Lunch is one of our favourite times of the day. Forget soggy falafel wraps from your local supermarket, these vegan lunch ideas are bursting with flavour and will keep you full until dinner
We know that lunch can be a make-or-break situation.
If you’re short on time or on the go, a supermarket meal deal may seem like the only option but it doesn’t always hit the spot or give the nutrients to keep you going until dinner.
What’s more, if you are able to pre-prepare your lunch you can save yourself some extra cash whilst enjoying delicious homemade flavours.
So, we’ve collated our favourite vegan lunch recipes to give you the inspiration to create easy and delicious meals. From easy stir-fries and quick kebabs to unforgettable vegan sandwiches and savoury tarts, these vegan lunch ideas will give you something to look forward to.
Whether you’re working from home or on the go, we have something for everyone with our go-to vegan lunch ideas.
Mushrooms are a wonderful thing, especially when they are slathered with herby pesto and sandwiched between crispy ciabatta. This super easy mushroom and pesto panini is bursting with flavour and is ready in just 15. Serve with a side salad and enjoy.
Who can resist the flavours of the Mediterranean? We sure can’t. This easy Mediterranean wrap is packed with flavours that will keep you coming back for more.
The roasted vegetables are layered with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and basil for a tangy taste. What’s more, any leftover veg can be saved and mixed with couscous for another easy vegan lunch.
Looking for the perfect vegan sandwich? We’ve got you! This smoked tofu and roasted vegetable baguette is our go-to sandwich when we are looking to spice up on-the-go lunches.
Packed with protein from the tofu and bursting with nutrients from the vegetables, top with the simple olive tapenade and you’re in for a treat.
Whenever we are in need of a quick and tasty lunch, these spicy black bean tacos are always our go-to. The chipotle chilli paste gives a smoky flavour that is too good to resist.
Top with crisp lettuce, creamy avocado, maybe even some vegan cheese, and you’re on to a winner.
If you’re enjoying a long lunch with friends on the weekend, these tempeh bao buns are a real crowd-pleaser. Not only are they very impressive, but surprisingly easy.
Steam your homemade bao buns before you fill them with meaty tempeh, zingy red cabbage slaw and crisp cucumber and spring onion. Top with sesame seeds and you’re good to go.
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These pulled mushroom hoisin wraps are an easy winner compared to the dry supermarket alternatives, it even has crispy ‘seaweed’ inside!
Smother your crispy baked mushrooms in the sweet and smoky hoisin sauce before topping with fresh cucumber and your salty spring green ‘seaweed’. Roll, bite, enjoy!
Looking to use left-over veggies in the fridge? No problem. This grilled vegetable tahini sandwich will give your vegetables a new lease of life.
Cook your veggies until golden and tender before serving them in your grilled tahini sandwich. We’ve suggested using courgetti, carrot, mushroom, and spinach in this recipe, but you can mix it up depending what’s in the fridge.
Chickpea tuna has a special place in our hearts and has saved the day whenever we are stuck for lunch. However, this recipe takes chickpea tuna to the next level.
Layer your ‘tuna’ on your bread of choice before topping with your favourite vegan cheese and placing in the oven to get gooey. Grab your cutlery and tuck in.
Larb is traditionally a Lao meat salad and is popular in Southeast Asian countries. Traditionally served with either chicken or beef, this vegan larb recipe transformers everyday mushrooms into a meat creation.
It’s bursting with zingy flavours like fresh coriander, mint, and lime and it makes the perfect lunch for a hot summer’s day.
Homemade samosas are heavenly, especially when they are stuffed with spicy spring green and potato.
Serve these crispy filo parcels with a fresh kachumber salad for a refreshing hit. These are great pre-made or if you’re enjoying a lavish lunch. Kids will love getting involved to help make these.
Looking for a fancy yet easy pre-made lunch? Look no further! This cheese and onion tarte tatin really is a feast for the eyes, and stomach.
Cook your onions until they are caramelised and tender. Top with finely grate vegan cheese and sage butter before layering your pan with a layer of ready rolled puff pastry.
This classic tart recipe gets a vegan upgrade thanks to tofu. Transform humble silken tofu into a creamy ricotta style spread using just a few basic ingredients.
Top with fresh cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze. Bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden and the tomatoes and blistered and roasted. Enjoy hot or cold.
Empanadas is a traditional Spanish pasty or turnover. The golden flaky pastry encases a meaty and savoury filling.
For this recipe, we’ve used mushrooms and lentils to create an irresistible centre that even meat-eaters would crave. Whip up a quick green salsa and serve with an easy chilli ketchup for a fool-proof lunch.
Who doesn’t love a quiche during the summer months? This indulgent vegan quiche recipe is a plant-based take on a British classic.
Filled with vegan bacon and topped with juicy tomatoes, this quiche is a perfect for packed lunches or summer picnics. This recipe helps you make your own pastry, but store-bought short crust will work just as well.
We can’t resist the sharp and fragrant flavours of Thai food. This Thai noodle salad is bursting with crunchy vegetables and topped with crunchy cashew nuts.
