Great Summer Sandwich Ideas

SANDSandwiches. They come in many variations and are a great option when you need dinner fast ? or even to take with you, if you’re having dinner somewhere else. Like a picnic. Your kid’s soccer game. Sunset on the beach. You could argue that they’re the perfect summer dish ? whole meals neatly contained in nice, compact packages, using perfectly ripe tomatoes, plump zucchini, fresh herbs.

Whether you’re passionate about grilled cheese, love a great Reuben, crave a creamy tuna salad or are partial to a massive muffuletta, here are 16 sandwich recipes to inspire your next meal.

Shooter’s sandwich

A perfect make-ahead sandwich. Recipe: Shooter’s sandwich

Basque blue cheese on crisp raisin brioche is accented with a few thin disks of pear. Recipe: Grilled blue cheese and pear sandwich

Muffuletta:?Layer cured meats, provolone and an olive-vegetable relish on a large, round loaf to make a substantial and satisfying muffuletta. This recipe includes a homemade olive relish (or olive salad), but many stores and Italian delis offer pre-made salads, saving you even more time.

Pan-bagnat:?It’s a pressed sandwich stuffed with things like tuna, eggs, potato and red onion that actually gets better as it sits, giving the variety of flavors time to marry. Make it ahead of time, then wrap it up and chill until ready to serve.

Shooter’s sandwich:?This one fills a loaf of crusty bread with slices of well-seasoned grilled steak, chipotle chiles and shiitake mushrooms. After pressing, the meat melds with the bread. Chipotle mayonnaise adds heat. Make the sandwich first thing in the morning, then leave it in the fridge to press until you’re ready to go.

La Grande Orange?s tuna salad sandwich:?Best tuna salad sandwich out there? Perhaps. Fresh tuna salad is surfaced with uninformed cucumber and tomato slices and frail apple in this elementary sandwich, served between dual slices of toasted whole-grain bread. Best of all? 15 minutes and you’ve got dinner ready.

Egg salad sandwich?with dill:?It doesn’t get much easier than this classic. Chopped hard-boiled eggs are tossed with onion, celery, mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise and a touch of salt for a quick egg salad. The salad is great by itself, but spoon it between two slices of bread with shredded lettuce and fresh dill and you’ve got a meal that’s perfect when you’re on the go or looking for a quick bite to eat.

Italian tuna and shiso sandwich:?In this recipe, chunks of Italian tuna are tossed with mayonnaise for richness, spicy capers, a tiny lemon extract and salt and peppers for a splendid salad that comes together in minutes. To finish a sandwich, ladle a salad between dual slices of toasted English muffin, a tiny red onion, tomato, lettuce and shiso leaves. It?s another sandwich with good season that takes usually minutes to prepare.

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