After a year at home, it would be hard to NOT be in a lunch rut! Lunch is often one of those meals that gets thrown together at the last minute and overlooked because of the busy day-to-day. But a good lunch break can revive you and actually help you be more productive in the second half of the day. With the right fuel and ample break time, these lunch recipes are perfect for anyone who is tired of their mundane desk salad and ready to get out of their rut.
Spring Burrata with Green Goddess Pesto
Get the recipe via Spices In My DNA
A little crostini and burrata in the middle of the day is a deliciously light and flavorful lunch.
Antipasto Mozzarella Sandwich with Lemony Basil Pesto
Get the recipe via Half Baked Harvest
Tip: Make these sandwiches ahead of time to save time and let them marinate in all their delicious Italian flavors.
Ricotta Dumplings with Asparagus and Green Garlic
Get the recipe via Bon Appétit
The dumplings for this delectable pasta dish can be made and frozen a month ahead of time, so you can enjoy this meal as many times as you want!
Grilled Bread with Goat Cheese and Green Olives
Get the recipes via Food 52
An easy, yet scrumptious dish, make sure to pair this meal with your favorite bubbly water and a twist of lemon.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Fennel-Roasted Chickpeas + Herbs
Get the recipe via Edible Living
Sometimes you’re just in the mood for soup! This one is super delicious and not too heavy, so you won’t feel like you’re in a food coma after eating.
Tomato Salad with Fresh Ricotta and Grilled Bread
Get the recipe via Alexandra’s Kitchen
Simple, flavorful and ready in less than five minutes. This knocks your daily turkey sandwich out of the park.
Mediterranean Chickpea and Egg Salad Jars
Get the recipe via Half-Baked Harvest
Meal-prep your lunch by batch cooking quinoa and hardboiled eggs before assembling your salad jars. Dump into a bowl, add a squeeze of lemon, avocado and a pinch of salt and you’re good to go!
Summer Maple Lime Watermelon Zoodle Bowl
Get the recipe via Food Faith Fitness
Watermelon + maple + lime + zucchini?! Who knew this was the summer flavor combo we were missing from our lives.
Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Dressing
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Bet you didn’t know you could use leftover bread to make a deliciously creamy salad dressing, did you? The combination of sourdough, vinegar, garlic, mustard and olive oil creates a rich emulsion, almost like a gazpacho. Once you go sourdough dressing, you’ll never go back.