Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil

‘Wichcraft Sandwich Week is almost over, so I hope that everyone has entered to win a copy of The ‘Wichcraft Cookbook! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here or on any other ‘Wichcraft themed post I’ve made and tell me about your favorite sandwich, what you remember about sandwiches growing up, or anything else sandwich related. So far, I’ve made the Slow-Roasted Pork Sandwich with Red Cabbage, Jalapenos, and Mustard, the Roasted Pork and Prosciutto Sandwich with Pickled Pepper Relish, the Meatloaf Sandwich, and I even used a few small side recipes from the book in my Salsa Verde Brisket. I also want to reiterate that this is a non-paid give away – I just love the book so much that I want to be able to share it with as many people as I can.

This is a great sandwich with which to remember this past summer. The sun is out today in New York, but the weather is a bit chilly and it’s a harsh reminder that summer is definitely over. However, as this recipe uses unripe mango, for a slightly tart, crunchy bite in contrast with the salmon and avocado, you don’t need any seasonal summer ingredients to make it! The smoked salmon and avocado are a natural pairing, I think, and I love the combination of sweet and salty, which is exactly what the mango and salmon bring to the table. The basil is a lovely neutral herb in comparison to the rest of the ingredients, so it adds a bit of an earthy flavor without overwhelming your taste buds. Kramer and I had this sandwich for lunch one day on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and I couldn’t have been happier with it, especially because it requires no cooking at all! Just throw everything on some bread an call it a day – and isn’t a simple sandwich sometimes the best sandwich?

As a side note, I am also giving away $100 through my partner, Knorr, and the sweepstakes ends today! Go over to this post to find out how to win $100 and more from Knorr Homestyle Stock!

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Your simple ingredients.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Julienne your mango and toss with lime and salt.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Peel and slice your avocado.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Place a few slices of avocado on one piece of bread.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Lightly mash your avocado with a fork, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Top with the mango, salmon, and basil.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
Top with the other slice of bread, slice in half and serve.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado, Mango, and Basil
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Serves: 4 sandwiches
  • 1 small, unripe mango, peeled and julienned (cut into thin, matchstick-like strips)
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 8 thin slices of bread (I used a multi-grain bread)
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • 12-16 fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  1. Start by preparing your mango. I find that the easiest way to julienne a mango is to peel it with a vegetable peeler, then cut it like you would an apple. Slice it into thin, matchstick-like strips, then place it in a bowl and toss with the juice of ½ a lime and season with a pinch of kosher salt. Taste, adjust the amount of salt or lime juice as you see fit, and set aside. I had lots of extra mango, so I put it in a plastic bag and snacked on it over the next few days - the lime helps to preserve it, so it will keep for a while.
  2. Lightly toast your bread in the oven or a toaster, then place the avocado on 4 slices of bread and gently mash and spread it with a fork. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil, then season with some freshly cracked pepper. Top the avocado with the mango, then the smoked salmon, and finally, the basil, evenly amount all 4 pieces of bread. Top with the other 4 slices, cut into halves, and serve.


34 Responses

  1. Susie says:

    I think this is my favorite sandwich yet! You had me at smoked salmon.

  2. mona says:

    that looks great!

    my favorite sandwich is any kind of breakfast sandwich! if that’s all i could eat forever, i think i’d be happy haha

  3. Julie says:

    The best sandwich I’ve ever had (until I pick up this cookbook and try EVERY SINGLE ONE) is a pulled pork sandwich from Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. My friends and I have driven there, from LI, just for this sandwich.

    • Sydney says:

      My parents are OBSESSED with Reading Terminal Market! My dad is in Philly a ton for business, and they always text me pictures of the food they are eating when they’re there. My dad said his favorite lasagna in the world is from there. I need to make the trip again – it’s the first place I ever tried scrapple, haha!

  4. Anthony says:

    I’m not a seafood fan, but I bet this sandwich would work well with sliced pork roast or straightforward ham. Fruit and pork play well together. :)

    • Sydney says:

      They absolutely do, but if you like pork, give smoked salmon another go! It’s salty and smokey and soooo good – a great way to start your seafood adventures!

  5. Jenn says:

    My favorite sandwich is Cuban Pulled Pork! I love anything pickled/sour in sandwiches…

  6. I love making innovative sandwiches like this one – looks great!

  7. Erin says:

    My favorite would be the meatloaf! There is something so comforting about meatloaf I can only imagine how comforting it is on that sandwich!

  8. Kiki Stephenson says:

    Oh man this is officially the first thing to do on my to do list. Lunch tomorrow!

  9. monica says:

    yum. would love to win the book!

  10. Sarah says:

    Anything with smoked salmon, avocado or mangoes is an automatic win in my book. It looks so good!

  11. Danielle says:

    This is my favourite. I’m going to make this for lunch tomorrow. A good sandwich story hmm, well when I was five I was walking on the beach with my mom and a seagull swooped down and snatched my peanut butter and jelly sandwich right out of my hand. I lost it. It’s on video and everything.

  12. Marsha gibbons says:

    The wichcraft book sounds amazing. I would love it!!

    When I was growing up, I always wanted a BLT after I had been sick. It was a sure sign I was getting well. It sounds like I was sick a lot, but not really. I just equated a BLT as about the best thing possible and loved them. Still do!! I can’t wait to make the meatloaf! The salmon sandwich will become a regular I can assure you!

  13. Emily says:

    This looks amazing! You’ve made me want to go buy all the ingredients to every recipe this week for my lunches at work.

  14. Marlena Matthews says:

    Sandwiches…endless menu ideas…so many yummy yummy fillings. Your blog absolutely stimulates me. Absolutely marvelous.
    I loved your pressed sandwich idea…all your ideas…I can’t pinpoint a favourite 😉

    My favourite childhood memory in the Caribbean … all day at the beach with our Daddy, Mum and my 3 siblings…as we head home we visit a neighborhood bakery…fresh baked bread, thick English style butter, huge chunks of cheddar cheese…salt on our lips from the sea water, tired and happy…perfect!

  15. Maria says:

    This convention-defying combination of flavors is blowing my mind. I’m especially drooling over the Salmon/Avocado thing. Who would have thought? I need to make this sandwich pronto!

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  17. Gretchen says:

    Mmm… I just made this sandwich. My husband and I had two apiece. I would never have imagined some of these flavors together–mango with smoked salmon? But WOW! I’m crazy about this. On hubby’s second sandwich, he spread a wedge of laughing cow french onion cheese on the top slice–in his opinion, it made the sandwich even better. I liked it, but would prefer the plain cheese if I went that route.

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