Mediterranean Sandwich

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    Martin Alvarez

    Martin Alvarez
    Nutritionist/Dietitian Professional Guide

    Updated on 11/26/2022

    Mediterranean Sandwich: An easy vegetarian sandwich inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean that packs a little bit of a punch! On some thick bread, layer some fresh basil pesto, a large number of vegetables, and some creamy feta cheese.

    Sandwiches From The Mediterranean

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    My sister is the master sandwich maker in our family. This is one of her go-to dinners, even though she has followed a vegetarian diet for more than a decade. I finally got around to trying her recipe, and now I can't get enough of it! Since we've been eating this sandwich almost every day for lunch recently, I figured it was about time I shared the recipe with you all.

    She claims she was inspired by one of her all-time favorite sandwiches, the Mediterranean Sandwich from Panera®. Although the components are slightly different from Panera's, we wouldn't have this sandwich any other way if we had the choice! As the vegetables cook, they become lovely and soft, the feta begins to melt into an incredible layer of creaminess, and the combination of Sriracha mayonnaise and pesto imparts a wealth of flavor to every mouthful.

    This sandwich does everything it sets out to do: it's simple and delicious, and you can have it on the table and ready to eat in under ten minutes! In keeping with this Mediterranean Sandwich being easy to cook, we use pesto that has already been made. Of course, if you want to make some from scratch or already have some handmade, any of those options would work well.

    Sandwich Spreads From The Mediterranean

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    Instead of buying pesto in a jar or preserving it, you could make your fresh basil pesto. You may locate freshly prepared pesto either in the part of the shop that sells fruit or near the fresh pasta (not the dry kind). The Rana's® Basil Pesto is undoubtedly my top pick for use on these pesto pizzas (not sponsored). These sandwiches have a lot of flavors thanks to the generous quantity of pesto included in the recipe — two tablespoons for each sandwich.

    On the other side of the sandwich is a Sriracha mayonnaise that has been smeared. You may cut down on the amount of Sriracha or leave it out altogether if you're concerned about the heat level, but I feel it adds an incredible kick and a beautiful flavor to the sandwich. However, you should remember that only a little bit of Sriracha can make a big difference in the taste of your dish. If you have a poor tolerance for spice, apply it in tiny increments.

    Last but not least, there is feta, which is not technically a spread, but as the sandwich is toasted, the feta begins to melt and creates a smooth and creamy layer. I use crumbled feta cheese, and while it may seem like a lot goes into the sandwich, keep in mind that it melts down with everything else.

    Mediterranean Sandwich Veggies

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    I like to quickly remove the stems off the baby spinach and shred them into large pieces so that they don't fall out of the sandwich while you're eating it. Baby spinach.

    Red Onion: Cut the onion into thin slices or give it a fast dice. Even if a red onion with skinny slices has less of a "bite" to it, you are more than welcome to exclude this vegetable from the dish if you don't like it.

    Campari tomatoes have a reputation for being very juicy, having a low acidity level, high sugar content, and not having a mealy texture. These sandwiches would not be complete without them. Tomatoes matured on the vine, or Roma tomatoes will also work very nicely. I prefer to season this with a little bit of salt and pepper since a little bit can go a long way (remember, the pesto is also salted).

    Roasted red peppers are available at the supermarket in jars; you will most likely find them in the condiment section, near other condiments such as pickles, capers, and artichoke hearts. The roasted red peppers in this sandwich have such an excellent taste and velvety texture that we can't get enough of them! You should drain them thoroughly before adding them to the sandwich, as the bread will get soggy if you don't.
    Let's Talk Bread

    The perfect bread for Mediterranean sandwiches is robust, flavorful, and made with nutritious grains. Nothing beats the taste of Dave's Killer Bread® (not sponsored). The flavor is mildly sweet, and the crust is covered with seeds, which has a crucial consistency and helps to keep everything together and ensures the best quality.

    QUICK TIP

    This Mediterranean Sandwich is satiating and energizing all at the same time! Having said that, if you want to increase the amount of protein there, you might add a layer of chickpeas or deli turkey.

    Additional Recipes for Sandwiches

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    • Hoagies stuffed with ham and cheese and melted Provolone cheese.
    • Sandwich made with barbecued chicken that has been braised in sauce.
    • Croissants topped with chicken salad and served with it.
    • Recipe for a French Dip Sandwich, with au jus sauce
    • Club sandwich made with honey bacon and honey mustard sauce

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    A simple vegetarian sandwich inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean with a bit of a bite! The hearty bread is covered with a heaping mound of fresh basil pesto, an abundance of vegetables, and velvety feta cheese. This recipe makes one sandwich, but it may easily be multiplied to produce whatever number of sandwiches you want!

    Ingredients

    • Two substantial slices of wheat bread (my favorite is Dave's Killer Bread).
    • Two tablespoons of fresh basil pesto (the fresh basil pesto that Rana makes is my favorite)
    • One tablespoon of genuine mayo (I prefer Best Foods/Hellmans)
    • Sriracha sauce, one-half of a teaspoon
    • 1/4 cup of baby spinach that has been gently packed
    • Ten pieces of red onion that have been cut extremely thinly
    • feta cheese, crumbled, about three to four teaspoons
    • 4 slices Campari tomatoes
    • Tiny sprinkle of acceptable sea salt and pepper
    • Six strips of roasted red pepper from a jar, well-drained (See Note 1)

    Instructions

    • SANDWICH SPREAD: Lay down two slices of bread in a horizontal position. Spread some of the pesto on one side of one of the slices. The mayonnaise and the sriracha sauce should be combined in a small bowl and mixed well (add all the ingredients slowly and to the heat you prefer). Spread some of this mayonnaise onto one side of the second piece of bread.
    • TO MAKE THE FILLING: To keep the mayonnaise and Sriracha in their proper positions, gently push the baby spinach down on top of them. To keep the red onion strips in place, you should apply a little pressing pressure to the side that has pesto on it. On top of the red onion, sprinkle some feta cheese and then gently press it into the onion. Remember that this will soften a little bit, so don't scrimp! Place the tomatoes, which have been thinly sliced, on top, and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Place the strips of drained red pepper on top of the dish. Please bring the slice of the sandwich that contains the spinach on top of the other piece.
    • For the sandwich to be cooked, place it on a panini press or an electric grill. Alternately, add to a skillet that is already dry. Close the cover of the electric grill and continue cooking for three to five minutes, or until the bread is wholly toasted with distinct char marks and the cheese has melted, whichever comes first. Insert the sandwich into the panini press, and cook it according to the directions provided by the manufacturer for around three to five minutes, or until the bread is brown and the cheese has melted. In a skillet: Prepare a dry skillet by heating it over medium-low heat. After placing the sandwich on top, press it down more by placing a heavy pan on top. After two to three minutes of cooking on one side, turn the skillet over and cook the other side for two to three minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    Mediterranean Sandwich

    Note 1: Roasted red peppers are sold in jars in most grocery stores; you can often find them in the condiment section, next to the pickles, capers, and artichoke hearts. The roasted red peppers in this sandwich have such an excellent taste and velvety texture that we can't get enough of them! Drain them thoroughly before adding them to the sandwich because the bread will get soggy.

    Nutrition Facts

    • One sandwich per serving
    • Calories: 493 kcal
    • Carbohydrates: 30.8 g
    • Protein: 13.8 g
    • Fat: 32.8 g
    • 30.8 milligrams of cholesterol
    • Sodium: 942.6 mg
    • Fiber: 7.9 g
    • Sugar: 9.6 g

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