Ultimate 4-Layer Vegan Sandwich


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“You’re crazy.”

Those were the encouraging words that came out of Eric’s mouth when I told him I was hoping to post 20 times this month for Vegan Mofo. [Here is my first introductory post + recipe in case you missed it.]

“Twenty TIMES?”


He is right, it is crazy, but I’ve always liked a good challenge. For those of you who don’t know, Vegan Mofo encourages participating bloggers to post each day for the month of September, or at least aim for 20 posts (5 posts a week). I haven’t posted that frequently since I was knee high to a grasshopper!

My normal blog posts usually take me a few days each from start to finish, so I may need a miracle to make this 20 posts in a month thing happen. Or at least, a good streak of recipe testing. Dream big or go home, right? There’s no crying in baseball! err…blogging.

If all goes according to plan you will likely see much more of me this month. How much more is yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure; I am super excited for this month’s theme! I can’t promise I’ll crank out 20 posts, but I will do my best to make you sick of me by the end of the month.

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My second recipe for Vegan Mofo is one that I couldn’t wait to share. I’m going to try to hold back the drool while I talk about it. Just be glad this isn’t a video recipe or things could get weird.

I don’t think I’ve ever made a better sandwich than this, vegan or not. Normally, I don’t post sandwich recipes on the blog because I think they are slap together meals, but this…I just had to share.

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I often make toasted sandwiches with hummus, avocado, and tomato – they never fail – but this time I wanted to kick things up a few notches with a homemade nut-free pesto. The 4 layers are made up of hummus (I went with Tribe roasted garlic – so obsessed with it right now), avocado, tomato, and homemade Sun-dried Tomato, Hemp, Basil Pesto. Dear lord. Oh, and some red pepper flakes, freshly ground pepper, and sea salt because we’re living on the edge. The only thing I would change next time is to add lettuce for a little crunch – I totally forgot the lettuce while sitting on the ground lining up toasted bread slices to photograph. Priorities?

This is serious business, this sandwich creation.

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The homemade pesto commands the taste bud’s attention with its tangy, flavourful ingredients – sun-dried tomatoes, lemon, basil, garlic – oh yea! It’s a new fav. Thanks to the hemp seeds it’s nut-free and higher in protein to boot. I actually created this recipe last year, but since I’m not including it in the cookbook anymore I get to share it with you early. Also worth noting – dipping carrot sticks into this pesto is a tasty way to make carrot sticks exciting. Or, the pesto makes enough for 4 sandwiches (2 tbsp per sandwich) or 1 epic, sandwich-of-your-dreams (1/2 cup pesto)…your call. One thing is for sure, you have to make this as soon as possible.

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[PS - red pepper flakes are the new party confetti.]

Ultimate 4-Layer Vegan Sandwich

Vegan, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free


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Toasted sprouted grain bread is slathered with hummus and homemade sun-dried tomato hemp pesto all topped off with sliced avocado, tomato, and red pepper flakes. This is one vegan sandwich that you won't soon forget! Add some lettuce for a nice crunch. This would also be fantastic in a wrap if you don't want to use toasted bread. For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free bread (or wrap) or try serving it wrapped in Bibb lettuce for a grain-free option.

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For the Sun-dried Tomato Hemp Basil Pesto: (makes 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (about 6)
  • 1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the sandwich:
  • sprouted-grain bread (or wraps or Bibb lettuce)
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 2 tablespoons Sun-dried Tomato Hemp Basil Pesto (from above)
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 thin tomato slices
  • lettuce
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt & pepper


  1. For the pesto: Mince garlic in a food processor. Add the rest of the pesto ingredients and process until the pesto is smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  2. Toast the bread in a toaster.
  3. Spread bread with hummus and pesto (one on each). Layer on the avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Sprinkle on red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Slice in half and enjoy!

Note: I use Food for Life Ezekiel sprouted grain bread.

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{ 127 comments… read them below or add one }

Katy @ Katy's Kitchen September 4, 2013

This is my kind of sandwich and would be perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! I’m obsessed with hummus but never thought of combining it with pesto. Yum!


