Looking for healthy protein-packed lunch ideas to prep in advance? Here are over 30 high-protein lunch recipes that will keep you satisfied throughout the day. They’re all portable and have 20+ grams of protein.
When it comes to lunch I typically try to have something prepped in advance because I tend to always need a quick and easy lunch option that I can eat at my desk or take on-the-go. I also try to make sure my lunch is protein-packed to help keep me full and satisfied and prevent mindless snacking throughout the day.
From protein salads and mason jar salads to meal prep bowls and soups I’ve got you covered for all your lunch needs! All of the recipes below pack in over 20 grams of protein each and can easily be meal prepped in advance for quick lunches throughout the week. Enjoy these high-protein lunch ideas!
Protein salads are one of my favorite lunch recipes to meal prep! They’re so easy to whip up and can be served so many different ways… with crackers, as a sandwich, in a lettuce wrap, etc.
5 from 2 votes
Rotisserie Chicken Salad
This rotisserie chicken salad is made with avocado oil mayo, red onion and celery for a quick and easy meal. It's perfect for meal prep and delicious served on a sandwich or with crackers.
This easy salmon meal prep bowl has a base of quinoa and is topped with roasted veggies, mustard maple salmon and a lemon vinaigrette. Make this recipe over the weekend and have lunches ready to go for the week!
This kale sweet potato lentil salad is loaded with flavor and packed with 25 grams of plant-based protein. It can be meal prepped two ways: in a mason jar or a meal prep container. Vegetarian + gluten-free.
This tuna, broccoli and kale caesar pasta salad is packed with loads of veggies and protein. It comes together in under 30 minutes and is sure to become a new family favorite especially on those busy weeknights!
My go-to grilled chicken salad made with juicy marinated chicken, fresh veggies, grilled corn, roasted sweet potatoes and avocado all served over greens and topped with a homemade honey mustard dressing.
This salmon salad is loaded with roasted sweet potato croutons, avocado, pickled onions and dressed in a light lemon vinaigrette! It’s an easy go-to meal you’ll love having as part of your weekly rotation.
This healthy Mediterranean salmon salad combines romaine lettuce, quinoa, tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese all tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette dressing and topped with a salmon filet. It's perfect for lunch or a light dinner.
I love making a big batch of soup over the weekend to enjoy for lunches throughout the week. All you have to do is reheat and enjoy! And all of these soup recipes have over 20 grams of protein per serving so one bowl will keep you full and satisfied.
4.21 from 531 votes
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
This slow cooker chicken wild rice soup is creamy and comforting, but still nourishing with lots of veggies, shredded chicken and wild rice. Added bonus: it’s so easy to whip up!
This chicken enchilada soup is packed with flavor and a hint of spice. It tastes just like traditional chicken enchiladas but with a fraction of the effort and can easily be made in your slow cooker, Instant Pot or over the stove top.
Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili features red lentils and is simmered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato broth. It can be made in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!
This easy taco soup recipe combines all your favorite taco ingredients in one pot – ground turkey, beans, corn, tomatoes and taco seasoning. It's packed with flavor and a hint of spice and is perfect for meal prep.
Looking for healthy protein-packed lunch ideas to prep in advance? Here are over 30 high-protein lunch recipes that will keep you satisfied throughout the day. They're all portable and have 20+ grams of protein.
Make pickled red onions, the lemon vinaigrette dressing and bake your sweet potato croutons.
Season salmon filets with sea salt and ground pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet (a cast-iron works great) over medium-high heat. Place salmon in pan, skin side up for about 4 minutes or until the flesh is golden brown. Turn and cook until salmon is medium-rare, about 4 more minutes.
In a salad bowl, toss greens with sweet potato croutons, pickled red onions, feta and pepitas.
Divide between 2 plates. Top salad with salmon and avocado. Then drizzle with the lemon vinaigrette. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
Dairy-free – Feel free to leave of the feta cheese for a dairy-free version.
Mix-ins – Feel free to switch up your mix-ins for this superfood salad… I often do! Sometimes I change up the veggies based on what I have on hand. Feel free to get creative and make this your own!
Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!