Quick & Easy Lunches

Think you don't have enough time to make your own lunch? These recipes take 15 minutes or less to prepare.

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Five-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White Bean

Ellie Krieger's salad is ready in a snap; cannellini beans pack in protein while goat cheese provides a creamy contrast to the crisp vegetables.

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Open-Faced Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Get extra-fancy with egg salad by adding jumbo crabmeat.

Get the Recipe: Open-Faced Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches with Crab and Poppy Seeds on Pumpernickel

Edamame Salad

A salad doesn't need to be extravagant to taste delicious. This easy edamame dish features a refreshing lemon dressing that's backed by shaved pecorino and mint.

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Stuff this spin on classic grilled cheese with Havarti and Monterey Jack cheeses, then bake it to produce perfectly toasted crusts and a gooey golden center.

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Watercress Salad with Dried Fruit and Almonds

Turn a basic side salad into a vibrant main dish by tossing in tart dried cranberries and toasted almonds, then dressing the greens with a tangy vinaigrette.

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Portobello Melt

Bookend meaty, marinated mushrooms with thick slices of sourdough. It's a satisfying sandwich that's super easy to make.

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Mortadella Pasta Salad

This simple pasta salad pleases even the pickiest eaters. Easily combine cooked fusilli with mortadella cubes and a tangy mustard dressing for a dish that works as well in a lunchbox as it does feeding a crowd.

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Super Tuscan Panino

High-quality marinated artichokes pack a double punch in this Italian sandwich. Their zesty juices infuse the crusty bread with extra flavor and pair well with fresh cold cuts and slices of pecorino.

Get the Recipe: Super Tuscan Panino with Soppressata and Marinated Artichokes

Steak Fajita Wraps

Cut the calories of a fajita without losing its authentic Mexican flavors. Pile cheddar cheese, creamy avocado and salsa over slices of freshly seared flank steak and wrap it up in a whole-wheat tortilla.

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Mango Chutney Turkey Wrap

Switch up the traditional turkey sandwich by replacing butter or mayo with a sweet and spicy mango chutney. Roll the ingredients inside a tortilla for an on-the-go snack or a light lunch.

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Grilled Vegetables with Tofu

Extra-firm tofu, asparagus and portobello mushrooms soak up the savory flavors of cumin and coriander when grilled until tender and charred.

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Waldorf Salad

Win the week with an antioxidant-packed Waldorf salad that takes just 10 minutes to make.

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Caprese Sandwich

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos turn the quintessential summer salad of mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil into a filling sandwich that can be assembled in a cinch.

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Rockin' Taco Salad

No need for a stop at the nearest Mexican fast-food joint; Hungry Girl’s taco salad has the same satisfying spice with fewer calories and less fat.

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Kale, Lemon and Cilantro Sandwich

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland; kale forms the "meat" of this open-faced sandwich that's accented by thinly sliced lemon, homemade hummus and green onions.

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Turnip Lettuce Wraps

For a quick and veggie-centric lunch dish, try this Indian-inspired turnip lettuce wrap. Not a fan of turnips? Beets or carrots are delicious substitutes.

Get the Recipe: Turnip Lettuce Wraps