Get your lunch packing mojo going with these 22 delicious and healthy Vegetarian Lunch Ideas. We’ve got sturdy salads, grain bowls, Buddha bowls, pasta bowls, and other tasty lunch packing inspiration!
I don’t know if back to work / back to school time has already started for you or if it’s looming, but I do know what will help make it easier to take: some really great vegetarian lunch ideas.
If the thought of packing your lunch makes you want to run screaming for the hills, you’ll want to start by checking out my top 10 Lunch Packing Tips for healthy, tasty, and budget-friendly lunches. That post has everything you need to know, from how to make a meal plan to bulk-prepping a week’s worth of lunches on the weekend, to the best containers to get your lunch to work in one piece.
Today I’m rounding up 20 incredible Vegetarian Lunch Ideas, and we’re hitting up meal bowls of all forms: Buddha bowls, fajita bowls, pasta bowls, and sturdy, packable salads that will fuel you into the afternoon.
To be honest, I’m much more of a lunch bowl person than a sandwich person these days. I love the variety they deliver, how versatile they are, and they’re practically designed to be packed for lunch. Bowl meals also tend to be great for make-ahead and meal-prepping, which makes my meal planning heart happy.
If you’re more in the mood for sandwiches and wraps for lunch, though, check out these 22 Vegetarian Sandwich Ideas! And I’ve also got 15 Healthy After School Snack Ideas you won’t want to miss out on.
22 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Lunch Ideas
We’ve got healthy whole grains, plant-based proteins, and lots of veggies. What could be better than that? So without further ado, here are 22 gorgeous Vegetarian Lunch Ideas to get your season started!
1. Vegan Sheet-Pan Fajita Bowls
Here’s a lunch packing tip: pack the avocado for these Vegan Sheet-Pan Fajita Bowls with the skin still on, face down in the lunch box, and it’ll still be in good shape come lunch time. Tuck a little jar of the chipotle-lime cashew cream alongside and you’re in business!
2. Asian Kale Salad
3. Veggie Burger in a Bowl
A veggie burger can be kind of a pain to pack for your lunch… but a veggie burger in a bowl? Now that’s a vegetarian lunch idea I can get on board with! Use your favourite veggie burger, a burger topping salad, and a tasty vegan burger sauce to bring it home.
4. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
5. Vegan Rice Noodle Bowls
These Vegan Rice Noodle Bowls are one of my favourite vegetarian lunch ideas. They’re like a salad bar meets a noodle dish and they’re endlessly adaptable. Pack the dressing in a little container to add at the last minute and you’ll be golden.
6. Easy Greek Orzo Salad
7. Tortellini Pasta Salad
This quick and easy Tortellini Pasta Salad is delicious served warm, at room temperature, or even cold, which makes it perfect for packed lunches! Add that to your list of awesome vegetarian lunch ideas!
8. Cold Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing
9. Vegetarian Caesar Salad with Kale
If I’m going to eat a salad for lunch it had better have some oomph to it so I don’t end up hangry at 2pm. This Vegetarian Caesar Salad is pumped up with kale, crispy roasted chickpeas, croutons, and a vegetarian caesar dressing. What more could you want?!
10. Vegan Burrito Bowls
I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of the opinion that a burrito bowl > an actual burrito a lot of the time. Especially if you’re looking for great packed lunch ideas. So much less mess! These Vegan Burrito Bowls from Crowded Kitchen are right up my alley.
11. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
The colours in this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from Real and Vibrant make me want to salt in the very salty sea, and then pack this salad for my lunches whenI go back to work. Is that weird? Don’t answer.
12. Buddha Bowl with Maple Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas were a revelation to me, so naturally this Nourishing Buddha Bowl with Maple Roasted Chickpeas from Choosing Chia is right up my alley. Talk about a delicious vegetarian lunch idea!
13. Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls
Have you ever wanted to just eat a giant bowl of hummus for your lunch? Great, me too! These Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls are just that. A base of hummus, crunchy roasted cauliflower, and pita on the side if that’s your thing.
14. Cold Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad
Pasta salads just make me happy. They’re such an obvious choice for vegetarian lunch ideas because they can be served cold or at room temperature, which means you can eat them anytime, anywhere. This Cold Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad from Drive Me Hungry is as tasty as it is colourful.
15. Baked Tofu Sushi Bowls
16. Vegetarian Meal Prep Bowls
These vegetarian meal prep bowls feature quick pickled red cabbage, roasted sweet potatoes, smoked tofu, and a magic tahini sauce that you’ll legit want to bathe in.
17. Caprese Pasta Bowls
18. Beluga Lentil Salad
This Beluga Lentil Salad is a vegetarian lunch idea that can be served a little on the warm side, cold, or at room temperature. Plus: Halloumi Croutons.
19. Spinach Pecan Brown Rice Salad
20. Spicy Tofu Grain Bowls
These Spicy Tofu Grain Bowls feature tofu with a no-press technique, roasted sweet potatoes, kale, wild rice, and apples. They’re a perfect meal prep lunch idea!
21. Zucchini Chickpea Quinoa Salad
22. Black Bean Noodle Bowls
These Black Bean Noodle Bowls are loaded with protein and dietary fiber, and make the perfect base for a vegetarian lunch box. Topped with veggies and a spicy sesame sauce, these make for one delicious lunch.