Time to show your lunch some love.

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

If you’ve officially had enough of the leftover chicken noodle soup or beef and bean chili packed lunches, we hear you and we completely agree. Warm weather is on its way, and we think you should celebrate the return of such a mood-enhancing season with fresh, exciting lunches. We’re talking about the kind of packed lunches that make your coworkers seethe with envy, so get ready to share these gems with anyone who sits near you during the best hour of the workday. Here’s are some of our favorite spring lunches that are sure to get us to summer.

Herby Lamb and Turkey Meatballs

Sara Tane

Meatballs? For lunch? Who has the time, right? Um, you do, that’s who! Make a batch of these at the beginning of the week, and you’re set for days. Toss them in a leafy salad, a bowl of noodles, or a bed of rice. You can’t go wrong with these flavor bombs, and they’re versatile enough that you won’t get bored of them.

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Farro Salad with Peas, Pancetta, and Radishes

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

It’s not spring until you’ve eaten a radish. This is a fact. Add some fresh, hearty crunch to your next weekday lunch with these easy grain salad. If you don’t have farro, feel free to sub in a grain that you prefer. Additionally, if pancetta just doesn’t do it for you, go ahead and mix in some shredded rotisserie chicken for extra protein.

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

Got the grill revved up? Go ahead and throw a couple chicken breasts on there over the weekend so you’ve got some smoky, charred protein to toss on salads for the week. Fresh berries and these seriously addicting spiced pecans bring this simple, healthy lunch to the next level.

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15-Minute Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Thom Driver.

If you need a lunch that’s just as light as it is bright, this is sure to hit the sweet spot. Super easy and a great option for someone who wants to make multiple lunches at once, these flavor-packed chicken shawarma bowls will actually have you excited for your mid-day meal. Toss in a handful of feta for a tangy, salty kick.

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Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Thom Driver.

Want to feel like your lunch break is actually a mini-vacation to the Amalfi Coast? I don’t know if they eat pesto pasta salads there, but if I had to guess, I feel like they definitely do. Regardless, this simple dish comes together in a breeze, and that basil tastes like a warm summer day. What more could you ask for?

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