Top 20 Simple School Lunch Sandwiches
Packing your child’s lunch in the morning doesn’t have to be a chore. If you don’t have much time in the morning or your child is a picky eater, there are delicious sandwiches for school lunches out there that will satisfy. You can make easy school lunch sandwiches that your kid will love without taking too much time out of your morning.
Need inspiration for lunchtime meals? Pack your child’s lunch with one of these 20 simple school lunch sandwiches:
1. Ham and Cheese or Ham Sandwich
Among all the simple sandwiches for school, ham and cheese is perhaps the most common. White bread makes a great base for this easy sandwich. Simply layer on the ham and cheese, whether that be American, cheddar or another favorite. If your child isn’t a cheese fan, leave it out in favor of various additions, like a tasty mayo spread.
To make easy healthy sandwiches for school, swap mayo for healthier alternatives, like mashed avocado or hummus. Add a few leaves of iceberg lettuce for a satisfying crunch.
2. Turkey Sandwich
Turkey sandwiches are another simple option to consider. Swiss or cheddar cheeses are often paired with these easy sandwiches. Mix a bit of smoked paprika into mayo for a smoky, warm flavor that goes well with roasted turkey. Smear that on wheat bread or seeded Italian bread. Mix up this sandwich by keeping the cheese, turkey and bread and adding in extras like:
- Apple slices
- Dill or sweet pickle slices
- Honey mustard
3. Tuna With Cheese
Make a tuna with cheese sandwich as simple or delicious as your child would like. Simply open and drain a can of tuna, mix it with mayo and spread it onto wheat bread. Top with slices of cheddar cheese, then add another slice of bread for a simple school sandwich. Customize your child’s tuna and cheese sandwich in different ways to mix up routine at lunchtime:
- Add slices of apple for a sweet and crunchy twist on a classic.
- Make this simple sandwich idea for school a hearty lunch by using a roll instead of slices of bread.
- Spread Greek yogurt instead of mayo for a creamy, healthier swap.
- Make it a tuna melt by grilling the sandwich.
- Add lemon juice into the tuna mixture for a fresh flavor.
- Chop dill or sweet pickles and add them to the tuna mixture for crunch.
4. Chicken Salad Sandwich
Maybe your child doesn’t like tuna, or maybe you’ve got leftover chicken waiting to transform into lunch. Shred or chop your leftover chicken and mix it with mayo, Dijon mustard, green onion and celery. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Instead of mayo, mash avocado with lime juice, then mix everything into that for a fresher chicken salad.
You can mix the chicken salad together the night before, then add it to wheat bread in the morning. Add lettuce or pickles for texture and flavor. If your child likes spinach, add that instead or in addition to the lettuce.
5. Egg Salad on Whole Wheat Bread
Egg salad is a lunchtime favorite that everyone in the family can enjoy, including your kid. Hard boil the eggs, let them cool and separate the yolks from the whites. Chop the cooked egg whites and mash the yolk with mayonnaise and mustard, then mix everything together. Season with salt and pepper. Put the mixture onto delicious and healthy whole wheat bread and add a couple of leaves of lettuce.
Make the egg salad the night before to make lunch prep simple in the morning. Swap the mayo for Greek yogurt for a tangy twist, or play around with additions like these for more flavor:
- Thin slices of green onion
- Finely diced celery
- Chopped fresh dill
- Dashes of paprika
6. Egg Pesto Melt
If you have time in the morning, mix one egg with a bit of pesto and cook it into an omelet. Take a slice of whole wheat bread, top the bread with shredded mozzarella and optional sundried tomatoes, then add the cooked egg. Sprinkle on more cheese and top with another slice of bread, then cook in a pan for one minute on each side or until the bread is golden.
If you don’t have that much time in the morning, make this recipe the simple way. Create an egg salad but replace the mustard with pesto. Make it a melt by layering cheese, the egg salad and more cheese on your bread and heating it in a pan. You can always make it a cold egg salad sandwich with a slice of mozzarella instead of shredded cheese.
7. Club Sandwich
A club sandwich is a filling lunch option, perfect for kids with after school activities who need fuel for a full day. Clubs are simple sandwiches for school and taste great on a base of white bread, which you can toast to add flavor and texture. Take the white bread or your bread of choice and add layers of:
- Cheddar cheese
Leave out whatever your child isn’t a fan of to make a sandwich they’re sure to enjoy. If you include bacon, cook and refrigerate it the day before, so you don’t have to fry bacon when you make your child’s lunch.
8. Italian Club Sandwich
For a sandwich that’s as filling as the club sandwich with a kick of extra heat and flavor, make it an Italian club. Swap the ham, turkey and bacon for salami, soppressata and prosciutto di Parma or different Italian deli meats. Keep the greens but swap lettuce for arugula if your child likes a peppery flavor. Use mozzarella instead of cheddar, and layer it all on Italian bread or a mini sub roll.
To keep with the Italian flavors, spread on a layer of an olive oil mayo. You can even omit the mayo and swap it for Italian dressing. Leave the dressing separate for your child to add at lunchtime, so it doesn’t make the sandwich soggy.
9. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato
The BLT is among the tastiest simple sandwiches for school. Like you would for other sandwiches, cook and refrigerate your bacon the night before to make morning lunch prep easy. Then spread mayo on white or Italian bread, and layer leaves of lettuce, tomato, bacon and more lettuce leaves. The lettuce will keep the tomato away from the bread, which could make it soggy.
If your child doesn’t like mayo, leave it out or go light with it. Use your lettuce of choice or swap it for spinach. If you want to make easy healthy sandwiches for school, use turkey bacon or bacon alternatives.
