Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Chimichurri Sauce on a Toasted Bun

Chimichurri sauce is a popular Argentinian-style sauce for grilled meat. It also tastes amazing on a crispy Grilled Veggie Sandwich!

Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Chimichurri Sauce on a Toasted Bun
We're having an early summer heat wave here in Oakville. It has been blue skies and HOT.

Great time to dig out the grilling basket to grill some healthy veggies on the barbecue!

My favorite mix of grilled vegetables is colorful bell peppers, chopped red onion and cubes of sweet ripe pineapple. When yellow zucchini is in season, I like to add slices of that in as well.

Toss with a few glugs of extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then cook for ten minutes on the barbecue and you have a healthy and tasty summer side dish!


Grilled Vegetable Sandwich topped with Chimichurri Sauce
Or use your grilled veggies to make THE BEST summer sandwich for dinner!

Every great sandwich has a lip-smacking good sauce!
Chopping Fresh Parsley and Cilantro for Chimichurri Sauce
For this grilled vegetable sandwich, I utilized the parsley and fresh oregano from my garden to mix a basic Argentinan-style Chimichurri sauce.
Blending Chimichurri Sauce for Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
The sauce and the lightly charred vegetables taste amazing together on a freshly toasted bun.

As for the leftover sauce - save it as a topping for the next time you barbecue burgers and steaks!



Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Chimichurri Sauce


Makes: 3 sandwiches
Hands-on Time:15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp each salt and pepper
  • 3 fresh buns, sliced in half lengthwise
Chimichurri Sauce
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Pinch or two of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

1. In a grilling basket, combine bell peppers, onion and pineapple. Toss with oil, then season with salt and pepper.

2. Grill vegetables over medium-high heat until lightly charred on the edges and tender, about 10 minutes. Lightly brush inside of buns with olive oil. Place buns crust-side up on grill to toast, about 2 minutes. 


3. To make sauce, in a blender, blend parsley, cilantro, oregano, vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes and oil until it is almost smooth. Lightly season with salt and pepper.


4. Place an equal amount of grilled veggies on each toasted bun and top with chimichurri sauce. Enjoy your grilled veggie sandwich!  

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Grilled bell peppers, red onion, and pineapple topped with chimichurri sauce on a toasted bun.


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Brent Garell is the author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience and 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, he is on the look-out for simple #mealprep solutions to fit healthy and responsible meals into his family's busy schedule. Let's see what works!

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