When it comes to packing school lunches, our delicious tuna and salmon just make sense. They’re shelf-stable, budget-friendly, and incredibly versatile, so you can always whip up something good on short notice without making another trip to the store. Plus, both tuna and salmon boast high protein content and exceptional nutrition—so your kids will stay full through their afternoon classes and extracurriculars. (Like we said: These incredible fish just make sense!) Here are five of our absolute favorite lunch box-friendly recipes to get you through back-to-school and the year to come.
Switch up the usual sandwich routine with these creamy, ever-so-slightly spicy salmon roll-ups. If your kids don’t like anything spicy, feel free to leave the salsa out and season the filling with lime juice instead—the fresh herbs add plenty of flavor. Pack some sautéed fajita veggies, tortilla chips, and guac and you’ll really be on a roll.
Change up your usual tuna salad sandwich with soft, buttery croissants. We like ours with lettuce, fresh tomato, and sliced banana peppers for an extra punch of heat and acid—but you can add anything that makes you happy.
Move over, chicken Caesar salad—these Tuna Caesar Wraps are taking over! Our firm, mild albacore tuna is the perfect swap for chicken; just wrap it up in a tortilla with romaine, croutons, creamy Caesar dressing, and parm for a super-easy lunch.
These pita sandwiches require a little bit of prep work, but the payoff is worth it: A whole week’s worth of lunches, ready to go. Herby, savory salmon patties, crunchy veggies, and a refreshing yogurt-dill sauce combine to make a flavorful lunch you won’t want to stop eating.
A cheese board for lunch? Why not? Customize this high-protein spread with your favorite cheese, plus fruit, crackers, and any other accompaniments you like, then pack it in a sectioned lunch box to keep everything fresh.