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5 Bento Box Recipes to Match Your Work Personality

Last modified on September 1st, 2018 at 11:11 am

No matter your personality at work, we’ve got all the Bento Box Recipe inspiration from classic sandwich choices, adult lunchables, tacos in a box, the works salad and last night’s leftovers.

Whether you work in an office setting or not, every organization is a dynamic culture with all types of employees. From the go-getter to the show off, the extrovert to the introvert, the wallflower to the life of the office, it really does take all types to make a workplace complete. With no office politics required, we’ve got all the Bento Box Recipe inspiration to satisfy your work personality (or aspiring personality) to make meal planning for the office that much easier for a busy week ahead. Enter the adult lunchbox 2.0.

The Achiever | Salad Bento Box Recipe

The Achiever (or over achiever to a few others on the list) strives for excellence in everything they do. They’re super organized, detail-oriented, reliable and consistent in their work performance, resulting in a strong work ethic and even stronger drive for success. When it comes to lunch they need a meal that puts in just like they do. A thoughtful lunch consisting of high energy, high protein and high sustenance is just what the boss ordered, and our Kale Cobb Salad Bento Box Recipe is up for the task.

A healthy, well balanced meal that won’t leave these achievers feeling sluggish at 3pm, our Kale Cobb Salad comes with all the works; bacon, corn, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, boiled eggs, and grilled chicken over a bed of kale dressed in a creamy dressing. A lunch dish that is just as meticulous, studious and dare we say as much as a keener as these achievers, this lunch dish will keep them full for hours and provide enough energy to have them lasting all day long, or at least until dinner time. Check out our recipe below and our steps to a perfect simple salad.

The Wallflower | Sandwich Bento Box Recipe

The Wallflower (or the introvert) keeps a very low profile while getting the job done. While they’re probably just as much as an achiever as the achievers, the office wallflowers prefer to not be in the spotlight; they get in, get their work done and get out, keeping their stance under the radar. While they’d rather be alone than in a group setting, they’re hard working, simple and want a no fuss day at the office, and that also goes for their lunch choices. Our Sandwich Bento Box Recipe is the ideal calm and classic recipe that wont make them feel overwhelmed in a hyper-active work environment.

Not straying too far from tradition, our Sandwich Bento Box Recipe is an elevated version of the typical turkey or ham sandwich. Opting for prosciutto as the main meat source, we topped this sandwich with sliced pears and arugula with a thin layer of goat cheese on each side and a low key drizzle of honey. Keeping up with their classic nature, serve with pears, nuts and grapes, because serving chips is a little too dangerous (and noisy) for this quiet bunch. Check out our Egg Salad recipe for more sandwich inspiration.

The Slacker | Leftover Bento Box Recipe

The Slacker (aka the procrastinator, the loafer, the comfortable colleague) has the skills to get the job done but may or may not be riding their own wave. While they definitely have the potential, they go at their own pace, do more personal things than work things, and are under the radar when it comes to the bosses eye, but hey, it takes all types. While slacker may be too harsh of a word, when it comes to lunch they prefer a no thinking required, grab and go kind of lunch and guess what, our Leftover Bento Box Recipe is as easy as it gets.

Remember that summer pasta we made a few days ago? The slacker made extra so they don’t have to batter their brains with selecting, much less cooking, another meal – why reinvent the wheel, right? Loaded with carbs, cheese and bread on the side (more carbs?), the slacker already knows they’re getting the 3pm slugs and frankly, doesn’t even mind it. The perfect dish to complement this colleague, our Summer Pasta loaded with tomatoes, zucchini, and pesto is their take on eating their greens, just let them have that.

The Innovator | Charcuterie Bento Box Recipe

The Innovator (or the office genius) has their finger on the pulse and is always looking into the future. They’re the ultimate creative, the best brainstormer and always have the best ideas even when it’s not part of their job description. Call them the Steve Jobs of the office, the innovators are star pupils and excel at everything they do (perhaps they’re more of a keener than the achievers, who knows). When it comes to lunch they need a meal that stimulates not stifles their great ideas and our Charcuterie Bento Box is the perfect inspiration.

A curated collection of delicious bites, this adult lunchables holds the perfect creative boost for these innovative colleagues. Assorted crackers, a soft and hard cheese, spicy salami, prosciutto, olives, grapes and red pepper jelly (what’s a charcuterie spread without jelly), and with all these choices, it’s the perfect mix and match lunch that’ll brainstorming the next great office idea. With no plate required, this lunch can be enjoyed on the go or wherever your innovative mind takes you. Check out our Comforting Cheeseboard here.

The Life of the Office | BYO Taco Bento Box Recipe

The Life of the Office (or the entertainer) is super engaged, energized and ready to partake in extracurricular activities. Quite literally the life of the office, these colleagues have a special gift of bringing people together and turning normal, mundane days into best work days ever. Always coming up with new and exciting ideas and fun activities to do together as a team, these colleagues sometimes don’t know when the office party shenanigans are over. A lunch to keep up with their bouncing off the wall initiatives, our BYO Taco Bento Box Recipe is exactly what these office entertainers need.

As if they needed another reason for everyone to like them, our tacos in a bento box come packed with everything you need to throw a lunch time fiesta. Grilled chicken with red onions and peppers tossed in a beer, chilli, cumin and chipotle spice blend, fresh guac, cheese, sour cream and salsa and a few corn tortillas make this the ultimate party in a bento box lunch. Plus, don’t be shocked if they also pull out a piñata to complement their fiesta bento box.

Whether you’re an achiever, wallflower, slacker, innovator or life of the office, these recipes are sure to provide you all the lunch inspiration to match your work personality. What’s your work personality?

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Kale Cobb Salad Work Lunch

A healthy, well balanced meal, our Kale Cobb Salad comes with all the works; bacon, corn, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, boiled eggs, and grilled chicken over a bed of kale dressed in a creamy dressing. This lunch dish will keep you full for hours and provide enough energy to last you through the day, or at least until dinner time.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Food and Drink, Main, Salad
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 cob corn, grilled
  • 1 avocado
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 3 cups kale
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼  tsp salt
  • ¼  tsp black pepper

Instructions

No. 1 | Prepare all your toppings: Chop the bacon, remove the corn kernels from the cobb, chop your tomatoes and grate your cheese. For the avocado, chop them then toss them gently with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Place all these ingredients, into the smaller portions of your bento box.

No. 2 | Make the dressing by mixing together the mayo, mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

No. 3 | Chop the kale into bite size pieces and place into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and a small pinch of salt. Using your hands, squeeze and massage the kale until it becomes tender. Pour the dressing on top and toss until the kale is evenly coated. Place the kale into the larger portion of your bento boxes. Top with sliced chicken breasts and a halved boiled egg.

Notes

Massaging the kale is a step that is well worth it. It takes about 30 seconds and makes the kale tender and easier to eat than if you were to not do it.

Keywords: How to make a Cobb Salad, Summer Salads, Lunch Salads

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2 Comments

  • Reply Crystal Jordan September 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

    OMG, this salad is sooo amazing. I love the Kale and massaging it first is a great tip. I’ll probably be eating this everyday for lunch now!

    • Reply Chef Sous Chef September 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Crystal! We couldn’t agree with you more 😉

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