21+ Packable Vegan Lunches for Work or School

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Over 40 easy, healthy, and vegan lunches that you can pack for work or school!
Meal prep-friendly Sandwiches, Salads, Bowls and more.
Edit: this post has been updated to include even MORE yummy recipes!

Breakfast may be considered the most important meal of the day for many, but lunch? We think that’s just as important. Fueling your body with some healthy, yummy, and meal-prep friendly eats is the best way to keep your energy going and avoid that mid-afternoon slump.

Whether you’re going back to school or just looking for some new plant-based lunch inspiration, we’ve got you covered with over 40 easy-peasy (but totally delicious) recipes.

Collage of vegan sandwiches, salads, and casseroles

SANDWICHES + WRAPS

Step aside, PB&J. While that classic combination has a time and place, it’s always nice to switch up your sandwich fillings from time-to-time (and pack them with even more veggies!). Sandwiches and wraps are the perfect to-go food: simply stash them in a reusable silicone baggie, and you’re good to go!

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Rainbow Veggie Sandwiches // Chickpea Salad Sandwiches // Vegan BLT Sandwiches // Hummus Pinwheels with Sun-dried Tomatoes // Rice & Bean Burritos // Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos

BEAN & GRAIN SALADS:

Salads are also a great lunchtime fuel, and a great way to pack your meal with plant-based protein and vegetables. We like to place our salads in glass tupperware or mason jars, then pack the dressing separately to prevent wilting. Pour it over your greens (or not!), give everything a good shake, and enjoy!

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Zucchini Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce // Harvest Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing // Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes // Kale & Quinoa Salad with Maple Mustard Tempeh // Kale Waldorf Salad // Greek Kale Salad with Tofu “Feta” // Tempeh “Tuna” Salad // Vegan Egg Salad // Mediterranean Farro Salad // Mediterranean Chickpea Salad // Vegan Taco Salad with Tortilla Strips // Green Lentil & Farro “Salad” // Buffalo Chickpea Salad // Tex-Mex Black Bean Salad // Dilly White Bean Salad // Curried Lentil Salad with Roasted Cauliflower // Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Red Curry Dressing // Quinoa Tabbouleh 

PASTA SALADS

These packable pastas won’t dry out in the fridge, thanks to yummy dressings that coat each noodle! I like to use a bean-based pasta for an extra serving of protein in each bite.

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Cold Soba Noodle Salad Peanut Sauce Vegan From My Bowl
 

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad // Buffalo Cauliflower Pasta Salad // Taco Pasta Salad // Mediterranean Pasta Salad // Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce // Kimchi Ramen Salad

MEAL-PREP BOWLS

Pick a grain + plant protein, toss in some veggies, and drizzle on a yummy, creamy sauce. That’s our favorite way to lunch prep! Here are a few hearty and satisfying recipes to get you started (but feel free to browse the dressings section of the site and get creative on your own!).

chipotle black bean burrito bowl on light grey background
vegan vermicelli noodle bowl with tofu, carrot, and cucumber on white marble background close up photo of black rice bowl with wooden chopstickswhite bowl with assembled smoky white bean bowl with glass tupperware container of quinoa, veggies, and beans off to the side

Banh Mi Bowls with Crispy Tofu // Chipotle Black Bean Burrito Bowls // Warm Lentil Salad // Vermicelli Noodle Bowls // Black Rice Bowls with Crispy Tofu // Smoky White Bean Bowls

DUMP-AND-BAKE CASSEROLES

Not only is the prep work incredibly easy for these mains, but they reheat wonderfully on the stove or microwave too!


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cooked broccoli rice casserole in white dish with grey towel

Salsa Verde White Bean Casserole // Sweet Potato Rosemary Casserole // Spinach & Artichoke Casserole // Southwestern Black Bean Casserole // Buffalo Cauliflower Chickpea Casserole // Lemon Dill Quinoa Casserole // Broccoli Rice Casserole // Chickpea Noodle Casserole // Chickpea & Rice Casserole

Looking for some snacks to go with your meal? Check out these energy bite recipes for the perfect post-meal sweet treat.

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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