5 Fantastic Summer Sandwiches

Just saying summer sandwiches makes people smile and their bellies perk up. Why? Because summer sandwiches are the perfect food. They are easy to make, cool to eat (unless you prefer hot!), social, good to go, or wonderfully messy to stay. Something for everyone!

Here are a few summer sandwich ideas to get you started, but feel free to change them up–substitute, toast, don’t toast; the beauty of a sandwich is simply in what you put in it. So use a combo of ingredients that you love and your sandwich will be just as wonderful.

The Great Green Sandwich: Pesto, roasted green peppers (or in a pinch, thinly sliced raw green peppers would be great too, and maybe even more refreshing), baby arugula, and fresh mozzarella. Pile all of this on sourdough bread, the kind you slice yourself, and you will have made a beautiful tangy melange of flavors and textures.

Spicy and Beefy Sannie: Roast beef (from the deli! No cooking! It’s too hot!) sriracha sauce, mayonnaise (I cannot imagine roast beef without mayo–it would be too sad), iceberg lettuce (to balance the spice) and tomato for extra juiciness.

Tuna Salad with Potato Chips: Take yourself back to your childhood with this crunchy tuna-y delight! You can fanci-fy or grow it up a little by choosing a fresh baguette for your bread, and adding a few leaves of baby spinach for health and color. And then of course, a nice blanket of crunchy chips in the middle. Yumm!

Props to Norway: This one is so tasty and good that I recommend open-face so you can get ultimate flavor without being bogged down by too much bread. Get the freshest pinkest baby shrimp you can find (warning: don’t make this if you can’t get good looking shrimp!) and add equal parts mayo and thick plain yogurt. Mix well and salt and pepper to taste. Pile the creamy shrimp mix onto bread or crackers and dig in. (I think this one is my favorite!)

(Fancy) Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Grilled cheese is a four season sandwich, it’s that perfect. Every time I bite into a grilled cheese I am amazed. The crunch of buttery bread and melty-ness of the cheese is a new love all over again. To make it summery and even more flavorful add a little aged gouda (also called old gouda, nowhere near as delicious sounding as it truly is) to whatever cheese you usually use. Put a bowl of gazpacho or summer cucumber salad on the side and dive in! Woot! Woot!

What is your favorite summer sandwich? Do tell!