10 easy sandwich filling ideas
Switch up your standard lunch options with our tasty sandwich filling ideas. These simple recipes are great for a speedy snack or picnic bites.
Make lunchtime budget-friendly and delicious with our selection of cheap sandwich fillings. From chunky club sandwiches bursting with veg, to creamy coronation chicken and summery chicken gyros, these funky fillings are perfect for packed lunches, picnics or creative al desko dining. Keep it classic with flavours everyone knows and loves, or try something new with our twists on the traditional. Pair your sandwiches with some mouthwatering snacks and nourishing salads from our top lunchbox recipes.
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1. Coronation chicken
Got some cooked chicken that needs using up? Turn your leftovers into our easy coronation chicken, you can make it in just five minutes. This simple sandwich filling is packed with curry spices and a touch of sweetness from a dollop of mango chutney. It's also delicious on top of a humble jacket potato or as part of a green salad. Find more coronation chicken recipes and try made over versions like our coronation pies.
2. Ploughman's sandwich
You can't go wrong with a cheesy classic. Try a traditional ploughman's sandwich, filled with ham, cheddar and plenty of tangy pickle. Upgrade your mayo with a spoonful of wholegrain mustard and add some crunch with thin slices of fresh apple. Top with peppery rocket and enjoy!
3. Club sandwich
Layer up a gastro pub classic and curb your cravings with a chunky club sandwich. It's hard to resist a towering treat made with strips of crispy bacon, chicken and all the trimmings. Or, try our delicious veggie alternative packed with creamy hummus, avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes. This doorstop green club sandwich will keep you going until dinner time. Hosting a party or having a few friends over, delight your guests with our spread of buffet sandwich ideas, designed to cater to every taste.
4. Egg & cress
Take some inspiration from an afternoon tea favourite and try a simple and summery egg & cress club sandwich – kids and adults alike will wolf these down. Toast the bread for a little extra texture and bite. These hefty handfuls are great for picnic lunches or a simple storecupboard lunch.
5. Beetroot, hummus & crispy chickpeas
Add a pop of colour to your plate with our vegan beetroot, hummus & crispy chickpea sub sandwich. Load up crusty ciabatta with hummus, pesto and golden fried chickpeas to keep hunger at bay. For more wraps, soups and salads to satisfy your stomach check out our vegan lunch recipes.
6. Crab & cucumber
Make your sandwiches a little bit special with our lemony crab & cucumber clubs. Combine soft white crab meat with mayo, chives and fresh lemon zest, alongside slices of crisp cucumber. They made a delicious celebratory treat or afternoon tea plate. Try our best ever crab sandwiches for a substantial mix of brown and white crab meat with plenty of spices and seasoning.
7. Chicken Caesar
Whip up something filling and healthy with our speedy Caesar pitta. Make a quick yogurt dressing with a few simple ingredients, then add plenty of salad, seasoning and tender chicken for a winning lunch. It also works well with leftover turkey. Go from prep to plate in just 10 minutes and give everyone in your house food envy at the same time.
8. Smoked salmon and avocado
Layer up hot smoked salmon, peppery rocket and slices of buttery avocado in our salmon club sandwich. This indulgent triple-decker is the perfect balance of flavours and textures. Serve with any leftover rocket as an easy side salad. Serving a bigger family? Try our salmon & egg wraps with moreish mustard mayo.
9. Herby chicken gyros
Indulge in a pitta full of glorious Greek-inspired flavours with our herby chicken gyros. Get a taste of the summer with sweet peppers, homemade tzatziki and garlicky chicken breast. You can also sub in a bit of lean steak as a healthy swap for chicken.
10. Vegetarian club sandwich
Stack up a meat-free marvel in a flash with our vegetarian club recipe. This vibrant veggie meal uses crunchy grated carrot, super-smooth hummus and juicy tomatoes. Even hardcore carnivores will be converted by this wholesome toasted treat. Get stuck into even more vibrant vegetarian lunch recipes.
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