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Grilled chicken sandwich
The Perfect Grilled Chicken SandwichHarry Weir

Lunch ideas for people who hate salads

Give some of these tasty options a try


We love a good salad, but sometimes we need something a little more substantial to inspire us.

If you're short on ideas, worry not, we are here to brighten up your lunchtimes. Here are a few tasty options with a bit more bite.

Turkey Bang Bang Salad with Udon Noodles

This recipe from one of our favourite chefs, Takashi Miyazaki, is so clean and simple, but really filling. Served cold, so great for desk dining in work.

Easy Empanadas

You could be forgiven for thinking of this as a sausage roll, or a Cornish pasty, or just a pie. But these are very different - they should be light, elegant and irresistible. 

The Perfect Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Inspired by a trip to Boston in `99, this grilled sandwich is one that won't disappoint, and will convert you to grilling sandwiches on the pan.

Curried Cauliflower and Cashew Nut Soup

Adding things on top or at the bottom of the soup bowl adds an element of surprise and variety – from spiced nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, crumbled blue or feta cheese, shredded apple or pear, chopped smoked salmon to flavoured herb or chilli oils. 

Curried Haddock Kedgeree

Kedgeree is a dish consisting of flaked fish (usually smoked haddock), boiled rice, eggs and butter. It was once a popular breakfast dish - we suggest eating it at lunch... or breakfast.... or dinner! Trust us, it's a recipe you will keep going back to.

Quick and Easy Lamb Burger 

The general popularity for hamburgers is to be applauded, but why always beef? Lamb makes a fine burger too.