nutritional information


  • Calories: 426
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Total Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg
  • Sodium: 726 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Mediterranean Pressed Picnic Sandwich

Mediterranean Pressed Picnic Sandwich

Serves 6

This sandwich turns take-along food flaws—travel time, cramped packing quarters, moist ingredients—into assets. Pressing the sandwich lets the crusty bread soak up roasted vegetable juices, and travel time gives flavors a chance to meld.
  • 1 small eggplant, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut length-wise into ¼-inch slices
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 large loaf ciabatta bread, halved
  • ⅓ cup prepared pesto
  • ⅓ cup prepared tapenade
  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. fresh mozzarella, drained and sliced
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1. Heat grill pan or grill to medium-high heat. Brush eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash with 2 Tbs. olive oil, and grill 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until charred and softened. Transfer to plate.

2. Hollow inside of bread to make room for vegetables. Spread pesto on one side of bread. Spread tapenade on other side of bread.

3. Layer eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella on one side of bread. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Press top and bottom of sandwich together, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place on baking sheet, and weigh down with heavy skillet or two large cans. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Unwrap before slicing and serving.

July 2008

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I have been coming back to this recipe time and again for years. It's delicious and a huge hit with my family. Lots of possible variations and very satisfying. Thanks, VT!

wry - 2016-04-03 22:40:35

Yum yum yummy. I made this sand which and brought it to a hill climb the following day. Big hit. I'll make it again.

maureen - 2014-09-15 20:55:55

This was wonderful! I used hummus instead of the tapenade and pesto, and I used marinated tofu for a dairy free version. It turned out great, even with the substitutions.

Emily - 2014-08-21 01:56:36

Wow!! So delicious

Tejal - 2014-06-26 11:04:14

Delicious! I added grilled portobellos and used artichoke pesto (found in Mediterranean aisle of local grocery) and omitted tapenade. Perfect for our Sunday afternoon picnic!

Lauren H - 2014-05-18 19:36:46

Veggie sandwich for assembly

kenda - 2014-04-13 15:35:22

This was delicious, made it today for a picnic and it was the perfect entrée. Thanks :)

Cheryl - 2014-02-13 03:03:32

EXCELLENT! Tastes like something from a restaurant. Did not use tapenade. Used bell peppers instead of jarred peppers. Roasted all veggies under the broiler. Ate right away.

Carolyn Bradney-Murray - 2013-09-27 23:33:55

Made these sandwiches for my husband's picnic lunch party and they were a hit. Its simple and hearty meal to consume.

Drao - 2013-07-15 17:19:45

Made this several times for non-vegetarians! Everyone loves it. I do make my own basil and tapenade. Never soggy, even after several hours, in fact it's better when it sits awhile, flavors all meld together. oh...I oven roast rather than grill my veggies and I used a jar of roasted red peppers, rather than roast my own. DELICIOUS!

carol - 2013-05-14 18:06:03


Jennifer - 2013-04-10 17:37:38

This is wonderful. I did it with a stale rosemary potato loaf, made my own pesto, and decided against the tapenade. I accidentally forgot to add the roasted red peppers, but did add grilled red onion. The longer it sits, the better. yummy!

Carlin - 2012-05-16 15:31:42

Made these sandwiches last fall and they were outstanding! And the leftover was better the next day for lunch. i was browsing for recipes and remembered when I saw it, how much I liked i am shopping for the ingredients tomorrow and look forward to enjoying these for supper! YUMMO!!

pat - 2012-04-12 01:45:39

I made this for lunch and it was fantastic! Soggy sandwiches are no fun, but this one held up perfectly and was delicious!

Claire - 2011-07-30 15:07:03