22 cold lunch ideas that you can meal prep ahead of time! These recipes are perfect for when you don't have access to a microwave. Browse through the salads, bowls, bento boxes, wraps and pitas!
I'm asked all the time about cold lunch ideas for those of you who don't have access to a microwave, so I've rounded up my favorite recipes for you. But, if you're looking for hot lunch ideas you can meal prep I've got you covered as well!
This may come as a surprise, but when it comes to meal prep lunches, you don't have to eat a sandwich everyday! I'm here to help you switch things up from the classic old sandwich, with these delicious and healthy lunch ideas.
These cold lunch ideas are perfect for students, trades workers, those working out of a vehicle, or anyone who doesn't have access to a microwave on the fly. Not only are these recipes healthy, but they work for meal prep as well, and there's something for everyone in this post.
Reasons you'll ♡ these recipes
- there is so much variety here, from salad jars, to wraps, bento boxes and more (something for everyone)!
- these cold lunch ideas keep well, so you can meal prep a large batch and store them in the fridge for later in the week
- having lunches prepped will save you so much time, stress and even money
Meal Prep FAQ
You do not! See my post about how to add variety to your meal prep for tips on how to avoid eating the same thing over and over.
Most ingredients will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. To meal prep for the whole week, do a second meal prep session mid-week. Or you can choose freezer-friendly meal prep meals, like these freezer-friendly lunch meal prep recipes!