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5 Gourmet work lunch sandwiches you can make in 10 minutes or less

Eating a packed lunch at work is healthier on your wallet and your waistline. Just because you’re brown-bagging it, though, doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to a future of nothing but ham and cheese. Try these gourmet-style packable sandwiches for a packed lunch you’ll actually enjoy.

Loaded salami sandwich

This one feels like something that would be on the menu at a fancy sandwich shop. Don’t skip the whole grain mustard — it adds a perfectly piquant touch.


  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 ounces salami
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula


Spread the mustard on one slice of bread, then top with the cheese, salami, tomato and arugula before topping with the second slice of bread. Serving recommendation: potato chips.

Green goddess chicken sandwich

Inspired by green goddess dressing, this lunch is packed full of protein, healthy fats and lots of flavor thanks to fresh herbs.


  • 2 slices white or whole grain bread
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 poached chicken breast, sliced
  • Handful fresh basil, torn
  • Handful fresh tarragon
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper


Top one slice of bread with avocado and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. If desired, use a fork to mash the avocado into the bread. Top with the chicken, basil, tarragon and lettuce, then top with the second slice of bread.

Mediterranean sandwich

If you’re not familiar with za’atar, consider this your opportunity to get acquainted. The blend of sumac, sesame seeds and thyme tastes nutty, herbaceous and citrusy and elevates this hummus sandwich.


  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 1 teaspoon za’atar
  • 1 roasted red pepper (roast your own or use 1 pepper’s worth jarred)
  • 5-10 pitted kalamata olives, halved


Spread hummus on one slice of bread. Sprinkle with za’atar, then layer on the roasted red pepper and olives and top with the second slice of bread.

Hearty tea time sandwich

All my favorite tea sandwiches combined into one! The egg and cream cheese up its satiety factor, while cucumbers and radish give it a pleasing crunch.


  • 2 slices rye or pumpernickel bread
  • 2 tablespoons chive cream cheese
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 3 radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced


Spread the cream cheese on one slice of bread, then top with eggs, radishes and cucumbers, then top with the second slice of bread. Serving recommendation: fresh fruit.

Italian tuna sandwich

The three-ingredient filling in this sandwich is somehow more than the sum of its parts. Make sure to get to get tuna packed in olive oil, as it boasts superior flavor.


  • 2 slices white or whole grain bread
  • 1/2 can olive oil-packed tuna
  • 1 tablespoon Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper (I use a mix of red, yellow and green)


Spread the tuna over one slice of bread. Drizzle with the dressing, top with the peppers and then the second slice of bread.

This post was sponsored by Hannaford, dedicated to helping you make healthy choices. Learn about their Guiding Stars nutrition program, in-store and online dietitians and their bi-monthly magazine, Fresh.

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