18 Of Our Best Cold Sandwich Recipes

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

There is an art to making a delicious sandwich. The little details on a cold sandwich matter. From how you layer on ingredients, to the spread you use on the bread. Sure, you can slap together any deli meat and condiments hanging around in the fridge door, but for a less lackluster experience you need to consider every sandwich variable. Lucky for you, we've done that hard work for you with these cold sandwich recipes.

From our take on The Masters Egg Salad Sandwiches (we come darn close to the original) to Mini Muffuletta Sandwiches, we've gathered our best recipes that are perfect for packing on road trips or taking to the local park. Whether you're looking for something classic, or little more non-traditional like our Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches, we have plenty of tasty options to choose from.

Southern Tomato Sandwich

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Everyone prepares their tomato sandwich a little differently, but we think we've found the best formula. It starts with a perfectly ripe tomato, of course.

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Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

You don't have to be having high tea to enjoy these sandwiches. They make great finger food for picnics or work well as post-game snacks for the little ones.

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The Masters Egg Salad Sandwiches

<p>Fred Hardy; Food Stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke</p>

Fred Hardy; Food Stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke

The original recipe may be under lock and key, but we think we've come as close as you can get to the real deal with this recipe.

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Mini Muffuletta Sandwiches

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Capocollo, ham, and salami get sandwiched between a salty olive salad in this miniature take on a New Orleans classic.

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Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread

<p>Alison Miksch</p>

Alison Miksch

This is not a traditional Southern tomato sandwich, that's for sure, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. With less bread, it showcases the real star of the recipe: in season tomatoes.

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Ham Sandwiches With Smoky Honey Mustard

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

The Smoky Honey Mustard is what truly sets this ham sandwich apart from all the others out there. It's the paprika in the spread that really makes it something special.

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Pineapple Sandwich

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

You won't find this sandwich outside the South very often. It's one of those combinations that if you've never tried it before might sound a little wild, but trust us when we say it works.

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Tomato Tea Sandwiches

<p>Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele</p>

Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

The homemade spread on these tea sandwiches blends cream cheese with our signature Summer Sauce. What's Summer Sauce, you ask? It's an herby, garlicky dressing that makes just about anything taste 10 times better.

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Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches

Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

While salads aren't always the most portable, this sandwich inspired by a classic salad is. Plus, it uses rotisserie chicken for ease.

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Grove-Worthy Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches

<p>Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christina Dailey</p>

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christina Dailey

You don't have to tailgate to enjoy this football-inspired sandwich. Rolling the edges in freshly chopped herbs really takes this simple pimiento cheese sandwich to the next level.

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Turkey Salad

<p>Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall</p>

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

This is a good to sandwich to enjoy after Thanksgiving, but can also be made year-round. Make sure to use a good crusty bread though. For extra credit, you can use our No-Knead Buttermilk Bread recipe to make your own.

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Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

These mini sandwiches were designed as an appetizer, but we think the snack-size portions also make them ideal for nibbling on while picnicking. Plus, everything is a just a little bit cuter when it's mini, right?

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Cranberry Chicken Salad

Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner

The tart dried cranberries are our favorite part of this chicken salad (although you can sub apple chunks, if you prefer.) The one nonnegotiable is using plenty of mayo.

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Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Although we provide instructions on how to cook the salmon from scratch in this recipe, leftover cold salmon works great too, as does smoked salmon.

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Turkey BLT Pinwheels

<p>Caitlin Bensel, Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel, Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Kids and adults alike will love diving into this spiraled take on a BLT. Our favorite part of this recipe is the basil mayo, which puts an adult spin on a classic but is a mild enough twist that it won't bother pickier eaters.

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Turkey, Apple, and Brie Sandwich

Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Although you can serve this turkey sandwich warm, we think it's just as good cold, served with lemonade on a picnic blanket in the sun.

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Classic Southern BLT

Monica Farber/Southern Living
Monica Farber/Southern Living

This is definitely a sandwich you could serve warm, but it's equally as delicious served cold straight from the cooler. What makes our rendition special is the freshly grated garlic stirred into the mayo.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwiches

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Unlike other cold sandwiches, this one is time specific as it uses Thanksgiving leftovers like green bean casserole (which we assume you don't have on hand all the time). That said, keep this recipe saved for the week following turkey day, because it's the kind of decadent sandwich we look forward to each year.

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