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This bento box has rice, roasted squash, marinated tofu, garlicky cucumbers, pickled radish and sauteed kale, but you can definitely omit parts as you please! #bentobox #lunchideas #vegetarian

Vegetarian Bento Box

This vegetarian bento box is a colorful lunch idea with plenty of veggies, and it's perfect for meal-prepping!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword butternut squash, cucumbers, daikon, dairy-free, egg-free, furikake, garlic, ginger, green onions, hazelnuts, kale, pickles, quick pickles, radish, rice, scallions, seaweed, sesame seeds, squash, tofu, vegetables, vegetarian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 725 kcal


Marinated Tofu

  • 1" knob ginger peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 8 oz block tofu cubed

Garlicky Cucumbers

  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 T chili garlic sauce

Pickled Daikon

  • 1/2 medium daikon peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 T white vinegar
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Curried Butternut Squash

  • 1/2 butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 1 T Thai curry paste
  • 1 T canola oil

Sauteed Kale

  • leaves from 1 bunch kale
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1" knob ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 T minced lemongrass

Sesame Hazelnut Furikake and Assembly

  • 1/2 T sesame seeds
  • 2 T shredded nori
  • 2 T toasted hazelnuts chopped
  • 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup cooked rice


Marinated Tofu

  1. In a shallow container, combine everything. Mix the tofu occasionally while it marinates in the fridge (preferably overnight, though 30+ minutes works too).

Garlicky Cucumbers

  1. Mix everything in a medium bowl.

Pickled Daikon

  1. Mix everything in a medium covered container (I like using an old jam or pickle jar). Let marinate for 15-20 minutes, or preferably overnight. These are good for a month in the fridge.

Curried Butternut Squash

  1. Whisk the curry paste and oil until homogeneous (there should be no chunks of curry paste). Toss with the squash, then spread on an oiled sheet tray.
  2. Roast at 450F for 15-20 minutes, or until fork-tender.

Sauteed Kale

  1. Heat a bit of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add everything with a pinch of salt, then saute until the kale is wilted.

Sesame Hazelnut Furikake

  1. Mix the sesame seeds, nori, nuts and salt in a small bowl to combine.


  1. Using a bento box (or whatever shallow and flat resealable container you want), divvy up the tofu, cucumbers, pickled daikon, squash, kale and rice. Drizzle the sesame oil over the rice and sprinkle with the furikake.

Recipe Notes

Don’t feel like cold tofu? Feel free to pan-fry it to get it crispy on all sides, then toss it in the sauce before packing it.

You can add turmeric to your daikon if you want- it adds a nice yellow color (and turmeric is supposedly super good for you). I’d suggest starting small (ie 1/4 tsp or 1/2 tsp) if you’re feeling wary.

Note that calorie information does not include chocolate.