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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

by Sidney Yang – Aug 18, 2022
55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas
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If you’re trying to find inspiration for a healthy lunch, these quick cold lunch recipes are the answer! From chicken tacos and pasta salad to refreshing cold soup recipes and shrimp avocado salad, these easy cold lunch recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less. Making healthy lunch for regular weekdays or weekends doesn’t have to be a chore because healthy ingredients such as tomatoes, salad, or quinoa cook pretty quickly, and you can store them in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. If you’re considering a weekend healthy lunch, just check this huge selection of fast lunch recipes and pick your fave to add to your weekly lunch rotation. Enjoy!

Lunch Recipes: 55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

1. Lettuce Wrap Sandwich with Ham, Tomato and Mozzarella

Lettuce Wrap Sandwich with Ham, Tomato and Mozzarella - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/how-to-make-a-lettuce-wrap-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This low-carb Lettuce Wrap Sandwich is the perfect option for lunch on the go. Paleo, gluten-free and keto friendly!

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2. Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/shrimp-lettuce-wraps
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Healthy Lettuce Wraps made with shrimp, freshly chopped vegetables and a delicious peanut butter sauce - Overflowing with flavors and textures!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

3. Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Piled with chunky chicken and veggies – makes for a light, yet satisfying dinner.

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

4. Creamy Broccoli Salad Meal Prep

Creamy Broccoli Salad Meal Prep - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/meal-prep-broccoli-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A light and filling broccoli salad meal prep that’s easy to pull together with the beautiful and fresh combinations of fresh broccoli, savory bacon, and creamy dressing. This broccoli salad is easy to make and full of bright flavors!

Cooking time: 5 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

5. Tomato Strawberry Gazpacho

Tomato Strawberry Gazpacho - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/tomato-strawberry-gazpacho-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A light and delicious summertime soup.

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6. Cucumber Mango Crab Salad

Cucumber Mango Crab Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/cucumber-mango-crab-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Cucumber mango crab salad is a delicious, and refreshing salad which features imitation crab as its main ingredient. You'll love this crab salad for a light lunch or dinner!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

7. Tomato Onion Toast with Herb Butter

Tomato Onion Toast with Herb Butter - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/tomato-red-onion-bruschetta-with-herb-flavored-butter
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Juicy tomato with red onion, and the unexpected flavor of herb butter, all come together to create a wonder balance of flavors over a crunchy toast.

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8. Blackened Chicken Salad with Avocado

Blackened Chicken Salad with Avocado - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/blackened-chicken-avocado-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This blackened chicken salad recipe with avocado is crisp and full of flavor - Salad with chicken is the simplest and healthiest meal you can make!

Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

9. Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/salsa-chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

These chicken lettuce wraps are so delicious - Perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or meal prep!

Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

10. Cucumber Avocado Salad

Cucumber Avocado Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/cucumber-avocado-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A quick and easy cucumber avocado salad recipe with the most delicious lime dressing! This avocado cucumber salad will disappear so fast and you'll wish there was more of it!

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11. Quinoa Cucumber Salad

Quinoa Cucumber Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/quinoa-cucumber-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Cucumber quinoa salad recipe with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing is a wonderful salad that's perfect with any meal.

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12. Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad with Avocado, Tomato, and Basil 

Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad with Avocado, Tomato, and Basil  - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-chicken-pasta-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Healthy chicken pasta salad is packed with flavor, protein and veggies. Try this pasta salad recipe for a quick lunch or a light dinner!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

13. White Bean and Carrot Salad

White Bean and Carrot Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/white-bean-carrot-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A warm white bean carrot salad recipe with a 2-ingredient lemon maple sauce as a dressing! This white bean carrot salad is easy to make and full of bright flavors!

Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

14. Healthy Tomato Potato Salad

Healthy Tomato Potato Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/tomato-potato-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This easy tomato potato salad recipe is light, nourishing, and super delicious. Bring the potato salad to your next potluck and prepare yourself for rave reviews!

Cooking time: 12 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

15. Sea Scallops BLT Lettuce Wraps

Sea Scallops BLT Lettuce Wraps - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/sea-scallops-blt-lettuce-wraps-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Sea scallops BLT lettuce wraps is such a delicious appetizer! This easy twist on a classic BLT sandwich with seared sea scallops, bacon, tomato, and lettuce will make you feel like you are a 3-star chef!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

16. Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad Meal-Prep

Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad Meal-Prep - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-spinach-pasta-salad-meal-prep-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This spinach chicken pasta salad meal prep makes a healthy, satisfying lunch on the go. You can make this amazing chicken pasta salad in less than 15 minutes flat!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

17. Easy Tuna Melt

Easy Tuna Melt - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/tuna-melt-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This ULTIMATE TUNA MELT sandwich goes out to all the canned tuna lovers. With just the right amount of crunch, melty cheddar cheese, and a delicious tuna salad, you might even convert a tuna hater.

