Cold Lunch Ideas – 15 Family Friendly Options You Will Love!

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Having no access to a microwave or refrigerator should not stop you from preparing and eating some healthy and delicious meals. And if you should know, there are actually a variety of dishes that tastes better cold (or room temperature) than warm! With that said, here are some tasty cold lunch ideas that are quick and easy to make.

15. Mediterranean Orzo Salad | Orzo Salad Recipe

This mediterranean orzo salad is a delicious side dish or a lunch recipe bursting with mediterranean flavors. Chick peas, olives, artichoke hearts ,feta cheese, orzo pasta and many more colorful ingredients are tossed with a home made lemony jalapeno dressing.

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14. Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar

A healthy, protein packed, super tasty lunch doesn’t get any easier than this Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar. Make up a bunch of them while meal prepping on Sunday and you will have grab-and-go lunches all ready in the fridge for your week ahead!

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13. Leftover Spaghetti Frittata

Leftover Spaghetti Frittata is one of the best things in life! You can start with cold, cooked pasta out of your fridge or boil some just to make this authentic Italian dish! It’s great for picnics, lunches and brunches.

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12. Quinoa Cranberry Salad

This Quinoa Cranberry Salad is full of fresh, feel good flavours that everyone will love! With nutrient rich spinach, sweet dried cranberries and a zippy lemon dressing, it is able to stand alone as a protein packed, healthy meal, or can be served as a side.

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11. Homemade Turkey Lunch Meat

Homemade Turkey Lunch Meat is so easy! In just over 30 minutes, you’ll have delicious, juicy sandwich meat that’s healthier than what you can buy at the deli!

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10. Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Chickpeas

This Cucumber and Tomato Salad is a summertime favorite. It’s loaded with refreshing veggies, protein-rich chickpeas, and tossed with a light, lemony dressing.

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9. Instant Pot Mujadara Lentils and Rice

Mujadara – This Instant Pot mujadara recipe is a delicious combination of lentils, rice and caramelized onions. This fragrant vegetarian recipe comes together quickly in your pressure cooker, making it perfect for any night of the week.

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8. Dill Pickle Chicken Salad (Whole30, Low Carb)

Dill Pickle Chicken Salad, made with oven baked, slow cooker, or Instant Pot chicken, crunchy pickles, red onion, fresh dill, mayo and garlic.

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7. Easy Ranch Pasta Salad – Go To Recipe

Easy Ranch Pasta Salad is my go to summer pasta salad recipe – perfect for serving at BBQ’s or summery family dinners and it’s super easy to make too!

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6. Chickpea Salad Cucumber Boats

Delicious, refreshing, and easy, these Chickpea Salad Cucumber Boats are the perfect meal for a hot summer day! They’re gluten free and vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan.

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5. Italian Marinated Green Bean Salad

A refreshing marinated green bean salad with red onions, chickpeas, and homemade Italian dressing! This vegan side dish is loaded with nutrition and great for summer potlucks and cookouts.

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4. Healthy Israeli Breakfast Bento Box – 7 Ingredients

Healthy Israeli Breakfast Bento Box is a nutritious and filling meal, made with just 7 ingredients!

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3. Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

So this vegan “cheesy” Italian Pasta Salad recipe is ridiculously good. I mean pasta salad in general is good for a number of reasons.

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2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean quinoa salad is a wonderfully healthy side dish or meatless main meal. Tender quinoa is tossed with fresh basil pesto, artichokes, Kalamata olives, and cherry tomatoes.

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1. Apricot Almond Chicken Salad

Apricot almond chicken salad an all white meat chicken salad with sweet apricots, crunchy almonds, and tangy fresh tarragon.

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