Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese - Tender grilled veggies stacked up with creamy herb-flecked goat cheese and spinach. | foxeslovelemons.com

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms! here’s my Mom and I taking our picture in the reflection of The Bean Cloud Gate in Chicago. People say we look alike. Maybe we do.

 

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My mom is really awesome. We go on all kinds of little trips together, and there’s also lots of bike riding, kayaking and photography talk. We definitely share a lot of similar interests, and my mom likes shopping at many of the the same stores as I do, so we also end up wearing a lot of the same clothes and shoes.

 

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When I thought about a Mother’s Day-themed recipe, I knew instantly what I wanted to make. While I always make my mom quiche on Mother’s Day itself, I knew she would love this grilled vegetable sandwich. My mom loves vegetables, and she’s one of the few people at the Thanksgiving dinner table that doesn’t balk when I serve beets and brussels sprouts. She’ll eat any vegetable in existence.

 

I firmly believe that there are few things better in this world than grilled vegetables. Actually, the first time my husband grilled me a plate of vegetables, I fell in love with him all over again. Now, we grill vegetables just about every night for dinner in the summer.

 

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese - Tender grilled veggies stacked up with creamy herb-flecked goat cheese and spinach. | foxeslovelemons.com
This sandwich is something my friend from culinary school, Gary, would call “Lori Food.” In our two years in school, he quickly learned my favorite dishes and ingredients, and noticed how I tried to sneak them into everything. Goat cheese, basil, red peppers, things made into sandwiches – these are all “Lori Food.”

 

When I went to the store to get the ingredients, I ended up chatting with the lady at the cheese counter. I told her I wanted a goat cheese that was nice and soft so I could spread it on sandwiches, and she handed over this amazing creamy goat cheese from Vermont Creamery. It spreads like really soft cream cheese, but it tastes like tangy goat cheese! I stirred some chopped basil and chives into it, and my sandwich spread was all set.

 

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese - Tender grilled veggies stacked up with creamy herb-flecked goat cheese and spinach. | foxeslovelemons.com
The great thing about this sandwich is that it’s endlessly adaptable. You can use any vegetables you want – here’s a handy guide, ranking 12 vegetables on their grill-ability “from first to green beans” (although I think grilled green beans aren’t too bad). You can also use roasted vegetables for this sandwich if you don’t have a grill or grill pan. You can use the grilled vegetables for sandwiches while they’re warm, or grill them in advance and use cold vegetables to build your sandwiches. Just to be sure to blot them dry with a paper towel – the vegetables will give off a lot of moisture, and you don’t want a soggy sandwich.

 

I’m spending the weekend with my mom, and serving her this sandwich at some point. I hope she enjoys it as much as I do!

 

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese - Tender grilled veggies stacked up with creamy herb-flecked goat cheese and spinach. | foxeslovelemons.com

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, stir together goat cheese, chives and basil. Toast bread in a toaster or toaster oven.
  2. Lay mushrooms, bell peppers and zucchini on baking sheet. Spray both sides with nonstick spray and and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place vegetables on hot grill rack and grill until just tender, turning occasionally (time will vary for each vegetable, so just pull them off the grill and transfer back to the baking sheet as they finish cooking). Depending on your grill, the zucchini slices and mushrooms should take about 4 minutes, and the bell peppers will take about 6 minutes. Make sure not to overcook the vegetables, because you don’t want them to be mushy, just tender. At this point, you can either leave the vegetables whole, or slice them into strips.
  3. Spread toasted bread with goat cheese mixture. Build sandwiches using grilled vegetables and spinach. Serve to Mom.

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101 comments

  1. That’s cute that you both have the same shoes! Your sandwich looks great-I love grilled veggie sandwiches and am going to have to try your version this summer when we get the grill out!

  2. That’s cute that you both have the same shoes! Your sandwich looks great-I love grilled veggie sandwiches and am going to have to try your version this summer when we get the grill out!

  3. Yum yum yum! I made a sandwich like this recently with leftover grilled vegetables! We really enjoyed it.

  4. Yum yum yum! I made a sandwich like this recently with leftover grilled vegetables! We really enjoyed it.

  5. I’d like a fork and that plate of grilled veggies please! And in a sandwich with goat’s cheese, they must be divine! (and you do look a lot like your mum!)

