Upgrade your al desko dining experience.

By F&W Editors
Updated June 01, 2017
General Tso’s Chicken
Credit: © Kate Mathis

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

Almond Butter and Fresh Blueberry Sandwich

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

General Tso’s Chicken
Credit: © Kate Mathis

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


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

Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto
Credit: Christina Holmes

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

5. Chilled Fennel-Grapefruit Velouté with Lemon Olive Oil


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

6. Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

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

Quinoa-Pork Meatballs
Credit: © Eva Kolenko

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