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Tasty Sandwiches That Make a Marvelous Summer Meal

With warmer weather, it's delicious to dine outdoors — an option that's a whole lot easier when you can eat with your hands. Try these innovative recipes for flavorful sandwiches that combine a gourmet sensibility with the simplicity of a fork-free meal.

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Sandwich with Avocado and Tomato, Cookstr: Unique and tasty sandwiches (Mascarucci/Corbis)

Try this avocado sandwich for lunch or dinner this summer. — Mascarucci/Corbis

1. Grilled Wild Mushrooms, Radicchio, and Sprouts Sandwich

by Linda Zimmerman

This sandwich features a nice combination of textures: The wild mushrooms add creaminess, while the radicchio leaves provide crunch against the softness of the bread — which can be whole wheat. (You certainly don't have to make your own basil bread, as the recipe suggests!)

Per serving: 259 calories, 3g saturated fat, 45g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 8g fiber, 107g sodium

2. Avocado Sandwiches 

by Christopher Idone

Ripe avocados are rich with flavor, nutritionally dense and delicious sandwich fillers — especially combined with tomatoes, as they are in this recipe. You can skip the bacon to avoid extra calories and fat.

Per serving: 152 calories, 4g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 3g fiber

3. Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich With Scallion and Pickled Ginger 

by David Ricketts

This sandwich delivers a kick, thanks to spicy ginger and hot red pepper sauce. It calls for canned tuna, but if you cook up some fresh tuna you'll take it up a notch.

Per serving: 267 calories, 1g saturated fat, 26g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 5g fiber

4. Egg, Tofu and Tomato Sandwich

by Steve Kapelonis and Elena Kapelonis

It's vegetarian-friendly, but meat eaters can also benefit from the protein and low cholesterol in this recipe. The blanched broccoli adds a tasty crunch.

Per serving: 340 calories, 9g fat, 35g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 8g fiber

5. Curried Chicken Salad Wraps

by Robert W. Surles

Dijon mustard, honey and white wine vinegar bring the chicken to life, while dried cranberries add color and sweetness. This wrap is a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey.

Per serving: 234 calories, 1g saturated fat, 27g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 3g fiber, 562 mg sodium

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Curried Chicken Salad Wraps by Robert W. Surles

Dijon mustard, honey and white wine vinegar bring the chicken to life, while dried cranberries add color and sweetness. This wrap is a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey.

Per serving: 234 calories, 1g saturated fat, 27g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 3g fiber, 562 mg sodium

Deluxe Peanut Butter Sandwiches By Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Peanut butter, however indulgent, is always delicious on sandwiches. It's almost decadent when paired with creamy bananas, though you can also try freshly diced apples or pears for a sweet crunch.

Per serving: 432 calories, 3g saturated fat, 57g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 9g fiber, 428 mg sodium

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