Green Like Summer Sandwich

Wow, I feel like a rock star thanks to LazySmurf and the PPK boards. Seriously, that was a lot of hits over a period of two days, rock on!

I decided to repeat my post-farmers market sandwich making experience again this week and I wasn’t disappointed with the results. My vegan-bike-riding-soul-mate Kyle gave it two thumbs up, and he’s a true sandwich connoisseur. While the sandwich is in many ways like the Trifecta, it also isn’t. Again, I used almost all farmers market ingredients–only the freshest and localest for me!–as well as H&F Bread Co.’s awesome ciabatta. Mimicking my Green Like Summer Orecchiette, the sandwich is a celebration of the season’s greenest and most delectable ingredients: basil, Vidalia onions, zucchini, and green tomatoes. Easy to make and easy to eat, I’m loving this summer of sandwiches!

Green Like Summer Sandwich

1 zucchini, cleaned and sliced lengthwise (three slices)
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 medium green tomato, sliced into 1/4″ thick rounds
2 romaine lettuce leaves, cleaned
2 sandwich size ciabatta loaves
1/4 c cornmeal
1/4 c Basil Pecan Pesto
1/4 c Veganaise
olive oil
vegetable oil
paper bag

Preheat the oven to 425.

Place the zucchini slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, caramelize the Vidalia onion in olive oil. This will take about 30 minutes.

After the onion has caramelized, add 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil to the skillet, bring heat to medium hight. Dredge the green tomato slices in a mixture of cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Once the slices are evenly coated, fry in the vegetable oil for 2-3 minutes, flipping over after a minute, until browned on both sides. Remove from oil and place on the paper bag to soak up excess oil.

To build the sandwich, slice the ciabatta lengthwise. First spread an even coat of Veganaise on both sides of the bread. Next spread an even coat of the basil pecan pesto. Finally, layer the lettuce, onions, tomato, and zucchini however you like.

Now eat!  (I paired it with Samuel Adam’s Summer Ale, delish!)

11 Responses to “Green Like Summer Sandwich”
  1. Shelby says:

    That looks amazing! One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever seen =)

  2. Kiersten says:

    You come up with some really great sandwich ideas. This and the Trifecta both sound so yummy!

  3. jessy says:

    you are on a roll with the rock’n sammies, Jes! lazy smurfs sammie looks glorious – i need to make your trifecta super soon! mmmmm!

    basil + vidalias + zucchini + green tomatoes is another combination that sounds absolutely amazing! rock on with the post farmer’s market sammies of yumminess! hooray!

  4. lazysmurf says:

    mmm looks like another winner!

  5. Sophie says:

    woah, another amazing sandwich! i don’t eat enough green tomatoes. i’m waiting for mine to ripen still! i can’t stand it any longer.

  6. BitterSweet says:

    I can’t help it; I’m hopelessly attracted to green food. This is one sandwich I wouldn’t be able to turn down, even if I wanted to! (but really, who would?)

  7. laura says:

    you know, that coating isn’t just good on green tomatoes. your last post inspired me to use it on tempeh slabs. i did add a bit of paprika to the cornmeal mix. so simple and tasty! thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Barbara says:

    Wow, another “must-make” sandwich, Jes. Now I know what to do with that first zucchini from the garden, but I still have to wait for the tomatoes to come.

  9. Diann says:

    Congratulations on coming up with another fantastic sandwich. It looks seriously good!

  10. Amanda says:

    I love it..another way to curb the rising tide of zukes slowly taking over the fridge!! Yay!

  11. lookingforserenity says:

    this sandwich looks really good. I’m always trying to find new things to try :)

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