Sandwich Bowl

by KetoFocus.com

A delicious Subway salad made at home

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Sandwich bowls are filled with your favorite sandwich ingredients and are the perfect low carb meal. Ditch the bread and only eat the meat and veggies from your sandwich in these tasty bowls.

This keto sandwich bowl is highly adaptable and can be made using any sandwich ingredients. Try making a Bell Pepper Sandwich or Keto Reuben Chaffle Sandwich which are perfect candidates for this bowl.   

sandwich salad topped with black pepper and Italian seasoning and a pair of tongs

This sub in a tub is great for taking to work for lunch, a quick and easy dinner, or an energizing afternoon snack. Stick to your keto diet with this protein-packed meal.

There’s no need to order lunch when you can make these low carb meal prep bowls in advance to have them ready any day of the week. You can quickly assemble them and store the dressing in a separate container for when you’re ready for lunch.   

How to make a sandwich bowl

These keto bowls only take a few minutes to put together to eat for dinner. Here is a brief description of how to make them.

  1. Cut the lettuce into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Slice the turkey, ham, and cheese into thin strips.
  3. Dice the tomatoes and eggs into quarters.
  4. Assemble the salad: Toss the spinach and romaine lettuce together and create a layer of turkey strips, ham, cheese, pickles, pepperoncini, tomatoes, and eggs.
  5. Drizzle oil and vinegar and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

close up of a salad topped with pickle, olive, egg, ham, tomato

 

Key ingredients

The ingredients in this recipe are easy to find at the grocery store if you don’t already have them in your kitchen at home.

  • Lettuce – A mixture of fresh spinach and romaine lettuce is crunchy and the perfect base for your bowl.
  • Meat – Sliced turkey and ham from the deli section at the store work well for this.
  • Cheese – Baby swiss is slightly milder than aged swiss cheese.
  • Toppings – Add some chopped pepperoncini, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs for a bold flavor and fun textures.
  • Dressing – Whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning together and drizzle over the chopped salad.

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Sandwich Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 slices deli sliced turkey, cut into strips
  • 2 slices deli sliced ham, cut into strips
  • 2 slices swiss cheese, cut into strips
  • 3 dill pickle slices, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced pepperoncini or banana pepper
  • 3 cherry tomato or small tomato, quartered
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • dash of Italian seasoning

Sandwich Bowl Directions

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Variations

When making a meal out of a deconstructed sandwich, the sky is the limit. You can use any kind of cold sandwich, chicken sandwich, or burger that you want. This is a great way to leave out the bread and still eat yummy sandwiches.

Here are some options you can try:  

  • Reuben bowl salad with roast beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing.
  • Salmon BLT salad with grilled salmon, romaine lettuce, bacon bits, and diced tomatoes. 
  • Cuban sandwich bowl with ham, swiss cheese, pickles, and honey mustard dressing. 
  • Hamburger bowl with ground beef, romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, diced onions, pickles, and a drizzle of ketchup and mustard. 
  • Grilled chicken sandwich with chopped grilled chicken, sliced provolone cheese, sliced tomatoes, and balsamic glaze dressing.   
close up of a salad topped with pickle, olive, egg, ham, tomato

Low carb dressing

This recipe uses olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, which is low carb and perfect for a light salad bowl. 

You can also make your own homemade keto dressings. Here are some more details about each option:  

  • Ranch dressing this keto dressing is creamy and herby and perfect for drizzling over salad bowls. 
  • Blue cheese dressing tangy low carb blue cheese is excellent paired with sandwich ingredients. 
  • Caesar dressing this zesty dressing is perfect for drizzling on a salad of romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, and shredded parmesan cheese. 
  • Green Goddess dressing make a creamy avocado-based dressing that goes well with almost any salad.   

What pairs well with a sandwich bowl?

When you are cooking for your family or a crowd, you may want to add other dishes in addition to the salad.  

Pair your salad with a delicious lunch dish that complements the flavors.

Some delicious options include chicken pot pie turnovers, pizza pockets, or keto corn dogs.   

Storage information

To store: Keep any leftover salad and dressing in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to five days.

If you’ve already poured the dressing over the top, you might be able to save it for one day, but it will be mushy.

To meal prep: The vegetables can be prepped, washed, and chopped at the beginning of the week and saved in separate containers. Assemble the salad right before eating, so the ingredients don’t wilt.

Another great option is to make jar salads and save them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them. To do this, pour the dressing into the bottom of the jar, layer in the veggies, lettuce, and then the cheese on top.

Seal the jar and refrigerate. To eat, shake the jar to coat everything in dressing, remove the lid, and eat.

Sandwich Bowl: FAQS

What’s the difference between a sandwich and a sandwich bowl?

A sandwich is eaten between layers of bread, while a sandwich bowl is the ingredients of a sandwich eaten out of a bowl with a fork.

What other ingredients can I add to this sandwich bowl recipe?

The options are limitless! You can add various chopped vegetables, deli meat, chicken, beef, turkey, cheeses, fruit, and dressing.

Can I freeze a leftover sandwich bowl?

It’s not a good idea to freeze any leftovers. These types of ingredients don’t thaw well enough to eat raw.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Sandwich Bowl

Servings: 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 637
Fat 49.8g
Protein 38.2g
Total Carbs 6.3g
Net Carbs 4.7g

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