Thursday 9 August 2007

Fresh and Healthy Salad Sandwich

I often proudly tell how my six brothers and sisters all had jobs at fast food takeaway chains, but I ended up with a job at an obscure inner suburban takeaway shop called Fresh and Healthy. I am glad I never worked flipping burgers for places which seem to spend their dollars on flashy advertising rather than good food.

Truth be told, I never enjoyed my job at Fresh and Healthy which served a lot of chicken schnitzel sandwiches that have a dubious claim to healthy food. But I did learn to make a pretty damned good salad sandwich. I used to make them for housemates and every now and again I make one for E.

On Saturday morning we got a loaf of multi-seeded bread from Sugardough (Lygon St East Brunswick). It is one of those dense loaves that give you a sore arm as you saw a slice off it. After my beans at Rumi for brunch, I needed some veggies, and having some lettuce after my taco-making on Friday, the opportunity presented itself for a salad sandwich.

When I had set off for the market in search of an iceberg lettuce I hadn’t really thought about them being seasonal until I saw what was on offer – they were small, wilted and expensive. So I guess it isn’t lettuce season. Some references I have found say it is lettuce season all year round but these lettuces looked well past their best. So I probably will try not to have a yen for lettuce meals til the sun shines a bit more warmly on us. But on Saturday I had lettuce so I was going to use it.

The way I do my salad sandwich is to have shredded lettuce, grated carrot and thinly sliced tomato as a base on one side of bread. On Saturday I also used thinly sliced red capsicum. Other veggies I like to include are sliced mushroom, dill pickle, sprouts, beetroot (from a can). Too many veggies can become a bit of a balancing act but I enjoy the challenge. I usually like to add sliced cheese and we have a fine vintage onion and chive cheese which added a lot of flavour. Finally I add a bit of pepper and some mayonnaise (if it is available which it wasn’t in deep midwinter in my fridge).

The trick is not to load the sandwich so much that it falls apart. I usually have a wee bit much in it but who can resist all those good veggies. It tasted sensational – like a summer breeze!

On the Stereo:
Songs in the Attic: Billy Joel


  1. Johanna this is a beautiful picture! It just exudes freshness! I love it!

  2. I love home-made sandwiches and am almost always disappointed when I buy them from shops. How can such a simple thing go so very very wrong????
    Great photo. :)

  3. I'm with Jenn. Great, fresh photo.

    Love a good salad sandwich - so often they're badly done in takeaway joints!

  4. I am not a sandwich person, but normally choose salad sandwhich for lunch. I love your version, so fresh and healthy!

  5. thanks Jenn - it tasted that good too!

    Thanks Wendy - in the UK I stopped buying sandwiches because I couldn't bear the soggy bread in plastic containers - but if they are freshly made they can be good - but I have to choose my own ingredients!

    thanks Lucy - I agree that takeaway joints can do sandwiches badly but a good sandwich bar can offer something healthier than a lot of the takeaway food.

    thanks Anh - makes me laugh that you say you are not a sandwich person but choose salad sandwiches for lunch - is it just the best you can get? I love good fresh sandwiches but they can be so badly done, and I don't tend to have them for lunch often because I bring my lunch in to work and hate it when sandwiches are not fresh!

  6. Johanna, *laugh* there's nothing much to eat on my campus. I just cant stand the msg loaded Chinese or greasy unhealthy fried food.

    I normally go for a vegetarian meal in the Sri-lankan eatery. It's healthy and nice, but eating spices everyday isn't my cup of tea. So comes the sandwich. :D I don't notmally eat meat/seafood from these counters, and I believe salad sandwich is the best option!

  7. Ah! There's nothing like a fresh salad sandwich. Mmmmmmm.

    I like using peanut butter instead of regular butter or margarine.

  8. the sandwich is so fresh n healthy,esp when one using seasonal vege =) i esp like my sandwich with baby spinach!

  9. Anh - I know where you are coming from - there are days when a salad sandwich seems the best option compared to everything else on offer!

    Kathleen - peanut butter is definitely a good addition to the salad sandwich - although I am more likely to do it when I have fresh peanut butter on hand!

    ironeaters - strangely I often prefer baby spinach to lettuce in salads but I do like my iceberg in salad sandwiches - but was considering spinach as a more seasonal alternative!


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