Beach season has officially begun — it’s time bust out the shades and get ready for some fun in the sun (with sunscreen, of course)! But all those ocean waves can make you hungry. Taking a time out from building sandcastles to dine on the boardwalk can get expensive. To keep those summer vibes going, pack a lunch that everyone will enjoy!
Sure, PB&J or a Ham & Swiss are the typical go-to beach fare…but how much of a sunshine hero will you be when you pull out a spread of delicious and unique sandwiches? With the right sandwich on hand, you can stay on the sand and eat something that hasn’t fully melted into something unrecognizable. Best of all? You’ll still have enough money for the ice cream vendor!
Check out these Sunbeam Bread sandwich ideas that will have your family and friends taking a time out of wave riding to hit the beach blanket for some yummy grub!
California Chicken Club You don’t have to be in sunny California to enjoy this classic. Shredded chicken meets sweet mango, creamy avocado, and crunchy bacon — taking care of sweet and salty cravings at once. The best part? You don’t have to worry about anything hardening or melting.
Smoky Tempeh Sandwich with Sundried Tomato Pesto Vegetarian, rejoice! No longer do you have to sit and watch your fellow beachgoers down hot dogs and hamburgers while you pick away at a wilting salad. This savory sandwich features smoked paprika and meaty tempeh, though the real hero is the sun-dried tomato pesto. Make a little extra to drizzle on sandwiches and salads that go beyond the beach.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Even if you can’t go to Hawaii, you can make it FEEL like you’re in Hawaii. This sandwich is great for summer — savory and sweet, light but filling. Cold grilled chicken packed with pineapple, cilantro, and your favorite BBQ sauce. Be warned, with so much sauce, this sandwich can get a little messy, so be sure to wrap it in foil and pack a few napkins.
Brie, Prosciutto, and Fig Sandwich Having a classy beach party? Pop the prosecco and put this prosciutto picnic sandwich on the menu. Grab fresh slices of Sunbeam Bread and load with Brie, fig compote, prosciutto, and arugula. You’ll be astounded by what happens when fig meets pig! Yummy!
Very Vegan Jalapeño Pesto Sandwich This summer sandwich may be vegan, but it’ll satisfy everyone under the sun. Packed with sprouts, bell pepper, shredded carrots, and a spicy pesto to boot, this is a super-healthy option that tastes pretty great sitting in the fresh ocean breeze!
Crispy Kale, Turkey, and Ham Sandwich This sandwich is great for those looking for lighter fare, featuring cold cuts, crispy kale, and a light beet mayo. Give it a little extra crunch with lightly toasted Sunbeam Bread.
Eggplant, Prosciutto, and Pesto Pressed Sandwich Looking for a sandwich with ALL the things? Look no further — this sandwich features grilled (or roasted) veggies, cold cuts, and multiple cheeses. It benefits from a little extra time in the fridge, so prepping it the night before you hit the sand is the best idea.
Smashed Avocado Chickpea Sandwich If you want to pack a delicious lunch without assembling an elaborate platter (because the ocean is calling), this is a great go-to sandwich. Mash a ripe avocado with chickpeas and combine with scallions, spices, and lemon juice for a creamy base. Dress it up however you want (we suggest tossing in some sprouts, cucumbers, and fresh basil), pack it up, and go.
Avocado, Cucumber, and Goat Cheese Sandwich It’s summer, which means it’s OK to go little crazy with the ‘cados. Get your fix by loading up this sandwich with our favorite green goddesses, along with sprouts, cukes, and a generous layer of goat cheese. Be sure to wrap this one up and keep it out of the sun — this one needs to travel in the beach cooler.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onions This sandwich is the ultimate veggie delight and perfect to tote along to the beach. With sweet potato, beefy portobello mushrooms, and lots of pesto, this sandwich somehow packs in ALL the veggies and ALL the flavor. Pack in extra caramelized onions (as one should always do); top it off with Parmesan, cheddar, or ricotta cheese on toasted Sunbeam Bread.
Almond Butter, Banana, and Strawberry Chia Jam Sandwich Nothing beats biting into a gooey PB&J after a long day in the sun. This AB&J is a sweet new take on our favorite childhood classic, swapping in almond butter for peanut butter and throwing in date-sweetened strawberry jam-packed with crunchy chia seeds. It’s simple, sweet, and downright delicious.
Epic Chorizo Breakfast Burrito For those who like to go to the beach in the early hours, don’t worry — you get a sandwich too! This breakfast sandwich is packed with the good stuff, from breakfast potatoes to super-spicy chorizo, and topped with cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo.
Cobb Egg Salad Sandwich If you’re an egg salad fanatic, this is a great grab-and-go option. With blue cheese, bacon bits, tomato, onion, and arugula, this cobb-salad-in-a-bun is the perfect way to dress your eggs for a day at the beach.
Antipasto Mozzarella Sandwich With Lemony Basil Pesto Let’s be real — if we brought antipasto to the beach, it would either end up a.) covered in sand or b.) in a seagull’s mouth. This flavorful sandwich takes the best components of antipasto and brings them together inside soft slices of Sunbeam Bread. We’re talking salami, prosciutto, red pepper, and provolone—slathered in a lemon basil pesto. It seems like a mouthful, but it’ll disappear faster than you think.
Remember, after a delicious time out for lunch, kick back and relax. Mama always said wait 30 minutes before you head back in the water!