August is National Sandwich Month.
We love sandwiches so much, we created a glossary with the different types of sandwiches.
It is true that the Earl of Sandwich was inadvertently responsible for creating the modern English sandwich. But what we recognize as a sandwich—bread and filling—likely dates to around 9000 B.C.E., when permanent settlements were established in the Middle East.
The hunter-gatherers began to plant and harvest grain, which was turned into the first breads: unleavened flatbreads that were baked over an open fire. They were also “edible plates,” holding roasted meat or fish on the journey from pot to mouth.
People would eat “bread and cheese” or “bread and meat”; they just didn’t call it by a formal name. Check out the (sandwich history).
Since the original sandwich was Middle Eastern, put a spin on your favorite sandwich today.
Examples: turkey with curried mayonnaise, curried egg salad or tuna salad, jambon de Paris and brie instead of American ham and cheese, tuna salad with feta and kalamata olives (photo #1, recipe below), etc.
GREEK-INSPIRED TUNA SALAD
This recipe (photo #1) takes the chief ingredients of the popular Greek salad (horiatiki) and adds tuna, creating “Greek tuna salad.”
We adapted the recipe from one featured by Put On Your Cake Pants.
Since local tomatoes are at peak now*, enjoy hefty slices on each sandwich.
Ingredients For 2 Single-Decker Sandwiches
For The Dressing
†For a dairy-free sandwich, eliminate the feta and use a red wine vinaigrette dressing.
1. COMBINE the tuna, cucumber, feta, and dried dill in a bowl.
2. MIX the dressing in a separate bowl: Greek yogurt, milk and salad dressing. Add to the tuna mixture and still until combined.
 Greek tuna salad, a fusion of American tuna salad and Greek horiatiki (photo courtesy Put On Your Cake Pants).
 Banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich inspired by French baguettes (photo courtesy Good Eggs).