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Simple Summer Sandwiches

Whether it’s grown-up grilled cheese, halvies for your half-pints or picnic perfect pita pockets, mastering sandwich-making is a must if you want to keep meals simple but flavorful this summer. This is the time to incorporate seasonal stars like strawberries, cucumbers from the garden and grilling greats like summer squash, portabello mushrooms and swordfish.

Think outside of the lunch box too; sandwiches can make an easy and delicious dinner for the family or be served buffet-style for a crowd. Read on for a chance to share your favorite sandwich and be entered to win a $50 Whole Foods Market® gift card.

Here’s a hot tip for this season: save leftovers from the grill for easy sandwich solutions. (Whipping up new tasty creations with what’s on-hand has led to some of my all-time favorite sammies.) Take a look at these five simple sandwiches that really stack up without piling on too much time or cost if you use what you have handy.

  • Pita + hummus + grilled peppers + olive tapenade
  • Sourdough + bacon + lettuce + avocado + tomato
  • Flatbread + slices of chicken breast + buffalo sauce + blue cheese + julienned celery
  • Kaiser roll + grilled fish + coleslaw + pickled onions
  • Ciabatta + slices of grass-fed beef steak + grilled onions + feta crumbles

If you’re sandwiched between saving time and money and going all out on flavor this summer, grab these go-to recipes for stackables, wraps and pitas.

         

The Great Sandwich Stack-Up How does your homemade sandwich stand up to your neighbors’? Share your favorite way to build a super sandwich in the comments now through August 31 and be entered to win a $50 Whole Foods Market® gift card. The fine print: No purchase necessary.

Promotion ends August 31, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Marianna says …

I love making pesto chicken paninis with homemade pesto and tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Monica says …

Spicy sandwich Apply butter and cilantro mint chutney (1 bunch cilantro, 3-4 mint leaves, little ginger garlic paste, lemon and hot green peppers, add water as required for consistency) to 2 slices of bread. On one slice, add chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped cucumbers, boiled and chopped potatoes, boiled beetroots. Sprinkle little salt and put the other slice on top

becca says …

My favorite homade sandwich starts off with a fresh baguette.I add swiss cheese, mixed variety of grilled vegetables and of course, sliced salami!Just a quick buttering then off to the panini press!

lucy says …

My favorite homade sandwich is: grilled turkey breast red onion tomato spinach on whole wheat bread with a drizzle of olive oil then put on the panini press!

Darin Mecher says …

My favorite homemade sandwich is as follows: Honey Oat Wheat Bread Hickory Smoked Lean Turkey Breast Harolds (or alternative) Spicy Pickle Slices (Dern hot!) Pepper Jack Cheese Slice Mustard I call it the "Tiki Room Turkey" sandwich.

Daniel says …

I have two go-to special sandwiches for when I get sick of the simple meat-and-cheese-on-storebought-bread-slices type of sandwich. - Curried tuna salad with apple and raisins, some sprouts, shredded carrot. Serve it on some homemade bread (I like focaccia). - Get a loaf of crusty bread (or for single serving, a toasted onion roll). Spread one side with mayo, the other with honey mustard. Fill it with slices of Tofurky or lean turkey/chicken, cheese is optional, spoon in some stuffing and cranberry sauce, serve it warm with honey mustard or gravy for dipping.

nik says …

My favorite super summer sandwich is a marinated and grilled portobello piled high with fresh crunchy cucumber slices and tomato slices, swiped with fresh pesto, all on a giant seed-kissed grill-crisped whole grain bun! Cheers!

Talia says …

My favorite summer sandwich is a simple one: whole grain bread, baby spinach, sliced avocado, squeeze of lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, and sunflower seeds.

