50 Low Carb Lunch Ideas

While breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day, it doesn’t mean that you can just overlook the importance of the next meal – lunch. Here are 50 low-carb lunch ideas:

1. Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties

Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties

Recipe: theironyou.com

Net carbs: 1.7g

These zucchini patties are made with feta cheese that makes them insanely and deliciously creamy. This creamy factor in the patties makes it hard for anyone to stop with a single serving. Good thing, these are low-carb patties, so you don’t have to think about holding back.

2. Shawarma Chicken Bowls

Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette

Recipe: theironyou.com

Net carbs: 1.7g

This chicken bowl will most probably beat your low-carb salad for lunch. Just like your typical chicken salad, this one has lettuce, avocado, and tomatoes, but this recipe has got more chicken on the mix.

3. Slow-Cooked Lemon Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Recipe: the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 1.7g

Want a low-carb meal that requires a small amount of preparation work? Go for this lemon garlic chicken cooked in a slow cooker overnight. In the morning, you’ll be able to pack this meal for lunch.

4. Low-Carb Creamy Broccoli Salad

Low-Carb Broccoli Salad

Recipe: the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 2g

This broccoli salad recipe is probably the best broccoli salad with the richest filling. The best thing about this salad is that you can customize it as much as you like. If you don’t like meat, leave out the bacon. If you crave for more colors, add more colorful veggies.

5. Shrimp & Cauliflower Salad

Shrimp & Cauliflower Salad

Recipe: ibreatheimhungry.com

Net carbs: 2g

Pasta is rich in carbohydrates, but in this meal, pasta is made much healthier with lower carbohydrates. This salad is a combination of shrimp and broccoli. Together, they make a low-carb, protein-rich lunch.

6. Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower Stir Fry

Vegetable Stir Fry with Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower

Recipe: divinehealthyfood.com

Net carbs: 2g

If you’re craving for Chinese food but want to avoid fat and calories, you can make your own low-carb meal instead of ordering a box of Chinese food from restaurants. This meal uses a secret ingredient – cornstarch – that thickens up the soup and softens the vegetables in the most delicious way.

7. Brussel Sprouts with Italian Vinegar

Italian Vinegar Brussel Sprouts

Recipe: the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 2g

It’s hard to love Brussel sprouts, but in this recipe, you’ll easily learn to love them with your whole heart– and stomach. Here, Brussel sprouts are tenderly cooked with garlic and Italian vinegar, creating a unique, appetizing sour taste.

8. Spaghetti Squash in Squash Bowls

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Recipe: iowagirleats.com

Net carbs: 2.5g

Spaghetti squash makes a perfect version of no-carb pasta. The most exciting thing about this low-carb lunch is that it’s served with squash serving bowls. This spaghetti squash has got rich fillings of spaghetti sauce, meatballs and mozzarella cheese.

9. Cauliflower “Cous Cous” with Leeks and Dried Tomatoes

Cauliflower “Cous Cous” with Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Recipe: ahouseinthehills.com

Net carbs: 3g

Cauliflower has proved itself as a worthy match for rice and potatoes. Now, it makes another record as a great cous cous alternative. This recipe combines the flavorful taste of garlic, leeks, and dried tomatoes, making an incredibly palatable lunch without carbs.

10. Pizza Frittata

Pizza Frittata

Recipe: rachaelraymag.com

Net carbs: 3g

Everybody loves pizza, but not all is willing to give up their diet for it. This pizza recipe allows everybody to eat a whole slice of pizza without feeling even a bit of guilt. Instead of using dough, this recipe uses frittata as the pizza base.

11. Low-Carb Chili

Low-Carb Chili

Recipe:  the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 3.9g

Chili is a favorite comfort food among people, but like any other comfort foods, it’s rich in carbohydrates. Luckily, this recipe has made your favorite comfort food acceptable for your low-carb diet. Made without beans, you won’t worry so much about the carb count. It’s topped with shredded cheese that adds extra yum to this meal.

12. Zucchini Pasta with Eggs and Tomato Basil Sauce

15-Minute Zucchini Pasta with Poached Eggs and Quick Heirloom Cherry Tomato Basil Sauce

Recipe: halfbakedharvest.com

Net carbs: 4g

This recipe is another meal that calls for pasta. Still, there’s no need for you to worry about carbohydrates. This meal is so delicious that you’ll surely find yourself licking your plate clean.

