Smoked Salmon 5-Minute Packable Lunch

Hello friends!

In honor of it being finals week, I have another 5 minute packable lunch to share with you guys! Because time is currently of the essence — as I’m sure it is for you this busy holiday season as well! :)


Today’s star was a package of smoked salmon I picked up at Trader Joe’s a few days ago :)


I decided to make a variation of my Smoked Salmon & Dill Wrap, using hummus instead of laughing cow cheese and a mini-sized whole wheat pita instead of a wrap!


I simply spread on some hummus, shook on some dried dill, topped with a serving of the smoked salmon, and finished it off with some fresh baby spinach! 


Next up — salad for some more veggies and bulk! 


I made a quick salad with spring mix greens, tomatoes, feta, and some cracked pepper. Topped with a little baggie of balsamic vinaigrette for later!


(Don’t forget to pack a fork! :) I’ve totally done that before. Or ONLY packed a fork and had to use it to eat yogurt. Fail!)

Since I’m also trying to use up the fridge before I leave for DC on Saturday, I grabbed a random carrot to munch on, too:


And, since I’ll be at school allllllll day long, an afternoon snack was packed, too! First — another mini-sized whole wheat pita with some almond butter and banana slices:


And a juicy pear:


Ready to rock!


One last thing — something to drink! I’ve been bad about spending too much money on hot tea lately at school (black tea with skim milk is my favorite mid-morning snack — soul warming AND filling from the milk!) so I packed my own mug and tea bag — I can get hot water and milk at the cafe for free! Sweet.


Off I go — today is the official last day of classes! Our Food Science final exam went well yesterday, and today I have my Maternal & Children’s Nutrition final. After today, just one more left — Biostats on Thursday! Eep. That will be the hardest out of all of them, I think.

Have a great day! :)


  1. 1

    Love smoked salmon! Great lunch idea!

    Best of luck on the final!

  2. 2

    I pack a lunch when I have all day of classes too. These are great ideas!

  3. 3

    I pack a lunch for work most days, too. On a super lazy night (I pack the night before) it’s PB&J. My favorite, though, is a big salad or veggie sandwich.

  4. 4

    I love smoked salmon. One of the food places on campus has lox, so I always get a whole wheat bagel with lox + cream cheese (veggie cream cheese!). It’s so good!

  5. 5

    I love packing my own tea bag and reusable mug when I’m out for along time. It is amazing how much a cup of tea costs – plus using a reusable mug is good for the environment!

  6. 6

    Packing lunches quickly is key for me – I’m usually rushing in the morning to get to work. I love when I have leftovers, but wraps, soup, fruits, veggies and yogurts are often my go-to! Good luck on your final!!

  7. 7

    I’m in the same boat with finals. Good luck! Confession: I have a set of plastic utensils in my purse at all times. You never know… :)

  8. 8

    Good luck with the final! I have two more days and then I’m free!!!

  9. 9

    I always pack my own lunch and snacks too! Saves a ton of cash:)

    Best of luck with your finals!

  10. 10

    The salad and the fruit look really good. Can you believe, I have never eaten salmon. It looks so orange, I’m afraid to try it. Don’t like fish too much.
    Good luck on all of your exams.

    PS I know you were in Tampa last year and today it was in the mid 20’s. It was 24 in Atlanta at 5 am. The cold is bone chilling in the South.

    • 11

      I know the weather is so crazy right now! Sadly my parents don’t live in Florida anymore so no warm Christmas for me this year – although it doesn’t sound like it’s all that great there now anyway!

  11. 12

    Looks yummy – brain food! I always tried to whip up something extra yummy during finals week. Good luck, you’ll do great!

  12. 13

    Good luck on your exams!!!

  13. 14

    Smoked Salmon makes THE BEST lunch.

  14. 15

    That lunch looks awesome!
    Good luck today; know you’ll knock it out of the park —

  15. 16

    I love smoked salmon! I like to have it with on a bagel with cream cheese, onions, and tomato! <— My go-to breakfast at a bagel place.

  16. 17

    Looks just like how I pack my lunch, snack, and tea for work!!

  17. 18

    YUM!! Your 5-minute lunches leave me without an excuse to get lunch from Starbucks, that’s for sure :)

  18. 19

    jsut found you site via a recipe link for the Hummus Guacamole. Love, love, love you 5 minute lunches. I met with a dietician yesterday and working on eating better for insulin resistence. You site is a new fav!! I am love forward to trying your Hummus Guacamole. I really need to work on my lunches…and taking care of me! :-) Great site.

    • 20

      Hi Janeen, Thanks for the sweet comment! Welcome to the blog and get started taking care of you! :) Also – I have a whole bunch more of my 5 minute lunches on my recipe page, in case you didn’t see them all!

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