Here's a collection of the most picnic-friendly sandwiches from my sandwich page!
01 of 05
Let's be honest, there's nothing like sinking your teeth into a perfectly made turkey sub from the deli. It's the ultimate go-to sandwich for a long day at work, a child's lunchbox, or a beautiful day at the beach.
But there are some obstacles. We all know that feeling of disappointment that rolls over us when our sandwichstarts to fall apart mid-bite. So to avoid that, we definitely need to take the proper precautions. Sandwich building is an art, so I've laid out the methods and order to insure that the ingredients will stay tucked in place and each bite will be absolutely perfect.
I always recommending using all organic, natural, and/or local ingredients because hey, they just taste so much better and doing so is good for the world.
02 of 05
Grilled Summer Squash, feta, and Pickled Red Onion Sandwich
To me, summertime means eating all the fresh vegetables and herbs that I can get my hands on. So while creating this recipe, I wanted to pack in as many of my favorite summer flavors into one sandwich as possible. The slightly sweet yet salty grilled summer squash provide a "meaty" texture while the feta and pickled red onions give the sandwich a nice tangy bite. The herby mayo, while rich in its purest form, brings a bright and herbaceous note which helps to balance out the flavors of this summertime treat.
If I had to bring one sandwich to a picnic for the rest of my life, this one would surely be it.
03 of 05
Prosciutto, Pear, and Gorgonzola Dolce Sandwich
This sweet and salty creation is the perfect picnic sandwich. Not only does it hold up really well over time, but as the airy focaccia sits with the sweet and tangy dressing, the flavors marinate, helping it become even more flavorful.
If you can't find prosciutto or don't have any on hand, feel free to use another super salty ham like jamon serrano or the more familiar Virginia Ham - just make sure that it's sliced as thin as possible. As for the gorgonzola dolce, it's important to use a blue that's not too strong and overbearing. If this speciality cheese is unavailable in your area, don't sweat it, just mix a little bit of crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola with some honey. It'll make all the difference and you'll be thankful that you went the extra step.
To make this sandwich even more picnic perfect, layer a piece of wax paper over a piece of butcher paper and roll this sandwich up. Tie it up with some nice twine to look even more legit. And don't forget to pair this sandwich with a super bold and flavorful cabernet sauvignon to highlight the cheese or a light not-too-oaky chardonnay to help bring out the citrus-y flavors of the arugula and dressing.
04 of 05
I was raised in Tampa so i can tell you that the Cuban sandwich and I have some history. It's salty, rich, and tangy and you don't have to go to Tampa, Miami or Cuba to find the perfect Cuban sandwich - with this simple and easy recipe, you can make it right at home!Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Salami, Gruyere, Swiss, and Basil Sandwich
Calabrese Salami is a little bit spicy, perfectly salty, and absolutely delicious. It comes from the Southern tip of Italy and is packed with paprika and an assortment of peppers. The gruyere and swiss cheese, while both both nutty and rich, become almost caramel-like when paired with the cured meat. If you can't find gruyere, you can totally just use swiss cheese - but the gruyere adds a nice sweetness The basil adds a note of earthiness and freshness and helps to keep the sandwich from not being too much.
Since this sandwich isn't grilled and is even better when served at room temp, it's perfect for picnics, hikes, and boat rides. Simply wrap the sandwich with wax paper and butcher paper, and fold the corners in so that you create a perfectly packaged treat. Don't forget to pair with some salt and pepper chips, some petit cornichons, and a few sparkling lemonades.
Although this sandwich can last a while without refrigeration, I wouldn't recommend keeping it out for more than 5 hours at a time. At this point, the sandwich becomes to get soggy, the bread gets smushed, and the meat releases all its grease. So as long as you keep in in a cooler and don't expose it to direct heat, it'll be the perfect traveling sandwich.