13. California Turkey and Bacon Wrapped in Lettuce

California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps

Recipe: iowagirleats.com

Net carbs: 4g

Prepare your own healthy, low-carb sandwich for lunch. Instead of using sandwich bread, use a leaf of lettuce to wrap your sandwich. Add basil-mayonnaise dressing to complete the taste of turkey and bacon stuffed inside.

14. Crockpot Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan

Recipe: smilesandwich.com

Net carbs: 4g

A strict low-carb meal usually requires a lot of time to prepare. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can easily make your meals and still make them healthy for your diet. This chicken parmesan, for example, is very easy and quick to make. It’s made with zucchini that adds a lot of nutrients to the meal.

15. Rainbow Salad

Rainbow Salad

Recipe: lindawagner.net

Net carbs: 4g

Like your stomach, your eyes, too, deserve to be fed. This salad recipe served in a plating of rainbow colored ingredients will make both your stomach and your eyes happy.

16. Eggplant Pizza

Eggplant Pizza

Recipe: kalynskitchen.com

Net carbs: 4g

Another carb-free pizza recipe that you can try at home is this one. It’s completely meatless and simply uses eggplant for pizza crusts. With a homemade sauce, fresh basil leaves, and mozzarella cheese topping, you can take a delectable bite that a slice of real pizza gives.

17. Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce-Wrap Tacos

Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Recipe: marthastewart.com

Net carbs: 4g

Without the traditional taco shell, it’s most probably hard for you to accept this recipe as a kind of taco. But you instantly will as soon as you take a bite of this low-carb lunch meal.

18. Cauliflower Chowder with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Toppings

Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

Recipe: iowagirleats.com

Net carbs: 4g

Cauliflower is a great replacement for rice or potatoes in a low-carb diet. With crispy bacon and cheddar cheese, this chowder is made even more flavorful for your lunch meal.

19. Caprese Avocado Salad

Caprese Avocado Salad

Recipe: damndelicious.net

Net carbs: 4.2g

What happens when you combine mozzarella, tomatoes and avocados? A healthy, low-carb meal! This delicious and nutritious salad comes with diced chicken and balsamic dressing that makes this lunch meal a complete present to your nutrient-craving stomach.

20. Shakshuka


Recipe: toriavey.com

Net carbs: 4.2g

Tired of eating sunny-side-up, scrambled, and hard-boiled eggs? It’s time for you to cook eggs in a whole different way and go for this shakshuka recipe. In shakshuka, eggs are poached into a spicy tomato sauce. The taste can’t be compared with your typical egg recipes.

21. Strawberry Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad

Recipe: the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 5g

It’s fun to add a delightful sweet, fruity taste of strawberries with cooked, flavored chicken to make a juicy, luscious low-carb salad.

22. Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

Recipe: redstartolonestar.blogspot.hu

Net carbs: 5g

With protein and other nutrients from vegetables, you can achieve a good low-carb diet with this salad recipe. This recipe has a twist of a classic Nicoise salad. It comes with sliced potatoes and boiled eggs that together make your lunch more healthy and less boring.

23. Low-Carb Chicken Quesadilla

Low-Carb Chicken Quesadilla

Recipe:  tasteaholics.com

Net carbs: 5g

This low-carb diet lunch meal is a healthy meal that will make you full. Its melted cheese gives a very satisfying flavor and its chicken makes your tummy full.

24. Grilled Halloumi Salad

Grilled Halloumi Salad

Recipe: tasteaholics.com

Net carbs: 5g

Did you know that cheese can be grilled? Now you do. Halloumi cheese is a kind of cheese that is very hard to melt. When grilled, it’s going to be crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Top the grilled cheese with your favorite salad ingredients for a more special low-carb lunch.

25. Sweet and Crunchy Apple Chicken Salad

Favorite Apple Chicken Salad

Recipe: gimmesomeoven.com

Net carbs: 5g

This colorful salad has both sweet and crunch factors. It uses sweet, crunchy apple chips that make the whole salad unique and delightful in taste.

26. BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

Recipe:  damndelicious.net

Net carbs: 5g

I bet you’ve been craving for this recipe as soon as you’ve seen the picture. That’s only acceptable because everybody will love this meal. The rows of different salad ingredients just look so pretty and delicious.

