18 Light Lunch Ideas

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Light lunch recipe ideas are made with a variety of foods including wraps, soups, or sandwiches made with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean poultry.

A light lunch has a smaller portion or less heavy foods than a regular lunch. A light lunch is perfect for something to fill you up for a couple of hours, and not for the whole day.

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Light Lunch Recipe Ideas


Sandwiches are best made right before serving, or they should be kept refrigerated to keep the contents fresh.


Soups with a broth base are lighter than soups with a cream base, therefore try to pick a chicken, vegetable or turkey broth based soup for your lunch.


Wrap with hummus, tzatziki or salsa work well for a sauce for your lunchtime wrap. Add turkey, chicken, or chickpeas and a few of your favorite vegetables to create your own custom wrap. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado work well for a light lunch wrap.

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Salads and Bowls

Salads made with lettuce or quinoa, and that have an olive oil based dressing are your best choice for a lighter lunch. Salads with creamy dressings like ranch or Caesar dressing are more of a regular lunch. Try for a balsamic vinegar based dressing for more of a lighter salad for lunchtime.

Light Lunch salad ideas