Cooking time: 5 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

18. Cucumber White-Bean Salad with Tomato & Pesto Vinaigrette

Cucumber White-Bean Salad with Tomato & Pesto Vinaigrette - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/white-bean-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Our white bean salad only take minutes to prepare, and is packed full of healthy veggies. You'd better bookmark this white bean salad recipe, because we know you’ll use it a lot!

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19. Healthy Lettuce Shrimp Avocado Salad

Healthy Lettuce Shrimp Avocado Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-lettuce-shrimp-avocado-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This avocado shrimp salad recipe with lettuce and tomato, is THE BEST healthy salad meal. Perfect for lunch or any night of the week!

Cooking time: 5 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

20. Easy Pasta Salad with Avocado

Easy Pasta Salad with Avocado - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/corn-avocado-pasta-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Pasta salad with creamy avocado slices is so easy to make! the best Pasta salad to add to your dinner table. - One bowl of this healthy pasta salad will delight even the pickiest eaters!

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21. Mozzarella Pasta Salad with Parmesan Balsamic Dressing

Mozzarella Pasta Salad with Parmesan Balsamic Dressing - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/mozzarella-pasta-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This mozzarella pasta salad is the perfect side dish or main course for a warm Spring or Summer evening!

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22. Easy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Tomatoes

Easy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Tomatoes - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/shrimp-avocado-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This healthy shrimp avocado salad for two tastes crazy good and is loaded with the freshest ingredients.

Cooking time: 5 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

23. Chickpea Quinoa Salad Meal Prep

Chickpea Quinoa Salad Meal Prep - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chickpea-quinoa-salad-meal-prep-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This chickpea quinoa salad meal prep is full of good-for-you ingredients, and so easy to prepare!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

24. Healthy Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Healthy Chickpea Quinoa Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chickpea-quinoa-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This chickpea quinoa salad is quick, healthy, and perfect to make ahead!

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25. Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-avocado-chicken-salad
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This avocado chicken salad recipe is light, flavorful, and easy to make - Perfect Healthy salad recipe for your next barbecue or potluck!

Cooking time: 6 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

26. Healthy Chicken Salad Wraps

Healthy Chicken Salad Wraps - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/easy-chicken-salad-wraps-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This 20 minute, healthy chicken salad wrap will become a quick family favorite, perfect for busy weeknights.

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27. Watermelon Tomato Chilled Soup

Watermelon Tomato Chilled Soup - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/watermelon-tomato-gazpacho-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A light and refreshing cold soup recipe — Full of delicious summer flavors!

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28. Spinach Salad with Mozzarella, Tomato & Pepperoni

Spinach Salad with Mozzarella, Tomato & Pepperoni - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/spinach-salad-recipe-mozzarella-tomato-pepperoni
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This spinach salad is healthy and delicious - So simple and perfect for a quick lunch!

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29. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/mediterranean-chickpea-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This Mediterranean chickpea salad recipe is a bright, colorful, and delicious salad perfect for hot summer days.

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30. Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad with Pesto, Avocado, and Tomato

Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad with Pesto, Avocado, and Tomato - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/pesto-chicken-pasta-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This chicken pasta salad recipe is like a circus of flavors at every bite!

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31. Meal Prep Chicken Spinach Cauliflower Salad

Meal Prep Chicken Spinach Cauliflower Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-spinach-cauliflower-salad-meal-prep-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This meal prep chicken spinach and cauliflower salad is light, delicious, and super easy to make. Perfect to make ahead for lunch!

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32. Healthy Roasted Chicken Parmesan Kale Salad

Healthy Roasted Chicken Parmesan Kale Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-chicken-parmesan-kale-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This wholesome chicken kale salad recipe is packed to the max with goodies!

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33. Cauliflower Broccoli Ham Salad {Low Carb / Keto}

Cauliflower Broccoli Ham Salad {Low Carb / Keto} - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/cauliflower-broccoli-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This broccoli cauliflower salad is the new low carb / keto lunch you're looking for!

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34. Asian Noodle Salad with the Best Ever Ginger Vinaigrette

Asian Noodle Salad with the Best Ever Ginger Vinaigrette - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/asian-noodle-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This vegan noodle salad is perfect for midweek lunches or larger gatherings.

