Italian Lunchbox Kabobs

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5 from 5 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

These Italian Lunchbox Kabobs are an easy fix for your daytime refuel, loaded with rich protein and delicious Italian flavors! You will love this one as well as my other lunchbox kabob recipes! 

Italian Lunchbox Kabobs on a beige plate.

Why This Recipe for Italian Lunchbox Kabobs Works

Italian Lunchbox Kabobs will make your lunch! They are so easy and quick to assemble, and will knock your ordinary sandwich recipe out of the park! I love lunchbox kabob recipes as an option for a midday meal and they are so simple!

Italian lunchbox Kabob on a beige plate.

What are shish kabobs?

Essentially, shish kabobs are skewers of grilled meats and vegetables. Kabobs have become very popular over the past years. Traditionally, they are a middle eastern food but they’ve become quite popular in American cuisine. You might have seen them referred to as kabob, kebob, kebap, kabab, and kebab.

Mongolian pork on plate
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mayo in a clear bowl, clear bowl of olive oil, and basil and oregano on a white plate.

How to Make Kebobs

Kebobs are seriously one of the easiest meals you will ever make and they are perfect for lunches. These kebobs use simple ingredients like salami, ham, fresh mozzarella, basil, and roasted red peppers! Plus they are made even more out of this world when paired with a wonderful homemade Italian dipping sauce of olive oil, mayo, basil, and oregano. I am telling you this sauce is irresistible!

Making kabobs can be done in your sleep! There is no real finesse to these and you can have them done in minutes! Just simply layer on the kabob and whip up the homemade Italian dipping sauce for dipping.

fresh mozzarella, basil, salami, ham, and basil on a white plate with roasted red peppers.

Expert Tips for Making Kabob Recipes

Now, you this recipe makes enough for a few lunches but you can always make more, but here are my best tips for making kabobs.

  • Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you would like.
  • Make sure to insert the kabob through the center to keep everything actually on the kabob.
  • Add or take away ingredients.

Creamy Italian Dipping Sauce with whisk in white bowl.

Variations for Kabobs Recipes

These Italian Lunchbox Kabobs are so simple and easy and the Italian flavors will totally melt in your mouth! Here are some alternate ways to serve these up!

  • Add some pasta to the kabob like cheese tortellini!
  • Swap out the meats to ones you enjoy more (cappacola,salami, etc).
  • Remove from the kabob and toss on top of a salad with the dipping sauce!

Tools Use to Make Italian Lunchbox Kabobs

Skewers: This is where the recipe all comes together!

LunchboxI love this lunchbox and it fits these Italian lunchbox kabobs perfectly!

Dressing Container: Keep the dressing handy for dipping in one of these.

Lunchbox Jokes for KidsYour kids will love their lunch with these cute jokes inside!

Italian Lunchbox Kabobs with pink napkin.

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Italian Lunchbox Kabobs
5 from 5 votes

Italian Antipasto Kabobs

Yield: 4 kabobs
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Italian Antipasto Kabobs will make your lunch! They are so easy and quick to assemble, and will knock your ordinary sandwich recipe out of the park! I love lunchbox kabob recipes as an option for a midday meal and they are so simple!
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Italian Kabobs

  • 1/4 pound deli salami, unsliced
  • 1/4 pound deli ham, unslided
  • 8 small mozzarella balls
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 skewers

Creamy Italian Dipping Sauce



  • Cut salami into four 1 inch chunks.
  • Cut ham into four 1 inch chunks.
  • Cut roasted red pepper into four 1 inch chunks.
  • Assemble kabob by layering 1 chunk of ham, 1 piece of roasted red pepper, 1 basil leaf, 1 mozzarella ball, 1 chunk of salami, 1 basil leaf and 1 mozzarella ball.
  • Repeat for each remaining kabob.

Dipping Sauce

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Expert Tips

  • Add Different Meat: Try pepperoni or even prosciutto.
  • Pasta: Cook cheese tortellini following the package directions, drain and add to the skewers.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try different cheese such as provolone or parmesan.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle with fresh parsley, cilantro or other herbs all over your platter.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low fat, fat free or low sodium meats and cheeses can be great in these cold skewer appetizers.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kabob, lunchbox

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