16 Summer Lunch Recipes in 15 Minutes or Less

16 Summer Lunch Recipes in 15 Minutes or Less

If you want to maximize your time in the sun this summer, quick and easy lunch recipes are a must. These healthy lunches are nutritious, easy to make, and ready in 15 minutes or less. Recipes like our Shredded Salad with Tofu Sriracha and Peanut Sauce and our Cucumber and Avocado Loaded Sandwich will make a hot, sunny summer day a breeze.


Vegan smoothie bowl


Eat this thick and creamy smoothie with a spoon! Blended frozen banana and berries with some nut milk for a vegan breakfast topping. We use fruit, nuts and seeds for garnishes, but feel free to experiment with whatever you like.



Coleslaw, tofu and edamame


Feel like a crunch? Bite into this salad loaded with crispy red cabbage, edamame, bamboo shoots and chow mein noodles. This salad is lightly sweetened with baked tofu, tangerines and sesame vinaigrette.



Sandwich loaded with cucumber and avocado


Jacob Fox

This loaded cucumber and avocado sandwich is filled with creamy avocado and crunchy cucumbers. Ricotta mixed with extra spicy cheddar adds flavor while sliced ​​red peppers offer a pop of color.



Chickpea puree salad with dill and capers


This creamy yet light vegan salad is full of bright, herbaceous goodness. On its own, it’s great served alongside a sandwich or veggie burger in place of potato salad or coleslaw. You can also turn it into a light lunch by adding a handful of rocket to enjoy as a green salad. Double the recipe and pop it in the fridge to have it on hand throughout the week.



Chopped Salad with Sriracha Tofu and Peanut Sauce


Whip up four days of high-protein vegan lunches using just four simple ingredients from your local specialty store, including a veggie salad mix as a base. Because this salad mix is ​​hearty, you can dress these bowls up to 24 hours before serving to allow the flavors of this healthy chopped salad to marry. If you can’t find a hearty mix, go with broccoli slaw or chopped Brussels sprouts.



Tomato stuffed with pesto and white beans


Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh

This simple 3-ingredient recipe is perfect for a light lunch or snack. Showcasing the midsummer flavors of fresh tomatoes and pesto, this recipe is delicious, nutritious, and ready in just five minutes.



Veggie sandwich and cream cheese


Vittorio Protasio

The cream cheese in this Veggie Cream Cheese Sandwich adds flavor while holding everything in place. This colorful and balanced sandwich is crunchy thanks to the cucumber and peppers, sweet thanks to the tomatoes and beets, and spicy thanks to the banana peppers.



Creamy 3 Ingredient Rotisserie Chicken Salad


Carolyn Hodges

We give a touch of flavor to the classic chicken salad using a lemon herb mayonnaise. Try other varieties of mayonnaise, like roasted garlic or chipotle lime, in this quick, no-cook lunch recipe. Serve this Rotisserie Chicken Salad recipe with whole grain crackers.



Sandwich with pickled beets, rocket and goat cheese with herbs


Jacob Fox

This pickled beetroot, arugula, and goat cheese sandwich is peppered with creamy notes from the goat cheese and sweet, tangy undertones from the pickled beets. Chopped walnuts add nuttiness and crunch to this simple sandwich.



Lentil Salad With Feta, Tomatoes, Cucumbers And Olives


Jennifer Causey

This Mediterranean lentil salad, with chopped greens, feta cheese and a light dressing, is perfect to have on hand for a quick lunch.



Spicy chicken salad with grapes


Antonis Achilleos

The sweet red grapes and crunchy celery make this chicken salad sing and also balance out the light flavor of the yogurt and lemon. But go ahead and customize the mix-ins to whatever you like (maybe some chopped nuts or dried fruit) because this chicken salad recipe is easily adaptable. We use rotisserie chicken (look for unseasoned to keep the sodium in check!) to keep things simple, but any leftover cooked chicken will do.



Shrimp and Avocado Salad


Jennifer Causey

Fresh peppery radishes complement the sweet shrimp and creamy avocado in this quick salad. Enjoy this healthy salad as a light dinner or a quick lunch.



3-ingredient tortellini with sausage and black cabbage


Photo by: Carolyn Hodges, MS, RDN

Pre-cooked chicken sausage is a handy quick ingredient because it heats up quickly and adds lots of flavor without much fuss. A variety of roasted garlic pairs perfectly with cheese tortellini and sauteed leafy greens.



Chicken Caprese Sandwich


Photographer / Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist / Karen Rankin, Props Stylist / Christine Keely

This chicken caprese sandwich has all the classic flavors of a caprese salad with an added protein from grilled chicken. Using store-bought grilled chicken makes assembly quick and easy. This sandwich for one is made in a skillet, but would work just as well in a panini press if you have one on hand.



White Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad with 3 ingredients


Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle

This three-ingredient lunch takes a packaged salad kit to the next level with the addition of two pantry staples: cherry tomatoes and white beans. The Mediterranean flavor profile works well here, but another mix will be just as simple and satisfying.



Green Goddess Wheat Bowl


This healthy bowl of cereal packs greens with peas, asparagus and a creamy yogurt dressing. Tofu adds protein while keeping it vegetarian-friendly, but you can also swap in cooked shrimp or chicken for a filling dinner or packable lunch that’s ready in just 15 minutes.


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