August 10, 2008

Balsamic Veggie Sandwich

Mmm... revel in the juicy goodness.

One of the things I love so much about sandwiches is personalization. A little of this, a little of that. Do I feel like tomato? Nah, leave that out. Sandwiches provide the perfect opportunity for you to tweak a recipe toward your own tastes or put a spin on something bland to make it extraordinary.

I came up with this "recipe" (honestly, I never really think of sandwich fixings as making a recipe) from a sandwich I had at a chain downtown one day. Do I remember the name of the place? No. Do I remember the exact ingredients? No. Does it matter? Not one bit. Sandwiches are a beautiful thing.

So here is the basic idea. Fiddle as you will.

Balsamic Veggie Sandwich

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Roasted red bell peppers
  • Spinach pesto
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Sprouts
  • 1 ball of fresh mozzarella (bononcini)


  1. Spread a thin layer of pesto on one slice of bread.
  2. Sprinkle some balsamic vinegar on the other slice. (I like to add it to what will be the bottom slice so that the tart vinegar is first to hit my tongue. Mmm...)
  3. Slice the mozzarella and layer on the pesto slice.
  4. Arrange chopped pepper on other slice and cover with sprouts.
  5. Smoosh both halves together, slice, and enjoy!


In other news, I recently bought a nice pile of mangoes that were on sale, so expect to see some mango recipes in the near future!


ana dane said...

this looks delicious- but i usually can't get past perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes, sprinkled with a little fleur de sel and olive oil: a nice, juicy, just-tomato sandwich.

it's really the best way to eat summer.

Renee said...

Mmm... simple and delicious! I can't wait to try it. Thanks, Ana!

Kevin said...

That sandwich looks really good!

Renee said...

Thank you so much!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

That sandwich looks so yummy! The perfect light lunch!

sarah j. gim said...

you know most people just slap together a sadnwich, but i lobe how you BAKE the bread for this AND make the spinach pesto. that's awesome.

Renee said...

Thank you both!

Sarah - Yes, I love a challenge!

crunchLin said...

so often im craving savory sandwiches, but i dont want a meaty one! what a great idea!!! thanks for sharing!!

Brilynn said...

I think a mango could have gone into that sandwich! It looks great!

Maria said...

We have been eating veggie sandwiches a lot lately. We have a lot of yummy produce and it is too hot to cook! Your sandwich looks good!

Anonymous said...

that cheese looks awesome