Are you going vegan and looking for some inspiration on how you can enjoy a tasty lunch? Or are you already a vegan looking for some new recipes to try out? You've come to the right place!
Packing and preparing your own lunch is not only satisfying and a healthier option, but it's also a lot cheaper! As a vegan, it can be hard to find food options in cafeterias, restaurants, and out-and-about, so it's better just to make your own! Prepare to drool over these 100 mouthwatering vegan lunch ideas that will make it so noon doesn't come quick enough!
Mouthwatering Vegan Lunch Ideas
1. Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Who doesn't love tacos? But it's not always easy to find vegan options (that taste good)… until now!
2. Vegetable Fritters
A great way to use up random mismatched vegetables you have laying around in the fridge. Crispy and delicious!
3. General Tso's Cauliflower
Crispy cauliflower doused with a sweet chili sauce and garnished with scallions. Vegan, gluten-free, and addictively good!
4. Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich
The perfect lunch to wrap up and take to work or bring to a picnic! A tangy sandwich loaded with healthy ingredients.
5. Sabich Sandwich
Not your typical sabich sandwich! This one is completely vegan but just as ooey, gooey, and mouthwatering good.
6. Roast Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Are any of you a fan of the legendary quinoa? Well, then you should try out this quinoa salad recipe!
7. Big Rainbow Bowl
Just look at all that good stuff! Blueberries and avocados in the same dish? Sign me up!
8. Greek Quinoa Buddha Bowl
This salad is packed with greens, beans, and everything lean! A perfect light lunch for a busy day at work.
9. Olive Artichoke Tart
Olives and artichokes are both acquired tastes, but if you like them, then you'll love this recipe!
10. Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir Fry
Stir fries are always my “go-to” meal when I need something easy, but that's still got all the veggies I want and need.
11. Hippie Macro Glow Bowl
This bowl is a balanced meal of nutrients and a delicious flavor. Light and refreshing, it's an ideal lunch choice.
12. Sweet Potato Curry
Quick and easy this aromatic curry dish will have the whole house coming into the kitchen to see what's cooking.
13. Hawaiian BBQ Tofu Bowl
Bring the beach to you with every bite of this tropical dish. Sweet and tangy, this bowl is not only healthy but yummy too!
14. Creamy Brussel Sprouts Soup
A comforting and hearty soup that's creamy yet cream-less. Excellent for lunch on a cold winters day.
15. Nourishing Spring Macro Bowl
Fresh vegetables chopped up and mixed with brown rice and fava beans. A healthy choice.
16. Jamaican Jerk Tofu Wrap
A great back to school lunch option that your kids (or you) will love! All the colors of the rainbow in one wrap!
17. Tumeric Quinoa Power Bowl
Tumeric is slowly becoming a favorite of mine due to its many health benefits. Plus, it gives a wonderful flavor!
18. Southwest Lime Corn Salad
A favorite lunchtime dish for warmer weather is a light and flavorful Southwest Corn Salad with tangy lime!
19. Picnic Hand Pies
These little vegan pies are loaded with an array of chopped veggies and seasoned chickpeas.
20. Mediterranean Tofu Scramble
Just one pan and less than 30 minutes to make and then you'll be chowing down on this delicious tofu scramble!
21. Vegan BLT Salad
So where's the bacon in this salad? In the form of smoky portobello mushrooms! Enjoy this yummy salad with a homemade vegan spicy mayo dressing.
22. Ranch Pasta Salad
The perfect dish to bring to a potluck or BBQ! Hearty, creamy, delicious, and entirely vegan!
23. Strawberry Avocado Chik'n Salad
No, that's not real chicken. But, it sure tastes like it! This is a great lunch idea for transitioning vegans!
24. Vegetable and Hummus Tart
Just as good as pizza! This tart is smothered in savory Mediterranean vegetables and topped with hummus.
25. Protein Superfood Bean Salad
Give yourself an energy boost by loading your body with healthy proteins and nutritional superfoods!
26. Carrot Noodle Wrap
A great wrap to make-ahead and have ready in the fridge when you need a lunch on-the-go.
27. Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich
Missing that classic egg salad sandwich that you always used to eat? Well, here's a vegan version!
28. Curry Tofu Pineapple
The robust spices of curry mixed with the sweet and juicy flavors of pineapple pair wonderfully in this lunch.
29. Vegan Onigiri
Any Japanese food lovers out there? Check out these vegan onigiri recipes done in 6 different ways.
30. Tofu and Kale Pesto Sandwich
Sandwiches are always an excellent way to go when you need to pack a lunch. This vegan one is super filling and good for you too!
31. Raw Noodle Salad
A medley of raw vegetables paired perfectly with some thin noodles in a light and refreshing salad.
32. Sweet Potato Toast Bruschetta
A super easy and super tasty lunchtime snack that you can prepare and enjoy in no time at all!
