Did you know that August is National Sandwich Month? Get out of your PB&J or ham-and-cheese rut with these fresh takes on the humble sandwich from the ultimate inspiration source: Pinterest.
From fresh takes on classics to entirely new sandwich creations (and even a dessert “sandwich”!), Pinterest is full of inspiration from creative food bloggers who are taking this lunch staple to the next level.
This sandwich (photo by The Girl Who Ate Everything) takes the flavors of a classic Caesar salad and applies them to a sandwich. Plus it uses the slow cooker, which means you can set it at breakfast and forget it until lunch.
Get the slow-cooker chicken Caesar sandwich recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything >>
For a fun combination of two lunchtime favorites, try this Buffalo chicken club sandwich (photo by Closet Cooking). Here the standard chicken club is amped up by coating the chicken breast in Buffalo sauce and crumbling blue cheese on top.
Get the Buffalo chicken club sandwich recipe by Closet Cooking >>
Sweet and spicy
Although this salmon — glazed with honey, spices and brown sugar — would be good on its own, the pretzel roll it’s served on puts it over the top (photo by Eat, Live, Run). And if you thought things couldn’t get any better, you can have this gourmet sandwich on the table in about 20 minutes!
Get the sweet and spicy glazed salmon sandwich recipe by Eat, Live, Run >>
Green grilled cheese sandwich with spinach, avocado and Gouda
Say goodbye to boring grilled cheese sandwiches! This green version (photo by Full Belly Sisters) gets its color from healthy and tasty spinach and avocado with added flavor from smoked Gouda cheese. Even the technique of pulsing it all together in the food processor before putting it between bread is noteworthy.
Get the green grilled cheese sandwich recipe by Full Belly Sisters >>
If you like fajitas then you’ll love these grilled fajita chicken sandwiches (photo by Food for My Family). Lime juice-marinated chicken breasts are grilled with onions, peppers and spices and layered in a roll with guacamole.
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Most of us know Reubens as hefty sandwiches with corned beef or pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. So a vegetarian version? Here (photo by The Curvy Carrot), tempeh is used in place of meat for a hearty and satisfying vegetarian version.
Get the vegetarian Reuben recipe by The Curvy Carrot >>
and pesto sandwich
For another filling and flavorful vegetarian sandwich, check out this creation (photo by Bake Your Day). As Cassie of Bake Your Day points out, “It’s sort of like chicken salad, or egg salad, except without chicken or eggs, but with chickpeas and pesto and no mayonnaise.” And the filling can do double duty as a dip!
Get the smashed chickpeas and pesto sandwich by Bake Your Day >>
If meat is more your thing, than look no further than this fusion of two classic carnivorous sandwiches — the Philly cheesesteak and sloppy Joes (photo by A Taste of Home Cooking). These are sure to fulfill even the manliest of cravings.
Get the Philly cheesesteak sloppy Joes recipe by A Taste of Home Cooking >>
For the picky eaters in the house, few would be able to resist these adorable zoo sandwiches (photo by Little Food Junction). Arrange different ingredients like cheese, sliced hard boiled eggs, cucumbers and olives on bread to create animals like owls, tigers and koalas.