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36 Lovely AIP Lunch Recipes

Louise Hendon | May 2

Breakfast may be thought of as the most important meal of the day, but you can’t forget about lunch! Whether you’re in the middle of a hectic workday or enjoying a relaxing weekend meal, lunch is what gets us all through a midday energy slump.

Keeping your energy up and your body healthy is so important as when you’re on AIP. And with this list of AIP lunch recipes, you’ll never have to worry about finding a last-minute unhealthy lunchtime nosh!

With just a bit of prep work, you can have a lunch to be jealous of! From an elegant AIP-friendly Waldorf Salad to easy Tuna Bites that can be enjoyed hot or cold, this list of recipes has everything to make the perfect AIP-friendly lunch seven days a week!

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AIP Salads

AIP Waldorf Salad

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: coconut cream, lemon juice, salt, Granny Smith or another green apple, celery, grapes, romaine lettuce.

Waldorf salad is traditionally made with a creamy dressing and in this recipe this comes from the coconut cream and lemon juice which keep it dairy-free. Aside from the lettuce, this also has the fresh flavors of apple and celery, making this a lovely light and delicious salad to enjoy for lunch on a summer day, or as an appetizer for a dinner party. This is a simple recipe but it gives you a wonderfully tasty dish.

AIP Chicken Shawarma Salad

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, salt, chicken breasts, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, avocado oil, salad leaves, cucumber, beetroot, onion, parsley.

The chicken in this salad has a wonderful golden color thanks to the turmeric and it makes the salad look really impressive as well as giving all the health benefits of the spice. The salad has cool slices of cucumber and pickled beetroot which go so well with the chicken and the whole dish has a light citrus dressing. Chicken salads can be a go-to on the autoimmune protocol as they are delicious and versatile and very easy to prepare.

Easy AIP Chicken Salad Recipe with Honey Lemon Dressing

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: chicken breast, strawberries or other berries or other fruits, salad leaves, olive oil, honey, lemon juice.

Honey and lemon together make such a lovely sweet and sour combination in a dressing and keep this salad fresh in its flavor. This AIP recipe uses strawberries but you can use whatever fruit you like or try using raspberries instead. This is a good meal to use up leftover chicken from a roast and like most salads this one takes just minutes to prepare.

AIP Chicken Salad with Grapes, Apple, and Celery

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: chicken breast, coconut oil, grapes, gala apple, celery, coconut milk, salt.

AIP-friendly chicken salads can be so much better when you add fruit! The grapes give the whole dish a juicy texture and there is a great crunch from the celery too. Adding the lemon juice also stops the apple from going brown, leaving your salad looking fresh and delicious. If you are not keen on celery you can always add shredded carrot instead.

Creamy AIP Mango Chicken Salad Recipe with Coconut Caesar Dressing

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: romaine lettuce, chicken breasts, coconut oil, mango, coconut cream, coconut oil, garlic or garlic powder, salt.

What a wonderful fusion of flavor and texture! In this great recipe you have meaty chicken, soft and sweet mango and a crunch from the celery, all tied together with a creamy dressing, which is reminiscent of traditional Caesar dressing. If you don’t have fresh garlic you can just use garlic powder, and if you don’t have mango you can use other fruits like peach or pineapple.

Super Fast Smoked Salmon Salad

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: smoked salmon, blueberries, salad greens, olive oil, balsamic vinegar.

You get a real burst of flavor from the blueberries in this salad and, as we have said before, salmon and fruit are great partners. This is a quick and easy recipe to throw together, ideal if folks drop in for lunch. It also makes a fantastic salad to pack and take to work. The flavors are refreshing and the smoky taste of the salmon is beautifully offset by the fresh fruit and greens.

Lemon Tuna Salad

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: cucumber, avocado, lemon juice, tuna, olive oil, salt.

Tuna is a delicious meaty fish and if you are using canned, it can be a great way to make a satisfying meal at a reduced cost, making it perfect for people living with autoimmune issues who are on a lower budget. Combining the fish with fresh cucumber and creamy soft avocado gives you a combination of flavor and texture that will be guaranteed to please for a light summery meal or a quick snack.

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: zucchini, artichoke, black kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano flakes, dried dill, sea salt.

With the artichoke hearts and olives this salad has a sophisticated blend of flavors, nestling on a bed of zucchini noodles. The noodles are easy to prepare, especially if you have a spiralizer, and taste great even in a raw form like they are here. This is a vegetarian recipe, but if you want to add protein and make it a substantial meal you can add in some cooked chicken or even some shrimp.

Tuna Blueberry Salad

– Adventures in Partaking

AIP Lunch Recipes

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Ingredients: tuna, avocado, cucumber, kale or salad greens, blueberries, radishes or spring onion greens, lime juice, sea salt.

