Ham + Asparagus Picnic Sandwiches

Ham and Asparagus Picnic Sandwiches // @HealthyDelish

Last week, I wrote about how I was determined to squeeze every last bit of summer out of the weekend. I definitely succeeded – it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time! From dinner at our favorite lakeside shack to a long drive in the country, a trip to the driving range, and a double feature at the drive-in, we definitely crammed a ton in! We planned to bring a picnic dinner – including these sandwiches – to a free play in the park on Sunday, but thunderstorms ended up keeping us home. Which was just as well, since we were exhausted from Saturday’s activities. A day of napping on the couch was perfect. We had a living room picnic instead!

I love bringing these ham and asparagus sandwiches on picnics because they hold up really well (the crusty ciabatta rolls don’t get soggy) and the flavors get even better after they’ve had a chance to mingle for a little while in the picnic basket. They’re also really hearty. You don’t need to add anything in order to make them into a satisfying meal (a hand full of chips to round things out doesn’t hurt though.)

Ham and Asparagus Picnic Sandwiches // @HealthyDelish

So, what’s packed in there? Ham (I used Jones Dairy Farm slices), pecorino romano cheese (it has a ton of flavor, so a little goes a long way), shaved red onion, roasted red pepper, asparagus, arugula, and a really fantastic dressing made with balsamic vinegar and a ton of dried herbs. Everything works together so well and the flavors just sing! I know asparagus on a sandwich seems weird, but trust me on this one. I don’t even know what possessed me to try it the first time – I think I just had some leftover from dinner the night before – but I’m completely hooked. I put it on all sorts of sandwiches now, but I especially love it with ham.

Speaking of ham… and Jones… they recently launched an online cookbook to celebrate their 125th anniversary. It’s completely gorgeous and full of really great recipes – including a few of mine! It’s so fun to see my recipes and photos in book format. If you love ham, bacon, sausage, or anything pork related, definitely go check it out!

Ham and Asparagus Picnic Sandwiches // @HealthyDelish

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Ham + Asparagus Picnic Sandwiches
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Crusty ciabatta rolls stand up well to the ingredients in these sandwiches and won't get soggy in your picnic basket. If you can't find ciabatta, substitute another crusty roll or baguette. If you prefer to use softer rolls, pack the dressing separately and add it to the sandwiches just before eating.
Serves: 4
For the dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch sea salt
For the sandwiches:
  • ½ pound asparagus
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, split
  • 8 ounces Jones Dairy Farm® Ham Slices
  • 2 ounces pecorino romano cheese, shaved
  • ½ small red onion, sliced very thinly (about 1 cup)
  • 4 roasted red peppers (from a small jar)
  • 1 cup arugula
  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Set aside.
  2. Bring a shallow pot of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook 1 minute, or until they turn bright green. Drain and immediately run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Spread 2 teaspoons of dressing on the bottom half of each roll. Top with ham, cheese, onion, roasted red pepper, asparagus, and arugula. Cover with the top half of the roll.

I created this recipe for my client, Jones Dairy Farm. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help keep me inspired in the kitchen!




  1. you had me a ciabatta!
    Looks awesome!

  2. What beautiful colors in this dish! What a great creation, I love asparagus!

  3. I LOVE this idea! And we like to have living room picnics too. So fun :)

  4. These sandwiches look so great, I think I’ll make them to take to the beach tomorrow!

  5. I’m vegetarian/vegan so I would leave out the ham and enjoy the asparagus and other tasty toppings on the picnic sandwich!

  6. OK now I need to plan a picnic for the weekend!

  7. Dude, seriously, I’ll be right over. This is the bomb. I love sandwiches like this. Loaded with so much good stuff. Asparagus rocks my world. I had no idea it was so good, just started eating it in my 40’s. Crazy right.

    I’m not sure if Jones is Canadian friendly or not. If not I’ll be buzzing over to the states soon so I’ll pick some up to try. Always looking for quality products. If you love them, I guarantee I will too.

  8. Your weekend sounds absolutely perfect! I haven’t been to a drive-in ever. I don’t think there are even any around us. And also, I adore these sandwiches! They look perfect!

  9. THAT is a GLORIOUS picnic (or any other occasion) sandwich!

  10. I wish I had this for lunch. Or dinner. Or really anytime. Looks perfect!

  11. Ginny McMeans says:

    You had such a fun weekend and your picnic sandwiches aren’t too shabby either! Thank you!

  12. What a great picnic food idea and glad you had such a great weekend!

  13. Wow – these sandwiches sound so flavorful! I would never have thought to put asparagus on a sandwich.

  14. Fabulous pairings! Now I’m hungry :)

  15. This sandwich looks absolutely fabulous! If you could fit summer between two slices of bread, I would call this a huge success! I must make these soon! Pinning!

  16. YUM! I love picnics too and this sandwich looks delicious!

  17. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I’d have one for lunch and then again for dinner…love this fun summer sandwich!!

  18. I want to be at this picnic! I just love a good sandwich!

  19. I love everything you added to that sandwich, gourmet!

  20. Perfect picnic sandwiches!

  21. What a yummy sandwich. I love asparagus

  22. This is the perfect sandwich for a picnic, Lauren – I love how you used ciabatta rolls – they are one of my faves!

  23. This looks wonderful. I’d totally make this for a road trip! Photos are beautiful too!

  24. I love a good hearty sandwich that will hold up well to traveling. Loving that you put asparagus on it…yum!

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