No-Cook Packed Lunch Options That Can Replace Your $20 Salad
Pack a Lunch You'll Love
A great midday meal is a tall order: Delicious is non-negotiable, but you also want satisfying, healthy, and very, very easy. These creative twists on a sandwich, salad, and soup meet all three needs—and not one requires cooking.
Mediterranean Salmon Sandwich
Lunch sandwiches can actually be exciting. The key is to load one up with delicious fillings, in this case smoked salmon, veggies, and a feta-mayo spread. You'll top it all off with quick-pickled red onions which add a zesty brightness to the sandwich.
Composed Spanish Tuna Salad
While tuna salad is a packed-lunch classic, it's usually pretty underwhelming. But Spanish-style tuna salad with olives, roasted red peppers, and artichokes, is anything but boring. To mix things up, sub shredded rotisserie chicken preast for the tuna.
Thai Curried Coconut-Pumpkin Soup
Because it’s served cold, this soup makes the perfect portable work lunch. Just pour it into a tightly sealed jar, place the coconut topping in a separate container, put the sliced chile and cilantro in a baggie, and pack it all in an insulated lunch bag. Then assemble just before eating.
(Here are 20 more chilled soup recipes for staying slim.)