20 Side Dishes You’ll Look Forward to at Lunch
Make your meal a little more exciting with these lunch sides that really hit the spot.
Goat Cheese and Apples
A little sweet and a little savory. Use slices of a medium-sized apple to scoop 2-3 tablespoons of plain or flavored goat cheese. You can take it to the next level by whipping the goat cheese before you leave home. Goat cheese makes a great panini, too!
With a sweet cinnamon flavor and a hint of vanilla, these almonds pair well with a fall-inspired salad or wrap. Plus, this recipe’s sodium level is lower than most roasted and salted nut mixes that are sold in stores.
Celery and Peanut Butter
Hello, classic combo! Pair two stalks-worth of celery with about 2 tablespoons of creamy or crunchy peanut butter for a sweet side. By the way, here’s the best peanut butter brand, according to our editors’ taste test.
If your lunch is on the lighter side, pack these pinwheels as a side. With two kinds of cheese, ham and a tortilla, it’ll round out your meal and keep you from hitting up the vending machine in an hour. These pinwheel recipes are also a great party appetizer.
Cheese and Crackers
Whether it’s cubes of cheddar, a hunk of parm or a spreadable wedge, grab a handful of pita crackers and stack away. If you’re feeling adventurous, try something new and pick up one of these little-known cheese varieties.
Spread a bit of cream cheese on a slice of deli turkey (or ham or roast beef), sprinkle on some everything bagel seasoning and roll the meat loosely. You’ll add a ton of protein to your lunch and some added flavor from the seasoning. Take a look at these other protein-packed lunches that’ll keep you full.
Toss some green and black olives, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and salami with a bit of Italian salad dressing for a hearty and salty side. Check out these other salad recipes that go with almost anything.