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12 Open-Faced Sandwiches to Solve the Lunch Question

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Let's face it — lunch can sometimes be really boring. You're either eating last night's leftovers, a sad deli salad, or a sandwich that you threw together as you were rushing out the door. But this spring, it's time to step up your lunch game — we guarantee it will make your workday better.

The easiest way to make lunch more appetizing is to swap that boring sandwich for an open-faced one (if you want to get really fancy, just call it a tartine). Here are our 12 favorite open-faced sandwiches to get you started.

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1. Tuna Melts with Olive Oil Mayonnaise & Parmesan

If you have access to a toaster oven at the office, a tuna melt is a no-brainer — especially when you make them on baguette slices and mix hard-boiled eggs and capers into the salad. If you're going to do it, you've got to own it, though. Be ready to defend your tuna melt to the death!

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2. Peach & Prosciutto Bruschetta

Think of this crostini as a mini open-faced sandwich. The sweet and salty combination of peaches and prosciutto is a total lunch upgrade, but you'll be best off waiting until peaches are in season before you brown-bag this recipe.

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3. Cucumber Peel Sandwich Spread

The recipe here might be mostly focused on the sandwich spread, which is made from cucumber peels, cream cheese, and mustard, but the result is a delicious open-faced sandwich. You can slather the spread on a baguette and top it with just about anything you please. Our favorite is any salty, cured ham.

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4. Open-Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken salad is a no-brainer when it comes to open-faced sandwiches, but this version is a must-try. It's a lighter take on the traditional chicken salad. thanks to a swap of Greek yogurt for the traditional mayonnaise. The sprinkling of pumpkin seeds on top makes it feel even more special.

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5. Mini Bagels and Lox

Isn't everything more fun to eat when it's mini? That holds true with these mini bagels topped with cream cheese, lox, and chives. Add a simple arugula salad, and lunch is done.

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6. Ham Welsh Rarebit

If you're not familiar with it, Welsh Rarebit is a traditional British dish in which toasted bread is covered in a sauce made from cheese and dark ale. It's a completely decadent recipe to add to your lunch repertoire.

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7. BLT Bites with Avocado Cream

Yes, you could serve these as appetizers at your next dinner party, but we think they make a great lunch, too. Plus, all the layers can be prepped ahead of time, so you can just assemble the toasts when it's time for lunch.

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8. Roasted Tomato Tartine

Since we're not quite at peak tomato season yet, you need to do a little extra to bring out their flavor. This roasted tomato tartine does just that. Roast the tomato wedges with some balsamic, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then layer on your favorite toast with ricotta, Dijon mustard, and fresh herbs.

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9. Ricotta, Fig, and Honey Tartine

We might have originally imagined this as a breakfast dish, but we see no reason it can't be a delicious lunch as well. If you want to make it feel more lunchtime- appropriate, consider adding some prosciutto on top.

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10. Open-Faced Turkey "Hot Brown" Sandwiches

If you want a sandwich that will tide you over until dinner (or if you skipped breakfast and need a lunch that will make up for it), opt for this sauce-slathered turkey sandwich with bacon and tomatoes.

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11. Fava Bean and Radish Bruschetta

Tomato bruschetta is great, but it's good to switch things up occasionally. This fava bean version makes good use of spring produce, and is hearty enough to keep you going through an afternoon of meetings.

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12. Avocado Toast

You know we couldn't talk about open-faced sandwiches without bringing avocado toast into the mix. The eternally popular dish can be dressed up in any number of ways, but sometimes simple is best with a drizzle of olive oil and a few red pepper flakes.