The Munchies: Harlem Loves’ Homemade Bento Box Salad Lunch

I’m so excited about my lunch today! In my bid to eat healthier I thought I’d make it fun and have bought myself a bento box to house my venture into gourmet salads…


I was a little over excited whilst making it so have a slightly vague recipe but basically it includes:

Bottom layer:
1 tin of red kidney beans
1/2 tin of sweetcorn
1/2 a cucumber diced
1 red pepper thinly sliced
1 1/2 spring onions
A good handful of watercress ripped by hand
Another good handful of rocket ripped by hand

A light dash salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil
Poured a little on the salad just to bring it together a little and poured the rest in the little vinaigrette pot I reused from my M&S salad at lunch yesterday.

Top Layer:
Grilled halloumi cut into triangles (I love Halloumi! and was so excited that I could pull out my George Foreman an Grill it myself)
Grilled ciabatta bread cut in triangles
Cherry Tomatoes sliced (and put into a measuring spoon. Perfectly sized to hold it and stop it turning my bread to mush)
Sprigs of watercress
Raisins and sultanas

Honestly I’ve been stopping myself from gulfing it down since about 10am. Especially the halloumi.

I think I’ve discovered my inner epicure as I’m loving the colour combos, varying textures and creative potential of these new lunches. Plus I seem to be getting quite excited over thoughts of juicy red beetroot, bright orange shredded carrots and nutty Quinoa… What will I do next I wonder!

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.


  • Reply July 18, 2011


    Great recipe, definitely i will try it myself!

    • Reply July 25, 2011


      Thanks Julia, let me know how you got on :D

  • Reply August 7, 2011


    Delish! I def need to start making more lunches for work instead of grabbing something in Pret! x

  • Reply August 14, 2011


    Love the recipe, which I will be using, and the nod to healthier lunches, but me being me, was rather more interested in the bento box! I think you might like to drool over Black & Blum’s lunch solutions, such as their lunch-pot:


    • Reply August 25, 2011


      Oh wow they’re gorgeous… Wish they came in more colours though

  • Reply October 8, 2011


    Great for me that I found your Blog… I just started with my own Blog, can I reference to this post? I want to write something on similiar topic!

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