  6. I’d like a fork and that plate of grilled veggies please! And in a sandwich with goat’s cheese, they must be divine! (and you do look a lot like your mum!)

  7. This sandwich has my name written all over it! I love it!!

  8. This sandwich has my name written all over it! I love it!!

  9. I love that pic with the shoes – how fantastic! And I adore sandwiches like this…grilled veggies one sammie are perfection…add some goat cheese and I’m in heaven.

  10. I love that pic with the shoes – how fantastic! And I adore sandwiches like this…grilled veggies one sammie are perfection…add some goat cheese and I’m in heaven.

  11. First off, those shoes are awesome. Second, the sandwiches looks great! I love anything with goat cheese.

  12. First off, those shoes are awesome. Second, the sandwiches looks great! I love anything with goat cheese.

  13. Your sandwich sounds so good, Lori! You’re lucky to have a Mom that loves to do things with you!

  14. Your sandwich sounds so good, Lori! You’re lucky to have a Mom that loves to do things with you!

  15. What a great idea for a fabulous sandwich!! I love it. And really enjoyed reading how much you enjoy your relationship with your mom. What a great way to honor her today 🙂

  16. What a great idea for a fabulous sandwich!! I love it. And really enjoyed reading how much you enjoy your relationship with your mom. What a great way to honor her today 🙂

  17. You had me at goat cheese, that’s my weakness (and I get that from mother dearest too!)

  18. You had me at goat cheese, that’s my weakness (and I get that from mother dearest too!)

  19. Love grilled veggies and then add goat cheese. My name is written all over this one!! Love it!!

  20. Love grilled veggies and then add goat cheese. My name is written all over this one!! Love it!!

  21. Oh, your sandwich sounds heavenly! And that plate of grilled veggies looks terrific, too!

  22. Oh, your sandwich sounds heavenly! And that plate of grilled veggies looks terrific, too!

  23. I love grilled veggies too and with the goat cheese, totally delicious. How cute you and your Mom are and love the matching shoes.

  24. I love grilled veggies too and with the goat cheese, totally delicious. How cute you and your Mom are and love the matching shoes.

  25. This really is a great sandwich. Anything with goat cheese is a winner for me, and what better thing than stuff between bread! Love this Lori. Your pics with your mom are so sweet, you do look alike!

  26. This really is a great sandwich. Anything with goat cheese is a winner for me, and what better thing than stuff between bread! Love this Lori. Your pics with your mom are so sweet, you do look alike!

  27. This looks so good. Will have to add this to my list of great lunch ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  28. This looks so good. Will have to add this to my list of great lunch ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  29. These look fantastic and I also love grilling my veggies in the summer!The goat’s cheese looks so creamy and delicious 🙂 Love the pics with your Mom 🙂

  30. These look fantastic and I also love grilling my veggies in the summer!The goat’s cheese looks so creamy and delicious 🙂 Love the pics with your Mom 🙂

  31. I LOVE grilled vegetables! Your plate of goodness looks delectable. And I love this combination of flavors and textures in your sandwich. I’m sure your mom loved it! Hope you had a good weekend!

  32. I LOVE grilled vegetables! Your plate of goodness looks delectable. And I love this combination of flavors and textures in your sandwich. I’m sure your mom loved it! Hope you had a good weekend!

  33. Lori, how adorable is it that you and your mom have the same shoes? You two lovely ladies totally look alike – I would know immediately that you were related if I saw you on the street. This sammich looks delicious and I hope your mom enjoyed every single bite! I hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend together!

    • Thanks Nancy, my Mom and I had a great weekend together spending time with each other and (most importantly) going to see The Great Gatsby 🙂 People have always told us that we look alike, but I haven’t recognized it until recently. I can totally see it in the photo above.

  34. Lori, how adorable is it that you and your mom have the same shoes? You two lovely ladies totally look alike – I would know immediately that you were related if I saw you on the street. This sammich looks delicious and I hope your mom enjoyed every single bite! I hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend together!

