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Pile grilled veggies onto a sandwich. Photo
courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Why wait for Meatless Mondays to have a great veggie sandwich? Every healthcare professional advises eating less animal protein and more vegetables and grains. And of course, eating less meat is far better for the environment.
So start by switching some of your sandwich intake to delicious vegetarian sandwiches. It’s painless!
While we love a sliced avocado and tomato sandwich using local summer tomatoes, we think that grilled vegetables make the best vegetarian sandwiches. While it’s still prime grilling season, develop some signature veggie sandwich recipes. You can even turn the concept into a veggie sandwich party—a build-your-own sandwich buffet.
Creative flavor layering is at the heart of a great veggie sandwich. Peruse the following groups for inspiration, and offer something from each group.
GROUP 1: HEARTY VEGETABLES, GRILLED OR ROASTED
Summer squash: yellow squash and zucchini
Tofu (not a vegetable, but an excellent vegetarian addition to this list)
GROUP 2: RAW VEGETABLES
Avocado, sliced or diced
Cherry tomatoes in vinaigrette
Leafy greens: arugula, spinach, watercress
GROUP 3: SPREADS
Greek yogurt or labneh, plain or seasoned
Soft, spreadable cheeses
Sauces: horseradish, yogurt-dill
Vinaigrette & other salad dressings
GROUP 4: CONDIMENTS
Dried fruit: cherries, cranberries, raisins
Pickled beets, cucumbers, onions or peppers
Sliced olives and/or chiles
GROUP 5: FLAVOR ACCENTS
Grilled raddicho, endive and romaine are delicious, on a sandwich or as a side. Photo courtesy Radicchio.com.
GROUPS 6 & 7: SIDES & SANDWICH BREADS
Of course, the remaining ingredient to make veggie sandwiches is bread. We won’t add more long lists here, just two bullets:
Bread and rolls: Three or more different styles for a party. If you’re grilling, grilled bread is delicious.
Sides: The usual suspects, including chips, cole slaw, potato salad, even green salad.
Party on, veggie-style!
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