Quick & Easy Lunch Recipes

Seeking simple lunchtime solutions that are ready in a flash? Follow our recipes, and packing delicious homemade lunches for work or the kids will be a cinch.

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Classic Chicken Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 335
It's a classic for good reason, this chicken salad recipe combines chicken, mayo, mustard, a dash of hot sauce, and a squeeze of lemon juice with minced red onion, celery, and parsley. You can use leftover roast chicken, rotisserie chicken, or any chicken you have for this delicious lunch. Try it on a bed of mixed greens or a slice of whole-grain of sourdough bread.

Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup

A Parmesan rind is the powerhouse ingredient behind this fast, flavorful version of the classic soup.

15-Minute Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 291
Need lentil soup for one? We're here for you with this super fast recipe for a  "can"-do dinner. It starts with canned lentils and vegetable or chicken broth, that's why it's so fast. You'll add garlic, onion, carrot, and celery just like you would in a big-batch lentil soup. For a  healthy, delicious, and easy meal, you can't beat this recipe. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing

Rating: 3 stars 1074
We've given this creamy cucumber salad recipe a healthy update. But it's still so good, you won't even notice! Reduced-fat sour cream (in place of full-fat) lowers the calorie count without losing taste.

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

This 35-minute broccoli soup spotlights everyone's favorite cruciferous vegetable. Broccoli is cooked two ways for its star turn: simmered until tender for the base and roasted for the garnish. Potatoes add a creamy texture and cheddar cheese brings it all together (some goes in the soup and some is saved for the garnish). It's a kid-friendly dish that's also vegetarian—and sure to be much requested.

Potato Salad

Rating: 3 stars 247
Chopped scallions are sprinkled on a potato salad made with Yukon golds.

Potato and Green Bean Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 140
Whether eaten warm or out of the fridge, this bright, crunchy potato salad pairs perfectly with grilled meats like pork, steak or chicken.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil

Rating: 3 stars 244
In this summery salad, sweet watermelon is the perfect foil for tangy feta cheese.

Easy Poached Eggs

Rating: 3.5 stars 121
Poaching is a simple way to transform the humble egg into a luxurious treat. Once you get this technique down pat, you can enjoy poached eggs for an easy breakfast, a satisfying lunch, or a light dinner.

Creamy Deviled Eggs

Rating: 3.5 stars 1068
Deviled eggs are a classic and one of Martha Stewart's favorite hors d'oeuvres. Deviled eggs are crowd-pleasing party snack that are the perfect way to start a casual evening. Make this creamy deviled egg recipe and get your party started in 30 minutes or less!

Classic Egg Salad

Rating: 3 stars 315
Other mix-ins include sliced black olives, chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh chives, walnut pieces, chopped dill pickles, and capers.

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

If you need to get dinner on the table fast but you're tight on time, you can make this restorative, immunity-boosting soup with store-bought broth and rotisserie chicken.

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Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad
Rating: 3.5 stars 616

Who says a salad needs lettuce? This corn, avocado, and tomato salad is so colorful and delicious—and it's perfect for summer. It brings together the sweetest corn (you only need one ear), the juiciest cherry or pear tomatoes, and ripe avocado and takes mere minutes to make. Simply strip the corn kernels off the cob and add them to your bowl along with the halved tomatoes and one diced avocado. Dress with lime juice, oil, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. All that's left to do is enjoy—and we know you will.