Valentine Kale Salad Bento Box

Posted on February 1, 2015

Valentine Bento Box

Valentine Kale Salad Bento Box

by Joy

I began using Bento Boxes purely as a spill proof way to send real food lunches to school with my kids after I had a horrible allergic reaction and began completely changing the way we ate. Then I did product reviews of a few popular bento box companies and started using a good quality Bento Box on a regular basis. I found that it was actually fun, and a much easier method to transport healthy lunches for the whole family. Instead of buying a whole bunch of cheap plastic (chemical filled) containers, invest in a good quality Bento Box for each of your kids, and it will save you time and money in the long run.

Now we use Bento Boxes every single day to send the kids a variety of healthy foods to sample. It also removes the “need” for feeling like I need to throw a packaged bag of junk food into their lunch. With the Bento Box it is easy to prioritize what healthy food groups my kids want to pack, and my older kids can now pack their own easy bento lunches every day. 

But Valentine’s Day is coming up and I want to surprise my oldest with a cute Bento Box lunch. She loves salad, so I made this Valentine Kale Salad Bento Box just for her –

Here’s How you can easily make my Heart Shaped Egg

Here’s the printable recipe for my Valentine Kale Salad Bento Box and My Kids Own Citrus Dressing – they go great together!

Valentine Kale Salad Bento Box
  1. Oganic Kale
  2. Sweet Red Peppers
  3. Jicama
  4. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  5. Hard Boiled Egg
  6. "Candy Hearts": watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple
  1. Purchase your Bento Box (see my Bento Box Reviews post if you need help)
  2. Fill large section with washed, dried, chopped organic Kale
Prepare a variety of Valentine Toppings using letter & shape cutters. Here's a few ideas
  1. X's: Sweet Red Peppers
  2. O's: Fresh Jicama
  3. Cheddar Hearts: Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  4. Hard Boiled Egg Heart: 1 Organic Free Range Egg Hard Boiled, Peeled, Shaped (See my EASY post how to make a heart shaped egg)
  5. Sprinkle Valentine toppings on Kale salad, fill rest into Bento Box sections for child to do.
  6. "Candy Hearts" dessert: use simple heart shape cutters on watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Place onto lollipop sticks
  1. ** Send along a travel size container with
"My Kiddo's Own Citrus Dressing"
  1. 3 TBS squeezed orange juice (about 1 small orange)
  2. 2 TBS raw organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  3. 1/2 TBS organic extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1-2 teaspoons raw organic honey
  5. Dash sea salt & fresh cracked pepper
  6. Give it a quick stir, that's it! Has a sweet refreshing taste that pairs great with a crunchy green salad.
Adapted from
Adapted from
I Believe in Joy!

 This recipe was featured in San Diego Family Magazine’s Snacking with Joy! Have you subscribed to follow them yet? They have great family ideas for the holidays!

Happy Valentine’s Day! ~ Joy

Author Joy Brownlee. Written and Photography copyrights
to Joy Brownlee @ for the photos bearing Joy's watermark.

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