Turkey Sandwich with Papaya Seed Dressing

Have you ever had a sandwich at a really good bakery or a cafe and wanted to recreate that same flavor profile in a sandwich at home? I went to Storto's Deli in Haleiwa last month. Their Sunset sub was so delicious and left an impression on my palette ;). It had turkey, roast beef, and ham on a soft, quite long, submarine bun. I got all the veggies on it and their must-have papaya seed dressing - absolutely amazing! I was craving it all this week and decided that I had to make it myself.
This was my attempt:
  • 2 slices of good, soft bread
  • mayo (optional)
  • sliced turkey and ham
  • baby spinach leaves
  • sliced cucumber
  • very thinly sliced onion
  • sprouts
  • Papaya seed dressing **
  • Havarti cheese or provolone
**OPTIONS: the Hawaiian Hula Dressing Original Papaya Seed Dressing (also available at Foodland, for all you locals), use the recipe below to make it yourself, OR substitute a poppy seed dressing, although I highly  recommend the papaya seed.
Papaya Seed Dressing
(makes about 1.5 cups of dressing)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh papaya seeds
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 2~3 Tbsp honey (to desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
In a blender or food processor, blend together vinegar, sugar, honey, salt and mustard. With blender running, slowly stream in the oil. Let it go until well blended and emulsified. Add seeds and onion; blend until seeds look like ground pepper. Pour it over your favorite salad or add it to your sandwich for a sweet and tangy kick.


  1. Great pics and cute chair ;) This recipe sounds delicious! I'll have to try it!

  2. This looks sooooo perfect! I love sprouts in a sandwhich!