Ahh, lunch: the meal we all love until the weather gets entirely too hot. Then what are we supposed to eat besides salads?
This list provides 31 chilled, creative lunches to eat when it’s hot outside, including soups, sandwiches, light bites and yes, even (delicious) salads. Hopefully at least one (or all of them!) inspire you to pack your own cool lunch this summer.
Tuna and Avocado Boats
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If you’re an avocado lover, you’re going to love these Avocado Boats. They’re stuffed with tuna and provide an awesome excuse to devour an entire avocado. Yum!
Melon and Proscuitto Summer Salad
This salad combines delicious fruit like cantaloupe, honeydew and blackberries with proscuitto to form one awesome salad recipe.
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Hemp Oil
The last thing you want on a hot day is hot soup. Instead, enjoy this Chilled Cucumber Soup that’s sure to cool you down.
Paleo Egg Salad
Eggs for lunch? Oh yes! Eggs combine with peppers, onion and an avocado in this dish, making it a filling lunch option.
Paleo Salmon Slaw
Get the health benefits of salmon in this cool slaw recipe. It’s tasty, quick and filled with salmon goodness.
Beet Noodles Arugula Salad
Ridiculously easy to make, this clever salad mixes arugula, beet noodles, peas, and sliced cherry tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a bit of olive oil.
Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Cucumber and Coconut Kefir
This fruit salad combines summertime foods like watermelon and cucumber and can be eaten as a light lunch.
Papaya Boat with Zesty Honey Lime Dressing
Craving fruit? This Papaya Boat is filled with it, and it’s extremely filling. Fill up and get your fruit fix all in this one dish.
Chilled Strawberry Lavender Soup
Lavender and shallots mix together in this cold strawberry soup. Complete with coconut milk for a creamy, fruity soup.
Paleo Shrimp and Noodles
These noodles are made from zucchini and are covered in a macadamia nut pesto sauce and topped with shrimp. Can you say delicious?
Paleo Zucchini Hummus
Keep lunch light and healthy with this hummus made from sweet potatoes! Serve with carrots, fruit, or Paleo-friendly pita chips for an all around delicious lunch.
Zucchini Ribbon and Hemp Salad with Boiled Eggs
This recipe calls for just six ingredients, including zucchini, walnuts and hemp seeds. A simple and nutrient-packed meal!
Paleo Italian Sub Roll Up
These Roll Ups use ham in place of bread or a traditional wrap, and are filled with lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Talk about genius!
Recipe: Primal Bites
Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps
Chicken salad is a classic lunch dish, and it’s made extra delicious in this recipe by using Paleo-friendly mayonnaise and a bit of dijon mustard.
Recipe: Bravo for Paleo
Bell Pepper Sandwich
Sub bread for peppers and stuff ‘em with bacon, tomato and lettuce. A fast and tasty lunch option!
Recipe: Fast Paleo
Tuna in Cucumber Cups
Scoop out the center of a cucumber and stuff tuna covered in a homemade, Paleo-friendly mayonnaise inside? Yes, please!
Recipe: Tastes Lovely
Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad
This cucumber salad is fast, fresh and full of flavor, thanks to jalapeno and red pepper flakes.
Recipe: The Food Charlatan
Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad
Enjoy the taste of caprese without the dairy! Just sub the mozzarella for avocado and you’ve got a delicious appetizer or snack.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo
Creamy Zucchini and Coconut Milk Soup
Enjoy a bowl of cool soup on a hot day. This zucchini soup is not only cool, but it’s made in a blender, which is completely genius!
Recipe: Cookin’ Canuck
Cold Citrus Shrimp Zucchini Bowl
A delicious zucchini bowl served cold for those hot summer days. Topped with shrimp and clementines for added nutrition and flavor.
Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho
Whole Foods is known for creating delicious recipes, and this cold soup is no exception. Pineapple and cucumber combine to form this creamy dish.
Recipe: Whole Foods Market
Healthy Creamy Curried Egg Salad
A classic egg salad recipe, but with the flavors of curry thanks to curry powder, paprika and Paleo mayonnaise stuffed into gluten-free bread.
Recipe: The Big Man’s World
Mango Crab and Avocado Salad
As the name suggests, this salad mixes mango, crab and avocado together with peppers, onions and lemon juice to form a delicious crab salad recipe.
Recipe: The Suburban Soapbox
Spicy Cucumber Noodles with Blueberries
Spice up your cucumber noodles with jalapeno chiles and then cool down with blueberries for a spicy-sweet dish!
Recipe: Three Beans on a String
4-Ingredient AIP Flatbread
Made from butternut squash flour, this flatbread is perfect for any and all lunches. Topped with radishes and spinach, it makes for a great light lunch.
Recipe: HeartBeet Kitchen
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Subbing bread for lettuce is truly a healthy and flavorful alternative. This recipe mixes chicken, carrots and onions together and puts it atop lettuce wraps for a cool lunch recipe.
Recipe: We Got Real
Cold Nordic Shrimp Salad
Shrimp is the star of this nutrient-dense bowl, though it’s accompanied by eggs, tomatoes and cucumbers and covered in a Paleo vinaigrette for tons of flavor.
Recipe: The Healthy Foodie
Cold Chicken Strips
Replace traditional cold cut meat with these cold chicken strips. Delicious atop salads or by themselves!
Recipe: The Healthy Foodie
Chicken, cucumbers and tomatoes mix together with herbs including cilantro and parsley to create this light and healthy lunch dish!
Recipe: Cooking Glory
Rolled Nori Wraps with Red Cabbage, Cucumbers, Carrots, Zucchini & Spicy Dipping Sauce
Ever made your own nori wraps? It’s never too late to start! This recipe provides step-by-step instructions, and the wraps are filled with tons of veggies — the perfect guilt-free lunch.
Recipe: This Rawsome Vegan Life
If consuming organic, grass-fed raw meat is up your alley, you must give this beef tartare a try, especially because it includes peppers, capers and eggs!
Recipe: Bon Appetit