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14 Kid-Friendly Sandwich Ideas

published Aug 18, 2022
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Head on view of a stacked turkey sandwich with cheese, turkey, tomato and lettuce on white bread and a blue plate.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: Rachel Perlmutter

Starting a new school year is exciting! But between those first-day jitters, the sprint to find the next classroom, new clubs and extracurriculars to join, homework, and generally wanting to start off on the right foot, it’s important for kids to be fueled and focused. (The same holds true for adults heading back to the office!) When the first hours of school and work get the best of us, there’s nothing quite like a

good sandwich

lunch container feel like uncovering precious treasure.

The sandwiches your kids will actually want to eat stand in a class of their own. These classic clubs, salad sandwiches, wraps, sliders, and even calzones are very transportable, handheld, and will stay pretty fresh until it’s time to head to the cafeteria. Here are 13 kid-friendly sandwich ideas to make the back-to-school routine all the more tastier and easier.

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Egg Salad Sandwich

This egg salad is creamy and easy to make, and really lets the flavor of the eggs truly shine through. If you’re starting with hard-boiled eggs, it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

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Turkey Sandwich
Classic, deli-style turkey sandwich made with sliced, roasted turkey, cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
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Classic Italian Sub Sandwich
This classic, make ahead-friendly sandwich is piled with Italian cured meats, provolone cheese, tomatoes, shredded iceberg lettuce, and picked peppers.
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Pinwheels
These turkey pinwheels only take 15 minutes to assemble. In other words, you can pack them right before your kids rush out the door for school.
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Katsu Sando
Crispy pork cutlet, kewpie mayonnaise, and thinly shredded cabbage sandwiched between slices of plush milk bread.
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Cashew Chicken Salad Wraps

This cashew chicken salad is it incredibly easy to make for lunch.

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Pesto Chicken Salad
Juicy, shredded chicken is tossed with a creamy combo of fresh pesto and mayo, and studded with sundried tomatoes for extra richness.
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Turkey Wraps with Honey Mustard Dip

There’s something so nostalgic about having turkey wraps dunked in homemade honey mustard for lunch.

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Whole-Wheat Double Peanut Butter & Jelly Pockets
Kids will love these baked calzone-like sandwiches made with sticky jam and double dose of peanut butter. (Any other nut or seed butter would work just fine here.)
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Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
For vegetarian kids, this plant-based take on tuna salad sandwich with a base of hearty chickpeas and crunchy vegetables will hit the spot.
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Bell Pepper Sandwich
Crunchy bell peppers replace the bread in this deli-style kid-friendly lunch. Fill them with deli ham or turkey slices, baby spinach, and sliced Provolone.
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Cucumber Sandwich
Pack cucumber and herb cream cheese tea sandwiches in a bento box with a side of fruit and crackers, and your kid's lunch is good to go.
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Roasted Tomato and Turkey Club Sandwich
Your kid wants a club sandwich in the colder months of school, when the only tomatoes available are rock-hard and sad. What are you to do? Pop those tomatoes into a hot oven and in just 30 minutes, you’ll have juicy oven-roasted tomatoes for the perfect turkey club sandwich.
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Chickpea Caesar Salad Wraps
A vegetarian spin on the chicken Caesar salad wrap with crunchy spiced chickpeas, sourdough croutons, and a creamy tahini-based caesar dressing.
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