Summer Lunch Food Ideas for the Whole Family

Summer is a time for hot and sticky weather. The last thing you want to do at lunchtime is slave over a hot stove in a hot kitchen. Here are some great summer lunch food ideas for the whole family.


Strawberry and Tomato Salad– Makes 4 servings
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut into fourths
1 cup of strawberries, stem cut off and sliced into strips
1 teaspoon of olive oil
2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 ounce of goat cheese, crumbled

Using a small bowl, combine tomatoes, strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt. Allow to marinate on the counter for 8-10 minutes. Divide mixture on four individual plates and top with goat cheese before serving.


Cobb Salad Sandwiches– Makes 2 servings
4 slices of white or wheat bread
4 thick slices of ham deli meat
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
4 slices of bacon, cooked crispy
2 tomatoes, sliced
2 large leaves of romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons of blue cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Lay out the four slices of bread on the counter. On two slices of bread, spread one tablespoon of mayonnaise on each slice. Top the mayonnaise-topped slices with 2 slices of ham, one hard-boiled egg, 2 slices of bacon, one slice of tomato, one leaf of lettuce and one tablespoon of blue cheese. Place the remaining two slices of bread on top of each sandwich.

ham and cheese apple wraps

Ham and Apple Wraps with Yogurt and Mustard Dip– Makes 4 servings
¼ cup of plain yogurt
1 ½ teaspoons of Dijon mustard
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 16 wedges
4 ounces of cheddar cheese, cubed into 16 pieces
4 ounces of deli ham, cut into 16 strips

Using a small bowl, combine the yogurt and mustard until mixed well. Set aside. Take one wedge of the apple along with one cube of cheese and wrap tightly with one slice of deli ham. Repeat using the remaining apples, cheese cubes and deli ham slices. Serve with the yogurt and mustard dip.

Discussion:  What is your favorite summer lunch food idea?'
Madison Main
When Madison isn't tending to her job at a bank, she is hauling her 5 children to soccer practice and other activities. Main is also a speech and drama coach at the local high school.

16 Responses to “Summer Lunch Food Ideas for the Whole Family

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    6 years ago

    That Strawberry and Tomato Salad sounds good. Awesome ideas.

  • These lunch ideas are perfect for the summer because they are so fresh and light. Nobody wants to eat heavy foods during the summer.

  • All these lunch ideas look so delicious. I have some strawberries left in the fridge, so we’ll try the salad later. Thanks for the recipes.

  • That cobb salad sandwich is looking pretty amazing. I love switching up traditional things w/new flavor combos!

  • Delicious what some fantastic ideas I think I’m going to have to try all of them! x

    Catherine S
    6 years ago

    These all look yummy. I will have to make the cobb salad sandwiches for lunch next week.

  • Those ham and apple wraps sound delicious. I have all the ingredients for them and the dip at home right now.

  • Wow my kids love salads so I’m pretty sure they’d love that stawberry and tomato salad. Super light and nice, they’d enjoy it out back!

  • These are awesome lunch ideas! I have to try making some of those sandwiches.

    Jennifer Williams
    6 years ago

    My youngest will love that strawberry and tomato salad – two of his favorites in one salad. I will be trying the cobb salad sandwich – that sound so cool and refreshing.

  • Great ideas. I especially like the one with the meat wrapped around the apple and cheese. Genius!

  • I am loving the salad! Looks so delicious. I am pretty sure they all are

  • That strawberry salad looks amazing. Makes me want to go out and get some strawberries.

  • All these looks very delicious and different. The strawberry tomato salad and Apple wraps with yogurt and mustard dip recipes are new to me. I am sure my kids would really love them. Looks so easy to make and healthy as well. Thanks a lot for sharing these yummy ideas.

  • SO many great ideas! I hate the “Im Hungry” question because it follows with what is there to eat. Now I have some ideas.

  • All three of these dishes sound amazing! We are on a low carb plan right now, but there’s a mock bun we made before that would be AWESOME for that Cobb Salad Sandwich! Pinning this!

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