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Spice up your lunchbox with these 9 Delicious Sandwich Recipes Cheat Sheet. Keep this in your pantry or meal planning binder for easy meal planning, with ingredients and inspiration included. These simple sandwich recipes are the best way to make a simple meal in just a few steps!

Half of the club sandwich on cutting board.
9 Delicious Sandwich Recipes Cheat Sheet

Is there anything more satisfying than a bite into a mouthwatering sandwich? I think not! Whether you’re looking for a delicious way to enjoy lunch at the office or you want to make your hoagie-style sandwiches from home, this 9 Delicious Sandwich Recipes Cheat Sheet is packed full of inspiration and a breakdown of ingredients to make planning your next sandwich even easier.

Want more delicious sandwich recipes to try out?  There are so many variations you can make! A simple option is a club sandwich that can easily be swapped to match what you have in the refrigerator. Or go for a chicken pesto sandwich with your favorite type of pesto.

Or if you want more lunch ideas and want to go beyond the classic sandwich, you could try ham and cheese roll-ups for something easy but very tasty!

Easy Sandwich Recipes

These are the best sandwich recipes packed with delicious flavor. From cold cuts to some of the most popular sandwich options, you can use these fun sandwich recipes for a quick snack or a healthy meal.

Why It Works

  • It’s free to print. After all, who doesn’t love something free? Keep reading to the end to get yours.
  • Easy meal planning friendly printable. The layout of this printable is great for using alongside my Weekly Meal Planner for easy meal planning.
  • Delicious inspiration. These ideas will flow the juices if you need motivation for your next sandwich.

Delicious Sandwich Ideas

Remember that these lunch sandwich ideas can easily be changed to your liking since they’re made with essential ingredients!

Delicious Sandwich Ideas Printable.
Delicious Sandwich Ideas

Turkey Cranberry

Made with turkey and cranberry sauce, this works great with leftover Thanksgiving ingredients or as a delicious deli-style sandwich! See how I turned them into sliders with this Turkey Cranberry Sliders recipe.

Pesto Chicken Sandwich

This is a tasty dinner or fun lunch idea toasted in olive oil and topped with chicken, pesto, sundried tomato, and fresh veggies. (I like adding bell peppers for a nice crunch!)

Spicy Sweet Salmon

A mouthwatering honey soy salmon topped with Daikon radish and pickled onion creates a unique lunchbox favorite you’ll look forward to during your lunch break.

Fancy BLT

Think of this as a gourmet version of a classic BLT sandwich! The caramelized onion and white cheddar combine to elevate an already delicious sandwich. If you like this sandwich idea, you’ll also love my Mini BLT Bagel Sandwich version.

Avo Egg

Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast or lunch, these avocado and egg sandwiches are full of healthy protein and a great way to start your day. You’ll also love my Air Fryer Egg Sandwich if you like this sandwich.

Spinach and Cheese

Upgrade your traditional grilled cheese sandwich with this healthy and easy take on a classic. This is a staple full of cheese and with a bit of heat from the crushed chili flakes.

If you like to change up your cheeses, go for it! You can use Swiss cheese, goat, mozzarella, or any other type you’d like!

Eggplant and Cheese

Add flavorful grilled eggplant to make this vegetarian grilled cheese sandwich that even meat-eaters will love. It has just six ingredients yet is packed with so much flavor. The first bite will have you loving life!

Spicy Steak

A unique take on the classic steak and cheese sandwich, this spicy steak sandwich is loaded with flavor from the steak and caramelized onion and topped with spicy mayo and mustard for some heat. (I like to pair this sandwich with some cooked sweet potatoes for a sweet treat!)

Peanut Chicken

This sandwich has the perfect amount of flavor and fun topped with Thai peanut sauce and loaded with veggies and fresh chicken. This is a good option for simple sandwich recipes for dinner, too!

