Ultimate Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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


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



For the pickled radishes

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 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 1/2 cup hummus)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

For the vegetable sandwich


  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.


Reprinted with permission from The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant

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

Keywords: Vegetable Sandwich, Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich, Ultimate Vegetable Sandwich, Vegetarian Dinner Ideas, Vegetarian Recipe, Healthy Dinner Ideas

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    May 8, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I love my food to be colorful and a rainbow sandwich looks delish! Can’t wait to try – minus the goat cheese spread :)

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      May 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Haha! You can substitute hummus instead of the goat cheese — that would be just as delicious! :)

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        May 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        I am totally going to do that – go the vegan route!

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        June 12, 2019 at 6:36 am

        Should the roasted peppers be peeled after roasting or left blackened?

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          June 12, 2019 at 8:41 am

          They can be left blackened!

          • Michelle
            June 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

            Thank you! Looking forward to making these – very happy to find your blog!

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    May 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I love that you substituted with onions to keep the purple theme! This is definitely a recipe I want to try, always looking for ways to not get tired of the same old sandwhich!

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      May 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Sandwich ? I typed too fast in my excitement. I love your recipes

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    Dana W
    May 8, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I always strive to eat the rainbow everyday and this sandwich looks like a tasty way to get it done, beautiful!!!

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    May 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Ah I’m pregnant and this makes me miss goat cheese so much!! Can’t wait to try it with hummus though and try the regular recipe soon!

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    May 8, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Love the rainbow veggies and the combination with herb goat cheese! Beautiful pictures!

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    May 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Love the colors in this sandwich! I’ve never made pickled radishes before- great idea! Would love it with hummus.

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    May 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Isn’t food so much fun when its colorful – because of NATURAL colors?! Also, there are so many great new cookbooks coming out the last couple of months!

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    Jennifer Kuhlman
    May 8, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Mmmmm…. what a great idea to mix in the herbs with the hummus!

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    Lynn W
    May 8, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    The hummus with the beautiful veg will be fabulous

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    May 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Love the red onion idea, especially for a lighter sandwich with a little more bite! Can’t wait to try out some of her recipes!!

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    Stef L
    May 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    This sandwich looks amazing. And who doesn’t love rainbows?! Jessica from How Sweet Eats is the coolest for this veggie trick.

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    May 8, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I love a grilled veggie sandwich in the summer and this is just next level! All of her recipes are so over the top in the best way possible.

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    Stephanie Cochran
    May 8, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I love veggie sandwiches and have also had many “meh” versions! Can’t wait to try this one with feta for the cheese spread instead of goat (I just. And completely abandon the cheese!)

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    May 8, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I want to eat this sandwich!

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    May 8, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    I’m going to have to try this! I’ve been on a huge veggie kick lately, and I always love a sandwich with a yummy, grainy bread. ?

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    May 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

    My heart is to eat and share a meal with those I love and cherish, Jessica’s sandwich recipe looks amazing!

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    May 9, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful, colorful sandwich! Looks and sounds delicious!

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    Nicole C.
    May 9, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I love a good veggie sandwich. This sandwich looks fabulous as is, but I can easily see adding a few more colors to the “rainbow” if you have more vegetables in the crisper. Yum!

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    Amy Silberstein
    May 9, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Yumm this recipe looks so delish! Totally agree that eating my veggies is always way more tempting when they’re in front of me in bright rainbow colors!

  • Reply
    May 9, 2018 at 8:32 am

    This sammich looks AMAZING! Loving the insight into food photography as well! Hope you took all the toothpicks out before you chewed down!

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    Emily A
    May 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

    This sandwich sounds delicious, both versions!

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    May 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm

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

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    Nutrition Stripped
    May 11, 2018 at 11:32 am

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

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    May 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Those pickled radishes sound so good!

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    May 15, 2018 at 7:55 am

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

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    Helen Price
    August 12, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    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.

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    Jessica Flory
    April 4, 2019 at 8:29 pm

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

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      April 7, 2019 at 9:32 pm

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

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