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.Print
Fruit and Cheese Board Lunch for One
This fruit and cheese board is the perfect lunch for one -or two- with apples, pears, cheese, and a few other on-hand add-ons.
- Prep Time: 5
- Total Time: 5
- Yield: 1 1x
- 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.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 380
- Sugar: 19
- Sodium: 340
- Fat: 20
- Saturated Fat: 10
- Carbohydrates: 31
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 16
- Cholesterol: 55