Cold Meals That Are Perfect For Your Everyday Lunch Break

July 6th, 2022 by

Sandwich Wrap with tomatoes in background
Even on a busy day, lunch shouldn’t be an afterthought. Skip the fast food line and the vending machine and eat well with these cold lunch ideas.

BBQ Chicken Salad Wraps

These simple, hand-held wraps are great on the go, and they benefit from a little time to chill in the fridge while you anticipate your lunch break. They’re easy to prepare ahead of time, and you don’t even have to heat up your oven if you go with a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Additional protein comes courtesy of the canned black beans, and the cilantro and avocado add some savory Southwestern flavors to the mix. BBQ sauce is the go-to topping here, but you can also experiment with other sauces to mix things up. It all comes together in a whole wheat or spinach tortilla wrap.

Easy Egg Salad

A carton of eggs can go a long way, so take out half a dozen eggs for this easy egg salad. You’ll first need to hard-boil the eggs, and remember to let them rest in an ice bath after they come out of the hot water. This should help the shell peel away smoothly. After the eggs are peeled, dice them well and mix them with mayo, mustard, relish, dill, salt, and pepper. The egg salad makes a wonderful sandwich spread, and a little smoked salmon would be the perfect complement to its slightly sweet flavor.

Penne Pesto Primavera

This verdant take on creamy pasta primavera is the perfect chilled pasta dish for any lunch break or even as the main dish at dinner. Penne is an ideal pasta for holding on to that rich pesto, which you can make yourself or buy jarred. You can also expand on the flavors with broccoli florets, mushrooms, and even red pepper flakes.

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