You might think it is a bit unusual to find fruit in a tuna salad, but I would suggest you try it first! The blueberries add a lovely burst of juice and fresh flavor, complementing the salty tuna. If you don’t much like kale you can use other salad greens like spinach for the bulk of this dish. This AIP salad travels well, so you can pack it in a mason jar and take it to work for a lunch full of flavor and texture.

AIP Hamburgers & Pizzas

AIP Loco Moco Burger

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: cauliflower, coconut oil, salt, ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, onion, white button mushrooms, garlic, arrowroot powder, beef broth, avocado, pickled beetroot or beet, parsley.

This is one of those dishes that makes you long to grab a fork and dive in! It is so tasty because of the wonderful gravy and delicious burger and topped with a runny fried egg you have a wonderful lunch or dinner to fill you up and satisfy those hunger pangs. Serving this with cauliflower rice makes a more substantial meal but the autoimmune-friendly ‘rice’ is much easier to digest than white rice so you won’t get the bloated feeling.

AIP Italian Burgers

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: ground beef, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder.

This is one of the simplest burger recipes out there and it is totally adaptable to any kind of eating plan, including AIP. Sometimes simple is best – mix the meat and seasoning, form the patties and cook! A tasty meal ready in minutes! If the weather is not grilling-friendly, you can shallow fry these burgers indoors, but they make a lovely dish for a family barbecue!

Pizza

– Healy Eats Real

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: water, gelatin, tapioca flour, coconut flour, sea salt, baking soda, palm shortening or coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, beets, carrots, beef broth, garlic or scallions, black pepper (omit), basil, ground beef, asparagus, leafy greens, herbs.

Often when you are on a diet or following a protocol, the recipes can lack flavor and be quite off-putting. Don’t despair! This pizza is full of flavor and is so appealing to look at that it is sure to become a family favorite! The nomato sauce has the same sweetness and tartness as a tomato-based one and is the perfect partner for your choice of toppings.

Pineapple Salsa-Stuffed Burgers

– Autoimmune Wellness

AIP Lunch Recipes

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Ingredients: pineapples, red onions, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, sea salt, ground beef, coconut oil, sea salt, pineapple salsa.

I love serving stuffed burgers and watching everyone’s face as they take the first bite! In this great AIP recipe you have the sweet and tangy pineapple salsa combining fruity flavors and crunchy red onions. These burgers were made using ground beef, but there are other options you could try. Pork goes well with pineapple, or you could try boar or venison to impress your dinner guests!

Bacon and Kale Pizza

– The Paleo Mom

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: plantains, sea salt, lard or tallow or coconut oil, tapioca flour, no-mato sauce, bacon, kale.

Sometimes it is the pizza sauce that makes it a no-no when you are following an AIP, so check out this one – it is delicious! This is a simple grain and nightshade-free recipe to follow and is relatively cheap as you can pick up plantains for a few cents. If you are not keen on kale, you could use spinach or just have fun trying out different toppings – ham and pineapple, ground beef and onion – the choice is yours!

Cilantro & Green Onion Pork Burgers

– Meatified

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: ground pork, garlic powder, green onions, cilantro.

Pork is a really great meat to use for making burgers as it stays nice and moist and doesn’t dry out the way some meats like turkey can. Like many other autoimmune-friendly recipes, this one is quick and easy to prepare and cook, so these would be a good idea if you are pushed for time and need something filling for the family. I like to serve these with a wedge of lime to add a citrus kick to the flavor.

Ham and Pineapple Pizza

– The Paleo Mom

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: plantain wraps, pineapple, ham, coconut oil, garlic, coconut milk, arrowroot, sea salt.

Some people may be put off by the length of time this recipe takes to make, but if you are craving pizza it really is worth the effort. Even the youngsters will enjoy these and you can encourage them to decorate their own pizza using their favorite toppings. Not only that, but the wheat-free plantain base can be used as a wrap instead, giving you a whole new range of ideas for feeding the family in a healthy way.

Italian Sausage Flatbread Pizza

– Empowered Sustenance

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients: arrowroot flour, coconut flour, baking soda, truffle salt or sea salt, olive oil, water, ground beef or pork, dried oregano, Herbs de Provence, garlic, mushrooms, yellow squash, rosemary, carrot, pear.

This recipe uses a sweeter, nightshade-free veggie sauce that is packed with flavor, and it would work well with loads of different toppings. It is so nice to find a flatbread recipe that really tastes of bread – another thing that you can miss a lot when following the autoimmune protocol! Don’t worry if you can’t find truffle salt – a really good sea salt works just as well here.

AIP Pizza

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: cauliflower, tapioca starch, gelatin, sea salt or truffle salt, Saccharomyces Boulardii, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, carrots, yellow onion, garlic, olive oil, dried basil, rosemary, water, pumpkin, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, coconut flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, red onion, kalamata olives, spinach, basil.

