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Back away from the PB&J! These vegan lunch ideas are delicious eaten cold or reheated at the office. Up your vegan packed-lunch game!

Packing a lunch saves money, and if you use reusable containers and utensils, it can reduce the lunchtime waste you generate. Just make sure that you’re using safe practices when you’re packing your lunch for work. Whether you are just getting into the swing of packing your lunch for work or need some new packed-lunch inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

The vegan lunch ideas below are a mix of meals that you can eat cold or reheat in the microwave at work or school. Some taste great either way. If you don’t have access to a microwave or don’t like to use one, there are lots of options for you!

Vegan Lunch Ideas for the Work Week

Barley Salad in a Jar

1. Barley Salad

Salads in a jar are super hip right now, and with good reason. They’re portable, and you can even pack a few, so your fridge will have several days of grab-and-go vegan lunches at your fingertips.

Got some leftover brown rice in the fridge? Try this simple brown rice salad that works as a side or main dish.

2. Brown Rice Salad

Turn leftover brown rice from supper into a whole new meal for lunch the next day. Crunchy cashews and umami-packed sun dried tomatoes are the stars of this satisfying vegan lunch idea. You can even make extra rice on purpose, so you’ll have what you need to make this salad for the next afternoon’s lunch.

Instant Pot Baba Ghanoush

3. Mezze Platter

Mezze is a middle eastern appetizer platter, and it makes such a satisfying lunch! Pack all of your favorites, like baba ghanoush (pictured above), hummus, tabbouleh, stuffed grape leaves, olives and plenty of pita squares and raw veggies for dipping.

Sage Walnut Pesto_STILL

4. Pesto Pasta

Eat this flavorful pesto pasta recipe hot or cold. The pesto sauce uses avocados, walnuts and fresh sage for an oil free sauce. Add some baked tofu or white beans on top, if you’re looking for a protein boost.

baked lettuce wraps

5. Lettuce Wraps

Warm the filling for these lettuce wraps, or eat it cold. Either way, this is a fresh, satisfying vegan lunch that’s packed with protein to keep you going strong all afternoon.

Vegan Tuna Salad from Veggies Save the Day

6. Vegan “Tuna” Salad

This 6-ingredient vegan sandwich filling uses chickpeas as the base and capers to give it that salty flavor that you associate with canned tuna. Make a batch of the salad on Sunday evening, and you’ve got sandwich filling or salad toppings for days!

Wild Rice Salad from My Darling Vegan

7. Wild Rice Mason Jar Salad

Another filling salad in a jar! It’s packed with both raw and cooked veggies and pistachio nuts for protein and crunch. This salad uses basil pesto as the sauce, which you pack separately and shake in just before you eat.

Sesame Noodles from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen

8. Sesame Noodles

Noodles tossed with garlic-tahini sauce, fresh veggies and edamame are delicious warm or cold. You can use udon noodles or soba in this recipe. If you’re looking for more whole grains, soba noodles are your best bet—they’re usually made from buckwheat.

Vegan Taco Wraps from V Nutrition

9. Taco Wraps

These whole-food vegan tacos use seasoned, ground walnuts as the filling. Depending on how long your lunch will be sitting, you can either roll these up in the morning, or pack the fillings and wraps, and wrap them up at lunchtime to avoid a soggy tortilla.

Panzanella Pasta from Vegan in the Freezer

10. Panzanella Pasta Salad

This is a veggie-packed pasta salad tossed in homemade vinaigrette. It tastes even better the day after you make it and keeps for a few days in the fridge, so make a big batch over the weekend, and you’ll be able to dish out vegan lunches all week long!

Balsamic Tofu from Go Dairy Free

11. Balsamic Tofu with Cauliflower Rice

If it’s still grilling weather where you are, make a double batch of this tofu, so you can pack the leftovers for lunch the next day. The citrusy cauliflower rice goes perfectly with the smoky-sweet grilled tofu, for a satisfying vegan lunch.

Rosemary Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

12. Rosemary Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Seasoned, smashed chickpeas and plenty of fresh veggies on a whole grain bun are an easy and satisfying vegan lunch idea. The chickpeas will last a few days, so you can get a few lunches out of this recipe.

Lentil Curry from Contentedness Cooking

13. Lentil and Chickpea Yellow Curry

Like most stews, this curry is even more flavorful the next day! If you don’t have access to a microwave (or don’t like them), reheat this on the stove at home, then pack the hot curry in a thermos, so it will be piping hot at lunchtime.

Mexican Casserole from My Plant-Based Family

14. Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Eat this warm, like you would for supper, or dish it up cold at lunchtime, like a grain and bean salad. Either way, it’s a tasty, filling lunch!

Picnic Sandwich from Cadry's Kitchen

15. Picnic Sandwich

Homemade jalapeno-cashew cheese is the base for this fresh vegan sandwich. Pile on the fresh veggies! The cashew cheese keeps for a few days, and you can get quite a few lunches out of one batch.

Chickpea Salad from Veganosity

16. Easy Chickpea Salad

Whole chickpea with sliced hearts of palm and kalamata olives are the stars of this bright, citrusy salad. It’s perfect served cold or even at room temperature.

Curried Tofu Salad from Veggie Inspired

17. Curried Tofu Salad

This is a spicy spin on the usual vegan “egg” salad sandwich. The spice from the curry powder is so nice with the sweet pieces of chopped, fresh apples. This salad tastes even better the next day, which makes it perfect for lunchboxes!

Collard Wraps from Plant Powered Kitchen

18. Collard Wraps

Fresh collards are the ”tortillas” in these healthy wraps packed with hummus and veggies. The best part? Collards don’t get soggy, which means you can even make these the night before!

Vegan Chicken Salad from Fried Dandelions

19. Vegan Chicken Salad with Pickles

This versatile chickenless salad is so easy to make. Sarah serves hers on a pretzel bun, but you could stuff this salad into pitas or even pack a scoop over salad greens. You can use soy curls, chickenless strips or chickpeas as the base, so it’s really a use-what-you-have situation. Perfect for last-minute lunches!

Vegan BLT from Ceara's Kitchen

20. Vegan BLT

Tempeh bacon (or your favorite vegan bacon) on whole grain bread with fresh tomato and lettuce. Instead of mayo, you spread avocado onto your bread slices!

Italian Pasta Salad from Healthier Steps

21. Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

Fresh veggies and homemade vegan mozzarella cubes tossed with plenty of pasta is a hearty vegan lunch. You can add white or kidney beans, if you want to bulk out this tasty salad even more.

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Back away from the PB&J! These vegan lunch ideas are delicious eaten cold or reheated at the office. Up your vegan packed-lunch game!

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