Steps to Make the Perfect Skinny Sandwich

Customize your sandwiches using this formula!

Construct the Perfect Skinny Sandwich

Believe it or not, every sandwich you’ve ever eaten follows a pretty simple formula: meat, cheese, and bread. Add in a few condiments, maybe some pickles or shredded vegetables, and voila: lunch is served. But, just because a sandwich was constructed following these rules doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Load your sandwiches up with fat-filled ranch dressing or mayonnaise and you’ll add on the calories without even knowing it! Luckily, we came up with our own formula construct the perfect skinny sandwich.

Use the template below to create a low-calorie (and, low-carb, if you like) sandwich that fits your tastebuds. Most of these ingredients can last in the refrigerator for almost a week, so hit the grocery store on Sunday and you’ll have sandwich fixings for an entire week. It’s really that easy to construct the perfect skinny sandwich, so let’s get started!

Steps to Make the Perfect Skinny Sandwich

Choose a Healthy Wrap

Select a Spread

Pick a few Veggies

put veggies on your sandwich for fiber

  • Lettuce or baby greens
  • Cabbage or coleslaw
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Chopped peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Olives
  • Shredded carrots
  • Shredded beets
  • Pickles or fermented veggies

Add a Protein (Plant-Based or Otherwise)

Optional: Low-Fat Cheeses

add cheese to your sandwich for protein

  • Part-skim mozzarella
  • Feta cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Provolone
  • Low-fat cheddar

Construct the Perfect Skinny Sandwich


  1. Add the spread to your bread (or, no-bread option).
  2. Sprinkle on the vegetables.
  3. Add your protein.
  4. Eat it open faced, use a top bun, wrap it up, or sandwich it between your veggie “bread.”
  5. Enjoy!

It’s really that easy to construct the perfect skinny sandwich. We do have a few favorite combinations, so feel free to browse our sandwich recipes to get inspired!

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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