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3 Healthy Sandwich Recipes to Brighten Up Your Summer Picnic

Sandwich might just be one of the most popular meal-on-the-go options for all sorts of foodies. And what's there not to like? Your favorite fillings, some fresh vegetables and little bit of tangy dressing all encased in between slices of fresh, fragrant bread. Bon appetit!

 

Loaded Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (Layers of Happiness)

Who says sandwiches are only delicious when crammed with meat? This Loaded Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich from Layers of Happiness proves that a sandwich can taste divine even without meat, just as long as you pick the right choices of vegetables and other healthy ingredients.

"Thick and fluffy whole grain bread stuffed with layers of thinly sliced fresh vegetables, jalapeno-cilantro hummus, feta cheese, and a surprise ingredient – peppadew peppers. My very favorite veggie sandwich – Light, healthy, and oh so flavorful!"

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Whole Wheat bread
  • 2-3 Tablespoons cilantro jalapeno hummus (I use Trader Joe’s, but if you can find it, use regular or Spicy Sweet Pepper by Tribe and add cilantro to the sandwich)
  • 1 whole leaf fresh lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sprouts
  • 2 whole thin slices tomato
  • 2 whole thin slices cucumber
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • 1-2 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Peppadew peppers, chopped

via Loaded Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (Layers of Happiness)

 

Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwich (What the "Forks" for Dinner?)

Some might wonder why Italians are famous of their panini or pressed sandwich. Take a bite of this Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwich recipe from What the "Forks" for Dinner? and you'll fully understand why. The combination of Italian deli meat, plus the fresh veggies and lovely dressing makes this one for the books.

"It’s picnic time... Pack a lunch and head to the park, the country or the beach. But, you need something to eat... Pack a picnic and take a Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwich along."

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 12 ounce loaf of your favorite Italian bread
  • 1 – 3 ounce package proscuitto
  • 1 – 6 ounce package of mix Italian meats (salami, capocollo, calabrese) your choice
  • 12 – 14 slices Tomato
  • 12 – 14 slices Fresh Mozzarella
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • Italian Oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

via Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwich (What the "Forks" for Dinner?) 

 

Eggplant, Prosciutto & Pesto Pressed Picnic Sandwiches (Host to Toast)

Host to Toast has a lovely recipe called Eggplant, Prosciutto & Pesto Pressed Picnic Sandwiches. This is a delicious sandwich teeming with Italian flavors and made heavenly with a homemade pesto sauce and healthy, colorful filling made from an assortment of vegetables and cheese. 

"This combination is my favorite, but you can switch it up and use a lot of different kinds of cheeses, veggies, and meats if you’d like."

Ingredients:

FOR THE PESTO:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (Allergic to pine nuts? Try walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds!)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

FOR THE FILLINGS:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 eggplant, cut lengthwise into ¼ inch thick slices
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thick slices
  • 1/3 lb sliced prosciutto
  • 1 loaf ciabatta, sliced in half

via Eggplant, Prosciutto & Pesto Pressed Picnic Sandwiches (Host to Toast) 

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

Hate soggy bread on a sandwich? Spread a thin layer of butter or olive oil on your bread before adding in your dressing. This will create a seal that would protect the bread from the liquid in the dressing as well as other moist fillings like tomatoes. 



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