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Gluten-free lunch ideas

Published: October 12, 2021 at 11:10 am
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Gluten-free lunch ideas for the perfect midday meal. Get inspired by our nourishing array of salads, scrambles and jacket potatoes

Looking for gluten-free recipes? There are plenty of gluten-free foods you can enjoy, check out our recipes below, then try our easy gluten-free recipes, gluten-free vegan recipes and gluten-free baking ideas. Working from home? Check out our healthy working from home lunch ideas.

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Please note: if you follow a gluten-free diet, always read the label when shopping for ingredients.

*Our recipes are gluten-free according to industry standards


Best gluten-free lunch ideas

Burrata with pickled spring veg

A fresh and colourful way to eat burrata, this super-quick salad is the perfect light lunch. Sit the creamy cheese on top of pickled asparagus, baby carrots, radishes and more, then drizzle the whole lot with olive oil.

Burrata with sweet and sour spring veg

Spanish tortilla with paprika ketchup

What could be more satisfying than homemade tortilla? Ours comes with homemade paprika ketchup, made using fresh vine tomatoes, pimentón, garlic granules and red wine vinegar. A spruced-up version of the classic Spanish staple – veggie and gluten-free.

Spanish tortilla with paprika ketchup


Turn chickpeas into these lightly-spiced fritters and serve with a zesty cucumber salad for a quick, low-calorie lunch that's gloriously gluten-free.

Two plates of chickpea fritters with yogurt, green chilli and cucumber Salad

Halloumi and Mediterranean veg traybake

This gluten-free traybake packs in plenty of seasonal veg and salty halloumi for a vibrant lunch that's ready in 30 minutes. There are lots more vegetable traybake recipes where this one came from.

Roasted Vegetables with Halloumi Recipe

Sweet potato melts with rosemary, garlic and chilli

Top your baked sweet potatoes with gruyère, cheddar and rosemary for a comforting winter warmer that'll keep you going until dinnertime.

Sweet Potato Jacket Potato Recipe with Rosemary, Garlic and Chilli

Turmeric-fried veggie rice

Try our vibrant turmeric-fried rice. This colourful gluten-free recipe is packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

Gluten-free fusilli with salami and cherry tomatoes

Try our easy gluten-free fusilli pasta dish with salami and cherry tomatoes. The rich tomato sauce will have you counting down the hours until lunchtime.

Gluten-free fusilli with salami and cherry tomatoes

Greek salad

Master this absolute classic and you'll never be short of a delicious lunch. The key to an authentic Greek flavour is plenty of oregano and red wine vinegar.

Greek salad

Quick Japanese-style rice salad

Take just 15 minutes out of your day to make this super-fast, low-calorie lunch. Use ready-cooked or leftover rice for a clever time-saving hack, then mix with fresh king prawns, crunchy cucumber, avocado and edamame beans. Top with a sesame and rice vinegar dressing to bring everything together.

Japanese-Style Rice Salad with Prawns and Chopsticks

California scramble

Think scrambled eggs are just for breakfast? Think again. Our colourful scramble packs in sweet baby tomatoes, warming red chilli and chunky slices of avocado. This easy meal for one has an indulgent feel and needs just a handful of ingredients to make.

California Scramble Recipe

Storecupboard fried rice

Fried rice is a fabulous fridge clearing dish that’s perfect for busy days when you don’t have a specific recipe in mind. Throw together spring onions, ham or bacon, frozen peas and a beaten egg for a bowlful of goodness in just 20 minutes. Drizzle with gluten-free tamari soy sauce to serve.

Storecupboard fried rice

Niçoise salad

A classic French-style salad, piled high with baby potatoes, red onion, eggs, Little Gem lettuce, olives, tuna and capers. Serve with a tangy honey-mustard dressing.

Bowl of tuna Niçoise salad next to honey mustard dressing pot

Healthy bean salad

Ready in just 20 minutes, this colourful salad is packed with green beans, kidney beans and cannellini beans, and comes finished with a green tahini dressing to boost the flavour.

Large Bowl of Green Beans, Kidney Beans and Pomegranate Seeds

Warm lentil, avocado and feta salad

Check out our easy lentil salad with avocado. This simple salad recipe is packed with crunchy cucumber, crumbly feta and fresh basil.

Lentil and Avocado Salad Recipe with Feta

Warm red rice, herb and salmon salad

Try this nutritious, spice-packed rice salad for a healthy midweek meal or easy lunch. Combine grilled salmon with a warm red rice base and extra veggies.

Warm Salad Recipe with Red Rice and Salmon

Warm black rice, edamame and prawn salad

This punchy black rice, edamame and prawn salad is an easy midweek lunch for two.


Chicken quinoa salad

Looking for a simple and healthy salad recipe? Serve chicken breasts on a colourful bed of quinoa with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, sumac, mint and lemon zest. It’s low in calories, but absolutely packed with flavour. Discover more of our healthy salad recipes.

Quinoa chicken salad on a dish

Sweet potato jackets with smoked mackerel and dill yogurt

Love jacket potatoes? Smoked mackerel and dill yogurt are an easy, healthy way to spice up baked sweet potato jackets.

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe with Smoked Mackerel Filling

Chicken tikka

Bored of sad lunches? Try these chicken tikka skewers, marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and spices, for a delicious lunch.

A tray of golden spiced chicken pieces on metal skewers with a bowl of pink pickled onions

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Tracey Raye is the health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in Personalised Nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being – in a way that enhances, rather than limits our lives. She covers our nourishing recipes and collections, oversees our health strategy and stays adrift of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.

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