Double Layer Summer Vegetable Sandwich with Hummus and Pesto

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on August 5, 2009

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 This is an easy sandwich for a sweltering hot day, when you don’t feel like turning on your stove. With all the raw summer vegetables and brown bread, this sandwich is healthy too. Its a double layered sandwich, so its quite filling. I love the combination of creamy hummus and the basil pesto in this sandwich.

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 You’ll need a carrot, some baby radish, cucumber and tomatoes. All you have to do with the vegetables is slice them thin and toss them in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Store bought hummus (I used Tribe 40 spice hummus) and pesto act as sandwich spreads. Use whatever bread you like. I prefer soft brown bread slices or pita pockets for this.

See my new flexible chopping mat  from Bed Bath and Beyond in the pictures below? I recently bought two of these and  I love them! They’re great if you are cutting a small amount of stuff. They’re flexible, take up no space at all and the best part is, you can throw them in the dish washer! 

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 You’ll need 3 slices instead of the usual 2 slices of bread. Start with the first slice. Spread some hummus on it. Then pile on the chopped carrots, cucumber and radish. I like to load the sandwich with lots of veggies!

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 Put a little more hummus on the second slice of bread and place it over the veggies, hummus side down. Then spread some pesto on top of the second bread slice. See where I’m going with this?!

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 Now come the tomatoes. Place them on top of the sandwich. Spread more pesto on the third slice of bread and top the tomatoes with it. I like to put the tomatoes on the top layer of the sandwich and spread pesto on the top slice of bread. The science behind that is that tomatoes taste great with pesto. Just like how I think the vegetables taste great with hummus. So each sandwich layer is assigned its own vegetable-spread pairing!

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 Press down on the sandwich gently to compact everything. Then cut it in half. This sandwich will get soggy on you if you let it sitting around. So serve it immediately.

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Double Layer Summer Vegetable Sandwich with Hummus and Pesto Recipe
makes 3 sandwiches (or 6 if you slice each in half)

9 slices of bread
1 small carrot
4 baby radishes
1/2 an English cucumber
1 small tomato
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
about 5 tbsp store bought Hummus or enough to spread on the bread slices
about 4 tbsp store bought Pesto or enough to spread on the bread slices
Salt and Pepper
Slice the carrot, radishes, and cucumber into thin slices. You should have about 2 cups (loosely packed) of chopped vegetables in total; chop less if you want fewer veggies in your sandwich. Combine the chopped vegetables with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and set aside. Slice the tomato into rounds.

Place one slice of bread on a work surface. Spread about 1 tbsp hummus on it. Arrange the vegetable slices on top. Spread a little more (about 1/2 tbsp) hummus on the second slice of bread and place it hummus side down on the vegetables. Spread about 3/4 tbsp pesto on the second slice of bread. Place tomato slices on top. Spread a little more pesto on a third slice of bread and place it pesto side down on top of the tomatoes.

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1 Pavani August 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Very healthy and colorful sandwich. Great way to use both hummus and pesto, I love them both.

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2 nags August 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Oh my! your pics are unbelievably good! and adding hummus is a superb idea :)

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3 Shawndra August 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I am so glad to have found your site. It’s absolutley delightful! This sandwich is on my list for lunch tomorrow

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4 DK August 6, 2009 at 1:45 am

This is one heck of a cool looking site Sala! Good Job and 5 stars on that. :)

Love the sandwiches. Send me some over!

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5 Jen @ MaplenCornbread August 6, 2009 at 6:53 am

That sandwich is total drool worthy. At 6am all I wanted right now is that!!

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6 Cindy dg August 6, 2009 at 8:48 am

Theselook great!!! I LOVE hummus! I also have some flexible cutting mats and LOVE THEM :)

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7 Priya August 6, 2009 at 8:49 am

That looks like the perfect mouthful! I’ve made the layers but never thought of layering them, duh! With my basil plant finally thriving, I’ve been adding a few of the leaves to the tomato sandwiches. I had a similar sandwich at a cafe recently, but they skipped the salt & pepper on the veggies, a really bad mistake.

