[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I'm not sure what initially attracted me to this odd little sandwich from Everyday Food's Fresh Flavor Fast, and I realize I'm going to have an even harder time explaining why I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps it's all the heavier dishes I've been eating during the winter, but I appreciated how the few components came together to make a unique sandwich creation.

The only real distinguishing feature is the artichoke-basil spread, which is whipped up in seconds in a food processor. It might not take long, but it's tart and creamy, which makes it a great pair for the salami. Of course, it doesn't hurt that everything about this sandwich is easy. It takes approximately 10 minutes to put together, but it certainly doesn't taste like a rush job.

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Artichoke and Salami Sandwiches ┬╗

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is our Serious Eats Chicago editor and the co-founder of The Paupered Chef.

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