27. Chicken & Zucchini Poppers

Chicken & Zucchini Poppers

Recipe: onelovelylife.com

Net carbs: 5g

If you want to feel like a rebel but don’t want to break the rules of your low-carb diet, go for these little poppers. They look very unhealthy for your diet, but they’re actually very nourishing. Plus, they taste unbelievably scrumptious with salsa, guacamole, or ranch dressing.

28. Low-Carb Chicken Salad

Low-Carb Chicken Salad

Recipe: the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 5g

Just like tuna salad, this recipe of chicken salad goes tremendously well with just about anything. It just tastes incredibly delightful no matter how you serve it. Wrap it for sandwich, toss it in salad, or simply eat it alone, and it will taste as appetizing as ever.

29. Low-Carb Pecan Crusted Chicken

Low-Carb Pecan Crusted Chicken

Recipe: the-lowcarb-diet.com

Net carbs: 5g

You can have a mouthful of the healthier version of fried chicken with this low-carb lunch. It uses crushed pecan coating rather than breading. It’s not deep fried but baked. It tastes incredibly delectable with just about any of your favorite side dishes.

30. BLT Stacks with Salmon

Salmon BLT Stacks with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

Recipe: barbellsandbellinis.com

Net carbs: 5.5g

Nothing beats the combo of bacon, lettuce, and tomato in a sandwich. With an addition of salmon and other favorite sandwich layers to the BLT stacks, you can create a low-carb meal for lunch.

31. Veggie “Sushi” Rolls

Veggie “Sushi” Rolls

Recipe: nutritionstripped.com

Net carbs: 5.7g

You don’t have to go for raw meat rolls of sushi every time you crave for Japanese food. Just make your own healthy, low-carb, instead. Veggie versions of sushi rolls are not far from Japanese sushi. Add a special veggie sushi sauce to complete your ultimate veggie Japanese food experience.

32. Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad

Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad

Recipe: onetwosimplecooking.com

Net carbs: 5.9g

For a whole new different kind of salad, try this broccoli salad with a totally different kind of flavor. With sweet and sour flavors, you can enjoy a good break from boring salad dressings.

33. Portabella, Halloumi, and Cheese “Burgers”

Portabella and Halloumi “Burgers”

Recipe: blog.mushroominfo.com

Net carbs: 6g

Having read the “burger”, you might have already wanted to discard the idea of going for this recipe as it has got meat. Don’t misunderstand. This meal doesn’t have even a bit of meat. With Portabella mushrooms as buns and halloumi cheese and tomatoes in the middle, you’ll be able to have a taste of a real burger.

34. Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna


Net carbs: 6g

Lasagna is a usual favorite for most pasta lovers, and it can be hard for them to not take a spoon taste of it. This low-carb recipe uses zucchini instead of pasta. Made with ground beef and cheese, it’s rich in scrumptiously tasteful filling that will probably beat that of a real lasagna.

35. Courgette Fries and Egg Dipping

Courgette Fries and the Perfect Dippy Egg

Recipe: kitchensanctuary.com

Net carbs: 6g

If you’re missing out on French fries as you follow your low-carb diet, these courgette or zucchini fries will satisfy your cravings. The egg dipping is baked with parmesan cheese, creating the perfect mouth-watering flavor for the crunchy zucchini fries

36. Vietnamese Cauli-Fried Rice

Vietnamese Cauli-Fried Rice

Recipe: theurbanposer.com

Net carbs: 6.1g

This meal will give you the feeling of traveling around the world and making a stop in Asia. This carb-free lunch is an appetizing blend of onions, cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, eggs, sausage, shrimp and faux rice. Compared to the typical fried rice seasoning of soy sauce in Japan or China, this Vietnamese-inspired dish uses fish sauce seasoning. It has this very distinctly delicious kind of taste.

37. Winter Rainbow Panzanella

Winter Rainbow Panzanella

Recipe: mynewroots.org

Net carbs: 6.2g

If you feel like shifting from traditional recipes a little bit, try this unconventional panzanella recipe. You are free to add just about any vegetables you like into this panzanella, and the taste will stay deliciously the same.

38. Baked Turkey Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps

Baked Turkey, Quinoa & Zucchini Meatballs Recipe in Lettuce Wraps

Recipe: cookincanuck.com

Net carbs: 6.7g

Instead of using high-carb breadcrumbs in meatballs, swap the whole thing with quinoa. Mixing in zucchini, you can add more nutritional content on the recipe and maintain the flavor at the same time. Eat the meatballs with lettuce wraps for a more exciting lunch experience.

39. Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Recipe: ahappyfooddance.com

Net carbs: 7g

It’s the sauce that makes the whole meal of zucchini noodles completely satisfying. The heavy cream takes this low-carb lunch to a whole new level. Added with sun-dried tomatoes, this meal is a complete taste of heaven.

40. Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Recipe: damndelicious.net

Net carbs: 8g

Shrimp scampi is a common best-seller among restaurants, but following your low-carb diet, you’re probably not asking orders for it anymore. With this recipe, you can have a taste of shrimp scampi again. In this recipe, the shrimps are served on top of spiral zucchini in place of pasta and seasoned with flavorful spices to add a twist in the taste.

41. Spaghetti Squash

Oh My Gosh, Spaghetti Squash

Recipe: mynewroots.org

Net carbs: 8g

Your typical spaghetti uses pasta. This one doesn’t. Instead, it uses squash as pasta and it’s absolutely delicious. Not to mention it’s packed with vitamins from the vegetable. This spaghetti has kale, chickpeas, garlic sauce, and shaved cheese that altogether make a mouth-watering lunch.

42.Goat Cheese & Spinach Salad

Goat Cheese & Spinach Salad Bowl

Recipe: ketodietapp.com

Net carbs: 8.6g

You won’t need much of an excuse to eat this low-car salad. Everything’s just healthy with this one. This meal is so delicious you can eat the whole thing, including its bowl. The bowl that you see is made of shredded cheese. It’s topped with spinach, slices of strawberries, and fruity vinaigrette.

43. Zucchini Pizza Crust

Zucchini Pizza Crust with Chipotle BBQ

Recipe: closetcooking.com

Net carbs: 9g

It’s hard to completely ignore your pizza cravings. Let your little cravings and your strict diet meet half way with this healthy, low-carb pizza. With BBQ-flavored toppings, you can let go of pepperoni and cheese without missing the addicting taste of pizza.

44. Low-Carb Hummus

Low-Carb Hummus

Recipe: ibreatheimhungry.com

Net carbs: 10g

This bean-free version of hummus is made from raw zucchini that preserves the original taste and texture of a typical hummus. This hummus recipe is a perfect match for raw vegetables. It can also be made as a healthy sandwich spread.

45. Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon

Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry

Recipe: skinnytaste.com

Net carbs: 10g

Believe it or not, chicken and asparagus taste insanely good together. Added with lemon juice, the flavor is made beyond perfection. The sauce has this very thick texture, and the smoke just gives the impression of a very tasty food.

46. Leftover Roast Beef Salad

Leftover Roast Beef Salad

Recipe: thehealthyfoodie.com

Net carbs: 10g

Believe it or not, this delicious-looking meal is made from roast beef leftovers. Mix slices of leftover meat with fresh shitake mushrooms, a couple of green leafy vegetables and a dressing of balsamic vinegar and you’ll make your stomach the happiest—not to mention the healthiest.

47. Stir Fried Tofu & Cauliflower Rice

Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Recipe: minimalistbaker.com

Net carbs: 11g

Matched with Thai peanut sauce, this tofu and cauliflower mix creates a kind of taste that you’ve probably never tasted before. You will fall in love with this stir fry of tofu and cauliflower rice. It’s crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

48. Salmon Chickpea Salad

Salmon Chickpea Salad

Recipe: thecrepesofwrath.com

Net carbs: 11.4g

This salmon salad is great for lunch, but it’s also good as a side dish to summer potluck. The circles of salmon mixed with different colors of bell peppers make this whole dish look very tasty.

49. Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Recipe: cookingclassy.com

Net carbs: 12g

Instead of slicing zucchini in circles, slice it lengthwise. Add your favorite pizza ingredients and bake until cooked. The taste will not be anywhere far from your usual pizza.

50. Barbacoa


Recipe: gimmesomeoven.com

Net carbs: 13g

Barbacoa is traditionally roasted over an open fire, but in this recipe, you can simply cook it using a slow cooker. The overnight cooking process will give you a perfectly-cooked meat with lower carbs. Serve it over quinoa or cauliflower rice, and your lunch will be the best.

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