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8 Chakh...le...Re!!! August 6, 2009 at 9:51 am

Wow!! Those are looking absolutely marvelous. Just give me some!! :)

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9 Carrie August 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

This sandwich looks awesome! I love the idea of using both hummus and pesto, too.

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10 Soma August 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

Nice healthy bites Sala. I am not very fond of sliced bread, i like the fresh baked chewy ones for my sandwiches. But if I have them I always do hummus or chutney/pesto. Even better in a pita!

those cutting boards really help, esp. when i can fold them a bit to get the stuff in the pan.

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11 Susan August 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

This sandwich looks scrumptious! What a great Ideal using the hummus and the pesto for the moist spead. I could see some fresh mozzerella and some fresh herbs on the tomato layer. Yum! Thanks for this!

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12 Mari at Once Upon a Plate August 6, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Sala, that is one GORGEOUS sandwich!! I have a strong feeling this will be on our menu very soon. I love your step by step tutorials, too. Thank you for sharing another creative and healthful recipe. Very, very nice. xo~m

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13 Esi August 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

What a fantastic sandwich! I bet it is loaded with flavor with the hummus and pesto.

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14 Hillary August 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

A vegetable sandwich has never looked so filling! This is beautiful! For more vegetarian recipes, check out: http://www.recipe4living.com/vegetarian_vegan

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15 kathy August 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I love this sandwich! I did a similar post on my blog http://www.healthy-happy-life.com I called it a veggie stack sandwich. I love to see all veggie sandwiches that look drool-worthy. People forget how satisfying vegetables can be all on their own!!!

Kathy

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16 Dana August 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

That’s an awesome looking sandwich – just right in my opinion. How come no restaurant can make something that delicious or nutritious?

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17 Kevin August 6, 2009 at 7:36 pm

That is one nice looking vegetable sandwich!

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18 yasmeen August 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Veggelicious! I love it :P

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19 Heather @ Vegan Deluxe August 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm

This looks fantastic! I often forget about the joy of a well-made sandwich, because usually I’m so keen on hot comfort foods. One sandwich I do love to make is a veggie BLT: veggie bacon, slices of ripe red tomato, crisp romaine and Vegenaise on toasted sour dough. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures. Mmmmm….I want one now!

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20 nandini.p August 7, 2009 at 8:11 am

Very healthy and nutritous looking sandwich. Pesto and hummus, what an interesting combination!!!

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21 Karine August 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

This sandwich looks yummy and creamy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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22 Sonu August 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

Hi there, first time here.
OMG! What a beautiful pics. Your blog is so neat and clean. I have to go through it. :)
http://www.sevenspice.wordpress.com

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23 Jyoti August 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Sandwiches look so colorful, healthy. Great pictures!

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24 Jillian August 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I’m making this for a (very late) lunch today-as soon as my hubby gets back from grocery shopping. He couldn’t find basil pesto at the store, so I’m subbing it with some homemade sun-dried tomato and pumpkin seed pesto. Really hoping it doesn’t ruin the sandwich!

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25 Meghan August 10, 2009 at 7:20 pm

looks delicious!

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26 Cynthia August 10, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I’m totally in love with your new blog template! Your personal work?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Cynthia, thanks cynthia..no its not my personal work, I had someone help me with the template :)

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27 Olga August 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

That’s one gorgeous sandwich!!! I’d make my own hummus and add pesto into it ;)

Btw, Congratulations: you won the Frugal Foodie Cookbook that I was giving away.
Please email me your address and I’ll send it off to you.

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28 Jamie August 12, 2009 at 4:31 am

This is one fabulous sandwich! We always have hummus and pesto in the fridge and layering it on soft sandwich bread and veg looks great! Yummy and healthy!

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29 jeni treehugger August 13, 2009 at 4:33 am

DAY-AMM!
That’s a mighty fine Sandwich!!

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30 Ozoz August 18, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Temptations appear in different forms….this is one of them. Please don’t bother with store-bought Pesto…its ever so easy to rustle up some in say, 5 minutes flat (maybe 10)

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31 Letchumi February 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Lovely sandwiches. Superb idea for a good health.

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32 priya March 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

which store bought pesto you would recommend ?

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