50+ Whole30 Lunch Ideas


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These Whole30 lunch ideas are fresh, satisfying, and will keep those hunger pangs at bay throughout the day! Eat through a rainbow of color with vibrant salads, hearty proteins paired with roasted or sauteed vegetables, and brightly flavored seafood recipes.

Whole30 lunch ideas

Best Whole30 Lunch Ideas

If you’ve been planning out your Whole30 foods, chances are you probably have breakfast and dinner ideas penciled in. But let’s not look past the lunch hour.

As I mentioned on my healthy habits video, the mindset that ANY food can be eaten at any time of the day is a biggie. Eggs are not just for breakfast and carne asada is not just dinner. So when it comes to lunch, remember that any food is fair game. Lunch is the meal that’s going to fuel you for the second half of your day, and these easy Whole30 lunch ideas are simply delicious!

Whole30 salads for lunch.

Whole30 Salad Ideas

No grains? No problem. Salads are the perfect way to utilize leafy greens at their maximum potential. Toss them with flavorful proteins, roasted veggies, and even fresh cut fruit. The combinations are endless as there’s so many wholesome ingredients to choose from.

Whole30 chicken salad and egg salad for lunch.

Whole30 Creamy Salads

Aside from leafy greens, let’s not forget about these deliciously creamy salads. Not only do they make for a refreshing side, but you can turn them into a complete meal by wrapping them with lettuce leaves and other chopped vegetables.

Whole30 shakshuka and zucchini noodle bolognese for lunch.

Whole30 Lunch One-Pan Recipes

One-pan recipes are always on rotation for busy weeknight meals. Not only are they easy to make, but they require less clean-up (which is my favorite attribute!). I have quite the selection of one-pan recipes, because I’m such a fan, so enjoy this wide variety of flavorful options.

Whole30 roasted sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash for lunch.

Whole30 Vegetable Sides

Nothing beats a classic veggie and protein combo. You can take any of the recipes below and add a meaty protein (the next category below), or do what I always do… top an egg on it! Hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, and poached eggs are great toppers on big bowls of veggies.

Whole30 chicken kabobs and carnitas.

Whole30 Meat Recipes

It’s amazing how a few spices, herbs, and sauces can make that chunk of meat insanely delicious. Choose from crispy chicken with earthy dried spices, to tender pulled pork in the slow cooker, to juicy carne asada on the grill. Meat has never tasted so good.

Whole30 tuna meatballs and grilled shrimp skewers.

Whole30 Seafood Recipes

If you love seafood (as I do), you’re in luck. These healthy recipes jazz up the simplest baked salmon or canned tuna with effortless sauces and seasonings. And items like the tuna meatballs and salmon patties make great leftovers and meal prep for the week.

If you try any of these recipes during your Whole30 journey, leave a comment on the recipe page and let the community know how you liked it!

Whole30 shakshuka and salmon salad for lunch.

50+ Whole30 Lunch Ideas

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


These Whole30 lunch ideas are fresh, satisfying, and will keep those hunger pangs at bay throughout the day! To start, whip up this avocado egg salad recipe, which is always a reader favorite.


  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and finely diced
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • lettuce leaves, optional, for serving


  • Stir together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Serve the avocado salad as is, or top it on bread, lettuce, or a salad.


Calories: 323.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28.2g | Saturated Fat: 5.4g | Cholesterol: 285.2mg | Sodium: 181.5mg | Fiber: 4.8g | Sugar: 1.7g
Course: Main Meal, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Whole30 Lunch Ideas, Whole30 Lunch Recipes, Whole30 Recipes
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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. This is in regards to the whole30 January edition that was just emailed. Are we to assume that the recipes/meals are for one serving? This looks easy enough that I want to put my whole family on it (4 adults and 2 kids), so I want to calculate appropriately.

  2. I haven’t really dabbled in Whole30 so far. You have a wonderfully explained comprehensive list and I love so many of them. I am definitely giving it a shot.5 stars

  3. Oooooh these are such great ideas! I love the orange shakshuka. That’s on my to-make list now (along with about 49 others!).5 stars

  4. It’s funny, because I have always wanted to try whole 30, but didn’t because I didn’t think I could find enough recipes to keep me interested. This post came at the most perfect time! Saving this to try in the new year!!5 stars