Our beautiful city is a hotbed for delicious, creative and healthy cuisine, but sometimes you can end up shelling out a fortune for that quick lunchtime meal. We’ve rounded up Melbourne’s best healthy lunches under $15 in this awesome list of healthy Melbourne cheap eats. Pass me a fork…
Chia seed chicken with smashed vegetables: $9.95 | Youfoodz
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If you’re on the go, sometimes finding time to pick up lunch can be tricky. Online food delivery company Youfoodz specialises in healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options (you can check out their full menu here) that don’t come frozen and take no time at all to prepare—literally all you have to do is eat! This chia seed chicken meal is our delicious pick of the bunch.
Daily specials: Pay as you feel | Lentil as Anything
Vegetarian institution Lentil as Anything serves some of the best vegetarian food in Melbourne. Its vegetarian restaurants in Abbotsford, St Kilda, Preston and Footscray offer healthy salads and more substantial dishes for ‘pay as you feel prices,’ making it a top recommendation for affordable and delicious healthy lunches in Melbourne.
Coconut spinach curry: $12 | Disco Beans
Preston café Disco Beans’ delicious coconut spinach curry comes with wholegrain rice and a side salad, making it one of our top super-filling cheap eats in Melbourne. It’s vegan and gluten-free too—the perfect nutritious choice for winter.
Design-your-own salad with La Madre bread: $12 | Famish’d
Tucked into a small premises on Little Collins Street, Melbourne salad bar Famish’d serves delicious DIY salads and daily specials seven days a week. The design-your-own option lets you choose 5 ingredients and a dressing to be tossed together, and every portion comes with freshly baked La Madre bread—yum!
Black been superfood noodle salad: $14 | Shebeen
Shebeen’s tasty organic black bean noodle salad includes pistachios, almonds and a delicious house miso lime dressing. Although this vegan and gluten-free salad is almost hitting the $15 mark, Shebeen is a social enterprise that supports charities tackling poverty around the world, so your money will be going to a good place.
Protein powerhouse salad: $11 | Crisp
Get your daily hit of omega 3’s with Melbourne CBD café Crisp’s protein salad, which combines tuna, edamame, quinoa, fresh beetroot and spinach, topped off with a free-range egg.
Fish & slaw burrito: $9.95, Hooked
Burritos can leave you with a food coma for the rest of the day, but this fish burrito from seafood specialists Hooked is one of our top light, healthy and lip-smackingly good cheap eats in Melbourne.
Mex-Bim-Bap deconstructed salad: $12 | Fonda
Melbourne Mexican restaurant Fonda serves a cracking salad that combines all your favourite Mexican flavours: Sweetcorn, zucchini, black beans and sweet potato and, of course, guacamole for under $15. Winner.
Soba and onigiri rice ball salads: various prices | Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe
Japanese restaurant Purple Peanuts has been serving Melburnians delicious, pocket-friendly lunches for 5 years. We love the soba buckwheat noodle and onigiri rice salads that are around the $10 mark, and miso soup is only an extra couple of bucks. A top healthy lunch in Melbourne for all of you Japanophiles!
Lentil & chickpea wrap: $11 | Yong Green
You’ll be bamboozled by the choice of healthy lunches in Melbourne vegetarian restaurant Yong Green! Make your decision snappy and go for the lentil and chickpea wrap—wholesome, tasty and one of our favourite take away cheap eats in Melbourne.
Organico pizza: $4, Bimbo Deluxe & Lucky Coq
Fitzroy & Windsor
Bimbo Deluxe and its partner, Lucky Coq, are known as Melbourne’s most affordable pizza joints. Their vegan friendly Organico pizza (pumpkin, pine nuts, rosemary and soy cheese) is pretty damn good, and it’s available for $4 from 12noon until 4pm every weekday.
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Image credit: Fonda - Pip Jarvis.