23 Satisfying, Wholesome Lunches You Can Make the Night Before
Do you get stumped for good lunch ideas, falling back on the same unsatisfying sandwiches and cans of soup? So do we. So let’s talk about some fresh options, like a grain salad tossed with creamy bits of avocado, and whole-wheat wraps filled with sweet potatoes. We have a whole month’s worth of work-friendly lunches up for grabs today — which one will you be making first?
These lunch recipes fall into two categories: those you can assemble quickly using just a few ingredients, and those that make one big batch that will feed you all week long. The “quick-to-assemble” lunches, like wraps and salads, can be made even easier by making sure all the ingredients are prepped ahead: greens washed and dried, raw veggies chopped, and so on. Make the big-batch recipes, like soups and grain salads, on Sunday afternoon and pack them away into single-serving containers that are easy to grab and go.
We also know that everyone has very different needs when it comes to their lunches: ones that need to keep unrefrigerated, ones that don’t need reheating, ones that can be eaten with one hand while grading papers at your desk. We’ve included a good variety here so there’s something for everyone. If you feel like you need something a little more to round out your lunch, think about adding a hard-boiled egg (good with grain salads!) or a handful of crackers (good with soups!).
What are your favorite make-ahead lunches?
- Diana Henry’s Crazy Salad
- Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad
- Golden Quinoa Salad with Lemon, Dill & Avocado
- Kale Salad with Apricots, Avocado, and Parmesan
- Colorful Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Herbs
- Wheat Berry Salad with Blood Oranges, Feta & Red Onion Vinaigrette
- Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese
- Yogurt & Dill Chicken Salad