Words by Gwyneth Cook


Get some inspiration for tasty, wholesome work lunches that can be made in under 30 minutes with our quick recipes for a workday pick-me-up. From easily portable lunchbox ideas to warming soups for your flask, workday lunches will be an event to look forward to!

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10 quick work lunch ideas

1. Chicken taco salad

Taco salad

Say goodbye to boring salads with this zesty Mexican-inspired recipe. Packed with four of your 5-a-day, this salad will trump any supermarket sandwich for health value, and it’s got a gloriously crunchy topping, too.

Use up any leftover chicken with these nutritious chicken salad recipes.

2. Tomato & pasta soup

Two bowls of tomato, orzo and pesto soup

Making soup doesn’t have to be a chore with this budget-friendly, healthy recipe, which takes just half an hour to whip up. Store in a flask to avoid leakage, or reheat at the office if you have a microwave on hand.

For more warming recipes to enjoy on a cold day, try our other soup recipes.

3. Super salad wraps

Salad wrap

For a healthier and more exciting alternative to the classic sandwich, try these healthy wraps packed with nutritious fresh veg and bursting with flavour. Leave out the cheese for a vegan-friendly version, and wrap in food wrap or foil to avoid spillage.

Never eat a soggy sandwich again with our collection of tasty wrap recipes.

4. Vegan salad bowl

Bowl of plant-based salad

If you want a lunch that’s as good-looking as it is tasty, try this healthy vegan salad with beans, radish, pickled cabbage and couscous. It takes just 15 mins prep time and can easily be transported in a lunchbox to work.

For more office-friendly salads and plant-based snacks, check out our vegan lunch recipes and also try our veggie burrito bowl for another colourful plate.

5. Chicken wraps

Three chicken wraps folded on a plate, next to an open one

Make the most of a pack of tortilla wraps in this perfectly portable work lunch. Fill them generously with chicken, charred aubergine, tomatoes, red onion, avocado and a gorgeous garlicky tahini sauce. Guaranteed to leave you satisfied, and easy to swap out with other ingredients to switch things up. Wrap up in foil and you’re ready to go!

Be the envy of your colleagues and make your own flatbreads with our easy flatbread recipes.

6. Deli-style stuffed falafel wrap

Falafel wrap

Beat the deli queues with a delicious homemade falafel wrap. Stuffed with red cabbage, cucumber, gherkin and spinach, this wrap tastes better than shop-bought, and is full of goodness to power you through the afternoon.

Use the weekend to have a go at making your own falafels with our easy healthy falafel recipe.

7. Ham, mushroom & spinach frittata

Spinach frittata

Frittatas are just as good cold as they are hot, and this filling dish will leave you satisfied while keeping the calorie count low. If you’re cooking for one, this recipe will give you two work lunches in just 13 mins.

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8. Store-cupboard pasta salad

Storecupboard pasta salad

No time for a supermarket trip but need to prep tomorrow’s lunch? We’ve got you covered with this simple pasta salad made using store-cupboard ingredients. But that doesn’t mean it lacks flavour, with punchy capers and pesto pepping up this nutritious lunch.

Learn how versatile pasta can be with our collection of pasta salad recipes.

9. Caesar pitta

Caesar Pitta

Love the flavours of a caesar salad but want something more filling? This pitta is stuffed full of goodness and the caesar dressing packs a punch, all taking just 10 mins to prep.

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10. Curried turkey lettuce wrap

Turkey lettuce wrap

Enjoy a low-carb, low-fat lunch with these deliciously spiced lettuce cups. A great gluten-free alternative, using lettuce instead of a tortilla wrap ups the nutrition and adds a satisfying crunch.

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