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41 Insanely Good Vegan Lunches

Puy Lentil and Mushroom Sausages 

Lunches can be boring and they often become quite repetitive. I mostly have a smoothie for lunch when I'm at work, but when I'm working from home, have friends over or it's the weekend, I want something a bit more special.

I've put together a collection of some of the best vegan lunches. Filling, healthy and delicious.

Tuck in!


There's nothing better or more substantial than a hearty homemade soup at lunchtime. Here are five of the best.

vegan soups

4. Green Smoothie Soup  - Tinned Tomatoes
5. Fridge Lentil Soup - Tinned Tomatoes

Pastry and Batter

Now if you are looking for something a bit more indulgent then pastry and batter are the way to go. Go on, treat yourself!

Vegetarian and Vegan Pastry lunch ideas

8. Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls - Tinned Tomatoes
9. Beer Battered Zucchini Sticks with a Vegan Ranch Style Dip - Maple Spice
10. Spicy Tattie Puffs - Tinned Tomatoes
11. Curried Pea Hand Pies - Food to Glow

Salad party

We all love a good salad and they are the perfect way to get your 5 (or 10) a day portions of fruit, veg and pulses. Dig in!

vegan salads

12. BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch - The Garden Grazer
13. Layered Salad with Homemade Herby Mayonnaise - Great British Chefs
14. Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) and Edamame Salad with Lemon and Mint - Kalyn's Kitchen

a selection of vegan salads

15. Pinto Bean Salad Recipe with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro - Kalyn's Kitchen
16. Avocado, Apple and Hazelnut Salad - Tinned Tomatoes
17. Potato, Bean and Rice Salad with a Zingy Dressing - Tinned Tomatoes
18. Tomato, Pepper, and Garbanzo Salad with Sumac  - Kalyn's Kitchen
19. Creamy Vegan Potato Salad - Tinned Tomatoes
20. Warm Dressed Noodle Salad - Tinned Tomatoes
21. Herbful Pasta Salad with Mushrooms - Tinned Tomatoes

Crackers, Dips and Spreads 

Looking for something a bit more casual to nibble on at lunchtime or in the afternoon, when you hit that slump, then crackers, dips and spreads are just what you are looking for.

Vegan crackers, dips and spreads

22. Garden Vegetable Almond Cream Cheese - Maple Spice
23. Butternut Squash and Almond Pate with Homemade Pitta Chips - Food to Glow
24. Spicy Black Bean Pate - Great British Chefs
25.Crispy Olive Oil and Lemon-Rosemary Flatbreads - Food to Glow
26. Crispy Fennel Seed Flatbread Crackers - Food to Glow
27. Rocket (Arugula) Hummus - Tinned Tomatoes
28. Spiced Moroccan Pate - Tinned Tomatoes

Burgers, Sausages and Bites

Who doesn't love a homemade burger, sausage or bite? Lunch with friends or maybe you are making lunch your main meal of the day? A homemade burger, sausage or bite will really fill you up and you can fill them with all sorts of healthy, tasty goodies like pulses, vegetables and spices.

vegan burgers, sausages and bites 

29. Puy Lentil and Mushroom Sausages - Great British Chefs
30. Barbecue Black Eye Pea Burgers - Fat Free Vegan
31. Cajun Spiced Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers - Tinned Tomatoes
32. Red Kidney Bean Falafel - Tinned Tomatoes
33.Carrot and Coriander Falafel with Lemon Tahini Sauce - Little Miss Meat Free
34. Roasted Red Pepper Brunch Fritters with Chipotle - Little Miss Meat Free
35. Savoury Lentil Mushroom Burgers - Fat Free Vegan

The Best of the Rest

These last few lunch ideas were just too good to not include. I hope you will leave inspired today and start pimping up your lunches.

vegan lunch ideas 

36. Roasted Potato Hearts - The Garden Grazer
37. Avocado Toast with Tomato and Parsley - Little Miss Meat Free
38. Veggie Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Wraps - Tinned Tomatoes
39. Chickpea Omelette - Fat Free Vegan
40. Hero Spaghetti Hoops - Tinned Tomatoes
41. Korean Sweet Potato Wedges with Quick Pickled Mango + Avocado-Lime Dip  - Food to Glow

pin it for later

Pin this for later and come back each time you need some lunch inspiration. Also follow these five lunchtime Pinterest boards:

  1. Back to School Recipes & Ideas
  2. Kids Lunchbox - Veggie & Vegan
  3. Lunch Wraps - Veggie & Vegan
  4. Sandwiches - Vegetarian & Vegan
  5. Vegan Lunchtime

Also check out these food guides:

21 Quick Vegan Meals for Mid Week Dinners
The Ultimate Sandwich Guide (top 50 veggie & vegan sandwiches)

Recipe of the Week

For kids lunchbox ideas, check out my post Back to School Vegan and Vegetarian Lunch Ideas which has a two week lunch plan.