Substitutions and Variations

The beauty of sandwiches is their versatility and the ease with which ingredients can be swapped to suit dietary restrictions or flavor preferences. Here are some simple substitutions and variations to consider for the recipes above:

  • Gluten-Free Options: Swap out regular bread for your favorite gluten-free variety. Many of the recipes can also be adapted into lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.
  • Vegetarian Variations: For a vegetarian take, substitute chicken and steak with grilled tofu or tempeh. The Peanut Chicken sandwich, for instance, can easily become a Peanut Tofu sandwich.
  • Vegan Alternatives: Replace dairy and meat ingredients with vegan cheese and plant-based meats. For example, the avo egg sandwich can be made vegan by using a tofu scramble instead of an egg.
  • Dairy-Free Choices: Use dairy-free cheese and mayo in recipes like the Spinach and Cheese sandwiches or the Fancy BLT to accommodate those with dairy restrictions.
  • Low-Calorie Suggestions: Choose a lighter approach by using whole-grain bread, low-fat cheeses, and increasing the number of vegetables in your sandwiches.
  • Spice Level Adjustments: Easily adjust the spice levels in recipes like the Spicy Steak by adding more or less of the spicy mayo and mustard to taste. Alternatively, add slices of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce for extra heat.

How To Use This Printable

Now that you have many inspiring sandwich ideas, here is how you put your printable to use!

Step 1: Print out your 9 Delicious Sandwich Recipes Cheat Sheet for free.

Step 2: Decide what kind of sandwich you want to make from the list.

Step 3: Add your ingredients to your grocery list and get shopping!

Step 4: Keep this list handy whenever you want a more exciting sandwich idea.

Sandwich Recipe printables with one sandwich on the side.

Storing Tips

Proper storage is crucial for maintaining the freshness and taste of your sandwiches. Follow these tips to ensure your sandwiches stay delicious until you’re ready to enjoy them:

  • For Short-Term Storage: If you plan to eat your sandwich within a few hours, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container. This method helps to keep the slices of bread from drying out and maintains the overall texture of the sandwich.
  • For Refrigeration: Sandwiches containing perishable ingredients that need to be stored longer should be refrigerated. Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container before refrigerating. Properly stored, most sandwiches can last in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
  • Prevent Sogginess: To prevent your sandwich from becoming soggy, separate wet ingredients (like tomatoes or pickles) until right before eating. Additionally, spreading a thin layer of butter or mayonnaise on each slice of bread can create a barrier that helps to protect the bread.
  • Freezing Sandwiches: Freezing is a viable option for longer storage, although it’s best suited for sandwiches without fresh vegetables or mayonnaise. Wrap sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to eat, thaw the sandwich in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours.

Serving Suggestions

Sandwiches, with their versatile nature, can be paired with a variety of side dishes to enhance the meal experience. Here are a few serving suggestions that complement any type of sandwich:

  • Crispy Potato Wedges: A classic side, potato wedges add a crunchy texture that contrasts nicely with the softness of most sandwiches. Or you could choose something like lemon and dill potatoes depending on the flavor of the sandwich.
  • Fresh Salad: A simple green salad with a light dressing can balance the richness of many sandwiches . Consider incorporating mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a simple vinaigrette.
  • Soup: Pairing your sandwich with a bowl of soup is a time-honored tradition. Whether it’s creamy tomato soup or hearty southwestern chicken soup, soup is a comforting addition to any good sandwich meal.
  • Veggie Chips: For a lighter side, try baking or air-frying thinly sliced vegetables like zucchini fritters, carrots, or sweet potatoes until they’re crispy.
  • Pasta Salad: A cold pasta salad, perhaps with an Italian dressing and fresh vegetables, can be a refreshing side, especially during warmer months. Or something simple like a dill pasta salad will go with spicier sandwiches.
  • Fruit Salad: A side of fresh fruit salad provides a sweet contrast that can highlight the flavors of your sandwich. Use seasonal fruits for the best taste and variety.
  • Coleslaw: Crunchy coleslaw, either mayonnaise- or vinegar-based, adds a tangy element that complements meat-filled and vegetarian sandwiches.
  • Pickles: A side of pickled cucumbers, beets, or other vegetables can add a delightful zest to your sandwich meal, cutting through heavier flavors with their acidity.

FAQs

Is it free to download these printables?

Yes, it is free to download and print any printable from our site. Just know this is for personal use only. You can not sell these printables as your own.

Can you make any of these into an open sandwich?

You bet. You can leave off the top slice of bread on one side or just use one slice of whole-grain bread, too. It’s totally fine how you want to build it and enjoy it.

What are the best toppings for sandwiches?

It just depends on whether you’re using deli meat or not. You can make delicious sandwiches and add toppings like red onion, melty cheese, or even just a little sprinkle of black pepper. 

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One Comment

  1. I love a simple sandwich for lunch, and these all look great! I had the fancy BLT for lunch today and it was delicious

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