There's just something about eating a delicious, comforting picnic sandwich that feels right for summer and spring. Whether you're eating your favorite sandwich at the beach, enjoying a picnic in the park, or stopping on a road trip to visit your favorite summer locations, sandwiches always seem like the best option to take on the go during the warmer months of the year. And, let's be honest, picnic sandwiches are a lot more fun than summer salads. They're not only universally beloved, but also easily portable, so you can take them to all those outdoor locations you love while it's warm outside. Because of their popularity, it's easy to assume that sandwiches can be a bit boring. Really, though, it's their versatility that makes them so delicious.
Whether you're craving a Banh Mi-style sandwich, a classic deli recipe, or something else altogether (maybe a wrap or panini?), unique picnic sandwich recipes that are perfect for spring and summer are more abundant than you might think. From cool, crisp sandwiches that are packed with veggies to warm, comforting recipes with just the right balance of sweet and savory, here are 16 delicious sandwich recipes that you're going to want to have on hand as the weather gets warmer. Your picnic spread will never be the same again.
Smashed White Bean, Cucumber and Radish Sandwich
You don't have to be a vegetarian to love this crisp and cool sandwich that's healthy and protein-packed, filled with a mix of cannellini beans, lemon juice, fresh dill and three kinds of veggies.
Roast Beef with Romaine Lettuce and Cherry Pepper Slaw Sandwiches
Food fads come and go, but some classics remain, like this simple yet satisfying combination of thinly sliced roast beef, sweet red cherry peppers and shredded romaine lettuce on a hoagie.
Pressed Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Flavor-packed chicken salad makes the perfect picnic sandwiches. With sweet mango chutney, red grapes, and a bit of curry powder, this recipe is a fresh take on a picnic classic.
Tuna, Tomato, Red Onion and Olive Pita
Since it's usually laden with mayo, it's no wonder tuna salad gets a bad rap. This lively version takes a Mediterranean — and healthier — turn, with olive oil, Kalamata olives, lemon juice and parsley, packed in a pita.
Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps
Swiss chard is sturdy enough to act as a wrap for tasty fillings and stand up to double dips in the honey-ginger peanut sauce. This is a great picnic sandwich alternative for family members or friends who follow a gluten-free diet.
Make these monstrous wraps come to life with sliced cheddar, olives, and cornichon pickles! Use your favorite sandwich filling and give the kids food they can have fun with during your summer picnic.
Crispy Coconut Shrimp Sandwich
Crispy fried shrimp, coated in sweet coconut flakes, is an easy but outrageously delicious filling for this fresh take on a banh mi (complete with spicy mayo and crunchy fresh veggies, of course).
Vietnamese Turkey Sandwich
Spice up your traditional turkey sandwich with this version, packed with hot sauce, salami, and cilantro.
Turkey, Brie, Bacon, and Cranberry Sandwich
Think fall flavors have to stay in fall? Think again. This tart, sweet, and savory sandwich has so many flavors and textures to keep you satisfied and full on any summer day.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Tangy Slaw
The thing that makes this sandwich the perfect picnic sandwich is that it's ridiculously easy to prepare. Simply bring the buns, the pulled pork, and the slaw to the park in a cooler and assemble. No soggy mess, no stress.
Seared Steak Sandwich with Arugula Pesto
There's something about steak in the summer that just feels right. Add in some light, bright, and tangy arugula pesto and you have a perfectly balanced bite.
Pressed Italian Sandwich
There's no more classic summer sandwich than a fully-loaded Italian sub, and this recipe is an interesting take on that classic bite. Jam-packed with delicious Italian meats and veggies, this sandwich is the perfect mix of flavor, protein, and fiber.
Breakfast Egg Sandwich
Breakfast picnic, anyone? These delicious egg and cheese-filled sandwiches would be do well wrapped in foil, making for the ideal breakfast picnic food. Enjoy them after a hike or with a to-go cup of your favorite cold brew.
Eggplant, Prosciutto, and Pesto Pressed Picnic Sandwiches
Just looking at these sandwiches makes us want to schedule daily picnics. From the homemade pesto to the layers of grilled eggplant and thinly sliced prosciutto, your other favorite sandwiches now have some serious competition.
Get the recipe from Host the Toast.
Olivia Muenter is a freelance writer and former fashion and beauty editor who writes about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, relationships, travel, home decor, and more for Woman's Day and beyond. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Refinery 29, Glamour, Byrdie, Apartment Therapy, Philadelphia Magazine, and more. When she's not reading (or talking about reading on Bad on Paper, the bookish podcast she co-hosts), you can find Olivia working on her first novel, curating the perfect playlist, or shopping online.
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