I always feel a little silly when I post recipes for sandwiches because they’re so simple, but then again, who here ever finds him or herself in a major lunchtime rut, eating the same few things day after day? Think of this more as an idea suggestion than a recipe, one that will help you switch up your lunch routine! These pesto hummus veggie sandwiches are actually a creation by the boyfriend, who, upon realizing that we had run out of lunchmeat, crafted a clean-out-the-refrigerator type of sandwich that was so intriguing that I couldn’t resist taking a bite or two for myself. Those one or two bites were all it took to convince me it was worth recreating and sharing with you!
I suppose it’s a consequence of having eaten the same turkey and mustard sandwich for lunch nearly every day in high school that I now try to avoid turkey sandwiches as much as possible (side note: I was the one packing the turkey and mustard sandwiches, so let’s not fault any parental units for uninspired lunches, mkay?). These pesto hummus veggie sandwiches are a great option if you’re trying to observe meatless Mondays, or even if you’re not: who wouldn’t want a sandwich full of creamy hummus and avocado, nutty pesto, crisp cucumbers, and meaty (yet meatless!) roasted red peppers? It’s a smorgasbord of fresh, Mediterranean(-ish) flavors that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and replenished!
We like to use our homemade roasted red pepper hummus in sandwiches—lately I’ve been skipping the chipotles to simplify it a little—but feel free to use whatever variety of hummus is your favorite.
How do you avoid lunchtime monotony—or do you?
- 4 slices of bread or 2 rolls
- 1/4 cup hummus (I use roasted red pepper hummus, but any variety is fine)
- 3 tablespoons pesto
- 1/2 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
- 6 ounces roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 slices muenster cheese (optional)
- Spread hummus on one slice of bread and pesto on the other. Between the slices of bread, layer the cucumber slices, roasted red pepper, avocado, and cheese (if using).
I am always on the lookout for lunch inspiration! This is a great meal solution. Thanks for posting it!
Me too! I hope you get a chance to try it!
Patty K says
Love seeing recipes for sandwiches. The possibilities are endless and it’s always great to see new combination innovations!
Agreed – the possibilities really *are* endless! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Sandwiches are my favorite food, and I love seeing recipes for them! This sandwich has so many ingredients that I love! I have some pesto in the fridge that I need to eat, too, so perfect timing!
I’m so glad to hear that! I had imagined there might be crickets and/or eye rolls in response…
This looks delicious! Congratulations to the boyfriend:)
Thanks! He makes some pretty tasty sandwiches. I felt like a mooch, eyeing it and being like, can I have a bite of that…?
chef mimi says
These are wonderful! When my husband used to to take our girls on road trips we always made garlicky white bean sandwiches and the whole car smelled like garlic!!! Love the pesto in with the beans!
Ooh, garlicky white bean sandwiches sound smelly but super delicious – I may have to try that sometime!
HomeSweetJones (@HomeSweetJones) says
I know what you mean about sandwich recipes but heck, sometimes they’re just the thing for a little inspiration. These look totally inspiring, too 🙂
@foxeslovelemons – Sandwiches are my favorite food, too!
I’m glad you think so! I never knew there were so many sandwich lovers out there.
geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen says
I love this sandwich – and I always need lunchtime inspiration – so thanks! Love the combo of pesto and hummus in a sandwich too.
Thanks! I wouldn’t have thought to use hummus and pesto together, but I’m glad the boyfriend did – it’s like a flavor bomb!
I really like the use of roasted red peppers in the sandwich. Also, exceptional photos!
Thanks! I use roasted red peppers so often in hummus that I sometimes forget they’re good in other contexts as well!
Rachel and Dawn says
Love the sound of this – and don’t feel silly for posting recipes for sandwiches: we need all the inspiration we can get. I would never have thought about mixing pesto and hummus without this post – so thank you. x
Thanks! I appreciate what you said about inspiration – very true!
Jessica W says
This sounds delicious! I love making my own pesto and using it in sandwiches!
I’ve been meaning to make some homemade pesto but haven’t gotten around to it lately. Do you have a favorite recipe?
Jessica W says
I have a couple on my blog that I love making. This one is my favorite: http://whatsfordinneresq.com/2015/04/13/sauces-and-spreads-basil-almond-pesto/
I love that you used almonds, since I’ve always got those on hand. I’ll have to try making this – thanks for letting me know!
The hungry homemaker says
Lunch can get boring with the same thing over and over again! This looks delicious I’ll have to try it out yum!!
It certainly can! I hope you get a chance to try this 🙂
I Say Nomato (@ISayNomato) says
Pesto AND hummus? YES PLEASE! This sandwich looks like the opposite of boring!
I’m glad you think so! Thanks 🙂
I love the idea of hummus in a sandwich! My husband ate a turkey sandwich every day for years before we got married – fortunately now he’d gladly have one of these over turkey *most* days. 😉
I love using hummus in sandwiches – extra flavor, extra protein, and you don’t have to worry about it going bad as quickly as mayo if you’re packing it to go! I’m glad this caught your eye 🙂
Look absolutely delicious! I love veggie sandwiches!!
Thanks! Me too, but I don’t make them nearly often enough. Maybe that will change now!
This looks incredible!! I’m inspired.
That’s my goal! Thanks 🙂
What? No meat? Is it meatless monday day? But I thought it’s Friday! However, I do have homemade pesto made from homegrown basil, so I can totally go with this. It’s the prettiest sandwich I’ve ever seen!
Ooh, I bet this would be amazing with homemade pesto! I often end up eating vegetarian without even making a conscious decision to do so…meatless Friday would be fine by me!
I tend to modify dinner left overs to make my lunches, so they’re always different! And, they’re not too boring because I rarely keep it in the same form as I had it for dinner.
I think your sandwich recipe is a great idea, and it looks delicious! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 😀
That’s definitely a good way to stave off the lunchtime monotony – perhaps I’ll have to start making a little extra for dinner so that I can have more leftovers! Thanks, and have a great weekend too!
I always have the same thoughts on very easy recipes… But some of us needs more ideas especially if we have busy schedules. This sandwich sounds so tasty and interesting to me. Thanks for linking up to Fiesta Friday #83. I hope you enjoy the party. 🙂
Agreed, often the simple ideas are the most applicable! Thanks 🙂
Yum! Perfect timing! School is going back in one week and this has given me all sorts of delicious ideas! 🙂
I’m glad to hear it! I’m so not ready for the school year to start…where did the summer go?!
They look delicious – such summery flavours!
Thanks! I’m glad they caught your eye 🙂