33. Corn Fritters
Only a few simple ingredients and moments of your time and you can be nibbling on these sweet corn fritters.
34. Coconut Lime Quinoa Salad
A giant bowl of colors and textures and flavors is always promising. Make a large batch, so you have leftovers for dinner!
35. Singapore Noodles
Curried rice vermillion, pan-seared tofu, and an array of colorful vegetables make up this savory noodle dish.
36. Mexican Rice Fajitas
Vegans can also enjoy the flavorful food of Mexico, including their mouthwatering fajitas!
37. Cauliflower Corn Cucumber Salad
An excellent summer salad to enjoy on your patio during a hot sunny day. Light, fresh, and healthy.
38. American Goulash
A smoky and flavorful goulash that is comforting and filling. Mushrooms and lentils mixed with macaroni pasta in a hot tomato sauce.
39. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl
A well-balanced meal with protein-rich tofu, nutrient-dense broccoli, and a lip-smacking peanut sauce.
40. Creamy Roasted Carrot Soap
A savory, garlicky, and totally delicious comforting soup. A wonderful way to cozy up on the sofa on a rainy day.
41. Lentil Hummus Wrap
A delightful wrap that you can take with you on the go. A nutritional and tasty choice!
42. Mexican Rice Bean Skillet
When you're a busy bee and feel like you don't have time to make yourself a healthy lunch, don't get fast food, make this rice dish!
43. Samosa Wraps
Freezer-friendly, budget-friendly, and tastebud-friendly! These samosa wraps are served with homemade mango chutney.
44. Protein Rice
This Protein Rice is delectable! Your taste buds are sure to thank you for this one!
45. Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
A masterpiece for the Vegan Appetite. This fresh salad is so good for you and so easy to enjoy!
46. Carrot Lentil Salad
Healthy and hearty, this salad will fill you up as it also provides nutrients to your healthy body!
47. Amaranth Salad
Nutty amaranth, crispy fresh swiss chard, juicy cherry tomatoes, and creamy avocados. Yum!
48. Sauteed Kale Pasta
Even though it's vegan, it's still creamy, and it's still amazingly tasty! Fresh kale and juicy tomatoes!
49. Sweet Potato Beet Salad
Gluten-free, paleo, and vegan, this Sweet Potato Beet Salad packs a punch of flavor!
50. Sushi Burrito Bowls
Feed your stomach something good for lunch with a veggie-packed protein bowl. Edamame, avocado, sweet potato, and more!
51. Late Winter Buddha Bowl
A comfortable and low effort meal, this is the perfect lunch for a lazy winter day. With lots of hearty vegetables and a delightful dressing.
52. Caribbean Rainbow Salad
A new favorite, this all-star salad has tons of delicious, fresh, and enjoyable ingredients all mixed into one bowl.
53. Leek and Caramelized Onion Pastry
A lunch puff to tide you over at your desk. This isn't just any old pastry; this is packed full of delicious veggies.
54. Vegan Mezze
Now that's what I call lunch! A smorgasbord of all my favorites! This will be a hit at your next lunch meeting.
55. Double Broccoli Buddha Bowl
A healthy pile of broccoli mixed with a variety of sprouts and seeds makes up this buddha lunch bowl.
56. Detox Buddha Bowl
This bowl just looks good for you, not to mention how amazing it must taste! This is a must-make for your next lunch!
57. Thai Red Curry
Please your taste buds with this vegan Thai curry that is ready in less than 30 minutes!
58. Forbidden Rice Bowl
An Asian-inspired meal that will make you excited for lunch to come!
59. Nourish Bowl
Sweet potatoes, blood oranges, spinach, and rice with a homemade creamy, dreamy lemon dressing.
60. Daikon Noodle Bowl
Doodles! Doodles are noodles made out of daikon radish, and they are crunchy, cool, and yummy!
61. Shaved Purple Asparagus & Asian Veggies
A gluten-free and vegan recipe that features soba noodles, mixed Asian vegetables, and shaved asparagus.
62. Fiesta Taco Bowl
This layered taco bowl is a fiesta for the senses! An abundance of flavors blended with vegan bacon bits!
63. Red Curry Rice
Believe it or not, this rice bowl is quick and easy to make. Only 15 quick minutes and you'll be digging in!
64. Grilled Corn Salad
Everything you could ever want in just one salad bowl. Grilled corn, avocados, pine nuts, lentils, and more!
65. Apple Cider Sweet Potato Quinoa
This salad bowl may look like its way out of your league, but it most definitely isn't! Give it a go!
66. Orange Ginger Tempeh
You just won't be able to get enough of this nutritious and filling lunch meal. It's healthy and makes you feel warm and full!
67. Black Bean Quinoa
This black bean quinoa bowl is served with a homemade cilantro honey lime vinaigrette.
