Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich

4 Sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwiches are a flavorful recipe perfect for packed lunches with turkey, cheese, crisp lettuce, and sweet apples.

This delicious Sandwich Recipe takes typical Turkey Sandwiches and dresses them up with ingredients like buttery Danish cheese and crisp apple slices. It’s a special coffee shop or bistro-style sandwich that you can easily recreate at home.

When it comes to lunch recipes, sandwiches are always a great option. Simple ingredients come together as a filling, nutritious, and delicious meal in minutes. Easily pack them up to take to work or put in kid’s school lunches, or just enjoy them at home for a quick, tasty no-cook meal.

Sabrina’s Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich Recipe

Just a few simple ingredients can take a basic sandwich to an exceptional sandwich, and this Turkey Havarti and Apple Sandwich recipe is no exception. This easy turkey sandwich adds tart granny smith apples, Havarti cheese, and spicy brown mustard. The mild Harvarti taste is perfect for the bolder taste of the apples and mustard. All the flavors and textures go great with the tender meat, fresh lettuce leaves, and thick toasted slices of bread. My Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich is a great no-cook dinner at the end of summer when apples are ripe, the weather is still hot, and schedules are packed preparing for back to school.


  • 16 ounces Turkey: You can make this easy sandwich with deli turkey or leftover Roast Turkey Breast. While regular thinly sliced turkey will still taste good, I recommend getting thicker cut turkey slices at the deli counter for a heartier sandwich that looks and tastes like it came from a bistro.
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise: Creamy and rich, mayonnaise adds flavor and moisture to make the sandwich more satisfying. If you’re watching calories, feel free to swap it with a low-fat or vegan alternative.
  • ¼ cup Spicy Brown Mustard: This zesty condiment brings a flavorful kick to the sandwiches, balancing out the other ingredients perfectly. Don’t have spicy brown mustard? Dijon or honey mustard will work just as well.
  • 8 slices Thick Sandwich Bread: You can use whole-grain bread, gluten-free bread, rustic white bread, and sourdough bread, just make sure it’s thick cut. Thick slices of bread provide a hearty base and they are toasted to make sure your sandwiches hold up well to all the tasty fillings.
  • 8 leaves Romaine Lettuce: Crisp and refreshing, romaine lettuce adds a delightful crunch to each bite.
  • 8 slices Havarti Cheese: Creamy and mild, Havarti cheese melts beautifully over the turkey. Swiss cheese or Gouda cheese are good substitutes.
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple: Sliced thinly, this crisp apple brings a refreshing sweetness to the sandwiches and balances out the savory flavors. If Granny Smith isn’t available, Fuji or Honeycrisp apples are just as delicious.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Toaster: A toaster is needed for toasting the sandwich bread to achieve that perfect golden brown color and crisp texture. You can also use a toaster oven.
  • Knife: A sharp knife is necessary for slicing the Granny Smith apple.
  • Cutting Board: A cutting board provides a stable surface for chopping the apple and assembling the sandwiches.
  • Baking Sheet: This optional piece is helpful if you want to make these sandwiches in bulk. You can bake multiple sandwiches on the sheet in the oven for about 4 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp them up.

How To Make Turkey Sandwiches

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Toast Bread

    Place the sandwich bread in the toaster and toast until golden brown and crisp.portioned ingredients for Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich

  2. Spread Condiments

    Spread mayonnaise on one side of each toasted bread slice, followed by a layer of spicy brown mustard.plate with bread, lettuce, and turkey with mustard

  3. Layer Ingredients

    Layer romaine lettuce leaves, turkey slices, Havarti cheese slices, and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple on top of the condiment-coated bread slices.ingredients for Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich stacked on a plate

  4. Top and Press

    Place the remaining toasted bread slices on top of the layered ingredients to form sandwiches. Gently press down on the sandwiches to ensure they hold together.

  5. 5: Serve

    Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally or enjoy them whole, and serve immediately. Enjoy your delicious Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwiches!plate with a Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich

Can These Be Made in Advance?

Yes, you can prepare the components ahead. Toast bread, slice apple, and assemble sandwiches without condiments. Store ingredients separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator a day or two in advance. When ready to eat, spread condiments, assemble sandwiches, and enjoy.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 686 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 1149mg50%
Potassium 579mg17%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 5410IU108%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 491mg49%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What to Pair with Turkey Sandwiches

Bistro-Style: Serve your homemade sandwiches like a coffee shop or cafe with classic bistro sides like Potato Salad, Pasta Salad or Fruit Salad.

Diner-Style: Pair your sandwiches with a side of French Fries or garden salad just like you get at a diner. Don’t forget the fresh Strawberry Milkshake to complete the diner-style meal.

How to Store


Don’t leave this recipe at room temperature for more than 2 hours. You can wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in a sandwich container to store in the fridge for up to 48 hours. If you want to store the leftovers longer, remove the bread and store the sandwich filling in an airtight container. That way the bread won’t get soggy. The filling will stay good on its own for up to 3 days, and you can add fresh bread before serving.


If you want to freeze these Turkey & Havarti Sandwiches, you can with a few adjustments. Firstly, wait to add the condiments, and the lettuce and apple. Freeze the bread, meat, and cheese for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge and then add the produce and condiments before eating. 

Frequent Questions

How can I prevent the apple slices from browning?

To prevent apple slices from browning, you can soak them briefly in a solution of water and lemon juice or store them submerged in cold water until ready to use.

Can I use a grill or panini press to toast the sandwiches?

Yes, you can use a grill or panini press instead of a toaster to toast the sandwiches. Simply assemble the sandwiches as instructed and grill them until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Can I use a different type of apple?

While Granny Smith apples are suggested for their tangy bite and sturdy crunch, feel free to try out other apple varieties like Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady. Remember, each type of apple brings its own unique sweetness and texture, so pick the one that appeals most to your taste buds.

Recipe Card

Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwiches

Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwiches are a flavorful recipe perfect for packed lunches with turkey, cheese, crisp lettuce, and sweet apples.
Yield 4 Sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 16 ounces turkey , sliced or leftover turkey
  • 8 slices thick sandwich bread
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 8 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 8 slices havarti cheese
  • 1 Granny Smith apple , cored and thinly sliced


  • Toast sandwich bread.
  • Spread mayonnaise on one side of bread slices.
  • Layer with lettuce, turkey, spicy brown mustard, Havarti cheese and Granny Smith apple.
  • Top with second slice of toasted bread.
  • Press down gently and serve.


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Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 1149mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5410IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 491mg | Iron: 4mg
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Variations on Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich

  • Condiments: You can add different kinds of dressings and sauces for some extra flavor. BBQ Sauce, guacamole, Dijon mustard, mango chutney, or sriracha would all make flavorful additions that really change up the whole sandwich.
  • Open-face: If you want to cut back on carbs, you can make an open-faced turkey sandwich. Simply layer the same ingredients over one slice of toast and leave the top slice off. It’s a great way to enjoy the same flavors with fewer calories.
  • Veggies: Try adding more vegetables like arugula, onion slices, bell peppers, cucumbers, or red-leaf lettuce.
  • Meat: You can use different kinds of protein in this tasty sandwich like chicken breast, ham, roast beef, or bacon.
  • Bread: You can try a variety of different breeds, like pumpernickel bread, wheat bread, French bread, Italian bread, or multigrain bread. It would taste amazing on homemade bread like this Italian Bread recipe.
  • Grilled Turkey & Cheese Sandwich recipe: Try making the same recipe on the skillet. As you cook the bread will toast and the cheese will melt. To Make it more like a grilled cheese, try adding an extra slice of Havarti to get even more melty, cheesy goodness.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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