GaietyGirl September 4, 2013

So many of my favourite things in one sandwich. Looks delish! Think I’ll finally have to give making my own pesto a go – thanks :)


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 4, 2013

This is totally my kind of sandwich! IT would be perfect to take to lunch with me!


Averie @ Averie Cooks September 4, 2013

That hummus is just silky smooth. MMmmm! And the basil pesto. Tomatoes are my fave and the sundrieds and the fresh – two types in one recipe – this is a perfect sandwich for me!


Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 4, 2013

Yum. That does look awesome!!


Alexis @ Hummusapien September 4, 2013

I’ve been obsessed with basil hummus, avocado, tomato and chive sandwiches on toasted Ezekiel with lots of cracked pepper….there’s something about a toasty sandwich that just gets me! YUM.


Shundara@SavyNaturalista September 4, 2013

Homemade pesto Yum!!! 20 times this month good luck!! That is a lot of editing and recipe testing oh gosh I am in agreement with Eric on this one!!! It will be nice to see more of you and what you come up with! I am looking forward to all the creativity!


gretchen September 4, 2013

I don’t have a food processor. I do have a Vitamix though. Can you recommend an affordable food processor? Thank you! Gretchen


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2013

I use a Cuisinart and I love it. Mine is a 14 cup but it’s not necessary to go that large (they come in smaller sizes too). goodluck with your search! Also, it might be possible to make pesto in a Vitamix too. I haven’t tried it myself though because I prefer the processor when making spreads.


Cara November 18, 2013

I bet you could use the Vitamix, just on a lower setting. I have the 5200 model and it does a pretty good job chopping at Variable setting 4 or so.


Abby @ Change of Pace September 4, 2013

Those sound and look delectable! Thanks so much for the recipe.
Ha ha- I love that red pepper flakes are the new confetti! That would actually be really cute for a mexican fiesta!
Good luck with the 20 posts. I hope you do it so I can try some awesome new recipes!


Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 4, 2013

That looks divine! I love the taste of avocado + tomato. Definitely making this for work next week!


Janessa September 4, 2013

I love every single thing about this post. Especially the pics! And the recipe. And your writing.

I know what you mean about posting so frequently; it takes me days to write, edit my writing, edit photos, and format my posts, which is why I’ve never done it before. But I decided to make short little snippets of blog posts, so I won’t get overwhelmed. I’m more than impressed that your posts still read and look like you’re spent days perfecting them!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2013

You are too kind my dear :)
I love your idea of snippets – I seem to have a problem with verbal diarrhea so even when I try to keep it short, I end up blabbing on and on. hah. I am more than impressed that you are doing this challenge while traveling!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 4, 2013

Hey, I’m down with sandwich recipes anytime you want to post ‘em! It’s one item that can get pretty routine so I’m always up for new suggestions like this one! :)


Ali @ inspiralized September 4, 2013

I love this post, really makes me miss my vegan days! Such a simple meal but I can tell it will be delicious, can’t wait to make it. Thanks for posting this up!


Kathy September 4, 2013

I am thrilled that you will be posting more frequently this month – yay! This recipe looks awesome – I will definitely try it – and the photographs are gorgeous. LOVE the look of your blog!!!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 4, 2013

Knee high to a grasshopper, lol. 20 posts is hard to keep up with! Especially when they’re amazing recipes like this one. Pesto with hemp seeds? You have the best ideas girly. I can’t wait to try this one!


Kiera September 4, 2013

Thanks, this is great and simple! I have all the ingredients in my casa and homemade hummus and pesto already made! Wonderful.


janet @ the taste space September 4, 2013

Lovely! And finally seeing your recipes in feedly. Double score! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2013

yessss! Eric kept tweaking the code and – finally! :)


Valerie Halston September 4, 2013

This sounds amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!! I love you and your blog!!


