The Cheese Board Lunch Box

$7.45 recipe / $1.86 per box
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Continuing on with my no-cook lunch box series, today I bring you The Cheese Board Lunch Box! This one goes out to everyone who is perfectly happy nibbling on a charcuterie board for dinner, instead of as an appetizer to dinner. ;) Just be careful, this lunch box is going to tempt you to drink a glass of wine with lunch!

Four glass meal prep containers filled with the cheese board lunch box

Where Are the Vegetables??

I know, I know. I’m usually a vegetable-with-every meal type of person, but I think it’s entirely possible to have a cheese board lunch box and still keep balance in your day. Try eating a veggie heavy breakfast bowl, like my Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles, and make sure you include a veggie heavy dinner, like a stir fry, soup, or meal-worthy salad. Or hey, you can always just pack a side salad to go with this box for lunch. :)

What Else Can I Add to My Cheese Board Lunch Box?

As with all of these no-cook lunch box ideas, this Cheese Board Lunch Box is very flexible! Here are some other items you can include with or in place of any of the ingredients I put into my box:

  • Pickles
  • Grapes
  • Apple slices
  • A small container of your favorite jam
  • A small container of jam
  • A small container of pesto
  • Olives
  • Almonds
  • Dried cherries or cranberries
  • Sliced bell peppers

Other Meat Options

I used salami in my cheese board lunch box, but there are so many options with this one. You can use other cured meats, like prosciutto, capicola, soppressata. If all of that is too fancy or too hard to find, regular deli meat is just as great in this box! Roll up the slices into little “cigars” to make the presentation extra pretty and you’ll still feel like you’re eating an extra special lunch.

Wrap the Crackers for Freshness

To keep your crackers nice and crunchy, you’ll probably want to wrap the crackers in an extra fold-top sandwich bag or waxed paper to keep the moisture from the other ingredients out. I didn’t do this (because I’m lazy) and my crackers got a little soft, but I still enjoyed the box quite a bit over the next four days.

What Containers Do You Use?

These containers are made by Pyrex and are my favorite meal prep containers. While they’re not divided, the single compartment makes them very versatile. Also, the lid is simple, snaps on, and has no moving parts to break. There is a link to these containers in the bottom of the recipe card below. 

Overhead view of one Cheese board Lunch Box with a cracker stacked with cheese and salami.
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The Cheese Board Lunch Box

4.93 from 13 votes
This easy no-cook lunch idea is perfect for the cheese lovers of the world! The Cheese Board Lunch Box makes a meal out of savory nibbles.
Four cheese board lunch boxes lined up in a row
Servings 4
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 5 minutes


  • 8 oz. cheese ($2.12)
  • 4 oz. salami ($1.99)
  • 20 crackers ($0.74)
  • 16 dried apricots ($1.40)
  • 1 cup walnuts ($1.20)


  • Slice the cheese. Wrap sets of 5 crackers in fold-top sandwich bags or waxed paper.
  • Divide the cheese salami, wrapped crackers, dried apricots, and walnuts between four containers. Refrigerate until ready to eat, or up to five days.

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Serving: 1boxCalories: 638.5kcalCarbohydrates: 24.63gProtein: 26.95gFat: 48.95gSodium: 901mgFiber: 4.03g
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How to Make The Cheese Board Lunch Box

Packages of ingredients for the cheese board lunch box

These are all the ingredients I used for the cheese board lunch box (this is all from ALDI). You can use whatever type of cheese or crackers that you like. I chose sharp cheddar and got a box of assorted crackers. Check the list earlier in the post if you want ideas for other items to include.

Four cheese board lunch boxes lined up in a row

Slice the cheese and wrap groups of five crackers in a sandwich baggie or waxed paper (I skipped wrapping my crackers). Divide all the ingredients between four containers.

Four glass containers of the cheese board lunch box staggered

Refrigerate your cheese board lunch boxes until you’re ready to eat, or up to five days! Enjoy!

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  1. This is my fave airplane meal and breezes through security. I tend to use prosciutto as it’s less fragrant than pepperoni or salami, and a luxury treat–plain deli ham or salami are fine if toting for work. Dried apricots or dates are my faves, but dried cranberries are good, too. A dryish cheese such as the suggested sharp cheddar travels best, but if it’s just for work or home, I vote for bleu cheese. If there’s still space, I add cherry tomatoes, blueberries, or grapes to fill up the container. It’s easy enough to construct something similar for the trip home. While I love spreadable things, I keep the airplane version free of anything I might spill or dribble.

    1. Hi! Which bowls are you looking for? Since we only use the pyrex meal prep containers linked in the Equipment section of the recipe card, I am unsure. We do have some mixing bowls linked on our shop page!
      ~Marion :)

  2. This is how I’ve been feeding my kids lunch since they were little, though I usually add a raw veg like cucumbers or cherry tomatoes. (Better than a Lunchable!) They’re teens now, and we still do meat and cheese plates for lunch sometimes. 

  3. I’ve learned from a lot of toddler meal prep that reusable silicone muffin cup liners also work really well for separating foods you don’t want to touch!

  4. I can’t believe I never thought of this sooner. I made five boxes and I think this will take the pressure off of trying to cook enough for dinner to have lunch the next day. Instead, we can have the dinner leftovers for dinner the next day and free up a little more time some evenings. Also, I love all the foods. I’m sure you could mix it up by throwing in some olives, pepper slices, etc. I’ve been in such a slump and really needed this inspiration. Thank you :) 

  5. I love this lunch! I’ve been really using your no-cook lunch ideas and meal preps because my life has gotten crazy. I’m working three jobs, and I don’t have much time, money, or energy to prepare good meals. Super easy stuff like this makes me feel great knowing I have something tasty and at least medium-healthy just waiting for me. I used fresh grapes and cashews in mine.