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60 Vegan Lunch Ideas

Looking for some vegan lunch ideas? We got your back! Check out these irresistible lunch recipes that are so good, you won't even realize they're vegan. Don’t forget to double-check that packaged goods, like bread and buns, are animal-product free.

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Asparagus Tofu Stir-FryTaste of Home

Asparagus Tofu Stir-Fry

With its flavorful ginger sauce and fresh vegetables, this tasty dish is a favorite. I get rave reviews every time I serve it, and it doesn’t bother my husband’s food allergies. —Phyllis Smith, Chimacum, Washington

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Chickpea Mint TabboulehTaste of Home

Chickpea Mint Tabbouleh


You’ll love this salad warm or chilled. For variety, add feta cheese or use this as a filling for stuffed tomatoes or mushrooms. —Brian Kennedy, Kaneohe, Hawaii
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Creamy Cauliflower Pakora SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup


My husband and I often crave pakoras, deep-fried fritters from India. I wanted to get the same flavors but use a healthier cooking technique, so I made soup using all the classic spices and our favorite veggie, cauliflower! —Melody Johnson, DePere, Wisconsin
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Chickpea & Potato CurryTaste of Home

Chickpea & Potato Curry


I make chana masala, the classic Indian dish, in my slow cooker. Browning the onion, ginger and garlic first really makes the sauce amazing. —Anjana Devasahayam, San Antonio, Texas
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Dijon Veggies with CouscousTaste of Home

Dijon Veggies with Couscous


Coated in a tangy Dijon sauce, these tasty veggies and fluffy couscous make for a delightful side. —Juliana Dumitru, Fairview Park, Ohio
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General Tso's CauliflowerTaste of Home

General Tso's Cauliflower


Cauliflower florets are deep-fried to a crispy golden brown, then coated in a sauce with just the right amount of kick. This is a fun alternative to the classic chicken dish.—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chipotle Lime Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Chipotle Lime Avocado Salad


I use my music to promote a healthy lifestyle, like eating your veggies. This bright salad is loaded with avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes and a little heat factor. —DJ Cavem, Denver, Colorado
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Sauteed Squash with Tomatoes & OnionsTaste of Home

Sauteed Squash with Tomatoes & Onions


My favorite meals show a love of family and food. This zucchini dish with tomatoes is like a scaled-down ratatouille. —Adan Franco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Green Salad with BerriesTaste of Home

Green Salad with Berries


For snappy salad that draws a crowd, I do a wonderful combo of spinach, berries and oniony things. Raise your fork for this one. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
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Basil & Heirloom Tomato TossTaste of Home

Basil & Heirloom Tomato Toss


I came up with this garden-fresh salad to showcase the heirloom tomatoes and peppers we raised for our stall at the farmers market. Try out other types of basil like lemon, lime, licorice and cinnamon. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Market Basket SoupTaste of Home

Market Basket Soup


I use kohlrabi in this soothing veggie soup. The vegetable has a mellow broccoli-cabbage flavor and can be served raw, but this is my favorite way to eat it. —Kellie Foglio, Salem, Wisconsin
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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice BowlsTaste of Home

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls


With three hungry boys in my house, dinners need to be quick and filling, and it helps to get in some veggies, too. This one is a favorite because it's hearty and fun to tweak with different ingredients. —Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey
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Grilled Bean BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Bean Burgers


These juicy veggie patties have major flavor with cumin, garlic and a little chili powder. They hold their own against any veggie burger you‘d buy at the supermarket. —Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey
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Simple Vegetarian Slow-Cooked BeansTaste of Home

Simple Vegetarian Slow-Cooked Beans


When I have a hungry family to feed, these tasty beans with spinach, tomatoes and carrots are a go-to dish. This veggie delight is frequently on the menu. —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine
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Satisfying Tomato SoupTaste of Home

Satisfying Tomato Soup


After craving tomato soup, I decided to make my own. My sister Joan likes it chunky-style, so she doesn't puree. Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich. —Marian Brown, Mississauga, Ontario
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Spinach RiceTaste of Home

Spinach Rice


I like to serve this Greek-style rice dish alongside steaks with mushrooms. It makes an elegant side that can be doubled for guests. —Jeanette Cakouros, Brunswick, Maine
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Moroccan Cauliflower and Almond SoupTaste of Home

Moroccan Cauliflower and Almond Soup


This soup tastes rich and decadent, but is really very healthy! Bonus—it's vegan, and also makes your house smell amazing! —Barbara Marynowski, Hutto, Texas
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Black Bean & Corn QuinoaTaste of Home

Black Bean & Corn Quinoa


Some vegan quinoa recipes are boring, but this one definitely isn't. My daughter’s college asked parents for the best quinoa recipes to use in the dining halls. This healthy quinoa recipe fits the bill. —Lindsay McSweeney, Winchester, Massachusetts
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Heirloom Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Heirloom Tomato Salad


This is a simple yet elegant dish that always pleases my guests. Not only is it tasty, but it is healthy, too. The more varied the colors of the tomatoes you choose, the prettier the salad will be. —Jess Apfe, Berkeley, California
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Slow-Cooked RatatouilleTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Ratatouille


