9 Recipes To Try If You’re In A Lunch Rut

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.

lunch recipes

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

Get the recipe via Food 52

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.


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram