Cold Sandwiches That Are Anything But Boring

Recipes for Your Lunchbox

Cold sandwiches are amazing. They're the perfect option for packed lunches and can deliver great taste and satisfaction. So often, though, we stick to the same old combinations of bread and fillings, and forget to get creative with our sandwich recipes. We're here to inspire you to eat lunch outside the box, with delicious, healthful, inventive recipes that will satisfy the whole family - and survive the trip to work or school in your lunch box. You'll find included here some...MORE wonderful vegetarian sandwiches, sandwich recipes for meat lovers, and new ideas for using ingredients in your pantry in surprising ways you never thought of doing for lunch. Lunch just got more exciting!

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    Chicken Waldorf sandwich
    Linda Larsen

    This easy, wonderful tasting cold sandwich is full of flavor, texture, and color. You'll love the combination of satisfying chicken combined with tart apples, crunchy celery and walnuts and sweet dried cranberries in a tangy, homemade mayonnaise-mustard dressing. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken for a yummy sandwich that's a snap to put together. It's perfect for your lunch box, and tastes especially fantastic on raisin bread slices.

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    This easy, scrumptious Italian sandwich is made with fresh mozzarella, zesty salami, sweet roasted red peppers, vibrant basil leaves and rich, buttery olive oil. Packed into a submarine roll, this hearty, satisfying sandwich is perfect for packing for work, or makes a great school lunch.

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    goat cheese ham and apple
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Want to make your usual packed lunch more exciting? Try this tasty, French-style cold sandwich with savory rosemary ham, creamy goat cheese, juicy apple, tart lemon and peppery arugula. Sweet, salty, spicy and crunchy, this delectable cold sandwich won't fail to ignite your palate and makes the perfect lunchtime meal.

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    It takes less than 5 minutes to assemble this classic, Italian submarine sandwich that's packed full of mouth-watering flavors. Made with thick slices of fresh mozzarella, sweet Italian tomatoes, rich extra virgin olive oil, tangy balsamic glaze and fragrant green basil, the Caprese sandwich makes a tasty and satisfying vegetarian lunch that's also super easy to make.

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    shrimp salad
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    Cold cooked shrimp are combined with creamy mayonnaise and savory seasonings in this upscale lunchbox sandwich recipe that's equally delicious on a crusty baguette, or packed into a pita pocket stuffed with crisp lettuce leaves. If you have leftover filling, serve it stuffed into a hollowed-out tomato or artichoke for an elegant appetizer or first course.

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    Thai toast
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Protein-rich and bursting with exciting flavor, this creative sandwich recipe has to be tasted to be believed - and it may just become one of your go-to favorite lunches. Basic, good-for-you peanut butter toast is transformed by zingy lime juice, spicy sriracha and herbaceous cilantro. Make two open-faced toasts and put them together for a fabulous packed, peanut butter sandwich lunch that's quick, easy and delicious.

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    Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe
    Grilled Cheese Social

    The classic New Orleans Muffuletta is widely thought to be one of the best sandwich recipes in the country. What's not to like about this stacked and pressed sandwich that features layers upon layers of beautiful mortadella, ham, salami, provolone and fresh mozzarella. Briny pickled peppers and olives add a zing to the olive oil dressing that makes this unbelievably tasty sandwich even more flavorful.

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    Smoked salmon is such a wonderfully luxurious product. It's fabulous in this creamy sandwich spread that's accented with herbaceous basil and tucked into flaky and crisp croissants. Stuffed into a flaky, buttery croissant pastry, it's heaven on a plate!

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    Curry Chicken Salad Recipe
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Why pack a boring sandwich, when you could be eating something far more exotic tasting? This robust and savory curried chicken salad sandwich packs a ton of flavor, with fewer calories than your typical chicken salad filling. Light Greek yogurt, spicy sriracha and Indian spices provide a tangy bite, with grated carrot and dried cranberries adding sweetness. Try it on a bagel, or stuffed into a large pita, for something different and delicious.

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    Turkey club
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    Enjoy a taste of Thanksgiving at any time of year, when you pack this perfect, double-decker club sandwich recipe for lunch. Delicious, mild turkey meat is layered between slices of white bread with crisp, salty bacon slices and crunchy fresh veggies, highlighted by cranberry sauce for a dose of sweet yet tart flavor. It's a wonderful lunch box recipe, or enjoy it for a quick meal at home.

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    Rich, sharp Parmesan and tangy mustard deliver a punch of flavor in this tuna salad sandwich that's anything but ordinary. Crunchy vegetables deliver texture and flavor too, in this tasty, mayonnaise-based tuna salad sandwich recipe. Serve it on a whole wheat bun and enjoy every bite.

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    Grilled Cheese Social

    Here's a filling, cold sandwich wrap recipe that lets you enjoy the indulgent tastes of a classic avocado, bacon and ranch sandwich, in a healthier version that substitutes flavorful Greek yogurt for mayonnaise in the dressing. You can feel great about eating a serving of heart-healthy tomato and creamy, vitamin-rich avocado, too!

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    When you're craving a lighter lunch, these cooling, delicious cucumber mint sandwiches are an elegant and easy option. Just four ingredients are needed to make this classic afternoon tea sandwich recipe. Delightful fresh mint provides a cooling flavor, making it an ideal choice on warmer days when you'll be enjoying lunch outdoors.

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    Creamy and cheesy, with a wonderful smoky flavor, this delicious and classic Pimiento Cheese Spread recipe makes a perfect cold sandwich filling. Store-bought pimientos are blended with silky cream cheese, smooth mayonnaise and savory Cheddar cheese to create this classic sandwich spread. This recipe also keeps well in the fridge and makes a fabulous party dip - just add some cream or mayonnaise to your desired consistency.

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    Tender, leftover cooked salmon combines with just a handful of other ingredients to make a delicious sandwich spread that's a step above the usual salmon salad. You'll enjoy the welcome, crunchy texture of diced fresh vegetables and in this flavorful, creamy mayonnaise-based sandwich that also incorporates Dijon mustard and Parmesan cheese. If you have leftover filling, it makes a great appetizer spread on crackers.