12 Picnic Sandwich Recipes to Enjoy Outdoors
Once the warm weather hits, get ready to head outside for a picnic in the park or the garden. Armed with a wicker basket filled with fresh fruit, snacks, individual desserts, and maybe a bottle of wine or two, you're on your way to a complete and delicious lunch. For the main course, bring sandwiches. All of the picnic sandwich recipes here can either be made well in advance or put together just before you head out the door—either way, they won't take much time to prepare.
Our most kid-friendly option is Triple Decker PB & J Tea Sandwiches. Spread peanut butter and your favorite kind of fruit jelly between two different layers and slice into individual portions. It's an upgrade on the classic that feels just right for this summer occasion.
For the adults, make a Muffaletta. It has multiple layers of Italian cured meats and cheeses layered in a round loaf. This classic New Orleans sandwich should be prepared the day before your picnic to allow time for the flavors to mingle; after everything is layered between the bread, wrap it in plastic, place in the refrigerator, and cover with heavy cans or a cast-iron skillet in order to compress the ingredients for a more manageable sandwich.
We also have two recipes for chicken club sandwiches that are just right for your picnic—one features breaded chicken cutlets and the other is made with roasted chicken. Both include bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise for a simple but satisfying picnic lunch.
Chicken Club Sandwich
Pressed Sandwich with Prosciutto and Broccoli Rabe
French Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Turkey Cobb-Salad Sandwich
Whether you make this sandwich because you have turkey leftovers or are just craving something delicious, it's sure to satisfy. In between two pieces of rustic bread are thinly sliced turkey breasts, cooked bacon, sliced hard-boiled egg, avocado, lettuce, and basil.
Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf Sandwiches
Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich
Italian Salami Sandwich
This picnic sandwich doesn't have a lot of ingredients or need a lot of prep, but that doesn't mean we've compromised on flavor. It's stuffed with soppressata, fontina, arugula, and shaved fennel.
Perfect BLT Sandwich
Turkey Caprese Sandwich
Add a bit more heft to this classic picnic sandwich with thinly sliced turkey cutlet. It joins the party with tomato slices, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves.
Triple Decker PB & J Tea Sandwiches
Kids and adults alike will cheer for this all-time classic sandwich that you can bring to a picnic. But this is no ordinary PB & J. There are three layers of bread and two layers of the nutty and fruity filling for an epic bite.