Quick and Easy Plant-Based, Vegan Lunch Ideas
Coming up with ideas for easy school or work lunches can be daunting with a busy household so why not try some of these plant-based recipes. Each recipe is vegan and full of plant-based goodness.
If you’re really in a hurry, make some of these the day or night before and even pack them so won’t be so rushed in the morning.
These 30 whole food vegan recipes are perfect for lunch. Mix and match them to make the perfect lunch.
Keep in mind that some of these recipes may contain oil or vegan cheese. These are usually easy to adjust by leaving out.
Lunch Ideas for School or Work
Delicious plant-based recipes perfect for your school or work lunch with enough nutrition to get you through the day.
Rainbow Hummus Veggie Wrap - Tortilla Wrap
This healthy Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap is packed full of colorful veggies and that kiddos, big and small, will love. It is perfect for school lunches, brunches, and when you are out and about.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
A chickpea salad sandwich is the perfect lunch idea. It's easy to make and contains all the plant-based goodness of protein and crunchy vegetables you need to keep you going the rest of the day.
Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
The perfect summery dish! It's fresh, satisfying, and takes less than 30 minutes to make too.
Gluten-Free Tabbouleh - Tabbouleh Recipe Made with Millet
This gluten-free tabbouleh uses a simple swap of millet for bulgur wheat with all the other traditional tabbouleh ingredients. A delicious herb-filled lemony side dish that goes great with a variety of dishes or used as a base for any protein you like.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Bell Pepper Soup
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Bell Pepper Soup with ginger and carrots is thick and creamy and made even easier by making it in the Instant Pot.
Spinach and Quinoa Vegan Meal Prep Bowls
These vegan meal prep bowls are loaded with healthy ingredients and have a delicious ginger-garlic dressing!
Vegan Tuna Sandwich
This Vegan Tuna Sandwich is satisfying, delicious, and completely customizable. It takes just 20 minutes to prepare and it's perfect for make-ahead lunches.
Mediterranean Quinoa Pasta Salad (Vegan)
Bursting with color, flavor and nutrition, this delicious 30-minute vegan pasta salad Mediterranean-style is actually completely gluten-free and comes with a creamy yogurt garlic dressing. It’s a scrumptious, undetectably vegan lunch idea, easily customizable and very refreshing.
Basil alfredo pasta (vegan)
Vegan basil alfredo pasta, a twist on a classic comfort food! Creamy, cheesy and packed with herbs. Ready in only 10 minutes!
Barley Bean Salad with Cauliflower Rice
This chewy, crunchy barley bean salad with cauliflower rice is antioxidant super-charged with kale, nuts and onion. Tangy, a tad sweet and lovely for a lunch.
Vegan Roasted Tomato Soup with Chickpeas
This delicious Vegan Roasted Tomato Soup is made creamy with chickpeas and coconut milk. A filling yet healthy lunch, this soup is ready in less than 30 minutes
Easy Three Bean Salad Recipe
Less than 15 minutes to toss together and dressed in a light vinaigrette, this delicious three bean salad is the perfect lunch.
Plant-Based Collard Green Wraps with Millet & Veggies
Who doesn’t love a colorful, portable lunch? Our meal prep-friendly plant-based wraps are the perfect grab-and-go meal, made with crunchy collard greens, millet, roasted veggies and a fruity sauce. (all my recipes are oil-free, btw )
Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich w/ Vegan Mozzarella
This Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich is built with three layers of deliciousness...creamy vegan mozzarella, cheesy pesto & smoky-sweet peppers
10 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls
Instant Pot Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl -The easiest noodle recipe ever! A quick recipe for flavorful Asia inspired noodle made right in the instant pot. You can get a family favorite meal on the table even faster on busy nights! Leftovers are yummy, hot or cold!
Vegan Sushi Bowl
This easy meal can be enjoyed cold and customized to individuals tastes. Let this brown rice and fresh veggies fuel your day.
Vegan Couscous Salad
This vibrant vegan couscous salad is super easy to make and packed to the brim with flavour. Works cold and hot, made within 30 minutes and easy to customise.
Tofu Eggless Salad Sandwich
When the urge hits, this Tofu Eggless Salad Sandwich does the trick. It comes together in 5 minutes, uses ingredients you probably have on hand and tastes delicious.
Air Fryer Asian Tofu Wrap - Instant Pot Tofu
Crispy Air Fryer Tofu is versatile and so easy to make, perfect for quick and healthy lunches and packing into lunch boxes.
Kale Sesame Noodles with Lemon Tahini Sauce
Sautéed Kale Sesame Noodles recipe with kale, Brussels sprouts, and pasta in a lemon tahini sauce. This dish can be served warm for dinner or as cold sesame noodles for lunch.
Plant-Based “Chicken” Nuggets
If you’re looking for kid-friendly recipes, these plant-based “chicken” nuggets are sure to hit the spot. Adults love them too! They’re fun finger-food and these nuggets are perfect for lunch, snack time, or even dinner.
Simple Quinoa Chickpea Salad
This quinoa chickpea salad is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that make it only delicious but also beautiful and filling.
Easy Soy-free Vegan Rice Paper Rolls
These easy soy-free vegan rice paper rolls are delicious and only use 10 ingredients. The perfect recipe for when you don't have a lot of time, only taking about 30 minutes. The best part is that the kids like them too and they are packed with nutrients!
Vegetable “Chicken” Noodle Soup with Soy Curls and Chickpeas
Vegetable “Chicken” Noodle Soup is super satisfying and a recipe you should definitely have in your arsenal of delicious plant-based recipes!
Vegan "Chicken" Salad
Made with young jackfruit, chickpeas and a killer dressing, this vegan chicken salad is simple, quick and completely delicious. Make it for lunch today and pile it on bread, stuff it in a wrap or eat it straight from the bowl.
Vegan Margherita Pizza with sweet potato crust
Vegan Margherita Pizza with creamy cashew mozzarella on an easy 4 ingredient sweet potato pizza crust. Delicious and simple to make!
Pasta e ceci (Italian pasta and chickpeas)
Pasta e ceci, aka pasta and chickpeas, is a traditional Italian dish full of flavour and ready in 20 minutes.
Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad with Tofu Feta
This colorful middle eastern salad has it all, intense flavor, heart-healthy veggies, a little chickpea and tofu protein and a beautiful bright dressing.
Sweet Chili Garlic Instant Pot Noodles
These Sweet Chili Garlic Instant Pot Noodles are so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Whole wheat pasta cooked in a simple Asian-inspired sauce.
The Ultimate Vegan Chili Recipe
This is the best vegan chili recipe and it's easy to make! It's got a nice, smoky flavor from the medley of spices and it doesn't have to simmer for very long.
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