Published on July 21, 2019

At what point will you abandon your sad desk lunch? One too many morning emails and not enough time to prep at night has made this habit a tough one to kick. But that’s not a reason to stick to a diet provided by your local deli. Instead, try one of these seven easy sandwich ideas that embrace the best flavors of the season. 

Whether you’re someone who likes green goddess dressing (and who doesn’t?) or has plenty of heirloom tomatoes piled high on your countertop, these seven lunches can take care of your midday cravings without asking too much of your busy schedule. 

Marinated Veggie Cheese Sandwich

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

With this healthy yet filling sandwich from Half Baked Harvest, you might give the second meal of the day its due. Fresh thyme leaves, baby arugula, sliced provolone, goat cheese, and garlic intertwine with marinated veggies like yellow summer squash and fresh sun-dried tomato pesto. You’ll gladly take your whole lunch hour to enjoy it. 

Hummus Havarti Veggie Sandwich

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Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Speaking of bright summer sandwiches, this option from How Sweet Eats is just as irresistible. Everything seasoning and pepitas are sprinkled on two buns, which hold together slices of tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, carrots, and red onion. Microgreens, Havarti cheese, hummus, and pesto round out the mix. 

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

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Courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats

If you are someone who eats light around noon, this recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats will appeal to you. Cream cheese, garlic powder, and dill are combined into a spread that tops cookie-size circles of bread. Cucumbers, smoked salmon, and fresh dill are then piled on, making for an effortlessly impressive yet not-heavy lunch. 

Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

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Courtesy of The First Mess

There are sad salad desk lunches, and then there’s this option from The First Mess: It takes all of the components of a hearty salad and delivers them in a convenient sandwich form. Cooked chickpeas, ripe avocados, chopped celery, and minced dill are formed into a mixture and added to lettuce for easy-to-eat wraps. Sliced cucumbers and radishes can be included, too. 

Heirloom Tomato, Basil, and Manchego Toast

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

If you’re looking to make the most of ripe tomatoes this summer, why not take a cue from Half Baked Harvest and work them into a toast? In this recipe, rustic bread forms the basis of the meal, and then heirloom tomatoes, grated Manchego cheese, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil are added on top. Just try not to make this recipe every day this week. 

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Courtesy of The Modern Proper

A warm grilled cheese sandwich will always be comforting, and if you’re working from home, this recipe from The Modern Proper might be just what you need to get through the rest of the day. Avocado, spinach, asparagus, sprouts, and green goddess spread is mixed with mayo, butter, and mozzarella between two slices of French bread. The sandwich is then cooked until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted. 

Roasted Caprese Burrata Sliders 

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

For those of us who are working through summer weekends, perhaps this recipe from Half Baked Harvest can at least provide a sunny break. Cherry tomatoes are roasted with garlic, peppers, and olive oil, and then brioche buns are toasted. When everything is ready, the sandwiches are assembled with burrata, basil, and balsamic vinegar. 

Read on for more recipe ideas:
8 Easy Recipes That Put an End to the Sad Desk Lunch
7 Healthy Lunch Recipes That Aren’t Salad
10 Recipes to Seriously Upgrade Your Bring-to-Work Lunch

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