5 Make-Ahead Lunches Better than a Salad

Looking for desk lunch ideas other than a drab salad? Look no further! These 5 make-ahead lunch ideas are just as nutrient-dense as a salad, but offer a little more variety! Plus, many of these can be made in advance and are even kid-friendly making them great for meal prep for school or work!

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Great for meal prep, kid-friendly!

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Serve this delicious chickpea salad on some whole wheat bread, or wrap. Pro-tip – add a few teaspoons of buffalo sauce for a spicy buffalo chickpea salad sandwich!

Cold Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Great for Meal Prep!

make ahead soba noodle salad

This flavourful and hearty noodle salad is great for meal prep! Try switching out peanut butter for almond butter or tahini for a nut-free option. Pack these in mason jars with sauce on the bottom for easy meal prep.

DIY Instant Ramen

Great for meal prep!


Just like the packed ramen, but cheaper (and healthier), you would never know this is vegan! Simply add broth ingredients, vegetables, and quick-cooking noodles to a jar the night before then the whole soup cooks with just boiling water. Pro-tip – add some frozen edamame for extra protein.

Fresh Summer Rolls


vegan lunch ideas

A summer staple, delicious with fresh herbs, seasonal produce, and an added twist such as mango! Save the leftover peanut sauce for salads or stirfry.

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Wraps

Great for Meal Prep – Roast or grill and extra pan of vegetables and tofu or chicken with dinner the night before for easy lunches.

Make your own easy vegan pesto!

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vegan grilled vegetable pesto wrap

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Wrap

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This wrap is a great way to use up grilled vegetables from summer meals! It comes together in only a few minutes and packs a ton of nutrients and protein!



Vegetables (Sub out based on availability)*

1 red onion

2 bell peppers

1 zucchini

810 mushrooms

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and Pepper


Whole wheat wraps



Dairy-free cheese of choice


Chop vegetables and toss with olive oil. Bake at 400 F or grill on BBQ until fork tender (about 20-30 minutes). Alternatively use leftover vegetables from dinners.

Spread hummus and pesto on your wrap. Add your grilled vegetables and tofu and top with cheese. Fold or roll and grill on a frying pan or panini press until cheese is melted.


* Sub pre-roasted/grilled vegetables from a leftover dinner! Pro-tip – roast extra vegetables at dinner for easy lunches

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
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