Most days, I’m a big fan of the entire process of cooking. The whole peeling, slicing, steaming, baking, braising, parboiling, deep-frying, grilling, roasting shebang. But some days, a 30-minute meal seems like 25 too many.

That’s a sandwich day.

Since today’s Meatless Monday, I wanted to share a sandwich that’s truly vegetarian – not just a regular sandwich without the meat – because when you’re going meatless, it’s incredibly easy to get stuck in the “Can I get a turkey and cheese sandwich without the turkey?” rut. This Hummus Vegetable Sandwich has thick, creamy hummus on one slice of whole wheat; a somewhat pungent black olive tapenade on the other. In between, you get the raw crunch of thinly sliced cucumber and the sweet chewiness of grated carrot.  Together, they give you a sandwich that’s defined by its own perfect balance of textures and flavors. Not by the absence of turkey.

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Hummus Vegetable Sandwich

If you’re packing this sandwich for lunch, wrap it in wax paper instead of plastic wrap. It’ll prevent the bread from absorbing too much moisture and keep the sandwich fresher.

Adapted from “Everyday Food” (May/June 2003)

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 1/4 cup hummus (homemade or store-bought, any flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon black olive tapenade, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 coarsely grated carrot
  1. Spread 1 slice bread with hummus; spread remaining slice of bread with tapenade.
  2. Top hummus with cucumber slices and carrot. Place bread with tapenade on top to form a sandwich.