetables.

2 Chickpea sandwich – This Chickpea of the Sea sandwich filling can be made with vegan mayo or a vinaigrette in place of the mayo.

3 Couscous – Couscous is fantastic both warm and cool; try Israeli Couscous with Chard or Couscous with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Capers.

7 Eggplant spread – Use sweet, smoky Baba Ghanoush as a spread for vegetable sandwiches and wraps.

4 Lentils and grains – We can never get enough of this balanced and filling Lentil Salad with farro, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

5 Maki sushi – Wrap seaweed and rice around cucumber, carrot, burdock, or other vegetables; see Make Vegetable Maki Sushi With Kids! and Umeshiso Maki Sushi for preparation and filling tips.

6 Protein-packed stews – If you have a thermos or access to a microwave, these stews would be delicious and nourishing: Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Stew, Vegetarian Black Bean Espresso Chili (omit the honey or substitute maple syrup).

8 Soba – Japanese buckwheat noodles are so satisfying in dishes like Cold Soba, Sesame and Carrot Salad and Jackie's Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Julienned Vegetables (omit the egg).

9 Spring or summer rolls – Like sushi, you can fill spring or summer rolls with all kinds of vegetables and tofu; check out this refreshing recipe for Vegetable and Mint Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

10 Vietnamese noodle salad – Pack the noodles, tofu, greens, and sauce for Bún Chay separately and then toss them together just before eating.

Related: 10 Vegan Breakfast Ideas

(Originally published April 17, 2010)

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