When it comes to lunchtime, nothing is more satisfying than a sandwich (which is probably why November 3 is National Sandwich Day.) I know salads may be slightly healthier and sushi is far more trendy, but in my mind (and stomach) there's nothing better than a delicious sandwich, especially if it has one of those fancy toothpicks in the middle because you know that means it's so full of perfect toppings that it needs some extra stability. But in order to keep this this lunchtime staple from becoming boring, you need to whip up a few new sandwich recipes every so often.
Don't get me wrong. I have no qualms with scarfing down an old-fashioned PB&J like it's the only meal left in the world. But there's also something nice about indulging in a fancier sandwich with homemade horseradish mayo, arugula, and veggies. Sandwiches have been around forever, way before the Earl of Sandwich gave the dish its name, and it's a classic that's going to stick. Whether you prefer a simple sandwich made of white bread pared with potato chips or you want some focaccia bread loaded up with pesto and grilled veggies, there are plenty of options out there. So get out that bread knife, warm up the panini press, and pick one of these 13 delicious sandwich recipes to celebrate National Sandwich Day. In fact, make a few so you can pretend that you're also as organized as me and have your lunches planned for the week.
1. Chicken Satay Banh Mi
With grilled chicken breasts in a coconut peanut sauce instead of the traditional pulled pork, this chicken satay banh mi sandwich from Big Girls Small Kitchen is a delicious twist on a classic. Combined with the chili mayo, pickled carrots, and sprigs of cilantro, the flavors are out of this world.
2. Open-Faced Vegan Caprese Sandwich
Vegan and still craving a sandwich that's more than just veggies? Pickles & Honey has got you covered with their open-faced vegan Caprese sandwich. Made of tofu and fresh veggies, this is perfect for warmer afternoons.
3. Cheesesteak Sandwich
One of my absolute favorites, Table for Two knocks it out of the Phillies' stadium with these cheesesteak sandwiches. I'm all for a fancy sandwich, but this recipe follows the classic combination of sliced ribeye, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and plenty of provolone cheese.
4. Open-Faced Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
Who says sandwiches are just for lunch? The Comfort of Cooking has created a delicious open-faced bagel breakfast sandwich that is sure to start your day on the right foot. It's pretty versatile, so you can always add your favorite toppings and turn it into your perfect breakfast.
5. Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Sandwich
I'll be the first to admit that I think people get a little crazy substituting Greek yogurt in every meal, but these Greek yogurt egg salad sandwiches from Damn Delicious are worth it. You still get the taste of an old favorite, just like mom used to make, but it's healthier and a lightened up version. Win-win!
6. French Dip Sandwiches
I used to be obsessed with Arby's, but now that I've found this A Cozy Kitchen's homemade French dip sandwiches,, I'm pretty sure the fast food restaurant won't be getting any more of my money. French dips are perfectly simple and so delicious with the thin slices of roast beef, provolone, and horseradish mayo. And do I even have to mention the perfect hoagies and how they taste dipped in au jus sauce? Didn't think so.
7. The Ultimate California Chicken and Avocado Sandwich with Bacon
Anything called 'the ultimate' sounds pretty perfect to me. Half Baked Harvest brings us this ultimate California chicken and avocado sandwich with bacon and I am so grateful. With some of the toppings including alfalfa sprouts and potato chips, it's a sandwich you'll be craving all day long. (You're totally going to pull a Ross Geller over it is all I'm saying.)
8. Smoked Turkey Club Panini
A turkey club is already pretty delicious, but this smoked turkey club panini from Mel's Kitchen Cafe slays it. Super quick and easy, it makes for a great lunch or even a light weeknight dinner.
9. Grilled Corned Beef and Swiss on Rye
Alright, let's be real here. The two best sandwiches in the world? A Cuban and a Reuben. And Simply Scratch has created magic by combining the two into a grilled corned beef and Swiss on rye sandwich. I know, I know. But I don't think you can marry a sandwich.
10. Hummus, Onion Relish, and Honey-Lime Kale Sandwich
Um, do those flavors sound marvelous or what? From Naturally Ella, this hummus, onion relish, and honey-lime kale sandwich is vegan, delicious, and will have you canning onion relish every day so you never run out.
11. Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich
You know how certain meals just taste like vacation? That's exactly how this shrimp po' boy sandwich from Mom On Timeout will make you feel. Super easy to assemble and all the flavors of yummy shrimp, lime, and a homemade remoulade sauce make it super easy to demolish, too.
12. Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Herbed Cream Cheese and Pesto
Grilled veggies are delicious enough on their own, but combine them with herbed cream cheese and pesto and you've got an amazing grilled veggie sandwich. Thanks to Cooking for Keeps, this recipe is hearty enough to keep you full, but won't leave you feeling terrible hours later thanks to all that zucchini and squash. Delicious.
13. A Wreck From Potbelly
If you don't live near a Potbelly, you can still experieince the wonder of their sandwich skills. Utilize the recipe below to whip up its famous sandwich, A Wreck.
- 1 multigrain or regular sandwich roll
- 2 slices salami
- 1 slices Angus roast beef
- 1 slices turkey
- 1 slices ham
- 3 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- ½ Tbsp. brown deli mustard
- Hot peppers, to taste
- Sliced onion
- Italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice bread lengthwise and layer meat and cheese. Place on prepared baking sheet and toast 5 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
- Spread mustard and mayonnaise on each side, then garnish with the toppings of your choice.
Images: Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest; Big Girl Small Kitchen; Pickles & Honey; Table for Two; The Comfort of Cooking; Damn Delicious; A Cozy Kitchen; Mel's Kitchen Cafe; Simply Scratch; Naturally Ella; Mom on Timeout; Cooking for Keeps; foodiecrush