If you have been missing eating pizza while following this protocol, I recommend you try this recipe as it is really very close to the real thing! You will notice the sauce is not red, but that is because you use carrots instead of tomato, and adding the probiotics gives the pizza a cheesy flavor. The grain-free cauliflower pizza crust can be frozen after baking, so if you are a fan, you can pre-make some bases and store them for later!

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AIP Pork, Beef, and Chicken Recipes

AIP Steak with Mushrooms, Thyme, and Sweet Potatoes

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: olive oil, sweet potatoes, beef steaks, white button mushrooms, garlic, thyme.

I absolutely love steak with mushrooms! To me they just go together so well, and paired with the sweet potato chunks, this is a satisfying and filling AIP meal. I know steak is expensive, but if you keep your eyes open you can sometimes find good deals in stores or at farmer’s markets. By all means use this recipe as a special meal for a celebration – it’s great to treat yourself now and again!

AIP Chili Con Carne

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: olive oil, red onion, garlic, carrot, beets, white button mushrooms, ground beef, turmeric, beef broth or stock, sweet potatoes, parsley, salt.

Recipes for meals like this nightshade-free chili can be very helpful if you have a large family or are catering on a tight budget as you can add a load of extra veggies to make the meat go further without adding much to the cost. The end result is a warming and filling meal packed with flavor that will satisfy everyone’s appetites. Here the chili is served on sweet potato mash, but I enjoy it served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon!

AIP Stuffed Chicken Breast

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: olive oil, basil leaves, garlic, lemon, salt, cauliflower, AIP Pesto, chicken breasts, avocado oil.

We can all get a bit bored with chicken breast from time to time, so here is a great way to jazz up the flavor by stuffing it with delicious nut-free pesto. With the traditional flavors of garlic and basil, this homemade pesto can be made easily and you will have plenty left to use with other dishes. Combined with the cauliflower it gives a fresh taste to the stuffing and sets off the flavor of the chicken.

Asian Garlic Beef Noodles

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: onion, beef, avocado oil or coconut oil, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, cilantro, zucchini.

Ginger and garlic are the most common basic ingredients in Asian cuisine and they make this dish taste so good! This recipe is quite quick to make and fits well into the autoimmune protocol, giving you a speedy, tasty meal for unexpected dinner guests or after a busy day at work. The aromas from the beef will definitely make your mouth water! Try using a red onion instead for a gentler, slightly sweeter taste.

Basil Chicken Saute

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: chicken breast, garlic, basil leaves, water, coconut aminos, avocado oil or coconut oil, salt.

Sautés and stir-fries can be just what you need for a quick and easy midweek meal as they take so little time to prepare and cook. This dish takes only a few minutes to get table-ready and can be eaten as it is for a light lunch or served over a bed of cauliflower rice for a more filling and substantial dinner. You will love how the basil leaves give fresh aromatic flavors to this sauté, and using the coconut aminos keeps this dish soy-free too.

Cabbage Rolls

– It’s All About AIP

AIP Lunch Recipes

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Ingredients: ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, lard, bone broth, cauliflower, saurkraut, cabbage, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, marjoram.

This dish has the benefit of being topped with pickled sauerkraut which is very healthy for you. However, if you are not keen on the taste, these lovely nightshade-free rolls can be cooked without it and served as an appetizer or as a main course with vegetables. The filling for these is seasoned and has the classic combination of onion and garlic to make them delicious.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

– Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

AIP Lunch Recipes

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Ingredients: ground pork, butternut squash, garlic, white onion, spinach, basil, salt, pepper (omit), coconut milk, chicken broth, coconut oil, arrowroot.

In this recipe the slices of butternut squash replace the traditional pasta sheets, and although they don’t have the same taste, they work really well as a grain-free alternative layered with the delicious sauce. There is a strong garlic flavor from this dish but if you find it too much, simply cut down the number of cloves you use. If you prefer, you could substitute other meat for the pork – ground turkey would be great!

Healthy Chicken Finger

– Healy Eats Real

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: coconut flour, sage, thyme, salt, marjoram, chicken breasts, avocado oil, coconut oil.

Chicken tenders can be bought on their own and are cheaper than chicken breast, but breast meat is fine if you can’t find them. This dish is perfect for parties and celebrations, or just as a quick lunchtime treat. Serve them with your own favorite dip or salsa, nomato ketchup or mayo. As they are gluten-free, they make an ideal dish to serve if your guests have dietary issues such as celiac disease.

Autoimmune Meatloaf

– Empowered Sustenance

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients: coconut oil, onion, carrots, zucchini, ground beef, ground pork, garlic powder, basil, parsley, sea salt, nomato sauce.

