Retro Recipes: Ribbon Sandwiches

Ribbon sandwiches (similar to sandwich loaf). Click through for the (easy) recipe!

Growing up, the fanciest of fancy foods my mom would prepare was ribbon sandwiches.

These special occasion sandwiches would make an appearance at graduation parties and bridal showers. Next to the cream cheese mints and sherbet punch, of course.

I recently made ribbon sandwiches for the first time in years. I was quickly reminded of how special they are. This is one recipe I definitely think should make a comeback!

Ribbon sandwiches (sandwich loaf)

About The Recipe

Ribbon sandwiches are multiple layered sandwiches that are cut into thin individual slices. Typically, there are two or three different fillings in each sandwich, such as:

  • Egg salad
  • Ham salad
  • Tuna salad
  • Pimento cheese
  • (See more suggestions below)

You can get creative with your sandwich fillings – no need to stick to my list.

Ribbon sandwiches vs. sandwich loaf: Ribbon sandwiches are similar to sandwich loaves, which were popular in the mid-20th century. Full disclosure: They may be the same thing. But upon doing some research, it seems as though sandwich loaves are typically frosted with a whipped cream cheese.

How to make ribbon sandwiches

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Ribbon Sandwiches
Yield: 12 sandwiches

Ribbon Sandwiches

Choose two or three fillings from the list below. I used ham salad, egg salad, and Cheez Whiz.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 loaves of bread, sliced horizontally (a sturdy pullman loaf is ideal)
  • Egg salad
  • Ham salad
  • Tuna salad
  • Chicken salad
  • Roast beef spread
  • Pimento cheese
  • Cheez Whiz
  • Tofu egg salad
  • Butter


  1. For each sandwich you will need 4 horizontal slices of bread. Start by buttering all sides except for the ones facing outward.
  2.  Lay one of the slices with an unbuttered side down on the countertop. Spread on about 1 cup of desired sandwich filling. Top with a slice of bread that is buttered on both sides. Spread on about 1 cup of another sandwich filling on top. Top with another slice of buttered bread, followed by another cup of filling. Finally, top with the remaining slice of bread without butter on the top.
  3. Using a serrated knife, cut off the outer crust of the bread. Proceed with cutting into sandwiches, about one inch thick.
  4. Lay sandwiches on a serving platter and serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and serve later (you don't want the sandwiches to dry out!)


I special order pullman bread loaves from the bakery to make ribbon sandwiches. You'll want to make sure they slice the bread the long way. Otherwise, you can request unsliced loaves and slice them yourself.

9 Responses to “Retro Recipes: Ribbon Sandwiches”

  1. 1

    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family — October 5, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    This is a retro recipe that I wasn’t familiar with before. Pinning to try at my next party!

  2. 2

    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom — October 6, 2016 @ 1:33 am

    These look so cute and I love how easy they are! I know my girls would love them!

  3. 3

    angie — October 6, 2016 @ 3:44 pm

    love these little tea sandwiches perfect for any formal occasion I am thinking tea party for holidays for Grand-daughters
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  4. 4

    Jody Ingalls — November 21, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    Plan to use these at an open house Christmas tea for Christmas at Castle Hill Haven. Thank you!

    • Haley replied: — November 25th, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

      Wonderful! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

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    Joyce — June 1, 2018 @ 12:47 pm

    When I make these, I frost the long sides and top with a whipped cream cheese. I put a bed of shredded lettuce on the platter around the sandwich loaf, and decorate the top of the loaf with shredded cheddar and olive slices.  I slice through the loaf, but leave it standing to serve it.  Always brings compliments! 

    • Haley replied: — June 10th, 2018 @ 11:14 pm

      I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing. I’ve only made this a couple of times myself, but next time I’ll try the whipped cream cheese idea.

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    Paula Davis — June 24, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

    The Mexican Cuban versions are called Sandwichon. You can whip that cream cheese with Mayo. Its a popular party food in the Rio Grande Valley. I’ve made it twice. Its a lot of work. I make filling one day and assemble it the next. I do a savory ham salad, a fruity chicken salad and pimento cheese in the middle. I like to work on a cake board.

    • Haley replied: — July 23rd, 2018 @ 2:27 am

      Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your versions.

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