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Does a sandwich need a protein?

This was spawned by the "Best Sandwich I ever made" thread. There were quite a few on there with only veggies, and each one sounded tasty, but incomplete. If someone hands me a sammie with avocado, sprouts, red onion and swiss cheese, my first thought is, "Where's the turkey?"
Anyone else feel like this, or am I just an unrepentant carnivore?

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  1. I'm with you on the meats....but I will say a a grilled vegetable sandwich with olive oil and balsamic vinegar probably could be satisfying....especially if it had fresh mozzarella.

    btw.....I once had a girlfriend who ate iceberg lettuce with mayo on toast as her favorite sandwich. Go figure.

    1. I love meat, steak, chicken, pork, seafood, anything. Sometimes I just like a flavorful veggie sandwich and no to me it does not need protein.

      I make pastas quite often without a protein. A nice whole wheat pasta, grilled vegetables, a light sauce and dinner. I have probably 20 different recipes I love that are all veggie and love them as much as those with protein. Sandwiches are the same. Tons of combinations that can make a great sandwich.

      Sorry, I do love meat or something more, but just veggie is just fine for me.

      1. As a kid growing up in a British Protectorate (Fiji), i found myself loving cucumber and watercress tea sandwiches.... my girls also love these very simple yet tasty "snacks". So, no, I don't think a sandwich has to have a protein in it, although 98 % of all of mine do!

        1. My one exception would be a grilled cheese sandwich. Fine with just cheese and maybe a slice of tomato, although a couple slices of bacon takes it to the next level.

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            1. re: TampaAurora

              exactly what I was thinking ! but being a protein is not what we think of first and foremost, and cheese actually doesn't have a whole lot of it, if you're trying to rely on it for that purpose.

              1. My roomate in college used to make "bread sandwiches".

                Two slices of toast, with a slice of untoasted bread as the filling. Of course, the toast was buttered. But still ...