Summer Beach Lunches

My family lives just blocks from the beach, but can you believe we haven’t made a trip down there yet this summer? Between my sister’s wedding, our Hawaiian vacation, and other stuff that just comes up, we haven’t been able to work in any beach time. I’m changing that this week! We’ve only got one more month of summer and I am determined to make the most of it – and that means lots of summer beach lunches.

When I was a kid, the beach was about an hour drive away and a day’s outing. We packed the car with everything we needed to last us from morning to dusk, including lunch and snacks. My favorite lunch was a raw veggie sandwich on wheat bread. I used to make them for me and my sister, my riff on Subway’s veggie sub (I was a budding vegan and didn’t even know it!). We live so close to the beach now that we can pop down for just an hour or two. No need to load the car as we can make the trek on foot and carry everything that we need on our backs. However, I still take the food and refreshments very seriously!

I love packing a picnic, especially if it’s on the beach. The anticipation of snacks and food on the sand makes me giddy, so I always want to make sure it’s food that is a little special (not your regular PB&J). I admit to spending more time and meal prep on summer beach lunches than is necessary, but it makes me happy. I truly derive lots of pleasure from food!

The best beach food is the kind that can sit for hours without refrigeration. It’s simple food that is easy to eat and hold on a beach blanket sprawled on the sand. Below are a few recipes that I think are just great for summer beach lunches.

Summer Beach Lunches

Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad

I love this salad so much. It’s quick, easy, and feeds a crowd. I love the Mediterranean flavors that the artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives bring. It tastes just as great at room temperature as it does straight out of the fridge, so there’s no pressure to keep it cold while you’re making sand castles!

Summer Beach Lunches

Tofu Wraps

Wraps make great beach food. I love this tofu version, but these are so versatile, the options are endless. Spread your favorite hummus or dip on a tortilla or flatbread, add some tofu or Beyond Meat Chicken, veggies or avocado, and you’re all set!

Summer Beach Lunches

Tempeh Chicken Salad

This is one of my all time favorite sandwich fillings, but it also tastes great on top of greens as a salad. It uses eggless mayo of course, so no worries if this sits out a little bit.

What is your favorite lunch to pack for the beach? Tell me in the comments below. For more beach food ideas, check out 5 Easy Make Ahead Beach Snacks.