Looking for delicious and easy healthy lunch ideas? We've got you covered. These Middle Eastern and Mediterranean style healthy lunch recipes are perfect for any day of the week and you can prepare most of them in advance to save time. From salad and soup lunches to chicken and seafood, we have in all here for you!
Table Of Contents:
Healthy lunch ideas - soups and stews
Mediterranean green lentil soup
Avgolemono (Greek lemon chicken soup)
Healthy vegetarian main dishes
Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce
Turkish Lentil Meatballs (Vegan)
Salad recipes for a healthy lunch
Healthy chicken salad with walnuts and dill
Turkish homemade potato salad (Patates Salatasi)
Mediterranean green bean salad
Healthy fish and seafood lunch ideas
Baked salmon with olives and capers
Baked salmon fillet with lemon
Mediterranean baked dijon salmon
Honey and lemon baked salmon in foil
Healthy lunch ideas using chicken
Roasted chicken and vegetables Turkish style
Healthy Rice and Pasta Recipes
Greek spinach rice (Spanakorizo)
Greek one pan chicken and rice
Persian one pan tomato rice (Dami gojeh farangi)
Frequently asked questions
You can make most of these recipes including rice dishes, soups and salads at least a day in advance which would save a lot of time to enjoy a homemade healthy lunch on a busy day. Check out each recipe for more details.
For the recipes that use bread, simply use gluten-free bread or wrap. As for dairy free versions, you can use plant-based milk or yogurt if needed. We have many vegetarian and vegan lunches in this collections, however, if a recipe's main ingredient is chicken or seafood, there really isn't a way to veganize it yet keeping the flavors and texture close to the original version.
If stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator, most of these dishes last for up to 4 days. Read each recipe for complete instructions and details.
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Best Healthy Lunch Ideas
- Check out each recipe for the complete list of ingredients
- Check out each recipe for detailed instructions.
- For most of these recipes, you can use gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives.
- Make ahead: You can make most of these recipe in advance. The instructions and details are mentioned in each recipe.
- Refrigerate and reheat: Store the food in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in a microwave or in a pan over medium heat.
There is not one dish in the round up that isn’t making my mouth water. I want to try them all!! Pinning to refer back to!
Amazing collection of recipes for lunch. Thanks for sharing.
Can’t wait to make these! They all look so tasty!
Can’t wait to make these, all so tasty!
There are so many delicious recipes to choose from on this list! I think I'm most excited about the soups. There's nothing quite as delicious in the winter as a bowl of soup for lunch.
Love these Mediterranean style lunch ideas they look delicious! Going to try the chickpea stew this weekend!!
What a fantastic lunch compilation! Definitely bookmarking this since I'm trying to better plan my lunch menu for the week in advance.
There are so many options! I am not sure which to try first!
Loving all these healthy and comforting dishes for the winter without any of the guilt. They all look delish!
Salad is usually my go-to lunch idea, but I am loving all these Mediterranean options. They look easy to make and I love the idea of making some in advance and heating them up for lunch.