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I am kind of California dreaming right now.
It’s my last full day in Florida and that means it’s my last day of REAL warmth for a while. To say I am bummed would be an understatement. I have been soaking up every last-minute of the sunshine, it just feels SO good.
Colorado gets a ton of sun, but it’s just completely different from the Florida sun. If you live where I live then you probably understand what I am talking about. The sun in CO feels awesome too, but it isn’t a moist tropical feeling. It is a dry warmth, and as soon as that sun goes down, well it’s a who;e different ballgame. Did you know that there are only 60 days a year when the temperature in Summit County, where I live, doesn’t go below freezing? Yeah, like I said, a whole different ball game.
Anyway, lately I have been dreaming of a California lifestyle (ahh, isn’t everyone these days?). Compared to my cold temperatures and snow until May or June (even July is not out of the question), southern California just sounds so nice.
I am sure I am picturing it way better than it would actually end up working out for me, but still, it’s always fun to dream.
Plus, when I dream about places, I get inspired to make new recipes…which, is always pretty fun.
So today, I am telling you guys all about this California rainbow veggie sub, my version of a California sub.
It’s basically a sandwich piled high with veggies.
UGH. I know, veggies? Really?
Yeah, really, but don’t freak, I promise it’s so good, and so filling.
This sub started off with some really awesome sourdough baguettes. I searched high and low for these baguettes and ended up finding them about thirty minutes away in Vail, CO.
Thankfully I have my parents, who are always up for a good adventure. They decided they would head over to Vail and make a day of it. Meaning they went for a giant hike in Vail, went to the bread shop for lunch, ordered some sammies and picked up my baguettes.
So once you have the baguettes, you are going to NEED to make some quick green goddess dressing. It’s maybe the best thing ever. I blame its deliciousness on the loads and loads of basil. I love basil.
Once you have the goddess dressing made, you simply layer the bread with goat cheese and a bunch of veggies. Then just make some spicy chipotle kale chips and your picnic lunch is complete. Perfect for a spring afternoon don’t cha think?
You can really use whatever veggies you prefer, but I love the mix I used. And you can of course leave out the goat cheese to easily make this sandwich vegan (and fix a couple of things in the dressing too).
Either way, it’s just a really good and really colorful spring (and summer!!) sandwich.
But first, you really need to get some awesome sourdough bread. It totally makes the sandwich.
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And don’t forget a side of veggies chips. Gotta have some chips with you sandwich!
That sammich looks amazing. If I wasn’t gluten-free at the moment I’d be all over that!
Thank you so much Curt! xTieghan
Hey! Just made these tonight for dinner and they were a big hit. I couldn’t find sourdough baguettes, so I used rye loaves, which worked great. (That basil dressing is totally addictive.)
how much goddess dressing does it make? thank you 🙂
About 1 1/2 cups. Hope you love this!
I made this for lunch today and it was AMAZING! I’m vegetarian so I replaced the anchovy with 2 T of white miso to get that umami flavor and the dressing was seriously on point. I also made smoky marinated tempeh strips and put that on the sandwich. I made one for myself and one for my husband — we could only finish half! We’re having the 2nd half for dinner tonight — hella win! Thanks for the recipe!
We love veggie sandwiches and often take ‘pressed’ roasted veggie sandwiches out hiking/picnics…how does this one hold up if make the night before or first thing in the morning, traveling for a few hours, and then being eaten?
Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Hey Shelley!!The pies hold up really well the next day. If you live in a hot place maybe keep the pies in the fridge. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope you love the pies!!
Oh my this looks incredible! I’m planning a surprise picnic for my boyfriend’s birthday and I think I’ve just found the centrepiece!
However I HAVE to mention, since I’m a vegetarian…anchovies aren’t just off the table for vegans, vegetarians can’t eat fish either 😉
Thank you!! And yes, I will fix that now!