  35. This looks absolutely delicious!!! YUM!!!

  36. Oh that Vermont Creamery goat cheese is amazing! Probably one of my favorite brands out there, perfect to dip in! This is such a lovely sandwich and it sounds like you have an amazing relationship with your mom.

  37. Oh that Vermont Creamery goat cheese is amazing! Probably one of my favorite brands out there, perfect to dip in! This is such a lovely sandwich and it sounds like you have an amazing relationship with your mom.

  38. Yum the grilled veggies look divine and who can say no to herbed goats cheese?! Just fell in love.

  39. Yum the grilled veggies look divine and who can say no to herbed goats cheese?! Just fell in love.

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  41. This grilled veggie sandwich looks delicious. I love goat cheese and grilled veggies, so this is the perfect combination!

  42. This grilled veggie sandwich looks delicious. I love goat cheese and grilled veggies, so this is the perfect combination!

  43. Thanks so much, Heather! I hope you enjoy!

  44. I know, nothing beats grilled vegetables, right? Thanks Lane!

  45. Thanks Katy 🙂 Give me a fork and a plate of grilled veggies any day, and I’m perfectly happy.

  46. Haha, nothing like meeting your Mom for shopping and realizing you’re both wearing the same shoes. Oh well, we owned it 🙂

  47. Thanks Lauren! I’m sad that’s summer around here (Michigan) now, and my shoes aren’t really in season any more! haha.

  48. I KNOW. Goat cheese is just freakin’ amazing, right?

  49. Thanks Tara! Let me know if you decide to give it a try.

  50. Thanks Lizzy! There’s almost nothing I like more than grilled vegetables!

  51. Thanks Paula! People have ALWAYS told us we look alike. I didn’t see it when I was younger, but now I sort of do 🙂

  52. Thanks Chris! Let me know how it turns out if you give it at try.

  53. Thanks Amy! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  54. Thanks Nancy, my Mom and I had a great weekend together spending time with each other and (most importantly) going to see The Great Gatsby 🙂 People have always told us that we look alike, but I haven’t recognized it until recently. I can totally see it in the photo above.

  55. I know, I love that cheese! I just wish it wasn’t so shockingly expensive for a teeny tiny little tub of it. Oh well, I obviously bought it anyway 🙂 haha.

  56. The Bean! Classic photo! That sammich looks luscious. Great recipe for #SundaySupper!

  57. The Bean! Classic photo! That sammich looks luscious. Great recipe for #SundaySupper!

  58. Thanks Dorothy! Everybody needs a photo at the Bean at least once!

  59. Could you have picked a better combo for these sandwiches?!?! We LOVE grilling veggies in the warmer months, and adding goat cheese on bread for a sandwich?!?! OMG!

  60. Could you have picked a better combo for these sandwiches?!?! We LOVE grilling veggies in the warmer months, and adding goat cheese on bread for a sandwich?!?! OMG!

  61. How fantastic you get to have such fun with your mom. It’s a great thing she likes the same foods and vegetables as you. Grilled veggies are a favorite of my and my husband’s too. I sometimes think I like them better than anything on the grill. Awesome to make a sandwich with them and the goat cheese. I usually prefer meat on a sandwich but with this one the meat would not be missed at all.

  62. How fantastic you get to have such fun with your mom. It’s a great thing she likes the same foods and vegetables as you. Grilled veggies are a favorite of my and my husband’s too. I sometimes think I like them better than anything on the grill. Awesome to make a sandwich with them and the goat cheese. I usually prefer meat on a sandwich but with this one the meat would not be missed at all.

  63. Thanks Katie! Anybody who hasn’t tried grilling a vegetable needs to start ASAP, right? 🙂

  64. Thanks Renee – I agree! I think veggies are definitely my favorite thing that comes off the grill!

  65. Oh this is sooo getting pinned. I adore grilled vegetables. My hubby and I also do a lot of veggie grilling in the summer, but I’ve never thought about stacking them on a sandwich. That is definitely happening soon!

  66. Oh this is sooo getting pinned. I adore grilled vegetables. My hubby and I also do a lot of veggie grilling in the summer, but I’ve never thought about stacking them on a sandwich. That is definitely happening soon!

  67. Awesome Courtney! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  68. This looks absolutely delicious!!! YUM!!!

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