20 Desk Lunches for Work That Aren't Boring

It's time to step up your midday game. Ditch that drab turkey-on-wheat for one of these inventive, portable recipes. All it takes is a little prep the night before or assembly at your desk, and lunch is served.

Edamame Hummus & Pita Crisps

"Goodbye, chickpeas; hello, edamame! This was better than fantastic. The pita crisps were perfect with this hummus."


Chicken Wrap

"This was great. It wasn't sticky or soggy, and it keeps for hours!"

-Chef #457474

Cold Peanut Noodles

"Oh wow, this was a winner! I doubled the sauce because it was so good. I'm looking forward to having it again for lunch."


Avocado-Strawberry Salad

"This was a very refreshing and gorgeous-looking salad. I liked the crunch from the nuts and how all the flavors really complemented the strawberries."


Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

"This was so flavorful that my husband described it as 'genius.' The leftovers are great for lunch the next day on a bed of romaine lettuce."


Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

"I used thawed frozen blueberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt and some ground flaxseed. I forgot how good yogurt can taste!"


Chef Salad To-Go

"I made this and it was gone in seconds. I can't wait to make this again."


Chickpea Salad Pita

"This was fresh, healthy and delicious. I even enjoyed it without the pita. It's a perfect salad for weekday work lunches."


Crunchy Peanut Butter Wraps

"This was just wonderful! I ate it with some vanilla yogurt for a fast, easy and delicious lunch."


Italian Panzanella Salad

"This was the perfect meal to enjoy on a hot summer day! It was easy to make and even easier to eat."


Open-Faced Egg Salad Sandwich

"This is an amazing egg salad that has so much flavor. This will definitely be one of my favorite work lunches from now on."


Shrimp Salad with Peas

"I'm so impressed with this pretty salad. It's both satisfying and healthy. I liked the texture and fresh taste."


Zucchini Spread

"I really enjoyed this! I had all the ingredients on hand, too. I'll be using this lovely spread throughout the summer."


Tuna Salad Pitas

"I was getting tired of my regular tuna salad and wanted something different. This fit the bill! It has an excellent flavor."


Hummus & Crackers

"I must say, this was the perfect hummus recipe. It has an excellent taste and texture."

-Chef #649500

Blueberry Chicken Salad

"This was a great way to serve chicken breasts. I loved the heat from the mustard and the tartness from the berries."

-Sydney Mike

Rice Cake with Nut Butter & Bananas

"This makes a healthy, crunchy vegan meal. I use organic brown rice cakes with lemon, and whatever nut butter I have on hand."


BLT Pinwheels

"These were delicious! I made them for lunch today and the kids gobbled them up."


Smoked Salmon & Egg Salad Tartines

"Yum! I used hard crusty rolls and changed it up a little by putting the salmon on top of the egg salad."


Greek Chicken Salad

"This was definitely a 5-star recipe. I loved the flavor from the yogurt. I may even add some lemon juice next time."