I get my son to eat eggplant by cooking low and slow on this classic French veggie dish. A side of rice and garlic cheese bread also help. —Diane Goedde, Red Lodge, Montana
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Cool Beans SaladTaste of Home

Cool Beans Salad


This protein-filled dish could be served as a colorful side dish or a meatless main entree. When you make it, double the recipe because it will be gone in a flash! The basmati rice add a unique flavor and the dressing gives it a bit of a tang. —Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin
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Curried Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Curried Lentil Soup


Curry gives a different taste sensation to this chili-like soup. It’s delicious with a dollop of sour cream. My family welcomes it with open arms—and watering mouths. —Christina Till, South Haven, Michigan
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Arborio Rice and White Bean SoupTaste of Home

Arborio Rice and White Bean Soup


Soup is the ultimate comfort food, and this hearty, satisfying soup with arborio rice is low in fat and comes together in less than 30 minutes. —Deanna McDonald, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Vegetable Barley SauteTaste of Home

Vegetable Barley Saute


This wonderful side dish can easily be turned into a hearty entree by adding cooked chicken.
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Chard & White Bean PastaTaste of Home

Chard & White Bean Pasta


I love to prepare gluten-free and dairy-free dishes, and this recipe meets the criteria when you use gluten-free pasta. This dish shows you can use delicious, healthy products to create a crowd-pleasing meal. It's also soy-free, nut-free and vegetarian. —Amie Valpone, New York, New York
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Watermelon and Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Watermelon and Spinach Salad


Summer's the perfect time to toss up this watermelon salad. You'd never expect it, but spinach is awesome here. Eat it and feel cool on even the hottest days. —Marjorie Au, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Marty's Bean Burger ChiliTaste of Home

Marty's Bean Burger Chili


My husband and I met while working the dinner shift at a homeless shelter that served my chili. I’ve revised the chili using bean veggie burgers. —Marty Nickerson, Ellington, Connecticut
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Crispy Tofu with Black Pepper SauceTaste of Home

Crispy Tofu with Black Pepper Sauce


Sometimes tofu can be boring and tasteless, but not in this recipe! The crispy vegetarian bean curd is so loaded with flavor, you'll never shy away from tofu again. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
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Mushroom & Broccoli SoupTaste of Home

Mushroom & Broccoli Soup


One of my girls won’t eat meat and the other struggles to get enough fiber. This recipe is a great way to give them what they need in a form they love to eat. I save my broccoli stems in the freezer until I have about two small bags, and then make soup. —Maria Davis, Flower Mound, Texas
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Beet Salad with Lemon DressingTaste of Home

Beet Salad with Lemon Dressing


I was looking for a recipe for pickled beets and saw one with lemon instead of vinegar. I immediately thought of making a tabbouleh-inspired salad with beets instead of tomatoes. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
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Herb-Vinaigrette Potato SaladTaste of Home

Herb-Vinaigrette Potato Salad


This is a great way to celebrate early produce from the garden. To add some more crunch, sprinkle with croutons. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
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Mediterranean ChickpeasTaste of Home

Mediterranean Chickpeas


Add this to your meatless Monday lineup. It's great with feta cheese on top. —Elaine Ober, Brookline, Massachusetts
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Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame DressingTaste of Home

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing


We love it when opposites attract. A sweet-and-sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
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White Bean Fennel SoupTaste of Home

White Bean Fennel Soup


This filling soup is a favorite with our family and is often requested for company dinners. A hint of fennel accents the flavor of this quick-to-fix bean soup...and spinach and tomatoes add color. —Donna Quinn, Round Lake Beach, Illinois
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Romaine & Orange Salad with Lime DressingTaste of Home

Romaine & Orange Salad with Lime Dressing


Three ingredients plus a dressing equals a quick salad for special occasions. I first had it at a friend's wedding, and it's become a family favorite. — Linda Pallotto, Mantua, Ohio
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Barley Corn SaladTaste of Home

Barley Corn Salad


A great alternative to pasta salads, this colorful side dish adds refreshing herb flavor to corn, barley, and red and green peppers. Bring it to your next get-together and see how fast it disappears! —Mary Ann Kieffer of Lawrence, Kansas
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Mushroom-Bean BourguignonTaste of Home

Mushroom-Bean Bourguignon


In our family, boeuf bourguignon has been a staple for generations. I wanted a meatless alternative. All this dish needs is a French baguette. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
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Garlic-Herb Pattypan SquashTaste of Home

Garlic-Herb Pattypan Squash


The first time I grew a garden, I harvested summer squash and cooked it with garlic and herbs. Using pattypan squash is a creative twist. —Kaycee Mason, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
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Rice Pilaf with Apples & RaisinsTaste of Home

Rice Pilaf with Apples & Raisins


I love making bulgar pilaf with apricots. So glad I tried it with dried apples and golden raisins! —Elizabeth Dumont, Madison, Mississippi
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Asparagus, Squash & Red Pepper SauteTaste of Home