Shelly says …

This is a great breakfast sandwich or snack sandwich. Toast whole wheat bread and spread with peanut butter. Grate a granny smith apple over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yum!

j.J says …

Favorite sandwich starts with homemade potato bread. Then a garlicy caesar dressing as the condement. Whole Foods herbed roast beef from the deli case. Havarti cheese slices. Then some greens such as spinach or brocolini rabe or mustard greens or swiss chard. Served slightly toasted in a pan with butter. Yum!

Kristen M. says …

My kids love pressed sandwiches - we add pesto and fill the sandwich with quality meat and cheese (kid's favorite is provolone) from the deli. I don't mind splurging for good meat and cheese since the meal itself is economical. Sandwiches are great because they can be personalized. I like to add extras from the garden - fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs. My 2nd favorite sandwich is chicken salad using leftover roasted chicken. Mix together plain yogurt, chopped cold chicken, grapes, and nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans all work great). Season to taste and serve on a buttery croissant roll or fresh baked bread.

Kat says …

Tofu strips seared with sesame oil and garlic Shredded carrots Baby spinach Salt and pepper Tomato Wrapped in a tortilla with veganaise (olive oil kind)

jessica B. says …

chickpea salad (mashed chickpeas, goddess dressing, tahini, vegan mayo, celery, kelp flakes) on sourdough bread!

Melinda says …

I love a dressed up BLT in the summer - Toasted rosemary sourdough bread, mustard, tomatoes, bacon, baby spinach, sprouts, and havarti cheese. Yummy!

Katherine says …

My favorite sandwich is super simple. Slice a whole wheat pita in half and spread whole foods jalapeno hummus on both sides. I then layer sliced cucumber, red onion, green bell pepper, grated carrots, and spinach. And no sandwich would be complete with out a side of chips!

sheri says …

My 17 year old loves this one, sourdough bread spread with a basil pesto-mayo mixture (just mix basil pesto with mayo)( whole foods healthy mayo of course), put on sliced turkey meat, tomato and sweet onion slices, a slice or two of cheese (we used Havarti) Then put it in the oven until golden brown and melted.( Oven at 400 for 5-8 min or till melted.) Sprouts, spinach, and avocado can be added after it is melted. This is an amazing, extremely tasty and so easy sandwich!!

Stephanie says …

One of my favorite simple sammies is: Grilled chicken - cubed pesto grape tomatoes shredded parm mix it all together and stuff it into a toasted pita. Yum!

Eric says …

Okay, I got this! Yes! So, first thing's first, you gotta have your favorite bread...I use Black Olive and Rosemary Bread Slices, which is great toasted and dipped in your favorite pasta, too! Anyway, spread liberally across that favorite bread some Organic Spectrum Mayonnaise. Sometimes I spread a little pesto, too, but that's if I'm really feeling like a treat. Next, stack 2-3 leaves fresh Romaine Lettuce. Then grab a Handful of Sprouts and throw em' on there, any kind...my homegrown ones are the best! (Find a cheap indoor sprout grower, you won't regret it) On top of the lettuce and sprouts stack a few slices of your favorite nitrate-free Turkey. I like Applegate's Organic Herb, but you know, smoked is good too. Add a Halve Red Bell Pepper instead of or in addition to the Turkey Meat. Then add 2-3 thick slices of a Vine Ripened Cluster Tomato. If you're out, slice Halve an Avocado. Or both, depending on how big you want to stack it! Tomato and Avocado slices also fit nicely into the Halve Red Bell Pepper if applicable. Crack Pepper and Sea Salt over the Tomato/Avocado slices. You're done! Mmmmm...I think I'm going to go make one right now!! In Summary: Black Olive and Rosemary Bread Slices (or your favorite) Organic Spectrum Mayonnaise Pesto (optional) 2-3 leaves fresh Romaine Lettuce Handful of Sprouts Turkey Slices (Applegate Organic Herb, or your favorite) Halve Red Bell Pepper (instead of or in addition to the Turkey Meat) 2-3 thick slices of a Vine Ripened Cluster Tomato Halve an Avocado (instead or in addition to the Tomato Slices) Cracked Pepper Sea Salt :)

