Healthy Lunch Recipes

There is more to lunch than sandwiches and salads (and sometimes those aren't so bad, either). Food Network offers 11 scrumptious ideas for home, school or the office.

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Photo By: Antonis Achilleos

Photo By: Antonis Achilleos

Photo By: Antonis Achilleos

Kale and Apple Salad

Antioxidant-rich kale is even better for you when eaten raw. Thin strips are softened in a light lemon dressing, then tossed with the savory-sweet blend of apple, dates, almonds and cheese. A little pecorino goes a long way in giving this nutritious salad a satisfying depth of flavor.

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Veggie-Stacked Pita Pockets

Instead of cold cuts, try fresh veggies, cheese and smear of hummus on whole-grain pita bread — it will reignite your love for sandwiches.

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Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Cook zucchini on the grill or in a grill pan until tender and layer it with raw peppers, spinach, store-bought hummus and herbs for a nutrient-packed, packable lunch.

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Shrimp and Snow Pea Salad

This is not your everyday salad. Mix shrimp, radishes and snow peas with crunchy sesame seeds and a rice vinaigrette.

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Vegetable Noodle Soup

Make this childhood favorite in less than 20 minutes.

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Ellie's Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Packed with vegetables, beans and fresh herbs, Ellie’s soup makes for quick and healthy comfort food.

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Ellie's Herb Toasted Pita Salad

Ellie's homemade crouton variation tops this salad, featuring fresh herbs and a lemon-oil dressing.

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Crab and Avocado Salad

This fresh, California-style salad makes a hearty meal for lunch or dinner — to prevent the lettuce from getting soggy, pack the dressing separately and add it when you're ready to eat.

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Smokey Salmon Lettuce Wraps

If you like bagels and lox, you'll love these cream cheese and smoked salmon wraps, made with lettuce instead of bagels.

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Spicy Chard Soup

Make a steaming pot of soup for dinner and pack the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Light Nicoise Salad

This salad is packed with briny olives, hearty tuna, tender potatoes and crunchy green beans, but it's lighter than the classic version, thanks to a slimmed-down homemade salad dressing.

Get the Recipe: Light Nicoise Salad

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