Chicken, butter bean and tomato salad in a green lunchbox

Healthy packed lunch recipes

49 Recipes

Forget soggy sandwiches and let our healthy recipes inspire you to make tastier packed lunches. From salads to soups, you'll be looking forward to lunchtime.

3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Stuck for lunchbox inspiration? Try this healthy chicken and butterbean salad, which will fill you up for the afternoon and deliver four of your 5-a-day

5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
33 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Throw together a filling and fragrant couscous salad for a vegetarian lunchbox meal, or double it for a buffet

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
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1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Make this speedy lime prawn cocktail salad as a filling lunch that packs a flavour-punch. It's tasty, healthy and low in calories

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Use leftover chicken to make this easy rice bowl for lunch. With a punchy wasabi, lime and yogurt dressing, it's full of flavour and healthy too

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
10 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Pack in the flavour with this Indian-inspired frittata. Perfect for a healthy lunch, it's low in calories and fat and full of nutrients 

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy this simple stew for dinner, then pack into boxes to keep you going for lunches

3 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
Healthy
6 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Forget soggy lunchbox sandwiches and whip up a tasty and healthy chicken and noodle salad for lunch using our pre-made roast chicken recipe

10 mins
Easy
Healthy
8 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Eat well at work with two lunchboxes made from the same rice base – one with tuna, the other with feta and beetroot. They're gluten-free and high in protein

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Rustle up this healthy and filling coronation chicken salad for a packed lunch in just five minutes using our roast chicken cooked beforehand to save time

5 mins
Easy
Healthy
32 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This easy-to-prepare salad is filled with zingy flavours - the simplified version is great for kids' lunchboxes too

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
28 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Get a whopping 4 of your 5-a-day with this superhealthy salad, why not make extra for your lunchbox too

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A new take on the classic salad Niçoise. This lean salad is bulked out by storecupboard cannellini beans and flavoured with dill and lemon

13 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Pack 4 of your 5-a-day into your lunchbox with this healthy black bean, egg and prawn salad with a sweet chilli and lime dressing

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A crunchy chicken salad that's zesty, healthy and 4 of your 5-a-day. Try this for variety in your teenager's lunchbox or take it to work

10 mins
Easy
Healthy
28 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Hummus is so easy to make and beats shop-bought varieties every time. Try it with vegetable crudités in your packed lunch

5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
74 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A satisfying and low-fat vegetarian soup that's a good source of folic acid

1 hr
More effort
Healthy
Vegetarian
11 ratings 3.2 out of 5 star rating

Serve this lamb meatloaf and salad at a summer picnic or packed up for lunch. It's tasty and healthy too, delivering all five of your five-a-day

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
1,061 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A delicious, spicy blend packed full of iron and low in fat to boot. It's ready in under half an hour, or can be made in a slow cooker

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Stuff wheat-free bread with falafels, hummus, red pepper and rocket leaves for a healthy and filling lunch

5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Wrap up something healthy for your lunchbox. This sandwich is flavoured with lime, spring onion and spicy sauce

10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
15 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Low-fat, vegetarian and super-healthy, this filling one-pot lunch or dinner is packed with chickpeas, butter beans and pearl barley

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
18 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Pan-fry vegetarian, chicken-style pieces with lime, chilli and garlic, then pile onto seeded tortilla wraps - cool before assembling if packing for lunch

13 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 2.5 out of 5 star rating

This clever packed lunch is super healthy, with crisp vegetables, wholewheat noodles and a spicy, zingy dressing

23 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

A super-green, healthy mix of soya beans, cucumber, avocado and Little Gem lettuce - topped with lean shredded chicken breast

8 mins
Easy
Healthy
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