Take a break from the hot weather and chill out with these 31 cool lunch ideas you can make in a cinch!
On sweltering days, a bowl of hot, steamy soup or a meal that you have to slave over the stove for does not appeal. On those days, reach for one of these quick, cool, and refreshing recipes. You’ll find plenty of salads – like a chicken Cobb or chilled pesto zoodle salad – as well as bowls, bites, and even wraps.
Try a cool and crunchy Kohlrabi noodle veggie bowl or a seared tuna bowl complete with tons of cool and crisp veggies. There’s plenty of refreshing options that include ribbons of carrots, spiralized cucumber, and thinly sliced Brussel sprouts.
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If you need something bite-sized, try smoked salmon pinwheels with a dairy-free cream cheese-like filling or keto-friendly cucumber bites stuffed with spicy pepper filling.
Craving something a little different? Try a vibrant green gazpacho with savory shrimp on top. There’s even a tomato bun BLT that recreates all the magic of your favorite sandwich. On a hot day, any of these recipes will do – it’s up to you!
Cool and Crunchy Kohlrabi Noodle Veggie Bowl
This refreshing lunch is filled with nourishing veggies and contrasts between crisp and crunchy ingredients. Not to mention, it has a fair share of creamy avocado.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Cool and Crunchy Kohlrabi Noodle Veggie Bowl
Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps
Sometimes you crave a quick and simple wrap. In those moments, use a coconut flour wrap to encase this quick and easy chicken salad.
Recipe: Bravo for Paleo | Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps
Winter Cinnamon Apple Fruit Salad
This salad may be dubbed “winter”, but cool and crunchy apples in a creamy dressing taste just as good when the weather is warm.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Winter Cinnamon Apple Fruit Salad
Paleo Tuna Salad
This isn’t the creamy tuna salad you may be imagining. This version includes a burst of zingy flavor with fresh veggies, protein, and a quick white wine vinaigrette.
Recipe: Tastes of Lizzy T. | Paleo Tuna Salad
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels with Creamy Cashew
This simple recipe channels the classic combination of cool lox and cream cheese, but with a creamy dairy-free twist.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Smoked Salmon Pinwheels with Creamy Cashew Chive Filling
Bacon, Chicken, and Tomato Stuffed Avocado
This satiating lunch couldn’t be easier to throw together – especially if you have some pre-cooked chicken on hand.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Bacon, Chicken, and Tomato Stuffed Avocado
Healthy Cauliflower “Potato” Salad
When you’re craving potato salad, give this low-carb Paleo version a try.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Healthy Cauliflower “Potato” Salad
Paleo Whole30 Chicken Salad Boats
These cool and creamy chicken salad boats are a medley of textures. It includes tender pieces of chicken with crisp apples and soft avocado.
Recipe: The Movement Menu | Paleo Whole30 Chicken Salad Boats
Stuffed Keto Cucumber Bites
A creamy pepper-based filling rests inside these crisp and cool cucumber bites.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Stuffed Keto Cucumber Bites
Dairy-Free Curry Chicken Salad
Curry powder adds tons of flavor to this chicken salad. There’s also added crunch from cashews and celery!
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness | Dairy-Free Curry Chicken Salad
Green Gazpacho with Savory Shrimp
The contrast of chilled green gazpacho with slightly warmed shrimp is a refreshing combination that can’t be beat.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Green Gazpacho with Savory Shrimp
BLT Salmon Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
From the omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon to the monounsaturated fats in the avocado, this refreshing dish is packed with healthy fats.
Recipe: Joyful Healthy Eats | BLT Salmon Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Creamy Labneh-Stuffed Avocados
Escape to the Mediterranean with these dairy-free labneh-stuffed avocados.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Creamy Labneh-Stuffed Avocados
Pesto Zoodle Salad
This pesto zoodle salad is packed with green goodness from zucchini and pesto.
Recipe: Every Last Bite | Pesto Zoodle Salad
The Tomato-Bun BLT
Part salad, part sandwich, these tomato bun BLTs fuse all the best parts of a sandwich (minus the bread).
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Tomato-Bun BLT
Mexican Watermelon Salad
Zesty, spicy, and uber-refreshing, this is the exact dish we crave on sweltering days.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Mexican Watermelon Salad
Salmon & Avocado Nori Rolls
If you’re missing sushi, never fear! These salmon and avocado rolls are completely soy-free and grain-free.
Recipe: Eat Drink Paleo | Salmon & Avocado Nori Rolls
Carrot and Raisin Pineapple Salad
Carrots join a fruity medley of raisins and pineapples in this sweet, creamy salad.
Recipe: Noshtastic | Carrot and Raisin Pineapple Salad
Kale BLT Salad
Tangy coconut yogurt dressing gets paired with crisp kale leaves and bacon for a BLT salad that’s both hearty and nutritious.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Kale BLT Salad
Paleo Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These crisp, refreshing lettuce leaves tuck in a savory chicken and shrimp filling – yum!
Recipe: I Heart Umami | Paleo Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Paleo Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
This filling Cobb salad has all the fixins, including hard-boiled eggs, avocado, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and more.
Recipe: Paleo Gluten Free Eats | Paleo Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts turn out tender yet crisp in this Caesar salad, complete with cashew parmesan and tangy Paleo Caesar dressing.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Cool-as-a-Cucumber Caprese Salad
You won’t even miss the mozzarella cheese when you try this Paleo caprese salad. Bonus points for the creamy avocado included!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Cool-as-a-Cucumber Caprese Salad
Asian Chicken Chopped Salad
Crunchy, cold, sweet and savory, this chicken chopped salad hits all the satisfying notes.
Recipe: Tasty Thin | Asian Chicken Chopped Salad
The Best, Easiest Cucumber Salad
Nothing could be simpler to throw together than this crisp, refreshing cucumber salad. It’s perfect for those days where you’re craving something light.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Best, Easiest Cucumber Salad
Paleo Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Zesty and AIP-friendly, this zoodle-based salad contains a mixture of veggies, herbs, and oils.
Recipe: Empowered Sustenance | Paleo Mediterranean Pasta Salad
No-Mayo Avocado Egg Salad
Skip the mayo for some healthy fat-laden avocado and eggs in this filling dish.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Mayo Avocado Egg Salad
Easy Paleo Salmon Bowls
These Paleo salmon bowls are keto-friendly and a great way to use up any extra veggies you have lying around.
Recipe: Real Simple Good | Easy Paleo Salmon Bowls
Easy Seared Tuna Bowl
This quick-seared tuna rests atop a bed of cool crunchy veggies like cauliflower rice, carrot ribbons, jicama noodles, spiralized cucumber, and pickled ginger. Throw in some creamy avocado and crunchy macadamia nuts, and you have yourself a satisfying mish-mash of textures and flavors.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy Seared Tuna Bowl
Blackened Chicken Avocado Berry Salad
Sweet berries mingle with crunchy veggies in a honey-raspberry dressing – it’s summertime in a bowl!
Recipe: Unbound Wellness | Blackened Chicken Avocado Berry Salad
Easy Buffalo Chicken Salad
This creamy, spicy chicken salad is high in protein and keto-friendly.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy Buffalo Chicken Salad
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