  1. Lots of great ideas here, thanks. I'm trying to eat less meat at lunch times so this has some lovely inspiration for me

  2. Hello! This is so brilliant, I particularly love the look of no.15 and 19. Ooh, but the pastry section...

  3. Thanks- these are all awesome! Will make a shortlist to try... hope your smoothie diet is still going strong- I loved the look of all those smoothies :)

    1. Good! And yes on and off with the smoothie. Diet. I am mostly doing it on workdays now and did have a glass of wine tonight.

    2. Sounds very sustainable to me- a little of what you fancy :)

    3. That's true. I think the minute you start to think of it like a diet and beat yourself up about it, you fail. It's just getting used to it really. Good habits.

  4. I pretty much love every single one of these but the burgers are calling my name ;)

    Oh yes and all that delicious pastry ..

    1. Yes I love those too! I can personally recommend the Cajun burgers a they are our family favourite.

  5. Wow Jacqueline these look amazing. I'm always looking for vegan options with a non-cheese eating boyfriend! Helen x

    1. Brilliant and yes same here, although I am happy with them too :)

  6. Lovely, surprising collection you have here. I'm seeing loads of gorgeous treats I would love to try. Never mind that they are vegan - they look well-lush! Thanks so much for including a few of mine.

  7. Thanks for sharing a couple of my recipes! What an amazing round-up. I'm always on the lookout for new vegan recipes - such great inspiration here! Thanks Jac!! :)

    1. That's ok Kaitlin and glad the roundup inspired you :)

    2. I can’t find the black bean and carrot sausages­čśó have you stopped doing those?

    3. Not intentionally no, but they aren't showing up in search for me either. I will have to look into it. In the meantime have you tried my puy lentils and mushroom sausages.

  8. thank you for those suggestions. I am not keen on spicy things so will figure out what best suits me.

    Gill in Canada

    1. Ah well you can always adjust the spice Gill to suit your tastes :)

  9. if my lunches looked like that I would be so happy :-)

    1. Hehe, me too. Mine usually look like a smoothie (ps they are), although I had a baked potato and beans today.

  10. What a colourful collection. Really beats the brown rice image to a pulp

    1. Oh yes it certainly does that. I had to think what you were meaning for a minute but yes some people think that's what vegan cooking is. In actual fact it's vibrant and exciting.

  11. Wow what an incredible selection of recipes. Lots of tasty lunch ideas, no excuses now!

    1. Thanks Janice. They fairly make your mouth water, don't they?

  12. That BBQ chickpea salad. Oh yes please.

  13. I'm not a lover of vegan food normally, as I love my cheese too much! BUT, with a selection like this on offer, I could be persuaded to eat vegan more often! Karen

    1. Even if you have one meal that's vegan a week, it would be a very healthy choice and cheaper too you'll probably find Karen.

  14. Excellent post Jac. I reckon that most vegans eat a greater variety of foo than most omnivores. All these dishes look delicious.

    1. I think you are probably right. There is usually more fresh produce and more thought goes into the meals. A far more natural way of eating.

  15. So many delicious looking ideas here. I tend to go vegetarian at lunch time, i.e. I have something involving cheese! But I'm trying to make my lunches a bit healthier so will be trying some of these out.

  16. You have me craving a vegan burger now, never thought I would say that! Love this post Jac, will be back to try out some of these lunches, so inspired.

  17. Fantastic resource. Definitely bookmarking this one.

  18. having a vegan son to cook for this Christmas, your site is a great inspiration and shows that vegan food doesn't have to be bland, thank you!. I look forward to trying some of your recipes.

    1. I hope you find lots of inspiration Rosa and have a wonderful Christmas.


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