I'm definitely NOT a vegetarian but what's a girl to do when you're told that deli meat is a big no no when you're pregnant? Apparently eating any sort of deli meat could be risky coz it could contain listeria monocytogenes - a foodborne bacteria that can cause premature labor and stillbirths (yikes). I'm not one to banish anything from my diet (including the occasional caffeine drink) but this one kinda scared the crap out of me. SO, I stopped making my favorite turkey/ham sandwiches for lunch and came up with an alternative. Plus Ez is a vegetarian and I've been touting myself as a master sandwich maker so I had to prove it to her :) She gave me the idea of adding honey mustard and that's how this one came about...
2 slices of Oat Nut Bread (Whole Foods brand) toasted
handful of mixed greens
slices of red bell pepper
thinly sliced cucumber (skin on)
sliced tomatoes (seasoned with salt + pepper)
sliced swiss cheese or whatever cheese you like
honey mustard dressing*
salt & pepper
1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 to 1 tsp sugar
1/2 pinch of black pepper
1/2 tbs water (tap)
*optional tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Mix everything but the olive oil. While mixing with a fork or a small whisk, drizzle in the olive oil into your vinegar mixture. Taste and season according to taste.
Mix equal parts yellow mustard + honey
Putting it all together:
Prepare both dressings.
Toast bread. By the way, I highly recommend the Whole Foods Nut Oat Bread (green bag). If you can't find it, Pepperide Farm's Hearty Oat bread is a good substitute. In the meantime, cut all your veggies.
Spread mayo on both slices of bread (one side only). Spread about a teaspoon or so of the honey mustard dressing (both slices) on top of the mayo. Layer one side with the cucumber slices, then the peppers, tomatoes and mixed greens. Slowly drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the mixed greens OR you can toss the greens with dressing in a separate bowl. I'm too lazy to do this and I hate having extra dishes to wash so I just drizzle it once it's on the sandwich. Top with cheese and the other slice of bread. That's it!
I usually eat my sandwiches with potato chips but this time I was a bit more healthy and served it with some fresh strawberries.