Top with the sweet and salt dressing for a taste sensation like no other. This recipe is guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
Sometimes the simplest ingredients make the best meals, like this chickpea and watercress salad! This salad is fresh and vibrant thanks to the lemon and olive oil dressing.
Top your chickpeas with roasted cherry tomatoes for an easy yet satisfying light lunch.
Orzo is one of our favourite pastas. Its rice shape is similar to risotto but doesn’t require excessive stirring, it’s a win-win situation!
Add your par-cooked orzo to the oven along with the grated beetroot, onion and celery. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pasta is al-dente. Scatter the fresh dill and add a dollop of vegan sour cream. Enjoy!
Tofu is a marvellous ingredient, its ability to absorb flavour makes it perfect as a meat-alternative. This recipe transforms tofu into a sweet, sticky, and salty dish using just 5 ingredients!
The tofu marinade includes maple syrup, soy sauce, and pineapple juice. Bake for 20 minutes and serve your sticky tofu on a bed of salad leaves.
Have you got left over veggies that need using up? This tempura vegetable recipe is perfect for freeing up fridge space and reducing your food waste.
Cover your veggies in the light bater and fry. Serve with your dip of choice and enjoy.
20. Easy Vegan Sushi
Homemade sushi is easier than you may think and is a fun way to spend your lunch times. Once your sushi rice is cooked leave to cool and prepare your vegetables of choice, we’ve used cucumber, avocado, and spring onion but you can get creative with your flavours.
Top your nori sheet with your cooled rice and veggies and get rolling. Cut into slices and serve with soy sauce and wasabi paste.
Couscous often gets a bad rep, but this recipe takes it to the next level with the addition of BBQ chickpeas and sriracha. Combine the couscous with the saucy and smoky chickpeas before serving with peppery rocket.
This is the perfect recipe to make in bulk to ensure your lunch times are packed with flavour.
Looking for a nutritious yet easy vegan lunch? We’ve got you. This miso-roasted broccoli and tofu Buddha bowl recipe is packed with goodness and bursting with umami flavour.
The protein-packed tofu is flavoured with soy sauce, maple syrup, and sesame seeds and then baked until caramelised. Once all the components are ready it’s time to assemble.
Place your baked tofu and miso broccoli on a bed of nutty brown rice and drizzle the creamy sesame dressing. A nutritious lunch ready in just 30 minutes!
23. Spanish Omelette
This egg-free Spanish omelette is as good as the original without the needless cruelty. Using chickpea flour and black salt as the foolproof vegan egg replacement, this recipe is perfect for lavish breakfasts or indulgent lunches.
Layer your potatoes and veggies before pouring over the egg-free mixture and cooking for 5 minutes on each side. Serve with a fresh salad and enjoy.
Missing out on a good omelette as a vegan is a thing of the past. This recipe combines chickpea flour and silken tofu to recreate an authentic egg-like texture that is unbeatable.
Fry your omelette mix until golden and top with your favourite vegan cheese. Layer with whatever veggies you like and tuck in.
Sometimes, lunch needs to be cooked and eaten within 30 minutes. Thankfully, this crispy tofu, leek and chilli stir fry is ready in just 20 minutes.
Fry your chilli, ginger, garlic and tofu in wok until fragrant, before adding the liquids. Stir in the radishes and leeks and cook until tender. Top with fresh lime and serve.
Jacket potato and baked beans is a British classic. While canned baked beans can include unnecessary additives, this recipe for homemade baked beans utilises simple ingredients and is packed with flavour.
Top your baked spud with your homemade baked beans and tuck in. Trust us, you’ll never look at a can of baked beans again after making your own.
We love the sweet and hot flavours of Korea. This Korean aubergine & sesame spinach recipe takes humble ingredients to the next level thanks to the use of gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) and sesame oil.
Add the gochugaru mixture to steamed aubergine and serve with perfectly cooked rice and sesame spinach.
Impromptu BBQ lunches are our favourite. Avoid going to the shops and use up the ingredients you have in the fridge with this easy tofu kebab recipe.
Marinade the tofu in the sweet and tangy sauce before building your kebab skewers. We’ve used onion and mushroom, but you can use whatever veggies you like. Place under a grill or on a barbecue and cook until browned and sizzling.
When the weather is glum, sometimes a bowl of hearty soup is the only answer. This corn chowder is bursting with flavour and high in iron.
Simply fry your onion, celery and garlic until softened, and add the cashew milk, sweetcorn and veg stock. Blend half the soup and return to the pan. Serve with a slice of crusty bread for a wholesome lunch.
If you’re looking for a vegan lunch idea with a difference, try this vegan polenta cake recipe. Polenta is an Italian store cupboard staple and is made by grinding corn into flour. It’s traditionally served as a hot porridge, but this recipe bakes it into a crumbly savoury cake.
Pour the polenta mixture over asparagus and bake until golden brown. This recipe is perfect as a packed lunch and can be eaten hot or cold.
While we love a hearty soup for lunch, they can often leave you unsatisfied and hungry for more. Spice up your lunch times with this curried leek and lentil soup.
Packed with vegan protein, this fragrant soup is flavoured with cumin, paprika, turmeric and coconut milk. Top with fresh parsley and dried chilli flakes for an added kick.
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