Tips for a winning sandwich

Think sandwiches are boring? Well think again, because August is National Sandwich Month and we’ve put together some tasty and creative sandwiches that are anything but dreary. We’ve also included some tips and tricks for the best sandwich ever. There’s no excuse for that plain ham and cheese sandwich ever again.

Tips and tricks

Here are some great tips for making the best sandwich ever.


Everyone has their favourite way of sandwich layering, but there are a few rules you should follow to ensure your sandwich don’t go soggy.

Cheese and deli meats should be placed next to the bread. It will act as a barrier from the wetter ingredients and stop the bread from going soggy. If you’re using sliced tomato, make sure it’s in the middle of the sandwich.

Alternatively, try packing the high moisture ingredients, like tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and cucumbers separately. Add them to your sandwich when you’re ready to eat.


There is nothing worse than biting in a dry sandwich. Spreads add flavour, moisture or creaminess to a sandwich. Mustard and mayo are standards, but give these other condiments a go - pesto, BBQ sauces, hummus, chutney, aioli, salsa, guacamole or ricotta.

One of the secrets to a fabulous sandwich is lightly spreading butter to the bread before adding the other ingredients. It seals the bread by absorbing moisture from the other ingredients. No more soggy sandwiches!

spread butter on bread before adding other ingredients

Vegetables and herbs

Don’t be afraid to use lots of herbs and vegetables in your sandwich. Whether it’s fresh or roasted, it will add extra flavour, colour and crunch to your sandwich. And don’t forget to season your vegetables! Salt or pepper can bring all the flavours together.


Matching the right bread with the filling is just as important. Firmer breads like a ciabatta roll would go well with heartier fillings like steak, but soft foods, such as a tuna salad, or cold cuts would make eating too much effort due to the dense bread. You want something strong enough to hold up, but it shouldn’t overwhelm the filling.

There are no hard and fast rules on choosing the right bread for your sandwich filling and a lot will come down to your personal preference. One thing we do recommend you focus on is finding the right balance between the texture of the bread and your filling.

For example, a crunchy fried chicken would work well with a soft, fluffy bread. An egg salad on a crusty, chewy, dense bread makes eating too much effort and if you’re not careful, one bite could cause the filling to squish out.

Another point to remember – don’t get too excited and overfill your sandwich. You should still be able to eat it easily without the contents falling out.

Or for something different, why not try a wrap as an alternative to bread slices. You can get more of the good stuff you want inside, without bogging it down with more starch. Plus, it won’t completely fall apart on you while you eat it.

tips for a great sandwich


Onions can add extra flavour to your sandwich, but many people find that raw onions have a bit of a bite to them. To help take the edge off them, you can soak thinly sliced onions in ice water for 20 minutes, drain and blot dry with a paper towel. This will help keep it crisp. Alternatively, toss sliced onions with kosher salt, wait a few minutes, rub the salt into the onions, rinse with water and blot dry.

Get creative

Experiment with different breads, such as sourdough, seeded, rye, grain and corn. For something different, try wraps, bagels, rolls or a brioche bun. Mix it up with different combinations of breads and fillings so you never get bored.

Don’t feel like you have to add lettuce and tomato to every sandwich either. Try creamy slaws, pickles or roasted veggies to add brightness and contrast to an otherwise boring sandwich.

Anatomy of a great sandwich

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The best sandwich fillings to try

Your next office lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Add some excitement to your sandwich with these mouth-watering fillings.

  • Roast chicken with Waldorf salad
  • Gorgonzola, pear and walnut on sourdough
  • Leftover rosemary lamb with roasted red capsicums, onions and rocket
  • Smoked salmon with lemon capers, dill mayonnaise and horseradish
  • Turkey, cranberry, alfalfa and camembert
  • Toasted chicken and mushroom (we think this is the ultimate hangover sandwich to make!)
  • Pulled pork, fennel slaw and mayonnaise
  • Cucumber, smoked salmon, cream cheese and egg
  • Pork belly, Asian slaw, sweet chilli jam and mayonnaise in a baguette
  • Tuna, sweet corn, iceberg lettuce and citrus mayonnaise
  • Roasted pumpkin, goat's cheese and rocket
  • Eggplant, tomato, haloumi and baby spinach
  • Feta, baby spinach, capsicum and sun-dried tomato
  • Chicken, pesto, lettuce and semi-dried tomatoes
  • Cold roast beef with sliced tomato, cheese, lettuce, pickles and relish
  • Roast beef, watercress, chargrilled sweet potato, cheese and mustard
  • Roast lamb, tzatziki, diced celery or cucumber and shredded fresh mint
  • Roast lamb with marinated capsicum, chargrilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, tasty cheese and rocket
  • Corned beef, potato salad, gherkins and watercress
  • Choose your own toppings and try yummy pizza toasties
  • Greek yoghurt egg salad – check out the recipe here
  • Grilled chicken melt with pesto and sun-dried tomato spread – check out the recipe here

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We hope these handy tips and ideas for fillings inspire you. There are no excuses now to make a bad or boring sandwich again.

If you need sandwiches or wraps for your next working lunch, training session or event, speak to the corporate catering experts at Order-In. With access to over 300 corporate caterers in Australia, we have a wide range of delicious, gourmet sandwiches that are anything but boring.

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