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35 No-Cook Summer Lunches Perfect for Anyone Working from Home

Even if the kitchen is a few steps away, some days are harder than others to throw a lunch together. Try one of these no-cook summer lunch ideas before you jump on your next call.

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Cobb Salad Wrap SandwichesTaste of Home

Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwiches

These wraps are easy for a summer meal—and even better, I don’t have to turn on my oven. It’s smiles all around when I make this dish. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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Meatless Taco SaladTaste of Home

Meatless Taco Salad

This colorful entree combines popular taco ingredients—minus the ground beef. And you won't miss the meat at all! I top each serving with a creamy guacamole dressing, crunchy corn chips and cheese. —Kimberly Dray, Pflugerville, Texas

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Hasselback Tomato ClubsTaste of Home

Hasselback Tomato Clubs

This no-fuss, no-bread riff on a classic is perfect during tomato season. Make it for lunch or pair with pasta salad for a light dinner. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chopped Greek Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Chopped Greek Salad in a Jar

We translated this Mediterranean-inspired favorite from Jenn Tidwell of Fair Oaks, California, into a layered lunch beauty. You’ll get some crunch, a bit of tang and a lot of amazing. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Beef ‘n’ Cheese WrapsTaste of Home

Beef ‘n’ Cheese Wraps

During busy weeks, I make these wraps in advance for a quick lunch. —Sue Sibson, Howard, South Carolina

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Almond Strawberry SaladTaste of Home

Almond Strawberry Salad

It's easy to love this pretty salad topped with strawberries and sliced almonds. With just a few ingredients, it's loaded with flavor. —Renae Rossow, Union, Kentucky

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Tomato & Avocado SandwichesTaste of Home

Tomato & Avocado Sandwiches

I'm a vegetarian, and this is a tasty, quick and healthy lunch I could eat for every meal. At my house, we call these sandwiches HATS: hummus, avocado, tomato and shallots. These are ingredients I almost always have on hand. —Sarah Jaraha, Moorestown, New Jersey

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Chicken Nectarine and Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad

This salad is really summery and comes together very quickly. Using granola adds crunch and makes it different. I've tried using a various types of granola, and our favorites have been those that aren't overly sweet but have lots of nuts. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Fresh Veggie PocketsTaste of Home

Fresh Veggie Pockets

One summer I worked at a health food store that sold sandwiches. We were close to a college campus, so I made lots of these fresh-filled pitas for the students. Crunchy with crisp vegetables and nutty sunflower kernels, they’re a fast-to-fix lunch. —Linda Reeves, Cloverdale, Indiana

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Loaded Deli Sub SandwichTaste of Home

Loaded Deli Sub Sandwich

When I can't decide between a turkey or roast beef sandwich, I go for both, then pile on fresh, crunchy veggies and two kinds of cheese. Those those that like a little bit of everything, this sub more than satisfies. —Jamie Fanning, Creighton, Nebraska

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Caprese SaladTaste of Home

Caprese Salad

My husband and I love Caprese salad, but not the high prices we pay for it in restaurants. Here, we created our own version which tastes incredibly close, if not better, than any restaurant version we've tried. —Melissa Pearson, Sandy, Utah

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Cucumber Salad BoatsTaste of Home

Cucumber Salad Boats

Scoop out the seeds and fill fresh cucumbers with your favorite salad for a crunchy and refreshing light lunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Nectarine Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Nectarine Chicken Salad

I love to serve this attractive, colorful salad. The dressing is refreshingly tart. A neighbor shared the recipe years ago and I’ve passed it on many times. —Cathy Ross, Van Nuys, California

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Mint-Cucumber Tomato SandwichesTaste of Home

Mint-Cucumber Tomato Sandwiches

I jazzed up the quintessential teatime cucumber sandwich to suit my family's tastes. This was my absolute go-to sandwich last summer when I was pregnant. It hit all the right spots! —Namrata Telugu, Terre Haute, Indiana

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Classic Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Classic Cobb Salad

Making this salad is a lot like putting in a garden. I “plant” everything in nice, neat sections, just as I do with seedlings. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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Pesto-Dijon Egg Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Pesto-Dijon Egg Salad Sandwiches

Turn your old-standby egg salad into your new lunch favorite. Honey Dijon mustard and pesto add a sensational, savory spin, and the celery and onion lend nice crunch. —Carrie Kenny, Batavia, Ohio

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Lemony Garbanzo SaladTaste of Home

Lemony Garbanzo Salad

Everybody goes for this super fresh salad with the cumin-coriander dressing, especially on warm days. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California

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Thai-Inspired Roast Beef SandwichTaste of Home

