June 30, 2022
This lunchbox idea is a terrific way to turn leftovers and simple ingredients into a balanced meal. Check how to pack it so everything stays fresh and crunchy until lunchtime.
Charcuterie-inspired Bento Box
Who doesn’t love snacking at parties and gatherings from a charcuterie board? Lunchtime can be as fun with this easy charcuterie bento box!
This lunch is great to make after you have ingredients left over from having a party or hosting a gathering. It’s quick, tasty, and adds variety because you can put anything on it like you would put on a board!
Kids that prefer savory foods will love this lunch idea that feels like a snack! A little bit of everything and you got a balanced, homemade bento box ready to pack. Epic!
What is in a Charcuterie Bento Box
This charcuterie-inspired quick lunch idea comes together in 5 minutes with ingredients you already have on hand.
This time, I included:
- Salami: or any other cured meat you love, like ham or prosciutto.
- Cheese: your favorite, sliced or cubed.
- Kalamata olives: add any kind of olives you have on hand.
- Baby carrots: or any other veggie, like bell pepper strips, snap peas, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, etc.
- Cucumber: a fresh and healthy addition you can include, swap or omit.
- Hard-boiled egg: add protein and makes this bento box more filling.
- Whole-grain crackers: Store-bought or you can use my recipe to make your own wheat thins.
- Hummus: a great dip to add creaminess and nutrition
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How to pack a Charcuterie Bento Box for Lunch
Here is how to pack this charcuterie lunchbox so it stays fresh until lunch:
- Pack charcuterie ingredients
Just as you would assemble a charcuterie board, place your savory charcuterie items, such as the salami and cheese, in one side of the lunch container.
- Add veggies and olives
Fill the rest of the larger compartment with veggies and olives.
- Add hard-boiled egg and crackers
Place the hard-boiled egg and the crackers in another compartment. Making sure the crackers are in their own compartment.
- Store in the fridge
Cover with the lid and refrigerate until you’re ready to place it in the lunch bag, ice pack optional.
Tips for packing this Bento Box like a pro
Follow these 3 tips to pack a perfect charcuterie-style bento box for school and office.
Keep crackers crunchy
When packing bento boxes for lunch, I typically suggest adding the crackers in a separate compartment away from the food so they remain crisp and don’t absorb any moisture from the other ingredients. However, the crackers pictured are sturdy and tend to hold up well. This is highly recommended when packing buttery and flaky crackers.
Pack the dip separate
Prevent any lunch bag mess by packing hummus, or any dip of your choice, in a small lidded container. This way, there won´t be any leak, and the other ingredients will stay crunchy.
Whether you use charcuterie leftovers from a party or build it from scratch, save time by assembling this bento box ahead. Wash and cut veggies, boil eggs, slice cheese, and roll salami. Then store it in the fridge, and it´s ready to add to the lunch bag on bussy mornings.
- 1 oz sliced salami
- 1 oz cheese, your favorite
- 6 kalamata olives
- ⅓ cup baby carrots
- ½ cup sliced cucumber
- 1 hard-boiled egg
- 6 whole-grain crackers
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- Mix and match your favorite cured meats, cheese, olives, and crunchy veggies to build this bento lunch.
- Just as you would assemble a charcuterie board, place your savory charcuterie items, such as the salami and cheese, on one side of the lunch container.
- Fill the rest of the larger compartment with the veggies and olives.
- Place the hard-boiled egg and the crackers in another compartment.
- Cover with the lid and refrigerate until you’re ready to place it in the lunch bag, ice pack optional.