Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich

Here we go guys, the start of the making-lunches season. I don’t know about you, but I’ve enjoyed my time off this summer. Making school lunches is something that I truly dread. 

T beat the blah’s and break the mundane, I’m gathering all the tricks of the trade, to hopefully keep things fresh all year long. The task doesn’t need to be complicated, the truth is, little changes to the tried-and-true back to school recipes are keys to success. 

This recipe {or more of a lunch hack} for Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich is a genius idea from Kraft Canada. All you have to do is make a sandwich {turkey and tomato in their example}, cut and flip a few sections to make a checkerboard pattern. 

Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich

The pattern shows up better when using a darker piece of grain bread, for this recipe I used whole wheat. My daughters don’t prefer sandwiches made with whole wheat, yet using just one slice for the sandwich and they’re none the wiser. I feel so sneaky and champion-like! 


As well, this Checkerboard Sandwich can be switched up in so many ways. I added lettuce to mine, and made another with no tomato for my daughter that refuses to eat them. I suggest if you do use tomato, to place it between lettuce or meat though, since it does make the bread quite soggy. 

checkerboard sandwich recipe

Normally we use a bit of butter or mayo on our sandwiches, yet this recipe calls for some Philadelphia Cream Cheese spread onto just one of the bread slices. I tell you, this really makes the sandwich creamy and adds that kick to the tastebuds. So, if you haven’t tried it, please do! 

I have a complete list of school lunch ideas that are worth checking out. Bookmark, print and save these ideas; it’ll be your sidekick throughout the entire school year!

Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich

Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Cut and flip a few sandwich sections to make a checkerboard pattern, back to school lunch success. School lunch ideas and hacks to beat the mundane.


  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1 Tbsp . Philadelphia Cream Cheese Product
  • 30 g thinly sliced deli turkey breast, 3 slices
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 1 slice white bread


  1. Spread wheat bread with cream cheese product; top with turkey, tomatoes and remaining bread slice.
  2. Cut sandwich into 3 lengthwise strips, then into 3 crosswise strips to make 9 squares.
  3. Arrange squares on plate, turning over and arranging as needed to resemble checkerboard.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 672mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g

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  1. This is a cute idea. I think my daughter would like this. I never thought to cut up the sandwich into checkerboard size pieces.

  2. You totally know they mind of a kid! I know my kiddo would eat this just because it looks cool. I can;t get him to eat sandwiches (at least not on bread), this would be perfect for him.

  3. I bet the cream cheese helps the sandwich stay stuck together into the checkerboard squares too. Sounds good to me!

  4. A fun way to make and eat a sandwich, you are right it would look super cool with a darker piece of bread!!

  5. This is a great idea for easy to eat sandwich pieces. My daughter just got braces and she needs small sections like this.

  6. What a cute idea to make sandwiches bite sized. Super-fun. Thanks for sharing. I am totally going to do this for my kids lunch

  7. That’s great that a large sandwich becomes a bunch of tiny mini-sandwiches! Young kids can really have fun with it!

  8. This looks yummy for right now. I bet it would be amazing with Philly Dill cream cheese.

  9. Anything already cut into bite size pieces is great! I love using Laughing Cow on my sandwiches – I find it gives them a creaminess like cream cheese 🙂

  10. I love your idea of putting the tomato slices between the lettuce and the meat to prevent soggy bread!

  11. Cute idea, love the bite size pieces (this would even work for sandwich trays at the office)

  12. I do love the checkerboard idea!! Great for adults to eat at their desk too!! 🙂

  13. how cute! i love this and would be totally easier for my three year old to pick up, and put in her mouth (being smaller pieces)

  14. Great idea. Never thought about using cream cheese instead of butter/mayo but I am sure it would be great, will have to try it out!

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