Whole30 Lunch Recipes

Find delicious, satisfying lunch recipes that meet the requirements of Whole30. We have unique ideas for swapping vegetables in for carbs to make sandwiches, wraps and more. Plus, find healthy, packable lunches to take to work.

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Air-Fryer Salmon Cakes

Rating: 4 stars
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These air-fried salmon patties are reminiscent of classic salmon croquettes, crispy on the outside and pillowy tender on the inside. Look for canned or jarred salmon that has less than 50 milligrams of sodium per serving, and don't be afraid of varieties that have bones. They're easy to remove.

Zucchini & Mushroom Sauté

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Serve this simple side dish with grilled turkey burgers. Other fresh herbs, like thyme or oregano, work well too.

Guacamole Chopped Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars
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All of the delicious guacamole flavors you love in a healthy veggie-packed salad. Want to pump up the protein? Add leftover roast chicken or sautéed shrimp. Serve with tortilla chips on the side (or crumbled over the top) to take it up a notch.

Spinach & Strawberry Meal-Prep Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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One of our most popular salad recipes, Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts (see Associated Recipes), gets a makeover in these simple yet totally satisfying meal-prep spinach salad bowls. They require minimal prep and can be customized to your taste. Swap in roasted salmon for the chicken thighs, and almonds or pecans for the walnuts, and use any fresh berry that looks good at your market.

Calabacitas

Rating: 4 stars
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Enjoy this traditional Southwestern dish of sautéed summer squash, onions and peppers as a side or as a vegetarian filling for tacos.

Easy Tomato Gazpacho

Rating: 5 stars
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Many gazpacho recipes are thickened with bread, but this one uses just vegetables, making it a gluten-free refresher for a hot summer day. The key to any flavorful gazpacho is giving it time to rest. The flavors meld and become cohesive when the soup is allowed to sit a bit before serving.

Cabbage Slaw

Rating: 4.8 stars
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Although it's not a traditional topping for American tacos, cabbage slaw is an essential ingredient when making fish tacos. This colorful, vinegar-dressed coleslaw can be made in just a few minutes. Use preshredded cabbage to make it even quicker.

Citrus-Arugula Salad

This easy salad recipe makes a stunning side dish for anything you've got cooking for dinner. The bright flavor of the citrus pairs perfectly with peppery arugula and avocado, plus a bit of jalapeño for a slight kick.

Sweet Potato Chips

Rating: 5 stars
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Make perfectly crunchy veggie chips at home with this healthy recipe. Use a mandoline to slice the sweet potatoes extra-thin for the optimum crunch!

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Thai spices and creamy coconut milk distinguish this version from traditional butternut squash soup. Curry paste is a convenient way to add complex flavor, but if you want to make sure this soup is vegan or if you are allergic to shellfish, check the ingredient list carefully--some brands contain shellfish.

Beefy Italian Vegetable Soup

Rating: 5 stars
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This one-pot, easy-to-make soup is so full of beef and vegetables that it could almost be called a stew. Beans, mushrooms, kale, chunks of tomatoes and beef sirloin will fight for space on each spoonful.

Carrot-Cucumber Salad

Carrot salads are refreshing, and this one--with cucumbers, red onion and a zesty cilantro-chili vinaigrette--is sure to become a new favorite. It's excellent served with grilled fish.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Whole30 Lunches to Pack for Work
Need Whole30 lunch ideas? These zoodles, kale wraps, hearty salads and more are perfect for your midday meal. These are our favorite healthy and easy Whole30 recipes perfect for packing up for lunch.
Air-Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Air-fried sweet potato fries are crispy, tender and delicately sweet. They're also made with less fat than traditional fries, so they're a healthier option when you're craving crunchy spuds. If the cinnamon-pepper spice is too intense, try thyme, oregano, paprika or garlic instead.

Beet Chips

Rating: 4 stars
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Make perfectly crunchy veggie chips at home with this healthy recipe. Use a mandoline to slice the beets extra-thin for the optimum crunch!