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35. Chilled Green Tomato Soup with Strawberry Salsa

Chilled Green Tomato Soup with Strawberry Salsa - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chilled-green-tomato-soup-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Try and serve this silky and smooth treat on a hot summer day, it is absolutely divine.

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36. Easy Chicken Tacos

Easy Chicken Tacos - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-tacos-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

These Easy chicken tacos are better than take-out and ready in minutes. perfect for busy weeknights.

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37. Grilled Shrimp Avocado Toast

Grilled Shrimp Avocado Toast - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/grilled-shrimp-avocado-toast-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Perfect for your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack!

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38. Broccoli Meal Prep Salad {Low-Carb / Keto}

Broccoli Meal Prep Salad {Low-Carb / Keto} - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/broccoli-meal-prep-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This broccoli salad meal prep recipe is our idea of meal-prep perfection!

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39. Shrimp Avocado Corn Salad with Summer Vinaigrette

Shrimp Avocado Corn Salad with Summer Vinaigrette - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/shrimp-avocado-corn-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This shrimp avocado corn salad is tasty and healthy, perfect for a nourishing lunch on a hot summer day.

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40. Honey Balsamic Avocado Toast

Honey Balsamic Avocado Toast - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/honey-balsamic-avocado-rose-toast-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A quick and healthy breakfast to feed your avocado obsession.

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41. Heirloom Tomato Cream Cheese Toast

Heirloom Tomato Cream Cheese Toast - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/heirloom-tomato-cream-cheese-toast-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A colorful and juicy snack ready in under 10 minutes.

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42. Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chilled-cantaloupe-soup
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This cold soup recipe is a tasty first course for a hot summer evening.

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43. Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/grilled-cheese-sandwich-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Ideal for a quick lunch at home, tangy apple and grilled mushrooms team perfectly with sweet, melty onions. Enjoy with a crisp salad!

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44. Pesto, Ham, Arugula Sandwich Wrap

Pesto, Ham, Arugula Sandwich Wrap - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/ham-and-pesto-wrap-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

45. Bacon Puff Pinwheels

Bacon Puff Pinwheels - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/bacon-cheddar-puff-pinwheels-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

They are sure to be a hit at your next party.

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46. Easy Meal Prep Keto Breakfast

Easy Meal Prep Keto Breakfast - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/keto-meal-prep-breakfast
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This keto breakfast recipe is packed with protein and so convenient for busy mornings - The perfect meal-prep option for on the go.

Cooking time: 12 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

47. Broccoli Meal Prep Salad {Low-Carb / Keto}

Broccoli Meal Prep Salad {Low-Carb / Keto} - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/broccoli-meal-prep-salad-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This broccoli salad meal prep recipe is our idea of meal-prep perfection!

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48. Pizza Toast with Ham,Tomato and Mozzarella

Pizza Toast with Ham,Tomato and Mozzarella - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/baked-breakfast-pizza-toast-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Your new go-to breakfast! pizza toasts with Ham,Tomato and Mozzarella are a sure hit for a gourmet breakfast.

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

49. Chicken Pasta Salad Bowl

Chicken Pasta Salad Bowl - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-pasta-salad-bowl-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Perfect for meal prep or a healthy lunch on the go.

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50. Sauteed Swiss Chard Toasts

Sauteed Swiss Chard Toasts - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/swiss-chard-toasts-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

This vegetarian snack is so healthy and delicious.

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51. Sweet Potato Toasts

Sweet Potato Toasts - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/sweet-potato-toasts-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

These sweet potato toasts are a nutrient-rich alternative to your typical toast. All you have to do is slice, toast and top!

Cooking time: 5 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

52. Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket

Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/puff-pastry-pigs-in-a-blanket-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

Pigs in a blanket with a flavorful sausage filling wrapped in crisp puff pastry make the perfect bite-size appetizers for the holidays! Customize these easy sausage rolls with herbs, spices, and cheese - everyone will rave about them!

Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

53. Zucchini Tomato and Feta Bruschetta

Zucchini Tomato and Feta Bruschetta - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/zucchini-tomato-and-feta-bruschetta-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

54. Cherry Tomato and Prosciutto Toasts

Cherry Tomato and Prosciutto Toasts - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/roasted-cherry-tomato-and-prosciutto-toasts-recipe
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55 Best Cold Lunch Ideas

A quick and easy appetizer to please your guests at any spring or summer event.

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