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Salami Sandwich Recipe

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This Salami Sandwich is easy to make, comes together in under 5 minutes and is a decadent picnic food! A deluxe sandwich was never so easy to make!


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Get ready for it! This easy salami sandwich is made with cream cheese! And I can’t wait for you to try the pairing because it’s out of this world.

We love making sandwiches not just for lunch but for dinner too. And of our top 3 favorites, this salami and cream cheese sandwich definitely makes the list!

If you’re wondering, our other favorites are Deluxe Egg Salad Sandwich and Chicken Salad Sandwich. Both of which you should definitely try if you haven’t.

Anyway, let me tell you why you’re going to love this salami sandwich recipe so much.

First of all, salami sandwiches only take minutes to throw together. Which makes it perfect for hauling along for a picnic or hike!

It’s also really filling. I can never get through a whole one on my own and it leaves me feeling full for hours.

This Salami Sandwich uses all fresh and simple ingredients. So you don’t have to scour the aisles at the grocery store looking for an ingredient you’ve never heard of.

And finally, this salami sandwich is super fancy! Just look at those pictures! Even your snobby friends will be impressed when you throw this on the table!


Cream Cheese spread on hoagie roll


What to Put on a Salami Sandwich

First you’re going to need your sandwich bread, and you’ve got some choices there.

You can use regular sandwich bread slices in a pinch, but I find when making a deluxe sandwich, you need a little more bread to hold onto.

So I’ll often use a sandwich roll, sub roll, or something similar. They come in lots of flavors. Italian bread or plain bread pair well here though feel free to mix it up.

Then load that bread with all these delicious fixings!

  • Salami: You can’t have a salami sandwich without the salami! Find thin slices in the refrigerated section.
  • Whipped Cream Cheese: Whipped cream cheese is lighter than regular cream cheese and spreads easier. This is a key ingredient!
  • Mustard: Mustard pairs really well with the salty salami flavor, though you could leave it off too.
  • Leafy Green Lettuce: Choose any lettuce you like. You could even chop it smaller for the little kids or use a neutral flavored leaf like spinach.
  • Avocado: This is a personal favorite! It just adds that cream you love. But if you don’t love it, you can leave it off too.
  • Tomato Slices: Not only does tomato add flavor and texture but all those healthy color nutrients as well!

That’s it for what I use on my regular salami sandwiches. Though, there are many other toppings you could consider as well!

  • Pickles
  • Horseradish Sauce
  • Bacon
  • Handful of Black Olives
  • Cheese Slice
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Bell Peppers
  • Red Onions
  • Banana Peppers
  • Black Forest Ham
  • Iceberg Lettuce

Feel free to customize to your taste!

Pro Tip:

  • If you don’t have whipped cream cheese, make it yourself! Whip the regular cream cheese until light and airy.


folded salami on left side of hoagie roll


How to Make a Salami Sandwich

If your bread isn’t precut, you’ll need to cut it first.

Cut down the center, leaving a small back where it’s still connected. That’ll help the ingredients not fall out while you’re eating.

You won’t find a better sandwich in any local sandwich shop as you can make right in your own kitchen!

  1. Spread: Be generous when spreading the cream cheese! It won’t soak your bread like mayo will.
  2. Layer: The key here is to get equal amounts of ingredients. You don’t want any one thing to over power the flavors of the others.
  3. Devour: Dig in! It’s ready to eat right away! So bring your appetite.

Pro Tip:

  • Put the cream cheese on the side of each bread slice! Then you’ll be sure to have enough!


lettuce on top of salami on hoagie roll


What Cheese Goes Best with Salami Sandwich?

Actually, a lot of cheeses pair well with Salami. I think it’s just one of those meats, you know?

While most often I pair it with cheddar cheese, because that’s what’s in my fridge, you could also try these other flavor combos.

  • Provolone Cheese
  • Gouda
  • Goat Cheese
  • Swiss
  • Monterey Jack
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan Cheese

You could even make any of them gooey cheeses by heating it all up and toasting and making this one of the hot sandwiches!


avocado on top of lettuce on hoagie roll


What Goes Well with Salami Sandwich?

Keep it simple! Because you’re making such a quick and easy main dish, try making easy sides to go with it.


sliced tomatoes on top of avocado on hoagie roll


Can I Eat a Salami Sandwich While Pregnant?

Salami is one of those deli meats that pregnant women are told to avoid.

However, it can safely be heated or cooked so that you can enjoy it your entire pregnancy.

Simply heat the salami until it reaches 165 F. This will cook out any bacteria and make the salami safe to consume.


completed sandwich ready to serve


Can I Make a Salami Sandwich Ahead of Time?

Although the salami sandwich only takes minutes to throw together, we often make it the night before because on a busy morning, we don’t even have minutes!

So you can absolutely make this salami sandwich ahead of time! School lunch made easy!

The sandwich can be safely made up to 24 hours before you want to consume it. 

Though depending on which ingredients you’re adding, you may notice the bread becoming soggy or the food discoloring.

I always like to just take an avocado along with me and slice it up right when I’m ready to eat.

For while the avocados are still safe to eat, that brown color often throws people off.

Also, tomatoes or olives will cause the bread to become soggy if left for too long.

However, if I just make it to eat the next day, I haven’t noticed a real problem with that.

Luckily, the cream cheese won’t affect the bread at all so hallelujah for one less thing to worry about!


salami sandwich cut in half to show off insides


How Long Does a Salami Sandwich Last?

On the whole, your salami sandwich can safely be eaten up to three days after you make it.

However, as noted above. The texture will quickly begin to change after that overnight.

I find that for best results, it should be eaten within 24 hours.


sliced sandwich turned up towards the camera to show insides


More Sandwiches You’ll Love…

Enjoy this easy and delicious Salami Sandwich! It’s quick, filling, nutritious, and the ultimate deluxe sandwich!


Yield: 1 Sandwich

Salami Sandwich

sandwich cut in half and stacked on top of each other.

This Salami Sandwich is easy to make, comes together in under 5 minutes and is a decadent picnic food! A deluxe sandwich was never so easy to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Sandwich Roll or Bread of Choice, we prefer Hoagie Roll
  • Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Mustard
  • Leafy Green Lettuce
  • Salami
  • Avocado
  • Tomato


  1. Spread a generous amount of cream cheese on each side of your bread.
  2. On one side spread mustard.
  3. Layer salami, lettuce, avocado & tomato on sandwich and fold over bread to close sandwich.
  4. Slice in half and devour!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 978Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1341mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 23gSugar: 12gProtein: 26g
Originally Posted: November 22, 2016

Photos & Text Updated: July 1, 2022


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Jamie Lanham

Thursday 16th of May 2019


This sandwich and the Panera copycat are now my 2 favorite sandwiches. Keep the awesome recipes comin!!!!


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Ah Thank you Jamie! So glad you are a sandwich lover too!


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