From delicate open sandwiches to picnic classics and eastern inspired wraps, these fall sandwich ideas for your next picnic embrace the classics and explore alternative picnic sandwich ideas.
Some even go against the grain of the season showing that some picnic sandwiches are perfect any time of year. And some are so versatile, they also made it into our Fall Finger Food & Appetisers edition.
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Fall Sandwich Recipes for Picnics
Whether you're a picnic purist, you like some spice or need an elegant vegan take on the picnic sandwich, we have you covered for your next fall picnic.
How to Keep Sandwiches From Getting Soggy
Make sure your fall picnic sandwiches hold their own with these tips on how to avoid soggy sandwiches at your next picnic. You never have to suffer soggy sandwich disappointment again.
Chicken Sandwich Recipes
You can't go past a good chicken sandwich, especially for a picnic. The beauty of chicken is it is such a versatile ingredient there is no end to the chicken sandwich possibilities.
We've rounded up an assortment of chicken sandwich recipes for all tastes, from chicken caesar wraps to hearty barbeque and buffalo chicken rolls—there even toasty warm sandwiches for a cool weather picnic.
Roast Beef Sandwich with Slow Roasted Tomatoes
In as far as picnic sandwiches go, a well made roast beef sandwich sits high in the pecking order of meat sandwiches. It's also a good hearty sandwich for cooler weather outings such as fall picnics, or even winter picnics.
Paired with juicy slow-roasted tomatoes and sweet sauteed onions, this take on the classic roast beef sandwich is a wonderful fall picnic sandwich. iThis roast beef sandwich also made it as cold weather contender for our winter picnic food edition.
Bagels with Roasted Beets & Parmesan Pea Spread
Bagels make great picnic sandwiches because they can last the distance without going soggy. For this magnificent bagel filling, we have gone with roasted beets (we show you how to roast beets in the oven here) and a simple parmesan pea spread.
This deliciously vibrant vegetarian pairing works as-is or, feel free to add some slices of bacon for a salty twist.
Halloumi Sandwich with Roasted Vegetables
I love roasted vegetables (we often turn to roasted red peppers or slow-roasted tomatoes for a myriad of picnic dishes), but this sandwich has all the right veggie vibes.
Roasted veg paired with Halloumi cheese, creamy hummus, avocado, pickled onions is a delicious sandwich in anyone's books. The best thing about this sandwich, you can have all your ingredients prepped and build the sandwich last minute.
Indian-Style Tea Sandwiches
Take the classic British tea sandwich and spice it up with some Indian fusion. These delicate finger sandwiches will undoubtedly warm your soul during the fall season.
These fresh and fancy sandwiches come to life with Indian spices and chutneys, vegetables and paneer cheese. It is a lovely way to spice up an afternoon tea picnic or even serve them as part of a fall finger food picnic. Recommended pairings are either hot tea or a glass of champagne.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Grapes & Walnuts
For a delicious vegetarian spin on a chicken salad sandwich, this 5-minute marvel will win hearts every time.
Combine smashed chickpeas, crunchy veg, sweet grapes, and walnuts for an easy yet delicious sandwich filling perfect for picnics. You can make your filling for some DIY sandwiches or build them before you go; this one is very portable.
Turkey Salad Tea Sandwiches with Dried Cherries
Dried sour cherries add a pop of sweet-tart flavour to the turkey filling in this simple yet elegant tea sandwich recipe.
These delightful fall-inspired sandwiches really do make a fall picnic spread look elegant. Serve them finger food style as a starter or included them as part of a fall high tea picnic.
Turkey wraps are not only a picnic classic but a fall sandwich classic.
Filled with slices of turkey, cheese and bacon these vibrant wraps are a hit at every picnic. Serve them as a whole wrap as a picnic sandwich or cut them pinwheel style and serve them as picnic finger food. It's a great picnic appetiser
Goat Cheese and Delicata Squash Tartine
A simple yet vibrant roasted delicata squash tartine with creamy goat cheese, juicy pomegranate seeds and crispy sage is the perfect light fall picnic lunch.
The true beauty of this delightful tartine (open sandwich) is while it may not look so, it is incredibly picnic-friendly. Feel free to adapt the bread base to your liking - Pre-made crostini, slices of fresh crusty baguette or grilled pieces of sourdough - the choice is yours.
