California Vegetable Sandwich

March 6, 2014

California Veggie Sandwich | Sarcastic Cooking

I feel bad even calling this a recipe. It is more of an artistic representation of sandwich ingredients. You know, because they call Subway workers “Sandwich Artists.” If Subway workers can be artists, why can’t I?

In high school, back in the dark ages of my existence, aka the vegetarian years, my Mom would make me a vegetable sandwich every single day that rivaled the likes of any sandwich artists’ creation.

California Veggie Sandwich | Sarcastic Cooking

In fact, my friends would say that my mom should work at Subway. I would laugh and tell them that this sandwich was way better than Subway. I never told my mom this because, I mean, who wants to tell their teacher aide mom that they should work at Subway… right?

Oh! And, my mom was also super awesome and included little handwritten notes EVERY SINGLE DAY! How sweet is that? I am so going to do that for Andy even if he says I am embarrassing him or secretly reads the notes and then crumples them up before his friends see. Because that’s what awesome moms do!

California Veggie Sandwich | Sarcastic Cooking

Anyway this sandwich is the tits! (Sorry mom, watch the link, it will make sense then.) But for reals! This sandwich is the way to eat all vegetables. Roasted garlic hummus and a squeeze of lemon juice are just the right touches to make this the best way to make up for all the fried crap you ate on Fat Tuesday.

California Vegetable Sandwich

A bright and healthy veggie loaded sandwich held together with hummus and finished off with a dash of lemon juice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Sandwich


  • 2 Slices of Seedy Whole Grain Bread
  • 1 Tablespoon Roasted Garlic Hummus/Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 1 Leaf of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Carrot peeled and shredded
  • 2 Radishes cut into matchsticks
  • 4 Slices of Cucumber
  • 2 Slices of Tomato
  • ½ Avocado sliced
  • A Large Pinch of Broccoli Microgreens/ Sprouts
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper


  1. Spread the hummus on each slice of bread.
  2. Layer the lettuce, carrot, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and then microgreens. Before covering with the other slice, sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice in half and then eat!

California Veggie Sandwich | Sarcastic Cooking

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  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    March 9, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I actually love recipes that aren’t even recipes! Your mom’s sandwiches remind me of my mother-in-law’s – I can hardly fit them into my mouth but they’re delicious! Love the avocado and sprouts in your mom’s!

  • cheri
    March 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Stefanie, that bread looks so amazing, would you mind letting me know what brand it is? beautiful sandwich for sure!

    • Stefanie
      March 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Actually I got this loaf from our Whole Foods. It is called Seeduction. It is a whole wheat bread that has quinoa, chia seeds, poppy seeds, and some kind of nut I’m not too sure.

  • Tess @ Tips on Life and Love
    March 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    If there was a sandwich god, this would be it. I can’t wait to try this! It looks amazing!

    • Stefanie
      March 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Tess!

  • Susan
    March 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

    See at first I see this sandwich and I’m look ooh look at the pretty vegetables and then my stomach goes but where’s the cheese? But then you say there is hummus, so now I have a happy medium. :-0

    Also my mom stopped packing lunch once I got to junior high. I feel like a deprived child.

    • Stefanie
      March 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Oh you could totally add some cheese! I think Havarti would do well on this!

  • Sadye
    March 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    OMG I loved the first two lines of this post. Too funny. And you know what? Some of us out there in the virtual world have absolutely no vision in the kitchen, so even an “artistic representation of sandwich ingredients” helps us figure out what to eat 🙂

    • Stefanie
      March 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Sadye, as per usual your comment made my day!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen
    March 6, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Haha – sounds like both our mothers indulged our vegetarianism…mine used to make me this roasted vegetable sandwich with mozzarella…I still drool just thinking about it, despite my current carnivorous ways. This sandwich looks so tasty and the pics are gorgeous!

    • Stefanie
      March 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Maggie! Your moms sandwich sounds deeelish!