Thai-Inspired Roast Beef Sandwich

I love Thai food, but I wanted to see how its flavors would translate in a plain ol' peanut butter sandwich. The result is anything but plain—it's just darn delicious. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Fruity Chicken Salad PitasTaste of Home

Fruity Chicken Salad Pitas

I found this handwritten recipe tucked inside an old community cookbook I bought more than 40 years ago. I made a few changes over the years to suit my family’s tastes. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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Bagel with a Veggie SchmearTaste of Home

Bagel with a Veggie Schmear

I got this recipe from my favorite bagel shop in New York City. Now I make this every time I’m craving a quick and healthy breakfast or light lunch. I like to add chopped pitted green olives to the schmear. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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Crunchy Tuna WrapsTaste of Home

Crunchy Tuna Wraps

Packed with protein-rich tuna and fresh veggie crunch, these colorful wraps have sensational flavor…and they're good for you, too. —Edie Farm, Farmington, New Mexico

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Colorful Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Colorful Avocado Salad

I appreciate the crisp, fresh vegetables and bright colors in this nutritious salad. The avocado adds a delightful creaminess. A friend gave me the idea for this recipe while we were discussing salads. —Bev Lehrman, Jijoca, Brazil

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The Elvis SandwichTaste of Home

The Elvis Sandwich

Like the King sang himself, you'll be "all shook up" once you taste this savory-sweet sandwich. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Hummus & Veggie Wrap-UpTaste of Home

Hummus & Veggie Wrap-Up

I had a sandwich similar to this once when I stopped at a diner while on a long and arduous walk. I enjoyed it so much that I modified it to my own taste and now have it for lunch on a regular basis. Everyone at work wants to know how to make it.—Michael Steffens, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Chinese Spinach-Almond SaladTaste of Home

Chinese Spinach-Almond Salad

This recipe combines power-packed spinach, a good source of vitamins A and K, with other veggies, lean meat and crunchy, heart-healthy almonds. Reduced-fat dressing adds a light Asian flavor and touch to each hearty serving. —Mary Ann Kieffer, Lawrence, Kansas

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Pizza WrapsTaste of Home

Pizza Wraps

This recipe features the flavors of your favorite pie but only takes a few minutes to make—and there’s no cooking or baking required. —Elizabeth Dumont, Boulder, Colorado

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Ham and Swiss Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Ham and Swiss Salad in a Jar

Home cook Stacy Huggins from Valley Center, California, sent us a great recipe for a ham and Swiss salad, and we turned it into this lunchbox-friendly version. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chipotle Turkey Club SandwichTaste of Home

Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwich

We’re crazy for BLTs. A nearby roadside stand carries gorgeous tomatoes every summer. We load up, then stuff our sandwiches with the usual suspects, plus smoked turkey and cheese. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia

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Tuna and White Bean Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Tuna and White Bean Lettuce Wraps

Say bye-bye to ho-hum tuna salad. Here's a recipe we actually look forward to eating. —Heather Senger, Madison, Wisconsin

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Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter-Bacon SandwichesTaste of Home

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter-Bacon Sandwiches

I craved peanut butter and bacon toast while pregnant. Then I sampled a friend's peanut butter with chile pepper in it and loved it. The little zip made the sandwich better, and now I live on this peanut butter sandwich recipe. —Carolyn Eskew, Dayton, Ohio

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Balsamic Asiago SaladTaste of Home

Balsamic Asiago Salad

You can toss this tasty Balsamic Asiago Salad together in 10 minutes flat. Simply drizzle bottled dressing over the colorful blend of greens, tomato and peppers, add a quick sprinkle of garlic-seasoned cheese…and serve. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Tropical Beef WrapTaste of Home

Tropical Beef Wrap

For my finicky little ones, I create fast, tasty recipes like this tropical sandwich wrap. You can even use up leftover roast beef in a pinch. —Amy Tong, Anaheim, California

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Ham Caesar SaladTaste of Home

Ham Caesar Salad

One bite, and you’ll fall in love with this combo! Serve with fresh iced tea and banana splits for a casual menu that won’t heat up your kitchen. —Mary Ann Schlabach, Sarasota, Florida

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Turkey Pitas with Creamy SlawTaste of Home

Turkey Pitas with Creamy Slaw

Pack these pockets ‘o’ fun for school, work or a weekend picnic—or just eat them at home. Toss in a few slices of red pepper for extra color and crunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Turkey & Apricot WrapsTaste of Home

Turkey & Apricot Wraps

For these everyday wraps, I combined the traditional southern appetizer of jam and cream cheese on crackers with the turkey, apple and Brie sandwiches we ate at my bridal luncheon. I like to sneak fresh spinach into all sorts of recipes because it has such a mild flavor. —Kim Beavers, North August, South Carolina

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.

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