Sandwich inspiration (and my view on lunch meat)

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To be honest, I never really liked lunch meat that much anyway so it was very easy for me to stop buying it. The main reason we gave it up was because (especially after watching Food, Inc.) we made a decision to only eat locally raised meats. And have you ever seen someone slicing off pieces of deli meat at your local farmers’ market? Shortly after writing off all lunch meat I soon realized other good benefits would come from this decision as well. Like helping us to reduce our overall meat consumption, which is better for our health and environment anyway. So this is the reason I haven’t bought a pack of deli meat in over a year (or even missed it one bit), and as you can see it was quite a simple decision for us!

Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Balsamic Vinegar

With that being said, this change opened up a whole new window of opportunity when it came to sandwiches. But with anything, I can sometimes get in a rut. So I recently asked my wonderful facebook community to share their most favorite sandwich combinations, which helped inspire this fresh list of sandwich ideas below. Please also feel free to leave your ideas in the comments at the bottom!

Cold Sandwiches / Wraps

  • Hummus with cheese, avocado and veggies (like carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, bell peppers or tomatoes)
  • Egg salad (variations include: curry or chopped green olives)
  • Egg salad BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato)

    Egg Salad Sandwich

  • (Who doesn’t love) PB&J
  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Cream cheese and jelly
  • Sprouts, provolone, honey mustard and avocado
  • BLT with or without crabmeat
  • BLT with avocado and spicy mayonnaise on focaccia bread
  • Open faced with black bean hummus, roasted red bell peppers, and avocado
  • Brie cheese, thin slice of green apple, and homemade chicken salad with grapes and walnuts
  • Chicken, black bean dip, tomato and avocado with a little squeeze of lime
  • Open faced with tuna salad, melted provolone and a slice of tomato
  • Herbed cream cheese and cucumber
  • Pecan-raisin bread with granny smith apple, goat cheese and honey
  • Pimento cheese
  • Cheddar, tomato, cucumber, a little mayo, salt and pepper
  • Grilled chicken, baked apples and brie, fig jam and lettuce
  • Sliced cucumber, tomato, hard-boiled egg, mayo
  • Cream cheese on whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bread or banana bread

Hot / Grilled Sandwiches

  • Caprese (pictured above – great on bread or a pita)
  • Pimento cheese (yes…it is amazing served hot!)
  • Roasted veggies, pesto, and cheese
  • Grilled cheese with or without tomatoes (trick: sprinkle a tad bit of grated Parmesan just before the bread gets fully browned!)
  • Grilled swiss cheese and avocado
  • Grilled egg, cheese and tomato
  • Melted brie with thin sliced apple
  • Grilled veggie sandwich with garlic mayonnaise and feta
  • Mushroom, roasted bell pepper, goat cheese, and pesto panini


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100 comments to Sandwich inspiration (and my view on lunch meat)

  • LoLa

    One of my favorites is a “vegetarian reuben” inspired by one I had at a vegetarian restaurant in Green Bay, WI. (name escapes me, sorry) Saute some sliced mushrooms and onion until the mushroooms are brown and onions soft, add some sauerkraut and heat through. Pile onto some toasted pumpernickel or rye, add shredded enmental or swiss cheese and homemade sauce (mayo w/ketchup and a drop of tabasco). Yum!

  • Julie

    I love shredded chicken with pesto and grated parmesan cheese. Mix it all together, and it’s great in a pita, on bread or in a wrap!

  • All yummy ideas! I also love nutbutter and honey!

  • Kitt

    Wow, you guys use a ton of cheese and eggs. I’m conscious of it because I’m allergic to both those things :( I make a lot of similar sandwiches but without any cheese! I love subbing hummus and/or avocado for the creamy fattiness, or pickles and olives for something salty. One of my favorites is making “grilled avocado,” which is really just like a grilled cheese but with soft avocado between the bread slices (I like tomatoes in there too).

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  • Marsela

    What is your homemade chicken salad recipe?

  • Dennis

    Here is my favorite I buy from whole foods.

    Sonoma Chicken Salad

    1 cup mayonnaise
    4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    5 teaspoons honey
    2 teaspoons poppy seeds
    Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    3/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted
    2 cups red seedless grapes
    3 stalks celery, thinly sliced


    In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, salt and pepper.
    Refrigerate until ready to dress the salad. This can be prepared up to 2 days

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the chicken breasts in one layer in a baking
    dish with 1/2 cup water. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes until completely
    cooked through. Remove cooked chicken breasts from pan, cool at room temperature
    for 10 minutes, then cover and refrigerate.

    When the chicken is cold, dice into bite-size chunks and transfer to a large
    bowl. Stir in pecans, grapes, celery and dressing.
    Serves 6

  • Gloria

    My favorite chicken salad recipe is a staple in Venezuelan cuisine. It has boiled chicken breast (shredded), chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, mayo, lime juice, salt and pepper. It can be used in sandwich, or corn tortillas for a “cold” taco. It is great as an appetizer with tortilla chips as well.

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  • Linda

    Some creative sandwich ideas. But it seems many of these are either too high in fat or too expensive.
    The egg salad are pretty basic. I make once a week. I also make tuna melts. Wild caught tuna in the foil packet, but I suppose that isn’t on the approved list.

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