7 Healthy Lunches That Aren't Salad

By F&W Editors Posted May 08, 2016

Upgrade your al desko dining experience.

When it comes to healthy lunches, green salads are classic—and sometimes a bit monotonous. Here are seven healthy lunch alternatives.

1. Almond Butter and Fresh Blueberry Sandwich

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Cut back on the sugar and use fresh blueberries instead of jelly in this simple twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

2. General Tso's Chicken

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Chef Zach Brooks adores this sweet-spicy Chinese-American restaurant staple. The version here is lighter than take-out because the chicken is only lightly coated in cornstarch and is pan-fried rather than deep-fried.

3. Shrimp-and-Vegetable Summer Rolls

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Vietnamese rolls stuffed with shrimp get crunch and color from yellow peppers, lettuce and carrots—which, like most orange fruits and vegetables, are high in cancer-fighting alpha carotene.

4. Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto

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This healthy pasta features a superfast pesto that's great with any type of tortellini.

5. Chilled Fennel-Grapefruit Velouté with Lemon Olive Oil

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Chef Hiroki Yoshitake cleverly uses grapefruit oil to boost the flavor in his chilled four-ingredient soup.

6. Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

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These tacos are a great way to eat heart-healthy salmon, plus the tangy apple-cucumber salsa is juicy, crisp and full of fiber.

7. Quinoa-Pork Meatballs

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F&W's Kay Chun uses cooked quinoa instead of breadcrumbs to make these tender, flavorful, protein-packed meatballs.


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