Roasted Red Pepper, Carrot and Hummus Sandwich

This Roasted Red Pepper, Carrot and Hummus Sandwich is the BEST vegetarian sandwich around. Sink your teeth into a crispy toasted whole-wheat baguette layered with creamy hummus, avocado, sweet roasted red peppers, carrots, and even more fresh veggies. Make it for a filling lunch or light dinner!

Cutting board with two vegetarian sandwiches.

The Best Vegetarian Sandwich

The origin of this tasty recipe begins with my first real job.

At 16 I started working part-time for a small chain sandwich shop. It was fun learning how to make pineapple boats and cabbage dip bowls for catering orders.

But the best perk was the employee discount.  The menu had 30 different kinds of sandwiches and my favorite was the Roasted Red Pepper, Carrot and Hummus Sandwich.

It featured a toasted whole-wheat baguette layered with hummus, provolone slices, roasted red peppers, matchstick carrots and generously topped with fresh veggies.  Sounds common now but in the mid 90’s it was a unique combo.

So unique in fact, it was banished from the menu a few months into my sandwich building career!

Bread halves spread with hummus and avocado.

Not one to let a good thing go I’ve been keeping the sandwich alive creating different versions of it over the years.  Sometimes I switch the cheese for heart-healthy avocado and the lettuce for vitamin-rich kale.

The original inspiring ingredients:

  • nutty creamy hummus
  • crunchy matchstick carrots
  • sweet roasted red peppers

Nope, I never change those.

Cutting board with two vegetarian sandwiches.

Roasted Red Pepper, Carrot and Hummus Sandwich

Yield: 2 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A not sad desk lunch bursting with flavor from sweet fire-roasted red peppers, creamy avocado, nutty hummus, bitter kale and crunchy veggies on a crusty loaf of whole grain bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole grain sandwich-sized bread loaf or demi-baguette
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 a small avocado
  • Salt & pepper
  • Pinch red chili pepper flakes, (optional)
  • Lemon wedge
  • 1/4 cup plain hummus
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
  • 2 leaves lacinato kale, ribs removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fire-roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 a small cucumber, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Slice the baguette in half lengthwise and scoop out bread from bottom half making sure to leave at least a 1/4 inch border of crust and bread. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and toast until lightly crispy.
  2. Mash the avocado onto the top half of the loaf. Squeeze the lemon wedge over avocado and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red chili pepper flakes.
  3. Spoon hummus into the bottom half of the loaf, spreading it into an even layer. Squeeze sriracha sauce over hummus and layer with carrots, kale, red peppers and cucumbers. Cover with top of loaf, slice in half and enjoy.

Notes

Nutritional Information is an estimate for 1/2 of the sandwich.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: Half of Sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 11.8gSaturated Fat: 1.9gSodium: 414.6mgCarbohydrates: 39.1gFiber: 10.4gSugar: 8gProtein: 11.9g
Whole grain baguette layered with hummus, avocado and fresh veggies.

Sriracha Sauce = Better Tasting Veggies

With recipes like Sriracha Vinaigrette, Spicy Chickpea Edamame Salad Pitas, and Cheddar Sriracha Cornbread Donuts it’s no surprise sriracha would make its way onto this sandwich too.

Until our Vegucation I never enjoyed spicy food.  After quitting diet soda and artificial sweeteners something happened.  My taste buds changed.

I went from avoiding bold flavors and spices like sriracha to craving them, especially with vegetables.  Now, if only Costco would sell sriracha sauce in bulk.

Sandwich slices with roasted red pepper and kale.With or without a tiny helping of hot sauce this Roasted Red Pepper, Carrot and Hummus Sandwich will delight your taste buds, refuel your body and happily fill your belly.

The recipe makes enough for two, so go ahead and share.  That way you and a co-worker can both enjoy a Not Sad Desk Lunch.

Two sandwich halves on a cutting board.Do you remember your first job…was it scooping ice cream, folding sweaters at The Gap or were you forced to dress up as Chuck E. Cheese like my poor friend Brian?  Oh, please share in the comments I love hearing first job stories.

7 Comments

  1. My first job: the summer I was 15 I worked in a refrigerated warehouse packing cherries. Cold in the warehouse, standing the whole day at the assembly line, then get on my bike and pedal 3 miles home in the heat. All for minimum wage…taught me the value of getting an education, LOL!

  2. This looks delicious! I love crunchy veg and hummus in a sandwich 🙂 My first job was working with food too – I worked Sunday lunchtimes in a restaurant prepping their desserts!

  3. This looks delicious! Is it suitable to be packed as a portable on the go lunch? I’m desperate to find inspiration for when I’m out and about during the day and don’t want to have to a) spend money on take away and b) be extremely limited as to what I can even take away! lol

    1. Thanks Anna 🙂 I hear you, I hate buying lunch if I can bring it.

      I think the avocado and veggies would be fine but the hummus might make things a little soggy. If I was packing it to eat on the go I would put the kale and carrots in the bottom first to act as a barrier between the hummus and bread. Or I might leave the hummus on the side to add right before eating if it would work for the situation.

      If you try it let me know how it turns out!

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