10 Minute Lunches, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sandwiches and Wraps

10 Minute Lunch #2: Avocado Egg Salad

Judging my the comments and messages I’ve received regarding my first 10 Minute Lunch post about Fried Eggs on Pesto Parmesan Toast, it seems that there are lots of us who want quick, tasty, non-boring lunches. Some need packable lunches, others, not so much. My latest take on egg salad [and I just realized as I typed ‘egg’ that this is the second 10 Minute Lunch that features eggs… totally unintentional] is packable but of course can also be enjoyed at home. I was inspired to try Avocado Egg Salad by a post on We Are Not Martha, but was a) too lazy and rushed to look up the recipe as I was making my lunch right before I needed to leave and b) had a slight recollection that their recipe called for many more eggs than I had hard boiled the night before. So, alas–I just took the idea and ran with it.

Avocado Egg Salad is like regular egg salad… but it’s not. It’s creamier and smoother thanks to the avocado [duh] but still has a bit of tang from the mayo. I want to try it with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, but I didn’t have any plain on hand at the time. Unlike other egg salads, this one doesn’t incorporate tons of herbs or spices, just a sprinkling of lemon pepper for a little kick. It was a delicious new take on egg salad that rocked my Monday lunch. Hope you love it too!

In the spirit of full disclaimer, I must admit that this is not truly a “10 Minute Lunch” because it takes longer than 10 minutes to hard boil the eggs. But… simply prepare them the night before, as you’re eating breakfast, or getting ready, then pop them in the fridge. When lunchtime comes around, you’ll be good to go!

Avocado Egg Salad


  • 2 slices wheat bread, or crackers for serving
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/6 of an avocado
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
  • lemon pepper
  • romaine lettuce


  • Toast bread lightly in toaster, if desired.
  • Peel eggs and place them in a small bowl, then roughly chop them.
  • Add avocado and mayonnaise, then mash well with a fork.
  • Add a pinch of lemon pepper and stir to combine.
  • Top one slice of bread with lettuce, and load the other slice with egg salad, put together and enjoy!

Time: 10 minutes or less, not including time to hard boil eggs.

Yield: 1 delicious lunch.

10 Minute Lunches, Breakfast, Egg Dishes, Recipes

10 Minute Lunch #1: Fried Eggs on Pesto Parmesan Toast

10 Minute Lunches. The solution to my problem and yours–the ever-challenging quest of finding a quick, tasty lunch to eat at home during a busy day. A lunch that is better than those mystery leftovers or that boring sandwich you could make. A real lunch, instead of random handfuls of cereal and trail mix. [Or spoonfuls of peanut butter or “small” bowls of kettle chips (just one more) or xyz that is okay in moderation, just not as standard lunch fare.] 10 Minute Lunches is a new series here that I hope is helpful, and can of course be adapted for quick meals any time of the day. Don’t expect complex, 15 ingredient recipes or long preparation/cooking time. These lunches will be things you can really make during a break from the workday. Most are so simple that they are non-recipes. Pictures will be complements of Instagram… cause I gotta get back to work too! So if that sounds good, read on, friends!

Fried Eggs on Pesto Parmesan ToastFried Eggs on Pesto Parmesan Toast. Sounds like a mouthful… and while it is [yup, no denying it], it is really easy to assemble and contains lots of fresh ingredients for a filling, healthy break to your day. Much better than regular eggs and toast, without much more effort. Simply make some whole grain toast and fancify it beyond butter with parmesan and pesto. Add some leafy greens like spinach, top with protein-packed eggs and sit down to enjoy your meal. Spilling several spoonfuls of parmesan on the floor, flinging a pesto-covered knife across the kitchen, and breaking an egg yolk while flipping are completely optional.

What do you like for lunch at home? What about at work? I need ideas!

Fried Eggs on Pesto Parmesan Toast

  • Servings: 1
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  • 2 slices thick multigrain bread
  • 2 eggs
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • butter
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • pesto
  • fresh spinach


  • Toast bread lightly in toaster.
  • Prepare fried eggs as desired–I like mine just over medium, topping with a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper on top while cooking.
  • Butter toast and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Pop under the broiler for a minute or two, until golden. Then spread with pesto.
  • Top toast with spinach, and place egg on top.
  • Enjoy!

Time: 10 minutes or less.

Yield: 1 delicious lunch