Summer is upon us, and for many folks, that means heat … kids home all day … more heat … kids playing and constantly getting hungry … and even more heat. Between the soaring temperatures, chasing active children around (where in tarnation do they get all that energy?) and the increased demands on laundry caused by copious amounts of sweat and grime, often the last thing you want to do is make something hot to eat. What you need is something that doesn’t require firing up the stove or the oven, but also manages to be more nutritious and less guilt-inducing than serving ice cream for lunch and flavored ice cubes for dessert.
Sandwiches make excellent summer fare. They’re easy to make, and kids love them. They can be made into wraps, or served on a salad for a healthier, lower-carb option. You can make them ahead, too, which means you might actually have some time to catch your breath and put your feet up before getting a meal ready.
Our collection today features cold sandwiches, and the most heating you’ll have to do for these is toasting the bread. Which you don’t even have to do if you don’t want to. We’ll save the grilled sandwiches and paninis for another time. This post is all about keeping things cool, man. Let’s get started!
First up, chicken salad sandwiches. You can make these with leftover chicken (or turkey) or even rotisserie chicken, which adds a nice roasted flavor to the salad.
Clockwise from top left: Chicken Salad Sandwiches from callimakesdo, Curry Apple and Leftover Turkey Salad Sandwich from steamykitchen, Tarragon Chicken Salad with Pecans and Cranberries from theparsleythief, Fancy Chicken Salad from golokitchen, Chicken Salad with Peas and Herb Mustard Vinaigrette from multiplydelicious, and Crunchy Chicken Salad from ConContwin2.
We also have a few egg salad sandwiches to show you. And okay, I realize you’ll have to boil the eggs, but you can do that in the evening and have them ready to go the next day. There’s even a mayo-free version for those trying to stay away from the white stuff, and a grown-up version with olives and oregano. If you want to skip the eggs altogether, have a look at the mock egg salad below, made with tofu.
Clockwise from top left: Egg Salad with Kalamatas, Red Onion, and Fresh Oregano from ThreeManyCooks, Curry Egg Salad Sandwich from A Cozy Kitchen, Ella’s Egg Salad from Chez Us, an egg-less Mock Egg Salad with Cashew Mayo from myrecessionkitchen, Mini Cranberry Egg Salad Pitas from jillscleankitchen, and Mayo-Free Egg Salad from Natalie (Perry’s Plate).
Rounding out the big trio of salad sandwiches, here are some tuna salad options you might like, including one that also uses shrimp to pack some extra punch.
Clockwise from top left: Garden Tuna Salad with Olives from Angie McGowan, Mediterranean Tuna Salad from polwig,a mayo-free Mediterranean Tuna Salad from bringingupboys, and Tuna and Shrimp Sandwich from hellosal.
To change things up a bit, here are some other cold sandwich choices that depart from the traditional meat salad filling. Take a look at the fancy yet incredibly simple fig and brie sandwich that you can whip up for unexpected company, or to send to that lovely mom next door whose geraniums your son accidentally trampled on while playing tag the other day.
Figs and brie can often cover a multitude of sins. And sneaker tracks.
Clockwise from top left: Hearty Apple Sandwich from houndymama, Summer Veggie Sandwich from tamilovinglife, Summertime Tomato Sandwich from daxphillips, Fig, Brie, and Spinach Sandwiches from Laura Zolnoski, and Turkey and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich from starcrossedb.
How about you? How do you keep cool in the summer? Around these parts, we’ve got about two more months of this heat, so we’ll take all the suggestions we can get!