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15 Ciabatta Sandwich Recipes (Best Ideas to Try)

These ciabatta sandwich recipes might just change your life. Or at the very least, your sandwich game. 

A good sandwich requires good bread and ciabatta is seriously good bread.

You can thank Italy for this aptly named white bread (ciabatta means slipper). Grazie Italia! 

Ciabatta Sandwich with Mozzarella Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil and Lettuce
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Simply put, ciabatta is delicious. The outside is crusty and the inside is soft and airy.

Plus, it has that quintessential, utterly scrumptious bread flavor. 

It’s sturdy too, so it makes fantastic sandwiches.

This list has a delicious sandwich for everyone, which proves ciabatta’s versatility. 

Here are 15 ciabatta sandwich recipes I know you’ll love.

1. The Ultimate Ciabatta Sandwich

Holy sandwich, Batman! This sandwich is big, beastly, and it’s absolutely delectable.

This isn’t a lunch sandwich. This is a dinner sandwich.

Obviously, it starts with a crusty, delicious loaf of ciabatta.

Then, you add layers upon layers of flavor, texture, and yumminess. 

This sandwich has homemade sun-dried tomato pesto, gooey mozzarella, spicy chilies, and crunchy lettuce.

Of course, you can’t forget the piles of turkey, prosciutto, and salami. 

Every bite is mouthwatering and seriously satisfying.

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2. Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich

Say “hola” to one of the most flavorful sandwiches you will ever eat. Cubanos are one of my absolute favorite sandwiches. 

Although ciabatta is not commonly used to make them, this recipe is scrumptious! Seriously, there’s umami in every bite. 

If you’re a fan of tangy foods, the Cubano is right up your alley.

This sandwich features home-roasted pulled pork (recipe included), ham, mayo, pickles, Swiss cheese, and mustard.

Everything is juicy, melty, and just plain good. 

3. Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich

Featuring real bacon. The recipe title seems a bit misleading, I’ll admit.

But this is a turkey sandwich with bacon and avocado, and it’s delightful!

Although, you could totally use turkey bacon if that’s what you prefer. 

Let me tell you, this sandwich is a study of flavors and textures.

There’s crusty bread, crispy bacon, soft avocado, and juicy tomatoes to demonstrate texture. 

You’ll taste delicious bread, salty bacon, honey turkey, and spicy mayo in every bite.

Plus, the avocado and cheese bring even more goodness to the table. 

4. Honey Mustard Ham and Cheese Sandwich

This honey mustard ham and cheese sandwich is comfort food at its finest.

Everyone will love this, so be sure to make enough! 

It’s simple and delicious. This creation features ciabatta (duh), your favorite ham, Swiss cheese, and homemade honey mustard.

It’s sweet, salty, and super gooey. 

5. Toasted Italian Sandwich

Calling all meat eaters! This sandwich features all the best parts of Italian charcuterie in sandwich form.

And it tastes like a trip around Italy. 

There’s pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and then the meat. This baby has pepperoni, turkey pepperoni, ham, and two kinds of salami.

Are you drooling, yet?

6. Pressed Roast Beef Sandwich

Do you know how pressure turns carbon into diamonds?

Well, a bit of pressure turns basic sandwich ingredients into a mouthwatering sandwich. It’s also a bit easier to eat. 

Of course, you have to do some prep work. It doesn’t magically happen, but it’s worth every ounce of effort.

Fear not, as it’s just a bit of slicing, layering, and bougie-mayo making.

You enjoy ciabatta, roast beef, pesto mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and apple in every bite.

So you taste some sweet, some savory, and tons of umami. It’s O-M-Good! 

7. Grilled Chicken Sandwich

There’s just something special about a chicken sandwich. Clearly, I’m not the only one that feels that way, just look at Chick-fil-A.

And you don’t have to wait in line for this one. 

This sandwich features succulent marinated and grilled chicken breasts, thick bacon, and provolone cheese.

Spicy aioli adds a bit of excitement and veggies add freshness. 

Even your pickiest family and friends will enjoy this iconic sammie. 

8. Caprese Grilled Cheese

Caprese is one of my favorite types of salad. I mean, it’s just tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. What’s not to like?

