It's time to redeem the midday meal: No more bland sandwiches, soggy salads, or boring soups here. These lunches are exciting, satisfying, and portable. Our definitive guide to a healthy lunch on the go—complete with nutrition-boosting tips, make-ahead strategies, and tasty pack-and-go recipes, will have you rethinking your lunch break. Hearty greens and colorful, textured toppers make salads fun and filling. Packable and near-instant sandwiches and toasts go beyond the usual PB&J. Layered soups and fresh combinations are the no-fuss comfort foods you need at noon.
Asian Green Bean Salad
This top-rated recipe satisfies after a long day at work. Making homemade dressings is well worth it—they offer more flavor, less sodium, and less 30-letter ingredients. Buy the ingredients for this basic Asian dressing and you’re pantry will be set. Snow peas can be substituted for the green beans here, and you can top with leftover chicken or pork for more protein.
Prep Tip: A Microplane® grater is ideal for grating fibrous fresh ginger. Simply peel the ginger first, and then run it across the grate over a small bowl to collect the pulp and juice.