Mediterranean vegan sandwich

Mediterranean vegan sandwich

Mediterranean vegan sandwich lunch

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce my favourite vegan sandwich of the moment. It’s crispy and soft at the same time. It’s nicely salty, super colourful, moist and super easy to make too. It makes a great work or school lunch option and a welcome picnic attendee.

My original idea was to actually have a picnic, to take a basket brimming with tasty food and a good bottle of wine somewhere stunning – which will not be a problem here at all – and enjoy it al fresco to the sound of the sea.

Unfortunately my plan hasn’t quite gone to plan as Duncan – despite his English heritage hates picnics. He HATES picnics with passion. He hates sitting on the ground as it isn’t comfortable, he hates improvised tableware, he hates insects and the word ‘picnic’ gets his back up immediately. Even though we’ve been together for ages now, I’ve never been able to prove him wrong as he simply won’t go to a picnic, EVER! I’m the exact opposite.

One of the things I remember really fondly from living in London, is making the most of rare sunny days and picnicing (is it even a word?) in the beautiful London parks. A picnic was an excuse to have a tad too much food and wine and catch up with friends in an informal setting and a semi-horizontal position. What’s not to like?

Mediterranean vegan sandwich ingredients

Mediterranean vegan sandwich grilled vegetables

Mediterranean vegan sandwich stack

5 min
10 min
5 min
10 min
  • 4 slices of good quality bread (I used sourdough)
  • 2-4 tbsp of black olive tapenade (shop-bought* or homemade)
  • 2 red peppers (I used romano)
  • 1 large aubergine
  • 1 medium courgette
  • 1 handful of rocket leaves
  • a few basil leaves
  • olive oil, for grilling
  • salt & pepper
  1. Slice courgette and aubergine lengthwise into ½ cm slices. Remove seeds from peppers and cut them into flat sections. Brush a little olive oil on the vegetables and sprinkle them with pepper. I didn’t use any salt on my veggies as olive tapenade is usually quite salty, but you are welcome to if you think your sandwich will need it.
  2. Heat up a griddle pan and grill vegetables on both sides until lightly charred.
  3. (OPTIONAL STEP) If your bread isn’t super fresh, you can toast it or grill it on the griddle pan too. If using a griddle pan, make sure you press the slice down initially so that it toasts evenly throughout.
  4. To assemble a sandwich, spread olive tapenade on a slice of bread and cut it in half. Stack grilled vegetables, fresh basil leaves and a bit of rocket on one half of the slice and cover with the other.

*Make sure you read the label carefully as some brands contain anchovies.

10 g
9 g
1 g
6 g
27 g
*per sandwich
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2 reviews, 6 comments
This is, and has been, my fav sandwich to make and take to work. I alternate between slathering the ciabatta bread with tapenade or walnut pesto. But I thank you for this lovely recipe.
    Thank you Gina, I am so happy to hear that you enjoy this sandwich so much and thanks for taking the time to let me know. Ania
Exactly what I was looking for! Much love Cait xx
    Thank you, Cait - that's lovely to hear! x Ania
Salsas faciles:
Excellent this recipe, thank you for sharing it, is perfect for an easy dish and in a few minutes... :D
    Great to hear, thank you! Ania
A few minutes ago for lunch, I ate a sandwich inspired by this.. I was going for this sandwich, but never got around to cutting and grilling the eggplant last night, and the store was out of zucchini when I went, so I got summer squash instead. I also grilled up one red, one orange, and one yellow pepper, so I had one slice of red and one of yellow on my sandwich today. I also added portobello mushroom slices (also grilled). I was going to add fresh tomato, but I forgot to slice it before assembling my sandwich this morning, and didn't feel like taking the sandwich apart and adding once the sandwich had actually gotten kind of together in my lunchbox.
Oh, shoot, I also just realized I forgot to pick some basil for it... that would have been good.
I also made the tapenade with some kalamata, some "natural" green olives, and a little bit of marinated artichokes (and capers).
But other than being completely different, it was totally this sandwich. and it was delicious. I might actually grill up the eggplant tonight, and add it to future sandwiches, since I still have plenty more of the other veggies.
    Ha ha, sounds like you looked at the recipe and made it your own!! I like your style!:)
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