Salami Sandwich

2016-02-17 11.53.27RECIPE #200, DAY #236

ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Salami and Cheese Sandwich” from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis*

TIMING: 5 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Easy. Much easier than pie

TOOLS: Nothing really


HEALTH: If you are not eating cured meat every day and if you buy meat without added nitrates/nitrites, then this is a great option for your lunch box. Of course, a salami sandwich tastes best with white bread, but the strength of the tastes could hold up to a whole grain or rye bread, too.

EXPERIENCE: I have been trying to come up with sandwiches for lunch boxes, and was distressed that most of the recipes I came across would not hold up to a few hours on hold OR were too obnoxious for school morning prep. So when I came across this recipe–which is, admittedly, hardly a recipe–I was happy to slap it on the weekly schedule and get on with my life.

It is rare that everyone in the family likes a given thing, but this is one of them. White bread, salami, mustard, and optional cheese? For some reason, it reminds me of walking around the zoo eating a contraband picnic lunch.

NOTES: While there is something truly satisfying about the simplest of simple salami sandwiches, I have a few suggestions for you to add:

  • pickles (sweet or dill slices)
  • ham
  • olives (or tapenade)
  • pickled peppers (like pepperoncini)
  • ketchup
  • Swiss or cheddar cheese (instead of mozzarella)
  • lettuce and mayo (but that’s not to my taste)


  1. Place 8 slices white or multigrain bread out on your work surface. Spread 4 of them with yellow mustard.
  2. On the other 4 slices, layer 4 slices mozzarella cheese, 1/2 pound Genoa salami, then other optional additions (see above). Top with mustard bread, squish, and pack for your day out.

Serve with a cold Izze, a tangerine, and a baggie of pretzels.

*Recipe changed from the original.


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