With only a few yet very flavourful ingredients, it's easy to transport your ingredients separately and build your tartine in situ at the picnic.
Serve it as a main, light lunch dish, or make smaller tartines to pair with some delicious fall salads. One thing is for certain, a nice light Chardonnay makes a good companion to the tart goats cheese and sweet pomegranate.
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich
The classic turkey sandwich gets a twist with the addition of cranberry mayonnaise for a delicious take on one of the most popular picnic sandwiches of the season.
Pressed Italian Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade
The classic Italian pressed sandwich is always a picnic winner.
These sandwiches are so flavourful and substantial you won't need much else in your hamper (maybe a cheeky Pinot or breezy Beaujolais to pair with these gorgeous sandwich fillings). It's one of the sandwiches we recommend in our essential picnic tips for being able to go the picnic distance.
Prep these sandwiches in less than 20 minutes and pop them in the fridge to "press". Pack in your hamper and when you're ready to eat, simply slice and share. They make a simple yet delicious picnic lunch or even picnic dinner.
Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich
Pressed sandwiches are the king of picnic sandwiches. This Mediterranean pressed baguette is a lighter version than our Italian friend above but loaded with robust flavours that are perfect for a fall picnic.
What I like about this pressed sandwich is the ingredients are finely chopped, kind of bruschetta style which makes for a lighter filling yet loaded with flavour.
Add slices of cheese or cured meats as desired or remove the anchovies for a vegan pressed sandwich.
Tandoori Chicken Wraps
Want to spice up your picnic sandwich routine? Add a succulent and spicy chicken tandoori wrap to your fall picnic repertoire.
They are so quick and easy to pull together, you could make these hot and fresh before you leave, wrap in foil and serve piping hot at your picnic. You can, of course, serve them cold like a normal wrap.
They also make a fabulous DIY sandwich. Prepare all your ingredients, lay them out and allow everyone to help themselves. You can also add additional ingredients such as chutney's or crispy vegetables for people to add as desired. This is a great way to go if you are serving them as a hot sandwich – we have simple solutions for keeping your picnic food hot here.
Cream Cheese & Vegetable Sandwich
Another vote for versatility on this sandwich. Loaded with flavourful sauteed vegetables and mixed with cream cheese, this sandwich spread can form the basis of a salad sandwich filled with dark greens, or make a beautifully dainty sandwich for a high tea picnic.
Make the filling ahead of time and simply build your sandwich when you're ready to go. Switch cream cheese for goats cheese if you like a bolder flavour and choose whatever bread suits your picnic style – I love thick slices of crusty sourdough for this fall-inspired sandwich filling.
I know the cucumber sandwich, an essential part of an English picnic, are an integral part of an English summer. But it doesn't have to be summer to add a breath of fresh air to your fall picnic.
What I love about the cucumber sandwich is there is an almost sophisticated simplicity to the sandwich. And the freshness of it.
Often served as an afternoon tea sandwich in England, I like to think of these as a snack or starter sandwich. A hot thermos of tea, some cucumber sandwiches and maybe a few picnic sweet treats and you have a simple yet delightful picnic afternoon spread.
Easy Halloumi Wraps
Here is a delicious vegan picnic sandwich alternative that can go the distance and everyone loves.
With halloumi cheese, red pesto (store-bought is fine), avocado and walnuts, these wraps are packed with flavour, are incredibly easy to make and you can whip them up in less than 20 minutes.
They can even be made the day before without losing any of their mojo. That's the kind of picnic sandwich we love.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Think of guacamole on steroids, then add it to a sandwich. An amazingly versatile chickpea salad with the freshness and zest of guacamole, it's loaded with healthy protein, takes only 10 minutes to whip up and is an incredibly versatile picnic recipe. A great way to freshen up your fall picnic sandwich menu.
Spread it on sandwiches and add greens and vegetables as you desire for a great vegan picnic sandwich. Add it to wraps, with or without meat - as you choose. Serve it as a dip or as a side as you would hummus.
Light & Fluffy Cloud Bread Recipe
Looking for a low carb bread alternative for your fall sandwich ideas? Our easy Keto Cloud Bread recipe is perfect for any sandwich filling and covers low carb, gluten-free, and grain-free diet restrictions.
Creative Ideas for Sandwiches Without Bread
Not all sandwiches have to be made with bread. Get a new spin on your fall sandwich routine with these deliciously creative no bread sandwich ideas.