Easy On-the-Go Lunches for Spring Break

Food and Travel, Recipes, Spring
on March 6, 2014
The Cancer Project

New swimsuit, check. Sunscreen, check. White sands and roaring ocean, check. Spring break revelry can work up quite an appetite. Whether your frolicking at the beach, scaling a mountain, or just enjoying a day at the park, pack-able lunches will keep those fun-thwarting hunger pains at bay. Dust off the tupperware, pack the cooler, and adventure on with the following simple sandwich and salad options.

Chicken Sandwiches with Lemon-Basil Zucchini and Boursin

Chicken Sandwich with Lemon-Basil Zucchini Ribbons and Boursin

National Chicken Council

Flavor packed veggies and protein rich chicken give this sandwich staying power for active adventures. Assemble sandwiches and pack over ice to ensure ingredients stay crisp in warm weather fun.


Spicy Grapefruit Salad

Spicy Grapefruit

TexaSweet Citrus Marketing, Inc.

Spinach salad gets a zip from tangy, sweet grapefruit and a honey mustard vinaigrette. Serve this salad as a sandwich accompaniment or add your protein of choice for a one container lunch.


Shrimp and Pasta Salad

shrimp and pasta salad

The longer you allow this dish to marinate the better it gets, so consider assembling ingredients the evening before. The ideal balance of carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein makes this dish a winner for fueling up after playing in the surf or hiking all morning.


Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado egg salad sandwich

Vegetarians in the group will appreciate a satisfying meatless option. Creamy egg salad ditches the mayo in favor of an Omega-3 rich avocado boost. To keep sandwiches from getting soggy, consider serving a crusty hoagie roll instead of soft wheat bread.


Mediterranean Bowl of Giant Couscous


Everything delightful and delicious from the Mediterranean makes an appearance in this filling salad. Chickpeas add a healthy dose of protein, but you can easily up the hearty factor with shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken from last night’s dinner.


Couscous Confetti Salad


The Cancer Project

A salad with major fix it and forget it factor, this blend doesn’t contain anything that will suffer from sitting at room temperature or even being slightly warm. Couscous is more complex than other pastas and will provide a carb kick to power through play.


Asian Chicken Salad

An interesting combination of Asian flavors and crisp vegetables make this salad one of our favorites. After all, why should the crunch of peanuts and flavors of cilantro, ginger root and basil be constrained to stir fry?    Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Ramen noodles make an appearance outside the college dorm to partner with shredded chicken in an Asian-inspired salad. Fresh herbs and lots of crunchy additions make the dish a delightfully different approach to the usual protein and greens.


Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peanuts


Rich in antioxidants and hydrating mango, this salad is refreshing and won’t weigh you down for your next round of activities. Don’t stress about keeping this salad chilled to the bone, as it will still taste great when slightly warm.

Chicken Salad and Grape Tomato Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Sandwich w. Grape Tomatoes

Mark Boughton Photography/styling by Teresa Blackburn

Serve a scoop of classic chicken salad in whole wheat pitas, tightly coiled in a wrap, or between slices of your favorite sourdough. Since this variation includes mayo, make sure salad stays on ice and chilled down until lunchtime.