11 Quick Mediterranean Lunch Ideas For Busy Workdays

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As much as you want to enjoy a leisurely lunch, busy workdays can make it difficult to find the time for a proper meal. You might be tempted to reach for a quick snack, fast food, or worse, skip lunch altogether. But it won’t do your body any good. What you really need are these healthy and satisfying recipes that don’t take long to prepare and can even be prepped in advance.

1. Italian Chicken Wrap

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A loaded wrap is always fantastic when you’re in a rush. This Italian Chicken Wrap packs in the protein with chicken, plus healthy carbs from tortilla and veggies to keep you full for the rest of the day.

2. Greek Pasta Salad

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This Greek pasta salad recipe is simply divine and perfect as a side dish or main meal. This recipe gives you two ways to make this based on your preference. You also have the option to serve it hot or cold. It is a perfectly versatile dish that is easy to make.

3. Greek Rice Bowl

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This Greek rice bowl recipe is a wonderful meal for one and a great way to use up leftover brown rice. Would you believe it only takes 10 minutes to make (especially if you use leftover rice)? A quick meal has never been this good or healthy.

4. Mediterranean Avocado Toast

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Try this Mediterranean avocado toast recipe. It’s rich in fiber and potassium. It’s an excellent and quick lunch for toast lovers, especially if you love those Mediterranean flavors.

5. Instant Pot Mediterranean Rosemary Salmon

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Use your Instant Pot to make this deliciously healthy Pressure Cooker Mediterranean Rosemary Salmon. If you’re a fan of salmon, this dish is basically a one-pot meal, making it super easy to make, too.

6. Blueberry White Bean Salad with Tahini Turmeric Dressing

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If you’re looking for a nutritious, mid-day boost, try this Blueberry White Bean Salad with Tahini Turmeric Dressing. The white bean salad is coated with a creamy dressing, and the crunch from the seeds and vegetables adds to the overall experience.

7. Beet Salad with Feta

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Using simple ingredients, this Beet Salad with Feta still impresses. Beets, feta cheese, and pistachios harmonize with fresh herbs and dressing. It works as a light lunch or a salad side.

8. Easy Chicken Salad Recipe with Apples and Grapes

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Nothing is easier than this Easy Chicken Salad Recipe with Apples and Grapes. It uses crunchy chicken, sweet grapes, and creamy dressing to create a perfectly balanced and nutritious lunch.

9. Ground Turkey Meal Prep Bowl

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The secret to a healthy and easy lunch is to meal prep it. This Ground Turkey Meal Prep Bowl is just what you need. It’s easy, healthy, and only takes 20 minutes to make.

10. Mediterranean Bean Salad

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This Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect lunch because it’s made with simple ingredients and fresh produce. It is surprisingly filling and will satisfy for hours.

11. Dijon Dill Salmon Salad

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This protein-packed Dijon Dill Salmon Salad is a must-try. It’s nutritious, flavorful, and only takes 20 minutes or less. You can serve it in lettuce wraps or as a sandwich.

Prefer Sandwiches? Try One Of These!

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If you prefer sandwiches to wraps, I’ve gotcha covered there, too. Here’s a fabulous collection of sandwich recipes that taste amazing and might actually be good for you, too.

Need Dinner Ideas Too?

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Sick of the same ol’ chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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