Asparagus, Squash & Red Pepper Saute


The appealing vegetable trio is enlivened by a wine-scented saute. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
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Wild Rice and Squash PilafTaste of Home

Wild Rice and Squash Pilaf


This pilaf is fantastic with fish or poultry and especially compatible with turkey. Since it's so colorful, I like to think it makes my turkey dressed for the holidays. —Erica Ollmann, San Diego, California
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Quinoa Tabbouleh SaladTaste of Home

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad


In our new cookbook “The Kitchen Decoded,” we include tabbouleh salad because it's super simple and filling. Try red quinoa for a slightly earthier flavor. —Logan Levant, Los Angeles, California
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Fiesta Chopped SaladTaste of Home

Fiesta Chopped Salad


"We serve this colorful garden feast when we find vegetables that are bursting with flavor," writes Merwyn Garbini from her home in Tuscon, Arizona. The dressing makes the fresh salad a welcome companion for most any entree.
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Lemon Date CouscousTaste of Home

Lemon Date Couscous


Couscous is a great way to deliver bold flavors, and it cooks so quickly. This makes a wonderful accompaniment to all sorts of main dishes. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
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Citrus Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Citrus Avocado Salad


This recipe nicely showcases grapefruit and oranges, which are at their peak around the holidays. Citrus fruits pair well with a sweet dressing. —Sonia Candler, Edmonton, Alberta
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Salsa Bean BurgersTaste of Home

Salsa Bean Burgers


I created these based on a turkey burger recipe and wanted to make them even better for you. Use a favorite salsa with just the heat you like to make it your own. —Jenny Leighty, West Salem, Ohio
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Hearty Italian White Bean SoupTaste of Home

Hearty Italian White Bean Soup


A bowlful of this soup is so satisfying, it's hard to believe it's actually good for you, too. I crave it all the time. With lots of beans and potatoes, it's filling and even hits the spot with meat lovers. —Kristina Krummel, Elkins, Arkansas
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Confetti QuinoaTaste of Home

Confetti Quinoa


If you have never tried quinoa, start with my easy side, brimming with colorful veggies. I serve it with orange-glazed chicken. —Kim Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Lemony ChickpeasTaste of Home

Lemony Chickpeas


These saucy chickpeas add just a little heat to meatless Mondays. They're especially good over hot, fluffy brown rice. —April Strevell, Red Bank, New Jersey
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Layered Garden Bean SaladTaste of Home

Layered Garden Bean Salad


For easy entertaining, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before guests arrive so you don't have to bother with last-minute assembly. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon or tuna. —Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Lemon Mushroom OrzoTaste of Home

Lemon Mushroom Orzo


Sometimes I serve this side dish chilled and other times we enjoy it hot. It has a pleasant tinge of lemon and a nice crunch from pecans. —Shelly Nelson, Akeley, Minnesota
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Lentil Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Lentil Pumpkin Soup


Garlic and spices brighten up my hearty pumpkin soup. It’s just the thing we need on a chilly fall day. —Laura Magee, Houlton, Wisconsin
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Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea SaladTaste of Home

Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad


My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. —Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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Spice Trade Beans & BulgurTaste of Home

Spice Trade Beans & Bulgur


A rich blend of treasured spices flavors tender, nutritious bulgur and chickpeas in a tangy, nutritious stew that has just the right amount of heat. A hint of sweetness from golden raisins is the perfect accent. —Faith Cromwell, San Francisco, California
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Red Lentil Soup MixTaste of Home

Red Lentil Soup Mix


Give your friends the gift of good health. Red lentils are a protein powerhouse, and loaded with folate, iron and fiber. Oh, and this soup tastes amazing, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Slow-Cooker RatatouilleTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Ratatouille


Not only does this classic recipe make a phenomenal side dish, you can also serve it with sliced French bread for a warm and easy appetizer. Try it in the summer with your garden-fresh vegetables. —Jolene Walters, North Miami, Florida
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Garlic Maple DressingTaste of Home

Garlic Maple Dressing


Here's my go-to dressing for pretty much any salad (or veggie!) under the sun. It stores beautifully, so make it ahead—or leave the shaking to the kids while you finish up last-minute dinner details. They'll do you proud. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Lemon Rice SaladTaste of Home

Lemon Rice Salad


This salad makes a refreshing side dish for a special occasion meal. I take it to holiday potluck suppers and other family gatherings. People enjoy the combination of flavors, and I like that it can be made ahead. —Margery Richmond, Lacombe, Alberta
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Watermelon GazpachoTaste of Home

Watermelon Gazpacho


This is a delightfully simple, elegant dish. Serve as a side or with pita and hummus for a meal. It’s so refreshing—guests will love it. —Nicole Deelah, Nashville, Tennessee
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Black Bean-Tomato ChiliTaste of Home

Black Bean-Tomato Chili


My daughter Kayla saw a black bean chili while watching a cooking show and called me about it because it looked so good. We messed with our own recipe until we got this easy winner. —Lisa Belcastro, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

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