July 14, 2023
Follow these tips to build an inviting sandwich that stays fresh and crunchy until lunch. Super quick and easy!
Classic turkey sub sandwich
No-cook. No-fuss. No time-consuming. This Turkey Sub Sandwich is the kind of easy school lunch you can assemble in 5 minutes to pack a healthy, delicious, and filling meal for kids and teens.
Turkey is a favorite protein at my house since kids love it, and its mild flavor pairs great with any cheese and soft sub breads or Sourdough breads. Meaning: you can make a tasty lunch with real ingredients you have on hand.
Add veggies like lettuce and tomato -or pack a serving of vegetables and fruit as a side- and you get a balanced lunch ready to eat!
What to Put on a Turkey Sub
You can assemble this 5-star turkey sub sandwich with simple staples that make a terrific school lunch.
Here’s what I included:
- Sub bread: the mild flavor of deli turkey pairs great with soft sub breads, Sourdough breads, or soft hoagie style sandwiches.
- Mayonnaise and mustard: optional for spreading over the bread.
- Turkey: I used oven-roasted turkey; any other deli turkey works too.
- Cheese: Monterrey Jack, Swiss, Cheddar, or your favorite cheese.
- Tomato: a fresh and nutritious layer for this sandwich.
- Lettuce: adds fiber and acts as a barrier to tomato humidity.
You’ll find the measurements in the recipe card below.
How to Make a Turkey Sub
You got 5 minutes? Enough time to make this healthy and tasty sandwich that kids can enjoy at school while parents also pack one for lunch!
Spread mayonnaise and mustard on each of the sub bread halves.
- Add the filling
Top the mayonnaise side with lettuce, oven-roasted turkey, cheese, and tomato slices. Close the sandwich with the top half of the sub bread.
Serve the sandwich with fresh fruit and veggies if desired.
Want to give classic lunch sandwiches a twist? Try this delicious Turkey and Cheese Bagel Sandwich.
Best Condiments for a Turkey Sub
In this recipe, I spread mayonnaise and mustard onto the bread, but there are other great condiments you can use instead! Hummus is great for turkey subs, as well as pesto and cream cheese, for example. If you enjoy cucumber, then Tzatziki yogurt dip is also great on this turkey sandwich!
How to Pack it for Lunch
Assembling a delicious turkey sub that stays fresh and neat until lunchtime is possible if you follow these simple tips for packing sandwiches:
Place ingredients correctly
If making this sub for later, place the cheese between the bread and the tomato so the top half of the sub sandwich doesn’t get soggy. Refrigerate until ready to pack inside a lunch bag, with or without an ice pack.
Use a firm lunch container
You’ll want to pack this or any other sandwich in an appropriate lunch container so it doesn’t fall apart in the lunch bag. A sandwich-size single container or a compartmentalized one is perfect for holding the sandwich and keeping it intact until lunchtime.
What to Pack with a Turkey Sub for Lunch
Although this Turkey Sub Sandwich is a balanced meal by itself, adding more nutrition is always a great idea. Pack this sandwich with a healthy treat like banana chips, or a simple fruit salad. These Homemade Doritos are also a kid-favorite!
EPIC Turkey Sub Sandwich
- 1 oval sub bread
- Mayonnaise, optional
- Mustard, optional
- 2 oz oven roasted turkey
- 2 slices Monterrey Jack cheese, or any
- 2 slices tomato, optional
- 2 green lettuce leaves
- Spread mayonnaise and mustard on each of the sub halves.
- Top the mayonnaise side with lettuce, oven roasted turkey, cheese slices, and tomato slices. Close the sandwich with the top half of the sub bread.
- Serve it with fresh fruit and veggies if desired.
- If making this sub for later, place the cheese between the bread and the tomato so the top half of the sub sandwich doesn’t get soggy. Refrigerate until ready to pack inside a lunch bag, with or without an ice pack.