Sarah says …

All time favorite picnic sandwich = Mom's Sit Sandwich! Combine all of the following ingredients, wrap it in saran, and sit on it to combine the flavors and flatten the sandwich. 1 large round loaf Sourdough Bread (cut in half horizontally & hollowed out) marinated artichoke hearts mayo sliced tomatoes thinly sliced salami thinly sliced turkey breast sliced provolone cheese 1 can sliced ripe black olives, drained 1 red onion, thinly sliced

Stephanie S says …

Smith Portobello Tastebud Explosion: Delicious toasted bread (whatever is on hand) Carmelized red onions & sauteed portobello slices (finished off in cooking pan with balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper) Provolone or swiss cheese (melted on top of red onion and portobello in pan) Pesto (or any herb spread) and a smidge of organic mayo smeared on toast Fresh greens of any kind (baby romaine, baby spinach, sprouts) Build that delicious baby and voila!! Sooooo good that even big meat eaters are satisfied.

keith says …

No matter the season, a well-made Reuben prob tops my list: Turkey Pastrami / Emmi Swiss / Kraut / Grain Mustard (OK, so it's not a real Reuben because i don't add Thou Isle dressing). In lieu of that, i'd go with Almond Butter and fresh figs in a homemade oat or buckwheat crepe.

Mary says …

Grilled veggies, such as, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant and red bell peppers on a baguette with mozzarella (or any melting cheese) is a favorite. And, as said above, BLTs are always good, especially when the tomatoes are in season.

Judith Cooney says …

My favorite breakfast sandwich is: 2 Slice toasted low sodium ezekial bread 2 Tbls fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter 1 Tsp wheat germ sprinkled on top 1 Tsp flax meal sprinkled on top Ground Cinnamon on top (as desired - more or less - I like lot) 1/2 sliced banana on top of that drizzle organic orange flower honey on top. Can cut in half and use one piece of bread.

Tiffany says …

I love to have my homemade brioche breakfast sandwich for breakfast! It's fairly simple: thick slices of homemade brioche, lightly buttered, sandwiching eggs, gruyere cheese, tomato and cucumber slices.

Monica says …

I can't believe nobody's used cilantro yet (course I do also realize cilantro might not be on YOUR favorite list...gasp!!) My fab sammie is a version of the Vietnamese bahn-mi: crusty baguette portion (halved horizontally), mayo & a drizzle of srichacha sauce on both halves, cuke slices (fairly thick ones), meat is optional-I like chicken-can also use your favorite hummuamigos with a mix of shredded lettuce (romaine pers. fav) & shredded carrot tossed with a tsp of rice wine vinegar & about a tblsp of sweet chili sauce, & then top with fresh cilantro (I trim off most of the stems)--how much is totally up to you (I probably use a handful for a 6" bread section). That's it!! Tastes fresh & summery to me. You have GOT to try one :-D

Monica says …

Just saw my post-in-limbo. Can I just say that I don't remember typing in some of that info? Am giving credit 4 the weird to auto-correct and/or smart phone small keypad...really! I SWEAR it wasn't me, Mom!!

Monica says …

I can't believe nobody's used cilantro yet (course I do also realize cilantro might not be on YOUR favorite list...gasp!!) My fav sammie is a version of the Vietnamese bahn-mi: crusty baguette portion (halved horizontally), mayo & a drizzle of srichacha sauce on both halves, cuke slices (fairly thick ones), meat is optional-I like chicken-can also use your favorite hummus, then top with a mix of shredded lettuce (romaine pers. fav) & shredded carrot tossed with a tsp of rice wine vinegar & about a tblsp of sweet chili sauce, & then top with fresh cilantro (I trim off most of the stems)--how much is totally up to you (I probably use a handful for a 6" bread section). That's it!! Tastes fresh & summery to me. You have GOT to try one :-D

Cora Lennert says …

Whole Grain Wheat Bread or any sandwich bread you want. Peach Butter Fresh Peaches Bacon Gusto Antica Taleggio Raw Milk Cheese Grill it like a regular grilled cheese, but use the bacon grease instead of butter. DELICIOUS!!!

