Salad Encompassing Sandwich

You know those days when you really want a sandwich with hearty bread for lunch, but you keep thinking you should have a salad?  For me that’s just about every day.  For that reason, I try to incorporate veggies as best I can.  At times, a loaded up sandwich can actually be both unsatisfying and nothing short of a mess, with ingredients plopping out left and right and bites consisting of little more than the bread itself.  Obviously there is a point of no return quantity-of-components-wise after which this will happen no matter what.  But you can optimize sandwiches so that you get your serving of veggies and an enjoyable sandwich experience.

In fact having paused while eating this sandwich to reflect on the strides made in space exploration this week I must add, this is the opposite of rocket science.

This set up applies to sandwich rolls, vs sliced bread from a loaf.

Directions:  There are two key moves here.  The first is with the bread itself, the second is with the ordering of ingredients.

– Slice the bread so that the bottom turns out to be the more thinly sliced of the two sides.  Scoop out as much of the bread from the top half as you can without compromising the structure of the crust.  Add any condiments now.  I use olive oil on almost every sandwich.


– Pile up sandwich components.  The order of the pile is important.  Tomatoes placed directly on top of chicken breast for example will be more likely to slip out than say tomatoes placed on top of a chopped protein like the tuna shown below or dry lettuce leaves.  In other words, slippery on slippery = plops.  Consider the friction or lack thereof of each ingredient in the order of the pile, including what is next to the bread.

– For how much to add, check the bite size.  If you sense that you won’t be able to open wide enough to take a bite, remove some or replace with greens.  This super high tech measuring system is also the check and balance for a non-messy sandwich.


– Eat.

This system is not perfect, but it’s very good, as seen below:

Ample ingredients but not to the point of overwhelming the bread. Still compressible.
After the first bite, ingredients remain within the sandwich. The plate was not cleaned up for the photo!
About 1/2 way through and there is minimal overage.  The integrity of each bite is not compromised.
In the end, a bit's worth remains.
In the end, a bite’s worth remains.
Perfectly acceptable amount of overall ploppage.

A final note – When making sandwiches ahead of time, it’s easy to preserve their appetizing appearance.  Wrap the sandwich snugly in plastic wrap or foil *and* put it in a tupperware container.  Wrapping is non-negotiable to maintain the integrity of the sandwich.  The container acts as armor during your commute.  I will never forget the day my boss proudly pulled out a homemade sandwich in our conference room only to find that it was half smooshed and entirely deconstructed in the baggie, to this day I wish I could have done something to help.





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