Turkey & Cheese Pinwheels Bento Lunch

Bite-size pinwheels of turkey, cheese and lettuce make an appealing centerpiece of this bento box. Crisp celery sticks with a creamy dill dressing and juicy blueberries are tasty accompaniments, while popcorn, mixed with chocolate chips, makes a satisfying snack or dessert. Plus, this healthy lunch is so easy to pack and can even be made the night before.

Turkey & Cheese Pinwheels Bento Lunch
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 serving


Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing

  • 1 small shallot, peeled

  • ¾ cup nonfat cottage cheese

  • ¼ cups reduced-fat mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk powder, (see Note)

  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup nonfat milk

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Bento Box

  • 1 tablespoon Neufchâtel cheese

  • 1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla

  • 2 thin slices low-sodium deli turkey

  • 1 thin slice Cheddar cheese

  • 1 romaine lettuce leaf

  • ¾ cup air-popped popcorn

  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

  • ½ cup blueberries

  • ½ cup celery sticks

  • 2 tablespoons Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing


  1. To prepare the dressing: With the food processor running, add shallot through the feed tube and process until finely chopped. Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk powder and vinegar. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 3 minutes. Pour in milk while the processor is running. Scrape down the sides, add dill, salt and pepper and process until combined.

  2. To prepare the bento: Spread Neufchâtel over tortilla. Top with turkey, cheese and lettuce. Roll tightly, being careful not to tear the tortilla. Slice crosswise into 6 pieces. Pack in the large section of a bento-style lunch box or in a large container.

  3. Mix popcorn and chocolate chips together in a medium section of the bento or in a medium container.

  4. Pack blueberries and celery sticks in separate smaller sections of the bento box or in separate small containers. Nestle a small dip-size container beside the celery and add Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing. (Save remaining dressing for another use)

Ingredient Note

Look for buttermilk powder, such as Saco Buttermilk Blend, in the baking section or with the powdered milk in most supermarkets.

Make ahead

Cover and refrigerate Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing for up to 1 week.

Refrigerate bento box for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
17g Fat
53g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 1 bento box
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 18g
Added Sugars 6g 12%
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Vitamin A 1149IU 23%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 42mcg 10%
Sodium 759mg 33%
Calcium 306mg 24%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 27mg 6%
Potassium 290mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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