Our Best Sandwiches to Pack for a Spring Picnic

Fill your picnic basket like a pro.

Sandwiches are the centerpiece of a picnic spread, and when it comes to packing tasty ones that will go the distance, we've got you covered. From smoky salmon and egg sandwiches to a Vietnamese-inspired short rib banh mi, here are seven amazing recipes to make for a spring picnic.

Vegetable Sandwich with Dill Sauce

Vegetable Sandwich with Dill Sauce

Fresh spring vegetables like carrots, spinach, and radishes are perfect for this quick, meatless sandwich. Stacked high, this is a vegetable sandwich that even confirmed carnivores will love.

Pan Bagnat (Niçoise Salad Sandwich)

Nicoise Salad Sandwich (Pan Bagnat)
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

The pan bagnat is essentially a Niçoise salad in sandwich form. For this version, tuna is pureed with red wine vinegar, olive oil, anchovies, and garlic to form a unique sandwich spread.

Smoked Salmon and Chopped Egg Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon and Chopped Egg Sandwiches

This classic smoked salmon and chopped egg sandwich is exactly what we need after a long night out. Serve these excellent picnic sandwiches with savory cornichons.

Short Rib Banh Mi with Quick Pickles and Fresh Herbs

Short Rib Banh Mi with Quick Pickles and Fresh Herbs

These Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches are a clever and tasty way to use leftover beef stew ⁠—made new with vegetable mayo.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Sandwiches
© David Malosh

Slow-poaching the chicken breasts keeps them extra moist in this sandwich layered with crisp iceberg lettuce and juicy tomatoes on grainy whole wheat bread.

Ham-Jam Sandwiches

Ham Jam Sandwiches
Victor Protasio

Best-quality baguettes get a thick slather of butter and goat cheese, dollops of jewel-toned blueberry jam, and ribbons of salty prosciutto. Feel free to use your favorite store-bought jam here.

Vegetarian Muffulettas

Vegetarian Muffulettas Recipe
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners

In this meatless take on the classic New Orleans sandwich, garlic-infused roasted vegetables take the place of the traditional Italian cold cuts.

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