5 Easy Five-Ingredient Lunch Recipes

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Don’t have time to make a grocery run before lunch? You’d be surprised what you can whip up at home with just five ingredients or fewer. There are plenty of interesting — yet simple — flavor combinations out there just waiting to be discovered, and why not start simple? Once you realize how few ingredients you need to serve up a five-star meal, you’ll be taking the express lane forevermore.

But don’t take our word for it: See how irresistibly easy it is for yourself by cooking up one of these five recipes.

1. Salmon, Asparagus, and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

This seafood and pasta recipe from Cooking Light makes for a refreshing, nourishing lunchtime dish — a great option for summer! The dish takes around 30 minutes to prepare, including cook time, and the recipe serves six.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 (1 ¼-pound) skinless salmon fillet
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

*Add salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: First, preheat broiler. Then bring six cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add asparagus to water; cook three minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus from water with tongs or a slotted spoon, reserving water in pan. Plunge asparagus into ice water; drain and set aside.

Next, return reserved water to a boil. Add orzo and cook according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. As the orzo cooks, sprinkle fillet evenly with salt and pepper to taste.

Place salmon on a foil-lined broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil five minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Using two forks, break fish into large chunks. Combine fish, orzo, asparagus, onion, and Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette in a large bowl; toss gently to coat.

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