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17 Good-Looking Lunches to Bring to Work

Jul 20 2014 - 8:00am

Bringing your lunch to work (or school) doesn't have to be a difficult or time-intensive task. It's a wonderful way to save money and fuel up on major flavor. These inviting dishes may inspire you to start packing a brown bag, even a few days out of the week. Take a look!

— Additional reporting by Hilary White and Susannah Chen

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts and Nicole Perry

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

If quinoa is your go-to grain, then this quinoa tabbouleh salad [1] is bound to satisfy your craving. While it can be eaten warm, it's best cold or at room temperature, so just stick it in the fridge when you arrive at work, and it will be perfect at lunch.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Turkey Club Sandwich

It's classic and comforting — and you can wrap a turkey club [2] in foil to go. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the smoky turkey and bacon complement the buttery flavors of the avocado and cheddar cheese perfectly.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Steak Noodle Salad

Adding steak to a heaping pile of greens and noodles is a delicious way to use up leftover beef. Follow this recipe [3] and toss the noodles in the dressing the night before. That way, it's easy packing the next morning.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta

Make use of cherries while you can with a quinoa feta salad [4]. The juicy-salty combo mixes with grassy parsley, aromatic shallot, and nutty almonds for a brown-bag lunch like you've never tried.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pasta With Nettles, Almonds, and Feta

While adding stinging nettles to pasta [5] may sound mildly risky for a lunch choice, when mixed with feta and almonds, it blends into a satisfying dish full of diverse flavors.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Kale Caesar Salad

If you love caesar salad but need a change of pace, then look no further [6]. Kale adds a bit of bite to enliven an otherwise classic caesar. Just make sure to pack the croutons separately so they don't get soggy.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodle Salad

This sesame-ginger soba noodle salad [7] is full of Southeast Asian flavor and reliably crisp vegetables, even at room temperature.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cobb Salad Wrap

Forgo the sandwich altogether and wrap a Cobb salad [8] instead. Just grab some flatbread and you'll be on your way to some bacon, chicken, blue cheese, egg, and avocado goodness in no time!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Spicy Tomato Soup

While your office probably doesn't have a stove top or oven, chances are there's a functioning microwave. Make a pot of spicy tomato soup [9] topped with . . . wait for it . . . grilled cheese croutons on Sunday night, and bring it for lunch Monday and Tuesday.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Farro Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

This hearty farro salad [10] is guaranteed to give you the energy needed for a long day at work. The citrus vinaigrette dressing and fruit add a lively spring to this salad's step.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Turkey Sandwich With Manchego

Nothing says work lunch more than a turkey sandwich. We love this version [11] that combines layers of turkey meat with watercress, manchego, and pear butter.

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Linguine With Kale and Chickpeas

Loaded with beans and plenty of greens, the flavor of this hearty linguine [12] is boosted by the addition of red pepper and garlic.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Chicken Kale Salad

The ingredient list of this chicken salad with kale [13] calls for a variety of colors and textures — think crunchy cucumber, creamy avocado, leafy kale, and comforting quinoa with a lemon-flavored dressing that will easily make your co-workers jealous.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Pop this chicken spaghetti casserole [14] into the oven for dinner and look forward to enjoying what's left for lunch the following day.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad

Woodier, more fibrous leafy vegetables like brussels sprouts and kale hold up well overnight, even in cold salads, like this salad [15] with sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and a maple-mustard vinaigrette.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

With its piquant flavors and toothsome texture, sun-dried tomato pasta salad [16] is sure to rise you out of a midday slump.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Chipotle's Chili Recipe

This Chipotle chili hack [17] tastes even better the next day, so pack leftovers in a Tupperware and savor every bite of this top-secret recipe.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


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