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54 Cold Lunch Ideas for Work – Packed Lunches Ideas

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You’ve been asking for cold lunch ideas and foods that can be packed and taken for work. I realize not everyone has a microwave at their fingertips!

I’ve rounded up 54 of the best cold lunch ideas, no heat required! If you need ideas for easy lunches to take to work, then read on!

This resource has a ton of ideas ranging from mason jar salads to wraps and noodle dishes to low carb cold lunches.

Even better, you can make a batch of these as part of your weekly meal prep and be set for the week!

You may have seen my Ultimate Guide to Easy Sandwiches because let’s face it, sandwiches are a part of life. But with so many cold lunch ideas, you don’t need to have a boring old sandwich every day for lunch!

These are perfect for farmers and those who work in agriculture who don’t have an office to heat their lunch. But these cold lunch ideas are awesome for workers on the go whether it’s working in construction, driving a truck, or even for students who want to catch a quick bite between classes.

My goal here is to give you some ideas that are somewhat healthy and easy to prepare.

But before we get started, let’s talk about how to set up cold lunch success!

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A heated lunch box is awesome for those days you want something warm. I have one of these (thanks, Mom) and it actually DOES work!

For other days, cold lunch will have to do!

That means you’ll want to keep your cold foods cold without taking up too much room in your lunchbox.

A tiny lunchbox won’t do, especially if you’re on the road all day! I recommend this lunch box because it’s big enough for a meal plus drinks and snacks for later!

Okay, now let’s talk about the lunch ideas. Like I said, this resource has a ton of ideas ranging from mason jar salads to wraps, noodle dishes to low carb cold lunches.

Ladies who have been asking for cold lunch ideas for their husband, here you GO!!!!!!

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I hope you enjoyed these cold lunch ideas!

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    May 7, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Absolutely awesome post – I always struggle for work lunch ideas so this is so helpful with so many yummy ideas!! Thank you for featuring my Healthy Zucchini Slice – it is one we love to meal prep for either lunch or snacks for work most weeks.

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    December 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    There hasn’t been your a recipe my family has made that we didn’t love! Thanks you for sharing this.

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