With mostly everyone going back to school and work, I thought it would be a good time to gather some of my favourite easy vegan lunch recipes in one place.
When it comes to lunch I think most of us can use a little inspiration sometimes. For some reason coming up with good, healthy and tasty lunch alternatives is a place most of us struggle…and I was one of those people for a number of years.
I’m hoping my collection of 5 easy vegan lunch recipes will help inspire you to make delicious and healthy lunches.
All of these 5 easy vegan lunch recipes are back-to-school and back-to-work friendly.
So let’s get to the recipes.
1. Colourful Couscous Salad
First we have my delicious and healthy Colourful Couscous salad. It’s packed with textures and flavours. Think juicy sweetness and crunchiness from the pomegranates, lots of herbs, fresh cucumber, crunchy raddish and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s so incredibly delicious, healthy and easy to make and take with you to-go.
Colorful Couscous Summer Salad
For the Couscous
- 1 cup (170g) Dry Instant Cousous
- 1 cup (240ml) Boiling Water
- ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 tbsp Gyros Spice Mix or a mix of paprika, thyme, oregano and curry powder
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Pomegranate Seeds from
- ½ Cucumber Rinsed and Diced
- 7-10 Radishes Sliced
- Juice from ½ Lemon
- 5 Sundried Tomatoes Chopped
- 1 bunch Fresh Basil Leaves Chopped
- 1 bunch Fresh Mint Leaves Chopped
- Pour the dry couscous into a bowl and add olive oil, salt and spices. Carefully piour boiling water over the couscous and cover with a lid. Leave the couscous for 5-10 minutes, until the water has been absorbed.
- Once the couscous has absorbed the water, use a fork to fluff the couscous.
- Next, add all the cucumbers, sliced radishes, lemon juice and herbs and mix together. Gently stir in the pomergranates and top with a little extra fresh herbs. Serve as a side dish and enjoy.
2. Easy Pita Sandwich
The second easy vegan lunch recipe on my list is my Easy Pita Sandwich. This sandwich is filled with herby mushrooms, creamy avocado, crunchy red cabbage, bell pepper slices and herbs. It’s a delicious, healthy and nutrient packed lunch that everyone adores.
Easy Pita sandwich
- 1 Pita Bread
- 1 Avocado Sliced
- 1 handful Red Cabbage Sliced
- 5 Mushrooms Sliced
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- ½ Red Bell Pepper Sliced
- 1 handful Cilantro Chopped
- 1 tbsp Almond Butter
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 pinch Dried Chili Flakes
- Start by heating a frying pan and cook the sliced red bell peppers along with the mushrooms at high heat. Cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms are golden. Pour the salt, chili flakes and sesame seeds into the pan and stir everything together. Set aside.Next, heat the pita in a toaster or a microwave. Cut off one side of the pita. Open the pita bread and spread the almond butter inside it. Fill the pita with avocado slices, cilantro, red cabbage and the mushroom and bell pepper mix. Eat right away, or take it with you to go.
3. Healthy Low carb Veggie Samosas
For the third of my 5 easy vegan lunches we have my healthy low carb veggie samosas.
These samosas are mindblowingly amazing. Plus they’re easy to make and take with you on-the-go.
My healthy low-carb samosas are made with filo pastry, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, peas and lots of spices and taste amazing both hot and cold.
Healthy Low-Carb Veggie Samosas
- 4 large sheets Filo Pastry
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 3 ounces Cauliflower Finely Chopped
- 2 medium Potatoes Chopped
- ½ cup Peas Fresh or Frozen
- 2 Carrots Grated or finely sliced
- 1 medium Onion Finely diced
- 2 cloves Garlic Minced
- ½ inch Ginger Minced
- ½ tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 tbsp Curry Powder
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of Chili Powder
- ½ cup Fresh Cilantro or Fresh Basil Chopped
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil For brushing
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan at medium heat. Add the onion and let it cook for a few minutes until it turns soft and lightly golden.
- Next, add the minced garlic, chopped ginger, cauliflower, carrots and potatoes. Season with the spices and salt and stir everything together. Add 2 tablespoons water and cover with a lid. Let the dish cook for for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked, while stirring occassionally (add extra water if needed).
- When the potatoes and cauliflower are cooked tender, add the peas and mix everything together. Take off the heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Unroll the filo pastry and remove one sheet while keeping the rest covered with a clean towel to prevent from drying out.
- Cut the filo sheet in half, so you have 2 square filo sheets. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling in the center of the filo sheet and fold one side of the sheet over. Continue to fold the filo sheet until it's shaped like a triangle and the filling is completely enclosed within it. Brush a little olive oil on the filo dough to help the edges stick.
- When you have folded and filled all your samosas, place them on the baking sheet and bake them in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the samosas are golden and crispy on the outside. Serve with your favorite dip and enjoy.
4. Easy Hummus Wraps
My fourth Easy vegan lunch option is my mouthwatering Easy Hummus Wraps. These wraps are packed with meaty and spicy mushrooms, fresh lettuce, spicy peppers and creamy hummus. They are ready to eat in under 15 minutes and are easy to bring with you anywhere you go. And did I mention these easy hummus wraps are healthy, packed with plant based protein and nutrients? All I can say is you need to try these delicious lunch wraps.
Hummus Lunch Wraps (vegan)
- 2 large Tortillas Wheat or corn
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 large Portabella Mushroom Sliced
- 4 tbsp Hummus
- 1 small Red Bell Pepper Diced
- ½ cup Lettuce Thinly Sliced
- 4 Sun dried Tomatoes Chopped
- 1 clove Garlic Minced
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Dried Basil
- 1 tsp Ground Coriander
- Pinch of salt
- 7-10 Fresh Basil Leaves Chopped
- Heat olive oil in a skillet and add the diced mushrooms. Season with onion powder, dried basil and ground cumin and stir together until combined. Let the mushrooms cook for a few minutes before adding the minced garlic and letting everything cook until the mushrooms are done (4-5 minutes). Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Next, put 2 tablespoons hummus on each tortilla and spread it out a little. Top the tortillas with the cooked portabella mushrooms, red bell peppers, lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil and close your wraps.
- Wrap up your tortillas in tinfoil if you are taking them with you to go or serve immediately and enjoy.
5. Easy Vegan Sandwich
My fifth place easy vegan lunch recipe is definitely another winner. This Easy vegan sandwich is everything a lunch should be. This recipe is made in under 10 minutes and loaded with flavours and nutrients. It’s one of my favourite vegan lunch recipes because it’s ideal as a school lunch, work lunch and everyday lunch.
Made with creamy hummus, grilled eggplants, sun-dried tomatoes, mixed lettuce and crunchy cucumber all held together by sandwich bread. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Easy Vegan Sandwich
- 2 slices Sandwich Toast
- ½ Egg plant
- 2 Sundried Tomatoes
- 1 handful Mixed Salad
- 4 slices Cucumber
- 2 tbsp Hummus
- Olive Oil
- Cut the eggplant into thin slices. Pour a little olive oil onto each slce and rub it in. Sprinkle with a little salt. Heat a grill pan or frying pan and cook the egg plant slices for 2-3 minutes on each side.Divide the hummus equally between the two slices of sandwich toast. Start assembling the sandwich by adding the salad, cucumber slices, sundried tomatoes (the sundried tomatoes can be chopped into smaller bite sizes if you prefer).Finish the sandwich by adding the grilled egg plants and finally topping off with the second piece of sandwich toast.Enjoy.Can be eaten straight away, or packed and taken with you to go. Tip: if you like spicy food, then add a bit of hot sauce to this sandwich for an extra kick of flavor.