A classic cold sandwich with ham, lettuce, and tomato

Who says you need to heat things up to enjoy a hearty meal? These quick and easy cold sandwich recipes are perfect for those hectic days when you need to grab a meal on the go. From classic deli style sandwiches to more creative options, there's something for everyone in this cold sandwiches collection. 


Mealtimes Made Simple: 5 Easy Cold Sandwich Ideas

Not only are these cold sandwiches a convenient option for busy days, but they also offer a refreshing and lighter alternative to hot meals. Plus, with the right combination of ingredients, you can pack in plenty of nutrients and flavors without having to spend hours prepping.


1. Classic Ham Sandwich with Herb Mayo

Homemade herb mayo is a game changer for this simple ham sandwich. This take on a classic ham sandwich is perfect for picnics, lunch breaks, or anytime you need a little pick-me-up. Its simplicity and flavor prove that you don't need a complicated recipe to create something genuinely delightful. Give it a try and your lunchbox will never be the same again.


For the sandwich

  • 12 slices Buddig Original Ham
  • 8 slices crusty bread
  • ½ cup herb mayo (ingredients below)
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 arugula
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced

For herb mayo

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the herb mayo.
  • Assemble the sandwich by spreading two tablespoons of the herb mayo mixture on four slices of bread. Then, spread one tablespoon of mustard on the other four slices of bread.
  • On the slices with herb mayo, layer three slices of ham, two slices of provolone, lettuce, tomato slice, and red onion.
  • Finally, place the remaining bread slices on the sandwich, with the mustard side down.


2. Chicken Salad Sandwich


Looking for cold sandwich ideas for party platters or lunchtime meals? Give this chicken salad sandwich a whirl. With tender, shredded chicken tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing, it’s a crowd-pleaser. Quick and easy to make,  it's a great option for meal prep or last-minute gatherings. You can add different ingredients like diced apples or cranberries to give it an extra crunch or sweetness; the possibilities are endless!



  • To make the chicken salad, combine all ingredients except for the bread in a medium bowl.
  • Spread the mixture on four sdlices of bread and top with the remaining four slices of bread.


3. Turkey BLT Wrap


This cold sandwich (well, wrap) option isn't just delicious, it's also easy to make and perfect for those days when forks and knives seem like too much work. Add in some tasty turkey and avocado to make it even more satisfying.


  • 2 oz Buddig Original Oven Roasted Turkey
  • 1 tortilla
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked
  • ¼ avocado, sliced
  • ¼ tomato, sliced
  • ¼ cup cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup lettuce


  • In a small bowl, combine mayo and mustard. Spread the mixture onto the tortilla.
  • Next, layer the turkey, bacon, avocado, and vegetables on the tortilla. Season with salt and pepper, then carefully roll up the wrap before slicing it in half.


4. Beef and Onion Sandwich


This combo of savory beef slices, red onions, and refreshing greens is simple yet satisfying. The best part? It's ready in minutes, making it perfect for busy days or when you're craving something tasty and filling without the fuss.


  • 16 slices Buddig Original Corned Beef
  • 1⁄3 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 slices rye bread or your preferred sandwich bread
  • ¼ cup cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup lettuce


  • Spread mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Divide the cucumber, red onion, lettuce, and corned beef between four slices of bread, with the mayonnaise side on the inside. Then, close the sandwich with the remaining bread.


5. Classic Italian Sub Sandwich

Craving something a little more substantial? Look no further than this classic Italian sub sandwich. Loaded with pastrami, cheese, and veggies, it's flavorful, filling, and absolutely perfect!



  • Drizzle the dressing onto the bottom half of the baguette.
  • Next, layer the roll with lettuce, tomato, onions, deli meats, and cheese.
  • Close the sandwich with the top half of the baguette.


Smart Tips for Making the Best Cold Sandwiches

It can be challenging to find the time or energy to come up with delicious lunch sandwich ideas.  However, with the right ingredients and techniques, you can quickly prepare a tasty sandwich that will satisfy your cravings and keep you energized throughout the day. Here are some quick tips to help make your sandwich-making experience even better:

  • Choose high-quality ingredients like Buddig meats for maximum flavor.
  • Add extra crunch and texture by including vegetables like lettuce, cucumbers, or bell peppers.
  • Experiment with different spreads for added flavor.
  • Don't be afraid to mix and match different meats for a unique flavor combination.
  • For a healthier option, try using whole-grain bread or wraps instead of white bread.
  • Use herbs and spices to add a pop of flavor.
  • Get creative and try out different combinations—you never know what delicious sandwich you might come up with!  

Remember, making a scrumptious sandwich doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. With a bit of creativity, you can create a mouth-watering meal in no time!

Whether you're craving a classic Italian Sub or itching to try that Beef Pickle Sandwich, Buddig has got you covered. To find Buddig meats near you, check out our store locator and try out our different lunch meat recipes today!

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