For years, I packed a lunch for the office that resembled whatever I was packing for my kids’ lunches that day. And now that I’ve found myself working from home, I’ve learned that something as simple as a fruit and cheese board is a perfectly acceptable grown-up lunch.
It all began when Harry & David shipped me a box of their famous Royal Rivera® Pears, apples, and some cheeses for me to try.
Their perfectly wrapped pears and apples arrived without any damage and the cheeses were exactly what I expected -delicious.
Harry & David gift boxes are the perfect gifts, IMO, since the contents will be consumed and can be turned into delicious meals or snacks for any occasion.
Making a Fruit and Cheese Board
Whether you use a plate, platter, or a wooden board, making a fruit and cheese board lunch is super simple.
I used to lean towards the “I’ll just grab the cheese and crackers and eat an apple while I’m at it.” However, the simple act of building a board, in 5 minutes, has helped me be more mindful of the amount of food I eat.
Sure, we’ve all seen the gorgeous platters on Pinterest for entertaining and parties, cheese, and fruit boards filled to the brim; but no way is that realistic when you’re home and just need lunch for one.
What to put in a Fruit and Cheese Board
Most of the things I used to build a fruit and cheese board I had on hand. The apples, pears, fig spread, and cheeses came from a Harry & David box; while the crackers and nuts came from my pantry.
When the famous pears arrived, they weren’t quite ready so I let them sit on my counter for a couple of days. Once ready, they were juicy and mouthwateringly delicious.
I love crisp apples, which pair great with just about any cheese. In my box, I had Gouda and Cheddar Cheese -my favorites! So as you can imagine, I couldn’t wait to pair them with my ripe pears and enjoy them for lunch.
What Boards are best for a Fruit and Cheese Board?
It depends. For entertaining or when I’m making a dinner board for my family of 5, I like to use a large cutting board. Most of the time, however, I use a rectangular board -for two.
I also have small boards that I like to use for when I’m enjoying these pairings for myself.
It is true that making lunch for one daily can be a daunting task. My suggestion, keep it fun, keep the ingredients simple, and use high-quality ingredients you can savor each bite.
The fruit and cheeses used in this post were sent to me by Harry & David. To shop premium fruits, cheeses, wines, and gift boxes, check out Harry and David online.
Fruit and Cheese Board Lunch for One
- ½ pear, sliced
- ½ apple, sliced
- 1 ounce Cheddar Cheese
- 1 ounce Gouda Cheese
- 1 tablespoon mixed nuts
- ½ tablespoon fig preserves
- Whole-grain crackers, optional
- Arrange the pear and apple slices, cheeses, mixed nuts, and crackers on a wooden board.
- Drizzle pears with fig preserve and enjoy.