Sandwiches are a back-to-school classic: they’re easy to make and easier to pack. There are millions of ways to spice up your sandwich, from switching up the breads and the condiments, and getting crafty with your fillings. Our sandwich solutions are sure to keep your lunch bag looking different every day, for both the office and the classroom.
The easiest way to switch up your sandwich? Switch up the outside! Swap out bread and try: pita, lettuce wraps (collards or romaine), Portobello mushrooms, tortillas, apples, rice cakes, cucumbers, buckwheat crepes, or let the inside speak for itself. Want something sweeter for your peanut butter? Ditch the bread for graham crackers, biscuits, or muffin tops. (To get inspired, see below for a quick video on how to make a collard greens wrap.)
Another easy way to take your sandwiches to the next level? Mix up the condiments! The classic mayo or mustard toppings can only go so far. Leave those behind and spread your bread (or bread alternatives) with some of these: hummus, tahini, tzatziki (try ours, it’s to die for), baba ganoush, relish, pesto, barbecue sauce, tartar sauce, or sweet and sour sauce. Want to get fancy? Add ingredients such as garlic, strawberries, rosemary, or maple to butter to layer on your sandwich. Try mixing lemon and garlic in your mayo to make a tasty aioli.
At the end of the day, it’s what’s inside that counts. We know it’s easy to go for the turkey and American cheese, or roast beef and lettuce, but try these combos when you just can’t eat another turkey sandwich:
1. The Veggie Monster: Bean sprouts, tomato, lettuce, and avocado
- Try it with hummus, pesto, or lemon aioli.
- Try it on a lettuce wrap, pita, or a rice cake.
2. Almond butter, strawberry jam, and banana (AB&J)
- Try it with cashew butter or topped with crumbled chips
- Try it on pita, apple slices, or graham crackers
3. The Classic: Deli meat and cheese
- Try it with tahini, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce
- Try it without bread—roll it up, with or without lettuce!
4. Pulled pork (Porkin’ Around)
- Try it with barbecue sauce, spicy mustard, or sweat and sour sauce
- Try it on a tortilla, corn bread, or a lettuce wrap
5. The Caprese: Tomato, mozzarella, and basil
- Try it with an aioli or pesto spread
- Try it on a buckwheat crepe or between portobello mushrooms
6. The Roasted Riot: Sweet peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and carrots
- Try it with baba ganoush, tzatziki, or pesto aioli
- Try it on pita, tortilla, or rice cake
7. BLT: Bacon, lettuce, and tomato
- Try it with garlic butter, barbecue sauce, or pesto aioli
- Try it on a buckwheat crepe, a lettuce roll-up, or pita
8. Shrimp ‘n’ Avo: Avocado, arugula, baby shrimp
- Try it with garlic butter, pesto, or lemon aioli
- Try in on a tortilla, baguette, or spread on crackers
9. The New Yorker: Cream cheese, onion and smoked salmon
- Try it with garlic aioli or pesto
- Try it on a bagel or in a pita