Warm weather means plenty of sun, fun and sharing a great meal with friends al fresco, and there’s nothing better for outdoor grubbin’ than a sandwich. So grab your blankets and Frisbee and pack up at least one of these 10 perfect picnic sammies.
Is this bundt pan trick amazing or what? We love how baking the bread in a bundt creates a shareable, crowd-sized sandwich loaf that’s pre-marked for slicing. But wait, there’s more: the bonus hack is to hollow out some of the bread; this gives you room for more ingredients and makes sure everything stays put while you’re chowing down (instead of sliding out the sides).
Easy Caprese Picnic Sandwiches
If there’s one word to describe this sandwich, it’s fresh. As in: fresh vine-on tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh fragrant basil. And the drizzle of balsamic vinegar at the end makes everything sing. This is basically the Adele of picnic sandwiches.
Make-Ahead Dagwood Sandwiches
Want a sandwich piled outrageously high with just about everything? Then this Dagwood (named for the comic strip character who would more or less unhinge his jaw to eat his namesake sandwich) is for you. Bonus points if you serve a Blondie with your Dagwood.
Thai Chicken Salad Wraps
We’d love to have an in-depth discussion about the magic combination of flavors that is peanut sauce, but right now we’re busy chowing down on these addictively good chicken salad wraps. (The secret to making them travel so well? Lining the tortillas with lettuce leaves to keep them dry.)
Grilled Vegetable Focaccia Sandwiches
Real talk: the vegetables in this gorgeous sandwich look so good right off the grill that you might debate eating them right away. And we wouldn’t judge you for it. But we promise it’ll be worth it if you wait until it’s time to stack up this crowd-sized beauty. (The pesto mayo. The sun-dried tomatoes. The mozzarella. The PURE SANDWICH BLISS.)
Ultimate Three-Meat Picnic Sandwich
“Ultimate” is right. One look at this sandwich loaf—stacked high with ham, turkey, roast beef and two kinds of cheese—and your friends will know that when it comes to picnicking, you mean business.
Make-Ahead Italian Pressed Sandwich
Good things come to those who wait—like this sandwich, for instance. (Just look at those beautiful layers!) Wrap it up tight and let it sit under something heavy in the fridge for a few hours, and all the flavors of the meats, cheeses and dressing will meld together to make every slice even more delicious than the one before it.
Mini Muffaletta Sandwiches
The traditional muffaletta sandwich, made on a full-size loaf of sandwich bread of the same name, has been a New Orleans tradition for more than 110 years. Normally we wouldn’t recommend eating the whole thing—they’re about 10 inches across!—but these personal-size mini muffalettas mean you can finally have one all to yourself.
Peppered Bacon BLT Party Sub with Chipotle Aioli
You know those giant loaves of French bread at the bakery that are as long as your arm and twice as wide? The ones that can’t be contained by any standard grocery bag known to man? This giant BLT—with spicy mayo and mashed avocado—is what they were always meant to do.
Asian Chicken Salad Subs
Somewhere between regular chicken salad, a Bahn Mi and a lobster roll, you’ll find this chicken salad sandwich with a twist. It starts with go-to rotisserie chicken—so you know it’s easy—and we dress it up with sugar snap peas, soy sauce, lime juice and chili paste for Asian-inspired flavor. Baby spinach, shredded carrot and sliced radishes finish everything off with color and crunch.