The weather is warming up, school is out, and the kids are home. For about THREE months! With these easy summer lunch ideas, lunch won’t get old.
Now that you have to come up with exciting lunch ideas for the summer months, these suggestions will be helpful. It’s so easy for lunches to become boring. I mean, I could eat peanut butter every day but variety is the spice of life.
These ideas are not just for kids, though. If you’re working or planning on entertaining, they can be easy summer lunch ideas for work or parties too. Or ideas that work year-round, some perfect to take to work.
If your kids are tired of hot dogs, make mini corn dogs. Are they fans of chicken tenders? My easy chicken tenders are filling and dip nicely in honey mustard. Do you have leftover ham from the deli? Try delicious hot Colby ham sandwiches.
If you have leftover deli roast beef, try the French dip sandwiches. Messy but oh so good. Then there’s chicken salad a few ways. Chicken salad or chicken on a green salad.
In addition to some traditional lunches, there are some fun ideas too. Have you ever had French bread pizza? No? Grab a loaf, some pizza sauce, and pepperoni, or other favorite toppings and make it.
Make meatballs in advance and freeze them. You can then, easily use them for meatball subs and meatball cups.
Not only are there main dish ideas in the list but a few favorite sides to go alongside the sandwiches and finger foods!
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Summer Lunch Ideas
Your family will enjoy restaurant style chicken strips at home. Perfect for appetizers or as a meal.
Bacon makes everything better including this club sandwich.
Chinese chicken salad makes a great lunch or light dinner.
Easy French dip sandwiches are perfect for those busy nights.
A favorite summer salad that has candied almonds instead of more traditioanl croutons.
A fun appetizer for a hungry group.
An easy snack, lunch or quick dinner the kids can help make.
Strawberry Salad with Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delicious weekend lunch.
Sweet apples add a delicious crunch to this chicken salad. Perfect for a weekend lunch or to take to work.
Corn Dog Muffins
Corn Dog Muffins are an updated version of a childhood favorite. Classic cornmeal batter, a touch of honey, and a flavorful hot dog make a delicious, baked, bite-sized version.
Taking Grandma's meatballs and making a delicious sandwich.
An easy sandwich for a weekend lunch or quick weeknight dinner.
Easily made with leftover or rotisserie chicken.
An easy weekend lunch or weeknight dinner.
Pizza Crescent Roll Dippers
These Pizza Crescent Roll Dippers are tasty bites of pizza wrapped up in baked garlic olive oil brushed crescent rolls and dipped in marinara sauce. They make an easy lunch.
Yummy sides to pair with lunch ideas.
Restaurant style fried onion straws are easy to make at home. You're going to want to make a double batch.
Garlic Herb Spiralizer Fries
Crispy, crunchy Garlic Herb Spiralizer Fries make a fantastic side dish with almost any meal.
Air Fryer Old Bay French Fries
Crispy fries seasoned with Old Bay seasoning made in the air fryer.
Wow! Amazing ideas to cover any meal or party. Thanks for the ideas.
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng says
How great to have so many ideas in one place! And I can’t believe I’ve never made chicken strips!
Sheila Thigpen says
So many great lunch ideas right here! Thank you!
I am a huge fan of Chinese Chicken Salad. This looks fantastic. I make those Fren Dip Sub Sandwiches for dinner sometimes. They are always a huge hit.