When you make it all melty and gooey and shove it between slices of ciabatta? It’s even better.

So I present to you, my favorite gourmet grilled cheese sandwich

It’s fresh and ridiculously cheesy. Is that a contradiction? Possibly, but it tastes great!

9. Veggie Sandwich

A lot of these sandwiches have been pretty meat-heavy. So, this one is for my vegetarian friends reading this blog today. 

It’s bursting with green good stuff. It has lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, tomatoes, red pepper, onion, and avocado.

It also has smoky, yummy gouda, a bit of mayo, and some mustard for extra zip. 

If you’re vegan, you can use vegan alternatives for the mayo and cheese. Or simply skip them altogether. 

10. The Ultimate BLT

The BLT is a classic sandwich for a reason. It’s just really darn good. But this recipe kicks the goodness up a notch or three. 

Every good BLT has mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

This one has homemade lemon mayo, extra bacon, basil, a lettuce mix, and mustard. 

This BLT is the A+ student that does extra credit homework on the weekends.

11. Zesty Italian Burgers

Hey! Did you know that ciabatta makes an excellent burger bun?

Well, if you didn’t, let me prove it to you with these zesty Italian burgers. 

This recipe takes traditional Italian ingredients and mashes them perfectly with the classic American burger.

It has pancetta, pesto, mozzarella, and sauteed onions. 

It’s so juicy and salty and flavorful. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever enjoyed.

I suspect you might just feel the same. 

12. Pesto Salmon Sandwiches

If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, look no further.

This sandwich is perfect for lunch any day or dinner on a warm summer evening. 

Did I mention that it’s utterly scrumptious? Well, it is.

This sandwich is made with pesto-crusted salmon, toasted ciabatta, mayo, more pesto, cheese, and veggies. 

The fish is flaky, the bread is crusty, and the veggies add amazing crunch. It’s filling but not heavy. You’ll love it!

13. The Godfather Meatball Sub

This sub will make your mouth an offer it can’t refuse!

An offer of warm, gooey, messy, tongue-tickling deliciousness. Honestly, this sub is so good it’s criminal. 

To reference some more pop culture, Joey Tribbiani will dream about this sub. 

It has everything you want in a meatball sub: mozzarella, marinara, and flavorful meatballs. 

But wait, there’s more! It’s slathered with herbaceous pesto and the meatballs are stuffed. 

Yes, you read that correctly. These meatballs are stuffed with even more mozzarella. This is the kind of sandwich that will feed your soul.

14. Flank Steak Mediterranean Sandwich

This hearty sandwich will take your tastebuds to flavor heaven.

The Mediterranean is known for its bold flavors, and this dish delivers! 

Grilled flank steak is layered on a ciabatta roll with tomatoes, onions, and creamy Greek-inspired sauce. It’s simultaneously hearty and fresh. 

I guarantee this will become a summer evening go-to dinner!

15. Bacon Omelet Goat Cheese Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwiches

I can’t make a ciabatta sandwich list without adding a breakfast sandwich.

I daresay this one rivals the Starbucks breakfast sandwiches. 

Having this for breakfast is the best way to start your day!

Every part of this sandwich is delicious, and most of it is pretty nutritious.

But it has seasoned eggs, bacon, goat cheese, kale, and a tomato. Every bite is salty, savory, and wonderfully tangy. 

It’ll keep you full all morning, too.

15 Ciabatta Sandwich Recipes (Best Ideas to Try)

For easy lunches, try these ciabatta sandwich recipes! From turkey bacon to ham and cheese to veggie, there are plenty of great ideas to choose from.


  • The Ultimate Ciabatta Sandwich

  • Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich

  • Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich

  • Honey Mustard Ham and Cheese Sandwich

  • Toasted Italian Sandwich

  • Pressed Roast Beef Sandwich

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich

  • Caprese Grilled Cheese

  • Veggie Sandwich

  • The Ultimate BLT

  • Zesty Italian Burgers

  • Pesto Salmon Sandwiches

  • The Godfather Meatball Sub

  • Flank Steak Mediterranean Sandwich

  • Bacon Omelet Goat Cheese Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwiches


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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