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Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Updated on February 17, 2014

Vegetarian Lunches

One of the questions I am frequently asked is, "what can I make for a vegetarian lunch?" Most vegetarians are looking for lunches that are quick and easy to make, delicious, nutritious and packable. Of course, there are always leftovers you can pack, and it's pretty easy to find vegetarian lunch meat alternatives. However, sometimes it's nice to have a fresh, healthy homemade meal for lunch. Below are some vegetarian lunch ideas and recipes. Enjoy!

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If you think vegan lunchtime means peanut butter and jelly day after day, think again! Based on the wildly popular blog of the same name, Vegan Lunch Box offers an amazing array of meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free meals and snacks. All the recipes are organized into menus to help parents pack quick, nutritious, and irresistible vegan lunches. Ideal for everyday and special occasions, Vegan Lunch Box features tips for feeding even the most finicky kids. It includes handy allergen-free indexes identifying wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free recipes, and product recommendations that make shopping a breeze.


Quick Vegetarian Lunch Recipes

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

  • Spread some veggie ham with vegan cream cheese and roll up for a fun and easy-to-eat lunch box treat.
  • Make a veggie dog in a blanket-wrap a veggie dog in a crescent roll and bake. Pack ketchup for dipping.
  • Create crunchy triple-decker PB&Js: Cut rice or corn cakes in half with a sharp knife and spread on jam and a nut butter, and then top with the other half.
  • Spread bread with eggless mayonnaise (try Nayonaise or Vegenaise) and pile on veggie deli slices-such as faux ham, faux turkey, or "phony baloney" - and Tofutti American soy cheese slices ( Cut into triangles or fun shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Make a mock chicken-salad sandwich with Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips or vegan sausage, available at health-food stores.
  • Pack P.B. Slices (, individually wrapped slices of peanut butter, with bread or crackers; kids can combine them at lunchtime.
  • On those hectic mornings, toss a Smucker's frozen PB&J sandwich in your child's lunchbox; it will be thawed and ready to eat by lunchtime.
  • Make burrito roll-ups by spreading tortillas with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese; add olives or diced veggies, roll up, and cut into bite-size pieces. Olé!
  • Make your own "good lunch" by packing meat-free Smart Deli Pepperoni slices (, soy cheese slices, and crackers.
  • Spread a bagel with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, top with veggie pepperoni, and cut into halves or quarters.
  • Make a mock tuna-salad sandwich by substituting Worthington's Tuno (Available at health-food stores or at for tuna in your favorite recipe.
  • For a healthy alternative to egg-salad sandwiches, try eggless "egg" salad: Mash together tofu, soy mayo, turmeric, salt, and spices. Click here for a recipe.
  • Pair veggie kebabs (try cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, sweet peppers, and baked tofu cubes) with "ranch" dip (combine Tofutti Sour Supreme with McCormick Spring Onion Dip Mix-it's vegan!).
  • Cut mini-pitas in half, and stuff them with hummus and chopped tomatoes, falafel, or your favorite sandwich filling.
  • Prepare an easy pasta salad by combining cooked spiral pasta with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and/or peppers and chunks of baked tofu, veggie Canadian bacon, or Morningstar Farms Meal Starters "chicken" or "steak" strips; mix with your favorite vinaigrette.
  • "Shake 'N Bake" mock chicken chunks instead of the real thing. Several Shake 'N Bake flavors are vegan-just use chopped vegan chicken, such as Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips, or White Wave's wheat meat (; it's great hot or cold.
  • Pack hard breadsticks with dip, such as pizza sauce, peanut butter, or hummus.
  • Make a mini pizza by topping toasted English muffins (Wonder Bread-brand muffins are vegan) with a dollop of pizza sauce, a slice of soy cheese, and veggie pepperoni.

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What's your favorite vegetarian lunch?