10. The Sub
Hero, sub — whatever you call it, this sandwich is a filling lunchtime staple. Layer pretty much any deli favorites together to make your sub sandwich. For some inspiration, consider the hammer, a type of sub.
This sandwich includes turkey, ham, your child’s favorite cheese and pickles. Serve it on a sub roll, which you can optionally spread mayo on. Keep the pickles separate for your child to add to their sandwich at lunchtime to keep things from getting soggy.
11. Mini Fried Chicken Sliders
Sliders are good sandwiches for a school lunch because you can fill a lunchbox with a few of them. How many sliders you make will depend on how hungry your kid is by lunchtime and if they eat snacks with their sandwich. Two or three sliders is a good start, but with fried chicken sliders, your child is sure to crave a handful.
To make these simple sandwiches, start with dinner rolls or slider buns and leftover fried chicken. Cut slices of the chicken and layer them onto the bread. Top the chicken with a dill or sweet pickle slice and add the top bun. For flavorful additions, consider different spreads. Barbecue sauce makes a sweet sandwich. Mayo mixed with Sriracha or your child’s favorite hot sauce makes a spicy addition.
12. Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Make a heartier school meal with a dinnertime favorite transformed into a lunchtime sandwich. Cook frozen chicken nuggets that are the perfect size for a slider bun. Place them on slider buns and add Parmesan cheese and a slice of mozzarella. For a healthier alternative, cut leftover grilled chicken into pieces that fit on your slider buns.
Keep the sandwich from getting soggy by packing marinara sauce in a separate container. Your child can either dunk the sliders or spread the sauce inside the sandwich once lunchtime rolls around.
13. Salami, Roasted Peppers and Cheese
If your kid prefers unique school sandwich ideas, try this combination. Use a white roll as the base and layer on a bit of Dijon mustard. Layer on salami, roasted peppers and the cheese of your choice. Mozzarella will work well, but you should include whatever your child enjoys.
You can either roast peppers the day before or get a jarred variety to make this meal preparation simple. Jarred roasted peppers are often packed in water or oil, so pat them dry before adding them to the sandwich.
14. Cheddar and Apple Sandwich
Sweet and savory is a delicious combination, and this sandwich makes it easy. Honey wheat bread mirrors the sweet flavor of the apples and makes a great base for this sandwich, but other wheat bread varieties work well here as well.
If your child likes mustard, spread a thin layer on the bread. Add a couple of slices of cheddar cheese then prep the apple. Thinly slice an apple of your choice — Fuji, pink lady or any sweet apple works well — and layer it onto the cheese. Top with another slice of bread, and this simple sandwich is ready to go.
15. Apple PB&J
Classic PB&Js on white bread are always a lunchbox favorite, but you can take these classic kid sandwiches up a notch. Start with two slices of your go-to bread. Spread peanut butter on one slice, then jelly on the other. Then, slice your favorite type of apple into thin pieces and layer them onto one side of the bread. Put the sides together, and you’ve got a sweet, crunchy and healthy school lunch sandwich.
Customize this recipe with whatever jelly your family enjoys, or up the apple flavor with apple butter or apple jelly. Use nut butter alternatives, like sunflower seed butter, if your child’s school doesn’t allow peanut butter.
16. Banana and Peanut Butter
For more fruity and classic kid sandwiches, combine banana and peanut butter. A honey wheat bread base makes this an even sweeter lunch. All you have to do is spread peanut butter on two slices of bread and layer on the sliced banana.
As you can with the PB&J, swap out the peanut butter for alternatives based on your child’s needs or school restrictions. Almond butter is a delicious alternative, but other substitutes will work, as well.
17. Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t just for meals at home. Make a classic grilled cheese with white bread and American or cheddar cheese for a school lunch sandwich your kid is sure to love. Spread butter on the outside of two white bread slices and place the butter side of one slice down in a pan. Layer on American, cheddar or different cheeses, and top with the other bread slice, with the butter side up. Cook each side until golden.
Want to keep this sandwich warm for your child’s lunch? Use a shallow thermos meant for soup. Boil water, then fill the thermos as you make the sandwich to warm it. Cut the grilled cheese so it will fit in the thermos and let it cool a bit so it’s warm, not hot. Empty the water, dry the thermos and put in the sandwich. Keep the thermos separate from snacks or drinks in your child’s lunchbox that need to stay cool.
18. Rainbow Veggie Sandwich
Send your child to school with a colorful and flavorful rainbow veggie sandwich. It layers veggies like tomato, roasted red and yellow pepper, avocado, lettuce and red onion. Put the vegetables on your bread of choice in rainbow order. Add your child’s favorite cheese or omit the cheese for a delicious and healthy sandwich either way.
19. Veggie Slaw Sandwich
This other vegetarian sandwich is full of tangy and flavorful vegetables. Shred carrots, cucumbers and cabbage then toss in a mix of mayo and apple cider vinegar. Add a bit of salt and lemon juice for more flavor. Make this sandwich a melt by adding Swiss cheese and cooking it in a pan or panini press.
For a slaw that won’t make a soggy sandwich, keep it thick with extra mayo and less vinegar. As the slaw sits in the fridge overnight, it’ll make more liquid. While that means you’ll have a flavorful slaw for your kid’s sandwich, you’ll need to drain it a bit before layering it on wheat bread.
20. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich
For a light lunch or for kids who have plenty of snacks at lunchtime, make a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich. These are good sandwiches for school lunch, especially if you don’t have much prep time in the morning. Simply spread cream cheese on two slices of your bread of choice — white bread is classic. Layer on slices of cucumber, peeled or not, depending on how much time you have. Add the cucumber on one slice of bread and top with the other.
Make this sandwich more flavorful with dashes of salt and pepper or a flavored cream cheese. If you only have plain cream cheese, add chopped fresh dill.
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