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How to make eating vegetables fun? Try this colorful rainbow vegetable sandwich, which is as delicious as it is beautiful!

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Recipe from The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant

“Self-care is a trendy term these days, and I find that cooking and sharing a delicious meal with people is my own form of self-care. My true passion lies in cooking and sharing food with people I know and love.” That’s Jessica Merchant on her passion for cooking, and man, we couldn’t agree with her more! If you follow food blogs, there’s no way you haven’t come across Jessica’s. She’s the creator behind How Sweet Eats and is one of the kindest people on the internet! Jessica has just come out with a second cookbook called The Pretty Dish, full of colorful recipes and homemade beauty DIYs. Her book is, you guessed it, where this insanely beautiful rainbow vegetable sandwich comes from.

Related: 10 Amazing Vegetarian Sandwiches

Ultimate Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich | A Couple Cooks via The Pretty Dish

How to make eating veggies fun: a rainbow vegetable sandwich

And could there be a prettier dish? Truly, this rainbow vegetable sandwich caught my eye from the moment I paged through the book! For those of you not obsessed with veggies like we are, Jessica offers a crucial tip. How to make eating veggies fun? Make them into a rainbow! It’s a kid-friendly recipe that’s adult friendly, too.

I’m going to wax on about this rainbow vegetable sandwich for a moment, because not only is it pretty, it’s delicious too. And delicious is not always the case for vegetable sandwiches! Alex and I have had quite the number of veggie sandwiches that are dry, tasteless, and leave us hungry the moment we finish them.

This rainbow vegetable sandwich is the opposite: it’s full of flavor from an incredible herbed goat cheese spread and tangy pickled radishes. The bell peppers are broiled simply, and a vibrant combination with the other veggies! We made a few tweaks to the recipe based on ingredient availability: we weren’t able to find purple potatoes, so red onion represented the color purple in our sandwich! And it cut down a bit on prep time too.

Ultimate Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich | A Couple Cooks via The Pretty Dish

Congratulations, Jessica, on a marvelous book! I look forward to trying some of your beauty DIYs. In the meantime, you’ll find Alex and me noshing on this pretty dish!

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This rainbow vegetable sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, substitute hummus for the goat cheese. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread.

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Ultimate Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich | A Couple Cooks via The Pretty Dish

Ultimate Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large sandwiches 1x

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How to make eating vegetables fun? Try this colorful rainbow vegetable sandwich, which is as delicious as it is beautiful!


Ingredients

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For the pickled radishes

  • ½ cup thinly sliced radishes
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the roasted peppers

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 pinches kosher salt

For the herb goat cheese spread

  • 4.5 to 6 ounces goat cheese, softened (for vegan, substitute ½ cup hummus)
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

For the vegetable sandwich


Instructions

  1. Make the pickled radishes: Slice the radishes and place them in a jar or cup. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and salt until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour over the sliced radishes. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or 1 hour if time. You can make this a day or 2 ahead of time and store it in the fridge or in a sealed container or jar.
  2. Make the roasted peppers: Preheat the broiler to high. Slice the peppers. Rub the pepper slices with the olive oil and place them on a baking sheet, skin side up. Broil the peppers until the skin becomes blackened and charred, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a few pinches of kosher salt.
  3. Make the herb goat cheese spread: In a bowl, stir together the goat cheese, olive oil, basil, and oregano until combined.
  4. Prep the other veggies: If desired, soak the red onion in cold water for a few minutes to remove the bit. Wash the lettuce. Slice the avocado. Slice the bread.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches: Spread 2 slices of the bread with the goat cheese spread. Top with red onion, lettuce, avocado, yellow and red peppers, pickled radishes, and the remaining pieces of bread.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Looking for easy vegetarian recipes?

Outside of this vegetable sandwich, here are a few more favorite easy vegetarian recipes on A Couple Cooks:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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37 Comments

  1. Holly Simmons says:

    Have made this many times! So good 👍 Roast peppers in advance. Rather than taking the time to mix herbs into goat cheese, I just buy garlic/herb Boursin cheese. Also, I spread one slice of bread w/store-bought pesto (or home made, if it’s basil season in my garden). Maybe not quite as healthy, but sometimes I just want to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.






  2. Joy Morrison says:

    I added some red wine vinegar, olive oil and cucumber! It was delicious it is savory and salty but also so creamy from the goat’s cheese and avocado. Even non vegetarians (though I am a vegetarian!) would like this!






  3. Jessica Flory says:

    Mmmm so yummy!! Such a pretty, tasty sandwich! My husband commented on how much he loved the radishes :D

    1. Sonja says:

      So so glad to hear it Jessica! Thank you for making it!

  4. Helen Price says:

    Labaneh, an Israeli-Lebanede-Middle Eastern yogurt cheese can be used instead of the goat cheese. It is made by straining and draining yogurt past the Greek yogurt consistency — until it is a soft to medium soft cheese consistency. Lemon zest, garlic, and/or spices may be added before the straining process.

  5. TinaC says:

    Nice combination of pickled, roasted and fresh veggie! Will be on the menu this summer☺️

  6. Shannon says:

    Those pickled radishes sound so good!

  7. Nutrition Stripped says:

    Love a big, colorful sandwich! Can’t wait to try this one out!

  8. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love the quote by Jessica; I’m the same way!!

  9. Emily A says:

    This sandwich sounds delicious, both versions!

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