Bridget says …

A fresh ciabatta roll - toasted... Tomato right out of the garden... A dash of Fresh basil... Some crumbles of Goat cheese... A drizzle of Balsalmic Vinegar And what ever other veggies I have in the fridge. Yum!

Erica says …

A simple, make ahead party sandwich! Plus a great use for left over grilled vegetables. ½ cup marinated artichoke hearts finely chopped ½ cup of your favorite olives pitted and chopped ½ tsp oregano 1 round loaf of crusty whole wheat or white bread 1 jar 365 organic roasted red peppers strained left over grilled eggplant slices left over grilled zucchini and squash slices 1 large ball fresh mozzarella sliced 6 slices provolone cheese Slice open the loaf of bread horizontally across the middle. Remove some of the soft bread from the interior. Combine the firsts three ingredients and spread over the interior of the bread. Then place a layer of roasted peppers on the bottom half of the bread, followed by provolone, eggplant, squash, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella slices. Place the top of the loaf over ingredients and press the sandwich down with your hands. Slice the sandwich into wedges and serve. This sandwich is great made the day before! Wrap it well, refrigerate and slice just before serving.

Sam says …

Yum! Two of our favorite summer sandwiches: Fresh soft Pita (top 1/4 taken off) + cream cheese + Sliced black and green olives + sprouts Toasted bread (can be grilled) + little mayo (nayonaise) + red or green leaf lettuce + sliced tomato + slice of American cheese + ground black pepper Pair with some freshly brewed green iced tea for a nice summer meal.

Nalani says …

Rye bread, toasted of course, topped with a mushroom medley that has been sauteed with olive oil and garlic. Serve open faced!

Claire says …

My favorite sandwich is Whole grain seedy bread Homemade pesto Roasted red peppers Spinach It's even better as a panini

Sophie says …

Ok, these are more like summer rolls, but I would choose these over ANY sandwich. Use rice wraps/ tortillas as your bread. Of course in order to soften them up, you will have to soften them up in a shallow pan of water, but let the water drain off before adding the contents of the wrap. For the filling I love: -lots of lettuce (iceberg adds a nice crunch) -edamame hummus -julienned cucumbers, carrots, red peppers -sprouts -baked marinaded tofu (I just use Tamari and sometimes some grated ginger) -a squirt of sriracha -a blob of hoisin -fresh chopped cilantro Roll them up and dip in a peanut sauce if you like. So crisp and refreshing on a hot summer's day!

Cheryl says …

Real sourdough bread, lightly toasted, lots of lettuce and tomatoes, vegan mayo, salt and pepper. Way better than it sounds esp if using a variety of lettuces and heirloom tomatoes. So much flavor there's no need for the B in these LTs.

Rachel says …

Here's my favorite summer sandwich recipe: Take two slices of whole wheat bread and smear liberally with pesto. Between both, sandwich ripe avocado slices, baby spinach leaves, diced sundried tomatoes and slices of mozzarella. Grind black pepper over the concoction before placing in a panini press until mozzarella melts, about 5 minutes on high. Enjoy the amazingness.

Teri Green says …

Chicken Salad with Basil Pesto and Beans 1 lg can white meat chicken drained or 2 lg roasted chicken breats shredded 1/2 medium red onion finely chopped 1/4-1/2 cup mayo w/ olive oil 1 can kidney beans drained 2 Tbls basil pesto (homemade or storebought) Pita Bread Fresh baby spinach leafs and sliced tomato (optional) Mix first five ingredents. Stuff in pita bread with spinach leaves and tomato. Yum

Beth says …

whole grain toast, light butter, a smear of honey, sliced strawberries, and sliced almonds (lightly toasted)...mmm...perfect for breakfast

Trang says …

My favorites: #1-for a spicy craving: toasted Whole Foods wheat honey bread with grilled granny smith apples, humbolt fog cheese, caramilzed onions, basil with honey mustard and curry. #2-for a sweet/tangy craving: toasted hearty honey wheat (I just love that bread!), grilled eggplants, caramalized onions, ripe Brie, basil and fig jam and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Happy eating!

