31 Work Sandwiches That Aren’t Sadwiches

Work sucks. Your sandwich doesn’t have to.

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1. Italian Veggie Sliders with Whipped Pesto and Feta Spread

Resist the temptation to eat the spread with a spoon. Here’s the recipe.

2. Steak and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich

Here’s the recipe.

3. Corned Beef Sandwiches With Copycat Grouchos Sauce

If you have a toaster oven at work, you can get the warm, melty cheesiness by toasting it right before you eat it. To combat sogginess, bring the dressing on the side and slather it on right before eating. Here’s the recipe.

4. Roasted Butternut Squash and Balsamic Onion Sandwich with Smoked Gouda

Like autumn, in a sandwich. Here’s the recipe.

5. Harissa Chicken Wraps with Roasted Peppers, Feta, and Avocado Aioli

Here’s the recipe.

6. Tempeh Bacon BLT with Kimchi, Avocado, and Chipotle Mayo

Squeeze some lime juice over the avocados to keep them fresh in the work fridge. Here’s the recipe.

7. Deli-Style Tuna Salad Sandwich

Because by Friday you won’t want to eat 5-day-old tuna salad: mix up a bulk batch of the mayo, veggies, and relish on Sunday. Then each weeknight, scoop out a portion of the mayo mixture and mix with one 5-ounce can of tuna. Here’s the recipe.

8. Slow-Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Yes, if you eat it at work you’ll probably eating it chilled. Still tastier than sad deli chicken on white bread. Here’s the recipe.

9. Sriracha Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich

Sriracha + bacon. Enough said. Here’s the recipe.

10. Greek Chicken and Kale Pita Sandwiches

Bring the dressing on the side so your pita doesn’t get soggy — a lunchbox like one of these has handy side containers that would work well for dressing. Here’s the recipe.

11. Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sandwich

Your favorite summer salad, between two pieces of bread. This is another place where you should pack your dressing separately and drizzle it on at lunchtime. Here’s the recipe.

12. Smoky Tempeh and Hummus Sandwich

No judgements if you sub store-bought hummus. Here’s the recipe.

13. Garlic, Prosciutto, Heirloom Tomato, and Cheese Sandwich

OK, so your office break room probably doesn’t have a panini press. But a toaster works just fine: pack the filling separate from the bread, then toast the bread and assemble right before eating. With prosciutto and tomato to make up for it, you won’t even mind. Here’s the recipe.

14. Marinated Chickpea Sandwich With Lemon Confit

Here’s the recipe.

15. Za’atar-Spiced Chicken and Bell Pepper Sandwich with Labneh

Here’s the recipe.

16. Tempeh, Guacamole, and Nacho Sauce Sandwich

This sandwich is mostly avocado spread, so two things will ensure freshness after a few hours in the fridge: packing the nacho sauce and guac separately from the bread (try just mixing them together to make a single mega spread), and squeezing half a lime over the top of your guac once it’s packed in the to-go container. Then assemble the sandwich right before you stuff it in your mouth. Here’s the recipe.

17. Jerk Chicken Sandwich With Jicama and Papaya Slaw

Here’s the recipe.

18. Omelette Sandwich

Turn your favorite omelette into finger food by sandwiching it between slices of bread. Here’s the recipe.

19. Double Decker Southwestern Turkey Club

Preserve your avocados by squeezing some lime juice over them before stacking them in your sandwich masterpiece. Here’s the recipe.

20. Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich on a Baguette

Simple, unexpected, and delicious. (Just make sure you spread on enough peanut butter to keep you full through the afternoon). Here’s the recipe.

21. Salami Cream Cheese Sandwich

Garlic, onion, and dill cream cheese pulls this out of sadwich territory. Here’s the recipe.

22. Chicken-feta Meatball and Arugula Sandwich with Tomato Jam

Here’s the recipe.

23. Egg Sandwich with Basil Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

Eggs: not just for breakfast. Here’s the recipe.

25. Halloumi, Sun-dried Tomato and Rocket (aka Arugula) Sandwich

Halloumi is a DELICIOUS cheese that stands up incredibly well to frying and grilling. Here’s the recipe.

26. Coconut Red Curry Chicken Wrap with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Here’s the recipe.

27. Nori Veggie Wraps


Easy, vegetarian, and customizable. Add rice for a more sushi-like experience. Here’s the recipe.

28. Eggplant and Prosciutto Pressed Sandwiches

Fancy paper wrapping optional. Here’s the recipe.

29. Goat Cheese Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Here’s the recipe.

30. Brooklyn Avenue Sandwich with Pastrami, Coleslaw, and Russian Dressing

Here’s another place where you’d want to pack that dressing (and maybe even the coleslaw) on the side, and put them on right before eating. Here’s the recipe.

31. Spicy Chicken Cobb Sandwich with Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, and a Fried Egg

So. Much. Protein. Here’s the recipe.

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