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      llittlecat 3 years ago

      mock tuna salad sandwich - chop canned chickpeas, mix with onion, celery and mayo (or veganaise). Spread on bread of your choice - I like those little whole grain 'rounds' that are super thin and amazing toasted.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Mouth-watering lens - and healthy, too! Thanks for the healthy ideas. Very much enjoyed the video! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Yummy! Looks so good I can hardly wait to experiment with some of your recipes.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Most of mine are vegetarian but not vegan: Minestrone soup with parmesan and a whole-grain roll, whole wheat pasta with pesto and parmesan, grilled cheese and tomato with basil on whole-grain bread, almond butter and raspberry jam on whole-grain bread, salad with chickpeas, hummus and baba ghanoush with raw veggies. Thanks for sharing so many excellent vegetarian lunch ideas!

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      NerdySwotDiva 4 years ago

      Brown rice or quinoa mixed with roast butternut squash, red onion and pine nuts

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      M-Eliz 5 years ago

      That depends on the day, but today I had a simple lunch with my grandson of freshly ground almond butter and grape jelly on whole wheat! It's a simple thing, but sometimes it just doesn't get any better than that!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Black bean burgers with avocado slices in a toasted whole wheat bun. Great ideas! Liked and blessed.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Cool picks here - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      compugraphd 5 years ago


      My quickie lunch is two Dr. Prager burgers (Tex-Mex or Bombay) on corn cakes (like rice cakes, but from corn) -- sometimes with oven fries from potatoes and/or sweet potatoes. I used to make a cool chickenless salad with tempeh -- I think I have to recipe on Squidoo???? Also, fork mashed chick peas makes a good tuna salad substitute.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I really enjoy a nice Greek salad, but anything in a wrap and anything with black beans and rice are also right up there.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bean salad is one of my favourites.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bean salad is one of my favourites.

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      AppleCiderVinegarWeightLoss 5 years ago

      Yummy looking vegetarian lunches.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I pack brown rice mixed with beans. I top with tomatoes and peppers. Thanks for the ideas!

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      MaryThereseBenn 5 years ago

      My favorite is taking thickish slices of eggplant, dipping it into milk then bread crumbs, pan frying it, and pan frying thickish slices of tomato at the same time. Then taking a slice of eggplant, topping it with tomato, then some shredded mozarella, stick it in the micro long enough for the cheese to melt and scarfing it down. YUM!!1

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      g6g8612 5 years ago

      These are really good recipes to try out for lunch, please check out my lenses, thanks

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Mouthwatering lens!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      I suppose egg mayo sandwich with watercress does not really count for many people but that's my favourite - Thank you these ideas

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      rocket salad with roasted almonds, tomatoes and feta.

      good lens, yummy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Some great ideas here - I always tend to eat lighter for lunch so generally opt for salad or a sandwich and in winter I tend to favour thick delicious soups.

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      Very good suggestions! Blessed.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm happy with veggies and dip and love mushrooms sauteed in butter..or raw with dip. Your Bento lunch is very inviting and is just a fun presentation.

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      Great ideas for a vegetarian lunch. School has also started again so i will keep checking back here for lunchbox lunches ideas. Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great recipes, I am not a vegetarian, but I will try some of these recipes.

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I usually have a sandwich with tomatoes, lettuce and some fried potatoes.... :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another great Lens packed with good ideas, kids should love food like this!

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      Rachel J Singer 6 years ago

      I love this! Great lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      The hardest part of being a vegetarian would be when you are away from home which is where I am usually at lunch.

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      Curry Rice. Indian food.

      Love it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      As always, great suggestions for the vegetarian. I do believe my daughter would enjoy seeing these ideas for her own lunches.

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      This is exactly what I was looking for. Love these ideas for vegetarian lunches. Thanks!

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      I love this lens! My favorite vegetarian lunch is leftovers from my vegetarian supper! I'm lunch-idea-challenged and I'll be back :).

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Baba ganoush may be my favorite sandwich spread. It's something of a luxury, though. This lens goes well beyond the obvious peanut butter and jelly type alternatives.