I have been wanting to try an all vegetable sandwich for awhile now. I love how colorful it was and how the flavors complimented one another. I made an avocado mayonnaise using just Vegenaise and a ripe avocado. I must be honest…this was what made the entire sandwich come together. Paired with the red onion, the sweetness of the pear slices…it was pure perfection.
Now you can use any bread you’d like. I have taken to making my own lately (so easy, no ingredients I DON’T want and much more economical). I use a bread machine, but there are PLENTY of recipes online that you can do without. This one was a zucchini carrot loaf with chia seeds. I’ll include the recipe below just in case you’d like to give it a try. It ranks up there as my top favorite along with the Browned Butter Irish Soda Bread I did for St. Patrick’s Day. I make them into small loaves and freeze so I can defrost and enjoy whenever I like. For instance, I used it here to make crostini for the Udon Lentil Bolognese. AMAZING! 🙂
You could really adapt this sandwich to ingredients that you like. Here’s how we layered it up… First, it’s one avocado to 1/4 C of vegan mayonnaise. I left it chunky. Season with salt & pepper.
Then a nice, thick layer of fresh spinach!
My favorite addition…thinly sliced pears. I know what you are thinking. But trust me on this one! Just wash it well and slice it thin. It adds such a nice level of sweetness. Press down slightly.
Up next are very finely shredded carrots.
Thinly sliced tomatos. Heirloom tomatos would be really nice here.
Don’t skip this one! Very thinly sliced red onion. You could certainly use less of them.
Once you put the top on, give a press. It gets to be quite a large sandwich if you don’t. Also, this will help keep it together better as you eat it.
Isn’t it just…pretty to look at? 🙂 I must say, this ones a keeper in my family. I could eat this at least once a week. The best part is that other than the bread, avocado and vegan mayonnaise…there are very few calories so you can pile those veggies high!
- 2 Slices of your favorite bread
- 1 ripe Avocado
- 1/4 C Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise)
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 1 C fresh Spinach Leaves
- 1 medium Tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 medium Carrot, shredded very finely
- 1 Pear, sliced thin
- [b]If you want to try the Bread Machine Zucchini Carrot Bread, here’s that recipe…[/b]
- For a 1-1/2 lb Loaf:
- 3/4 C Almond Milk
- 1/2 C Zucchini, finely shredded & drained of it’s liquid
- 1/2 C Carrot, finely shredded
- 1 Tbl vegan Margarine, such as Earth Balance
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 C Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 C BREAD Flour
- 1 Tbl vegan Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Bread Machine Yeast
- 1 tsp Chia or Poppy Seeds (I used Chia)
- For the bread, add the ingredients in the order listed. Choose the “basic/white bread cycle” on a light/normal color setting. The bread machine will do the rest!
- [b]NOTE: TO MAKE THE BREAD WITHOUT A BREAD MACHINE
- -Proof the yeast (dissolve the yeast and the 1 tablespoon of sugar in warm water, amount will depend on the recipe).
- -Combine the ingredients and mix well.
- -Knead the dough until smooth and soft.
- -Let rise until doubled.
- -Punch down, and shape into a loaf.
- -Place bread in a greased loaf pan, or on a baking sheet for a round loaf.
- -Rise again until doubled.
- -Bake, as most bread is baked in a moderate oven, about 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) this is a good temperature to start with.
- -Bake for 40 to 50 minutes (this will depend on your oven and the bread itself so be careful here), or until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. The baking time may vary slightly.
- To assemble the sandwich, using our Zucchini/Carrot Bread or your favorite loaf, slice medium to thick slices.
- Combine the avocado and vegan Mayonnaise, leaving it semi-chunky. Spread one half on each slice.
- Next, a layer of spinach. Press lightly.
- Add a layer of thinly sliced pears, then shredded carrots, thinly sliced tomatos and finally, red onion.
- Top with the other half and give it a good press.
- Serve with your a pickle and your favorite veggie chips!