Jennifer says …

Slice of french bread toasted Fresh sliced tomatos Slices of Brie Placed into over to melt the brie Topp with fresh arugala and serve open face

Debbie says …

My favorite anytime sandwich is a follows: 2 slices of a good whole bread low fat cream cheese 1/2 of a fairly ripe small avacodo sliced tomatoes sliced red onion Spread cream cheese on one slice of bread Add sliced tomato and red onion Spread avacodo on second slice of bread Put together and enjoy. Yummie, Yummie!

Cheryl says …

Grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar, gouda cheese and tomato on rye...

David H says …

A great summer sandwich is the Creamy Mango. Take a ripe mango; cube it and mix with sea salt, olive oil, pepper. Cut apart some bread with a good crust. Spread on some cream cheese, or creamed tofu. Place the mango cubes on top of that. Finally, place some red onion slices and butter lettuce leaves. Enjoy it as an open-faced sandwich.

Shira Josefovitz says …

My favorite sandwich is tofurky slices with shredded carrots, lettuce, hummus, alfalfa sprouts. I usually use the 100 calorie slices of bread. I also love black bean burger sandwhiches which includes black bean burger, nayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, zucchini slices. I stuff these either in bib lettuce or pita with other mixed veggies. Ranbow sandwich!

sam says …

My homemade bread makes everyone crazy for my sandwich. My whole wheat beer bread is everyone's favorite.

Angela Owens says …

Great for kids: Tomato Bacon Grilled Cheese. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 8 slices bacon 1/4 cup butter, softened 8 slices white bread 8 slices American cheese 8 slices tomato Directions Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread butter onto one side of each slice of bread. Lay 4 slices of bread, butter side down, in the skillet. Top with a slice of cheese, 2 slices tomato, bacon, and another slice of cheese. Cover with a slice of bread, butter side out. Fry sandwiches until golden on both sides.

Gabriel R. says …

Ciabata roll, Morningstar Bacon, fresh avocado, sunflower greens, Havarti, mayo, and honey mustard

Gina says …

California Grilled Veggie Sandwich 1/4 cup mayonnaise 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/8 cup olive oil 1 cup sliced red bell peppers 1 small zucchini, sliced 1 red onion, sliced 1 small yellow squash, sliced 2 (4-x6-inch) focaccia bread pieces, split horizontally 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Directions In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Set aside in the refrigerator. Preheat the grill for high heat. Brush vegetables with olive oil on each side. Brush grate with oil. Place bell peppers and zucchini closest to the middle of the grill, and set onion and squash pieces around them. Cook for about 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. The peppers may take a bit longer. Remove from grill, and set aside. Spread some of the mayonnaise mixture on the cut sides of the bread, and sprinkle each one with feta cheese. Place on the grill cheese side up, and cover with lid for 2 to 3 minutes. This will warm the bread, and slightly melt the cheese. Watch carefully so the bottoms don't burn. Remove from grill, and layer with the vegetables. Enjoy as open faced grilled sandwiches

Charlene says …

Spaghetti with tomato sauce, parmesean cheese and 2 slices of american cheese in a white wrap. Killer Carbs, yum.

Heather says …

Sassy Tomato Sandwiches: Marinate sliced beefsteak tomatoes in olive oil, garlic, basil, a splash of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper for 2-24 hours Slice a crusty baguette into equal sandwich portions Assemble sandwichs with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and top with a drizzle of tomato marinade Let the sandwich sit a for a few minutes before eating to allow the juices to soak into the bread

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