Lunch Recipes

Whether you're looking for something healthy, quick, or both, we've got lunch ideas galore. Our easy recipes make taking lunch to work and packing school lunchboxes a snap.

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No Sad Desk Lunch Here! 20 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Bring to Work

From inspiring salads to flavorful sandwiches (and even a few desserts!), create a fresh weekday routine with our ideas for delicious make-ahead work lunches.
ByKelly Vaughan

Our All-Time Favorite Sandwich Recipes Are Just Right for Lunch or Dinner

From classics like a fried chicken or ham salad sandwich to deli mainstays like the BLT and Reuben to American regional specialties like the po'boy and lobster roll, we've collected our best sandwich recipes for you to enjoy here.
ByLynn Andriani

20 Fuss-Free Chicken Sandwich Recipes for Lunch or Dinner

Enjoy these easy-to-make hot and cold chicken sandwiches any time of the day.
ByKelly Vaughan

11 Healthy Grain Bowls That Make Effortless Lunches

Seeking a simple, good-for-you lunch that's more substantial than a salad? Grain bowls are the answer.
ByFrances Kim

Healthy (But Fun!) Lunches for Kids

You do your best to sneak fresh fruits and vegetables into your kids' daily routines—but you'll still need inspiration to create nutritious lunches that continue to surprise and delight all year long. Mix things up with a few of our favorite healthy, tasty lunch ideas that the kids will actually look forward to.
ByZee Krstic

30 Creative Bento Box Lunch Ideas Kids Will Love

These creative bento boxes make for fun, tasty, and nutritious lunches your kids will love eating.
ByWendy Copley

Basic Chicken Soup

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Everyone has their own favorite chicken soup recipe, but rarely have so few ingredients added up to so much comfort. This version has classic flavors and, thanks to a simplified method, cooks more quickly than traditional chicken soups (the dish is ready in a little over an hour). There's no need to make a separate stock; the vegetables and meat form their own satisfying broth.

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips. With hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the components of a satisfying meal.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil

Rating: 3 stars 244
In this summery salad, sweet watermelon is the perfect foil for tangy feta cheese.

Classic Chicken-Vegetable Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 88
You can't go wrong with this classic chicken-vegetable soothing soup—it's good for what ails you. This traditional recipe is delicious and easy to make.

Basic Potato Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 156
Combining the potatoes with the vinegar mixture while they're still hot allows them to absorb it all for a more flavorful salad.

Roasted Red Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 755
Fresh rosemary complements the earthy taste of roasted red potatoes in this simple but satisfying side dish.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our Favorite Pasta Salad Recipes
If you're feeding a crowd, there's nothing better than a big bowl of pasta salad. Whether it's for a summer cookout, a holiday buffet, or just alongside a sandwich, these salad recipes can be made well in advance; plus, these recipes are perfect for big-batch cooking throughout the week.
12 Tasty Sides to Serve with Burgers (Other Than Fries!)
You love a burger, but you're not always in the mood to enjoy one with a pile of fries. Are they your only side option? We think the simplicity of a classic burger makes it an ideal canvas for pairing with all manner of easy dishes. These are our favorite ideas.
Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing
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We've given this creamy cucumber salad recipe a healthy update. But it's still so good, you won't even notice! Reduced-fat sour cream (in place of full-fat) lowers the calorie count without losing taste.