This Salami & Pears Bento Box is one of those 5-minute lunch ideas filled with good-for-you ingredients. Keep reading to find out how to pack it in the lunchbox, so everything stays fresh.
Quick Fruit & Deli Bento Box
This fruit and deli meat bento is a perfect example of an easy lunch you can create with everyday ingredients.
For this recipe, I selected fresh flavors like salami, pears, and ripe tomato- but you can exchange those with items you have on hand to really make it your own.
That’s the art of making bento boxes; you can select favorite ingredients and assemble them in a way that makes it feel like a treat, but really, it’s a balanced meal. It’s the #1 reason they’re such a hit with the kids.
What is in this Pears & Protein Bento Box
There’s no shortage of ideas to make this protein bento box your own, but in this recipe, you’ll find:
- fresh tomato: juicy, ripe cherry tomatoes work great!
- Italian deli cuts: rolled salami, prosciutto, or regular turkey.
- fresh fruit: this lunch includes juicy sliced pears.
- something crispy: pita chips, whole grain crackers, pita wedges – you get the idea.
- something cheesy: use your favorite sliced/cubed cheese or puffed cheese bites.
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How to Pack a Bento Box for Lunch
Time to grab those ingredients and assemble them into your own tasty bento box.
Here is how I packed it:
Wash the fruit and veggies, slice the pears, and roll up the deli cuts.
Place the deli cuts, tomato, and fruit into a compartmentalized lunch container.
- Add the ingredients
Pack the dry ingredients in a separate compartment to keep them fresh and crunchy until lunchtime.
- Ship it off
Close the lunch container and pack it into a lunch bag with an ice pack.
It looks like a masterpiece, and thanks to this lunchbox, we can pack the wet and dry ingredients under one lid. You’ll find more of my favorite compartmentalized container options here.
How to Keep Pears from Turning Brown
To prevent pears from browning, slice them at the very last minute or send them in a separate container. For fresh and appealing pears until lunchtime, you can use the same methods I share here to keep apples from turning brown.
More tips for packing lunches like a pro
Double, triple, or more the recipe, assemble everything, and store in the fridge. You’ll have lunches ready to grab and go on rushed mornings.
Swaps and adds
What makes bento box lunches so convenient is that you can customize them with what you have in the kitchen. No salami? Add turkey, prosciutto, or other deli cut. No pears or tomatoes? Add some carrots, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, celery sticks, beets, berries, banana slices, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Salami Bento Box with Pears
- 1 pear, sliced
- ½ cup grape tomatoes
- 2 ounces salami, rolled
- 1 ounce pita chips
- Puffed cheese crisps, or cubed cheese, optional
- Wash the fruit.
- Slice the pair and place them inside the lunch container.
- Roll up the salami, and pack them with the fruit and tomatoes.
- Place pita chips in a separate lunch compartment to keep them dry.
- Close the lunchbox and refrigerate or place it in a lunch bag with an ice pack.