Vegetarian Muffuletta Picnic Sandwich
Get the recipe for a stuffed veggie sandwich perfect for an easy backyard picnic. This post and video has been sponsored by Santa Cruz Organic. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.
It’s summertime, and the living’s easy… My girls go back to school in two short weeks and it suddenly feels like summer is flying by. We are trying to savor the last lazy days of summer as best we can. The weather has been warm and beautiful, but a little too warm to do much cooking inside. So my family has been setting up easy breezy backyard picnics. It feels so good to toss a blanket in the shade under our big bushy trees and enjoy the fresh air. I’m excited to share some of my favorite things to pack in a picnic basket, from a big hearty sandwich for sharing, to cold beverages.
COME JOIN OUR PICNIC! My girls and I had so much fun making this short video.
I absolutely love a good veggie sandwich and picnics are the perfect excuse to make one. Summer produce is so wonderful in August. Juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet basil, and freshly grilled eggplant are perfect with the tangy flavors from jarred artichoke hearts and peppers, and kalamata olive tapenade. If you’re not a fan of tapenade, you could also use a basil or sun dried tomato pesto or other favorite spread. The inspiration for this combination came from my favorite sandwich at a local sandwich shop.
We got a pretty crate and filled it up with our favorite picnic foods. I like to use a wooden crate rather than a traditional picnic basket, as it doubles as a table when flipped over. This time we included:
- Stuffed Veggie Picnic Sandwich wrapped up in parchment
- Pasta salad with chickpeas, broccoli, and olives
- Santa Cruz Organic® Grapefruit Agua Fresca
- Santa Cruz Organic® Iced Tea Lemonade
- Santa Cruz Organic® Carbonated Green Tea Lemonade
- Vegan Paleo Lemon Coconut Tartlets
Traditionally, muffaletta sandwiches are stuffed with meats and cheeses, and other Italian ingredients. This vegetarian version is not traditional, but I like is so much better. It’s just as flavorful, but filled with wholesome, fresh, colorful ingredients. I love this sandwich because it’s so easy to pack in picnics and fun to share.
It was a great mail day when Santa Cruz Organic sent me a few of their refreshing drinks to use for our picnic. From the iconic Lemonades to the lightly sweetened Agua Frescas and the new Carbonated Tea Lemonades, Santa Cruz Organic offers the perfect way to refresh with unique flavors. Classic lemonade and half & half iced tea lemonade are my hubby’s favorite drinks after his long bike rides and with dinner on warm summer nights. I love that Santa Cruz Organic lemonades are made with 100% organic fruit juice. Whether you’re spending the day by the pool, or prepping for a family picnic, Santa Cruz Organic’s line of organic, non-GMO lemonades and fruit juices are an easy way to beat the summer heat. They made our backyard picnic feel even more festive.
For dessert I brought out a few lemon tarts I keep in the freezer. You can see that recipe here.
I hope you’re enjoying the end of summer and get to squeeze a picnic or two in, even if it’s just in the backyard.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450 Trans Fat: 0g Sodium: 736mg Carbohydrates: 69g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 10g Protein: 13g