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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Pressed Bagel Sandwich

Don't limit bagels to breakfast; try a New York-style bagel slathered with caper and chive cream cheese, crisp veggies and a slice of smoked salmon. Bobby Deen's recipe cuts the calories without losing the rich flavor.

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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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Chopped Crunch Salad

Crunch to your heart's content on this satisfying salad that pairs crisp green vegetables with crumbled feta and avocado. Add the red wine vinaigrette right before serving to keep the salad from wilting and losing its trademark crunchiness.

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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.

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