After you try this delicious autoimmune meatloaf you will never believe that there is no ingredient binding it together! This one cuts just like a dream and tastes even better second day if you can leave it that long! If you use red onions in this recipe you will find they add a sweeter note to the overall flavor than brown onions and are not so harsh in flavor. You could even add extra herbs to give a different taste.

AIP Fish & Seafood

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Ham Wraps

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: ham, cucumber, smoked salmon, coconut cream, green salad.

These tasty wraps are ideal for a lunchtime snack or even for a healthy breakfast. They have a lovely texture since all the layers are sandwiched together with the smooth, dairy-free coconut cream. These are easy to eat, so they would be perfect if you are feeding kids. Or why not try turning them inside out – make cucumber cups, chop the meat and stir in the cream and fill the cups with the mix to make dainty finger food!

Baked Salmon with Cabbage, Apple, Fennel

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: salmon filets, olive oil, cabbage, fennel, apples, chicken broth or water, coconut oil, bacon, salt.

Using the bacon as a topping for this salmon in this recipe gives the whole dish a professional and appealing look, so this would be good when you are entertaining. The apples and fennel give this dish an original mix of flavors and of course we know how well fennel goes with most fish. You can use any cabbage that you like, but one idea would be to try using red cabbage as a way to add to the color.

Roasted Cauliflower Broccoli Tuna Bowl

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: cauliflower, broccoli, olive oil, lemon, salt, canned tuna, parsley.

Roasting vegetables gives them a milder and sometimes sweeter flavor and cauliflower is perfect for roasting. The tahini gives this dish a bit of a kick, but it goes really well with the fish. This paleo and AIP-friendly dish is simple but packed with flavor and texture and makes the ideal packed lunch, filling and satisfying, to keep you going through a busy day.

Fish and Leek Sauté

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: fish filets, leek, ginger, coconut aminos, salt, avocado oil.

This recipe is another one that can be used if you are working to a tighter budget as you can use whatever fish you happen to have. Some white fish can be bought frozen in large bags at a low price so keep a stock in the freezer. The ginger and coconut aminos give this dish loads of flavor but keeping it soy-free, making it perfect to make on a hot summer day or for a quick and easy lunch.

Carrot, Mango, Mussels Hash

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Lunch Recipes

Ingredients: carrots, mussels, mango, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, salt, coconut oil.

Most of us don’t eat enough seafood and that is a pity because it is packed with nutrition, so why not try something different like this lovely AIP recipe! You have a great combination of flavors and textures and you will be surprised how well sweet mango goes with the salty seafood. When you are cooking mussels, remember to discard any that don’t open as they may be bad.

Baked Sweet Potatoes, with Sardines, Green Olives and Kale

– Autoimmune Wellness

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, solid fat, red onion, brown mushrooms, garlic, anchovy filets, oregano, olives, kale, canned sardines, parsley.

If you are fed up with your usual baked potato fillings you might like to try this recipe for a completely new taste! The salty sardines, which are packed with nutrition, can combine with earthy kale and olives really well and adding in the anchovies gives this filling a wonderful savory taste. If you don’t have lard you can use coconut oil instead as it works just as well in the low-carb baked sweet potatoes.

Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers Over Ginger Spiced Sweet Potato Rice

– Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

Ingredients: shrimp, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, sweet potatoes, yellow onion, ginger.

Shrimp is a fantastic food to grill as it only takes a few minutes to cook, so is perfect for a speedy lunch dish. In this recipe it is served with sweet potato rice which is flavored with ginger to give it a warming spiced taste and this goes well with the shrimp. If you prefer, you can serve it with low-carb cauliflower rice in the same way but the sweet potato adds a new dimension to the flavor.

Tuna Bites

– Adventures in Partaking

AIP Lunch Recipes

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: tuna, broccoli, sweet potato, cassava flour, herbs d’provence, garlic, sea salt, gelatin, water.

This is a versatile recipe as these delicious little tuna bites can be eaten warm or cold, so you can either have them warm with a salad for lunch or pack some in a lunchbox and eat them cold. This recipe is suitable for most eating plans including AIP and Whole30.These bites are gently flavored with garlic and herbs which do not take away from the flavor of the fish, and as you are using canned tuna which can be inexpensive, this dish can be budget-friendly too.

Charred Brussels Sprouts with Anchovies and Orange

– Healing Family Eats

AIP Lunch Recipes

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Ingredients: solid fat, brussels sprouts, anchovy filets, navel orange, apple cider vinegar, sea salt.

Most of us in our childhood had to endure servings of over-cooked and mushy sprouts which is a great pity as it put some people off eating this vegetable, which is actually really delicious when paired with strong flavors like anchovy and orange. This recipe involves frying the sprouts which changes the taste and they really are delicious – not at all like we remember from school dinner ones! Still not sure? Use baby sprouts for an even milder flavor.