Sandwich lovers, unite. This Turkey Avocado Sandwich is a classic perfected—thoughtfully stacked on nutty wheat bread with just the right ratios of veg to turkey, it’s crunchy, refreshing, and filling. The best thing about this Turkey Avocado Sandwich? Perfectly to the point, each ingredient has a purpose. Crunchy cucumbers, sharp red onion, fresh sprouts, and creamy havarti hold their own while showcasing the turkey and avocado. Finished with a spread that’s worthy of licking the spoon, you have a Turkey Avocado Sandwich that deserves a place everywhere from picnics to lunch boxes.

turkey avocado sandwich behind held

Making the Spread

No sandwich is complete without a good spread, and this one is especially delicious. It’s bright and punchy, with strong notes of lemon and sharp notes of garlic. With a mix of herbs to round things out, this spread uses just enough acid to balance the fatty avocado and large stack of turkey. This lemon and herb spread is an integral part of the sandwich and is anything but an afterthought.

What is the Best Brand of Storebought Turkey?

Skip the pre-packaged stuff and head straight to your deli counter for the best turkey at your local supermarket. Boar’s Head is a consistent favorite and never disappoints. However, go with the best turkey in the case and ask for it “sandwich sliced”. This gives you a slice of turkey about 1/16-inch thick but may vary slightly from grocer to grocer. Opt for smoked turkey or black pepper turkey—these taste best in this sandwich.

turkey avocado sandwich stacked in halves

How to Stack Your Turkey Avocado Sandwich

When it comes to stacking a sandwich, we’re here to say there is a right way. Here are a few tips for assembling the perfect Turkey Avocado Sandwich:

  1. Spread: Slather both slices of bread with spread, and be generous. No dry sandwiches here!
  2. Protein: Start with your protein, and fold or drape it rather than laying it flat. This creates more volume and results in a much better texture.
  3. Cheese: Layer the cheese on top of the meat.
  4. Greens: Add vegetables with a low water content on top of the cheese. This is almost always your greens—arugula, lettuce, or in this case, alfalfa sprouts.
  5. Veggies: Crunchy veg comes next. In no particular order, lay on your cucumbers and red onions.
  6. Finishing Touches: For the Turkey Avocado Sandwich, this means the avocado is last (but certainly not least). Because of its delicate, creamy texture, avocado lives perfectly nestled against the top piece of bread.
turkey avocado sandwich stacked

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Turkey Avocado Sandwich

Katie Calton
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
This Turkey Avocado Sandwich is a classic perfected—thoughtfully stacked on nutty wheat bread with just the right ratios of veg to turkey, it's crunchy, refreshing, and filling.


Lemon & Herb Spread

  • cup mixed herbs, such as dill, parsley, chives, etc.
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste


  • 8 slices whole wheat bread*
  • 1 pound turkey breast, sandwich sliced
  • 4 slices havarti
  • 4 ounces alfalfa sprouts
  • ½ small red onion
  • ½ English cucumber
  • 2 avocados


  • Prepare the lemon & herb Spread. Start by finely chopping the herbs, then finely grate the garlic clove and transfer both the herbs and garlic to a small bowl. Add the mayo, juice of the lemon, salt, and pepper, then whisk to combine.
  • To prepare the sandwiches, slather each piece of bread in about 1 tablespoon of the lemon & herb spread. Divide the turkey among four of the bread slices, draping each piece of turkey so it folds onto itself a few times. Add a slice of havarti cheese on top of each pile of turkey.
  • After thoroughly rinsing and drying the sprouts, add 1 ounce on top of each piece of havarti cheese. Thinly slice both the cucumber and red onion, dividing them evenly and layering them on top of the sprouts. Finally, thinly slice the avocados, adding half an avocado to each sandwich. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of the avocado, then add the top slice of bread. Slice each sandwich in half, then enjoy immediately.**


*Go out of your way to get a good, hearty loaf of wheat bread. It needs to hold a lot, and you don’t want it breaking or tearing under the pressure. We recommend Dave’s Killer Bread or something similar. 
**This recipe is written to make four sandwiches at a single time. If you prefer to make one sandwich at a time, prepare the lemon & herb spread and store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Then, use ¼ of the ingredients under “Assembly” at a time. 

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