68. Loaded Sweet Potato
Just look at this fully-loaded sweet potato and tell me it doesn't tempt you! I bet you can't!
No more ordering take-out when you can make your own delicious potstickers that are vegan too!
70. Mason Jar Pho Soup
Feel good about what you're eating and enjoy it too! You will love the pho flavors of this easy to make lunch.
71. Summer Acai Bowl
A feast for a queen (or king!) This delicious smoothie bowl is a beautiful way to fill your body with energy-boosting nutrients during lunch break.
72. Winter Bliss Bowl
Healthy, savory, and bursting with flavor, this mix of veggies, nuts, and even falafel!
73. Chickpea Spinach Roti
Gluten-free and vegan, the best lunches are the ones that make a mess! Enjoy this gooey delight.
74. Thai Coconut Soup
Rice noodles and vegetable broth turn this traditional Thai soup into one that vegans can enjoy.
75. Cabbage and White Bean Soup
The best recipe around for vegans to enjoy is a hearty and healthy hot cup of cabbage and white bean soup for lunch.
76. “Sausage” Rolls
A vegan take on a classic finger food treat. Learn how to make these vegan sausage rolls from scratch and then dig in!
77. Veggie Sandwich
There's nothing like packing a good ol' sandwich for lunch, especially when it's loaded with your favorite veggies.
78. Falafel Pita Bread
Scrumptious and crispy falafels tossed into fresh pita bread and served with a creamy tahini sauce.
79. BBQ Chickpea Pizza
Need to feed a room full of vegans? Well… this BBQ Chickpea Pizza should do the trick!
80. Baked Taquitos
Sweet potatoes and black beans are what fill these crunchy rolled-up corn tortillas! Yummy!
81. Buffalo Cauliflower Quesadillas
These vegan quesadillas are “cheesed-up” with a homemade avocado/cream cheese that keeps them ooey and gooey.
82. Sweet Potato Sauerkraut Perogies
Is there anyone who doesn't like homemade perogies? Not anyone that I know! You won't believe how easy they are to make vegan-friendly.
83. Winter Fruit Salad
Maybe you're just looking for a light lunch to tide you over and give you that extra energy boost? That's where this refreshing fruit salad comes in!
84. Spring Rolls
Just look at those vibrant colors! These fresh spring rolls are filled with detoxifying ingredients that your body will love you for.
85. Root Vegetables and Lentils
A medley of root vegetables for a burst of nutrients and protein-packed lentils make a well-balanced lunch.
86. Zucchini Ribbons
Soft and delicate ribbons of zucchini dancing through a sea of chewy lentils and juicy cherry tomatoes.
87. Eggplant Parmesan Sub
The best lunch is the one that you need a lot of napkins to accompany you throughout the experience.
88. Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Please your taste buds with this warm and comforting pumpkin soup. It might just become your new favorite winter soup!
89. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Salad
A green salad with whipped almond ricotta and easy vegan pesto that only takes 30 minutes to throw together.
90. Quinoa Black Bean Chili
Why not treat yourself to a hot bowl of hearty chili and let yourself get excited about lunch!
91. Zucchini Fritters
Crispy on the outside and soft, chewy, and warm in the middle. These fritters are delectable!
92. Golden Soup
What precisely is in a golden soup? Tumeric, cauliflower, chickpeas, cashews, and oh so much more golden goodness!
93. Green Smoothie
Sometimes all you need is a little something for that extra boost of energy. A green smoothie is a perfect way to do so!
94. Zucchini Tacos
Build these light tacos for a mouthwatering lunch. These feature zucchini and crunchy cabbage slaw in a lime crema.
95. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Catch the lunchtime sports special and munch on some buffalo-flavored cauliflower wings.
96. Green Goddess Bowl
Clean, lean, and oh so green! You can be sure you're eating well with a salad that looks this green!
97. Balsamic Berry Grilled Cheese
This sandwich looks amazing! This is officially on my list of new sandwiches to try! That's vegan cheese by the way. Yummy!
98. Strawberry Avocado Chickpea
Another incredible looking sandwich with unique ingredients like strawberries! Whoever thought of that is a genius!
99. Strawberry Spinach Salad
A classic salad combination of juicy strawberries with fresh spinach makes an excellent picnic lunch.
100. Potato Soup
More than just a potato soup, this warm bowl of goodness is loaded with all sorts of fresh veggies!
Feeling hungry yet? I know I am! As you can see, there are a ton of ideas out there for a vegan lunch that you can enjoy over and over again. From hearty soups to messy sandwiches to fresh salads, there's a recipe out there for all of your cravings.
So stop wasting time trying to find a cheap vegan restaurant or altering a meal off the menu to fit your dietary needs. By preparing your own lunch, you can be sure of what ingredients you're eating and budget your lunches well.
So the only question left is – which one will you try first?