Grace September 4, 2013

I love avocado on sandwiches. And I love pesto. So I will have to make this:)


michelle September 4, 2013

Oh my gosh this looks so good! I’m always looking for quick lunch recipes so keep em coming girl! And I personally believe you can do this 20 posts thing. Then again I am being selfish wanting to see more posts. :) Keep up the good work!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2013

hah well no matter what your reason for believing in me, I’m glad you do! I will need the motivation by mid month Im sure.


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 4, 2013

These are all some of my favorite foods! All together on one sandwich?! Oh man, brilliant!


steph@stephsbitebybite September 4, 2013

I’ve never put pesto on my sammy before!! I gotta try this!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl September 4, 2013

This looks truly amazing, especially since homegrown tomatoes are AWESOME right now!


Osgmom September 4, 2013

All of my favourite sandwich ingredients in one — yeah and can’t wait to make this I’m with you on the crunch. Sliced cucumbers do it for me :)


Ashlee@HisnHers September 4, 2013

YUM You got me hooked on the Ezekiel bread, tomato paste, hummus toast for a long time several years ago! I trust your sandwich genius fully :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2013

hah oh yeah it’s been a while since I blogged about that combo! Still love it :) Hope you enjoy this one too.


Lori September 4, 2013

Hi Angela,

This sandwich looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it.


LindseyMM September 4, 2013

Good luck Angela!! I always enjoy your posts so I am excited for this month :) I had been thinking about making another batch of pesto soon so your post is perfectly timed!! Can’t wait to try this!!


Laura September 4, 2013

I’ve been making this exact recipe but open-face and without the pesto for breakfast! It’s amazing! I never thought to make it a real sandwich and add pesto! So great!


Caitlin September 4, 2013

i am obsessed with pesto. i just love it to much. this sandwich is a dream to me. simple, whole ingredients, full of health and flavor.


Kyle September 4, 2013

How can a sandwich look so good. This is definitely on the cards this week.


Samantha September 4, 2013

First- I don’t think its possible for me to get sick of you…. I’m super happy that you are going to try though :)

Second- I just happened to make some of your roasted tomato and basil pesto for dinner last night and have left overs…. thinking I can sub that in on this sandwich!

I did have the beet smoothie for breakfast yesterday so I will be 2/2. Pretty good!!!


Rachel September 4, 2013

That sandwich looks awesome!

And can I say that I am really loving all the bright colors and your new graphic for vegan mofo. Your page just looks extra bright and pretty and it brightens my day (hope that makes sense!)


Darla kimberly September 4, 2013

This is so great!! very good for you ,for those gluten free this can work to with gluten free bread.


Kylie - FotV September 4, 2013

I love a good sandwich, and this one definitely looks good!


Jill September 4, 2013

I don’t eat sandwiches often, but I like that pesto recipe. I think I’ll try it soon with some spiralized veg pasta.

I’m not sure what knee-high with a grasshopper means (lol) but 20 posts in a month does sound like a challenge! I can barely post every other week! Good luck!


Kelsey September 4, 2013

I am dying over how wonderful this looks. Sandwiches normally seem boring to me, but not this one!


Sylvia September 4, 2013

So yummy looking! I am also pumped for 20 posts this month! You are my fav recipe blogger and since you’ve been so busy with your cookbook I’ve missed you a bit!


Christine @ Gotta Eat Green September 4, 2013

I am so excited that you will be doing twenty posts! Amazing! Everyone of your recipes is to die for.. so I know there are good things coming!


Hilary September 4, 2013

I am obsessed with toasted hummus sandwiches as well. I’m definitely going to make this pesto to make them even more amazing! I think I’ve made one of your pesto recipes before and was very impressed….so this is going to be good. Thank you!


Sarah September 4, 2013

This sandwich is amazing!! I was simply starving after an hour swim this morning and when I saw this post, I got so excited!
It was DELICIOUS! Thank you so much and I can’t wait for the next post!
Oh! And I had the beet smoothie for pre swim nutrition!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2013

That was quick – so glad you enjoyed it! Yes I know all about that post-swim hunger…this sandwich does sound like the perfect solution. :)


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