This might very well be the first sandwich post on my blog and I can't believe how well it turned out. This stinking hot weather calls for relatively easy to prepare meals and in this case, this meal turned out to taste like fare from a gourmet restaurant. I am a humble girl and not one to brag or boast, but honestly I could get money for this preparation. If only there were such offerings in our city, but oh well, because I can cook up my own food with control over the quality of the ingredients that go into my dishes.
Not wanting to overpower the flavours in the sandwich, the homemade dressing for the salad is simple and refreshing with a bit of tang from the fresh lemon. For your mixture of greens, do consider including some watercress, arugula, beet greens, radicchio and whatever other greens you might fancy.
The loaf I used was roughly 8 inches long, so if you are using a longer loaf, you may want to make up more pesto for the filling. For those living in Southwestern Ontario, if you aren't making your own bread, the freshest and best that I have found in London is from the International Bakery located at 174 Hamilton Road. The grocery offerings, including a whole aisle of pasta and other Italian delights throughout the store is a treat in itself, but it is the bread that really stands out. A family owned business, their bread is affordable, indeed even cheaper than similar breads from large grocery stores that are stale in comparison, baked fresh everyday and there are so many varieties to choose from. An added bonus is that they are open 7 days a week.
Now onto the recipe:
|Toasted Ciabatta Sandwich with Brie, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pesto|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on July 4, 2012
A gorgeous and wonderfully delicious summer sandwich with broiled brie cheese and a sun-dried tomato pesto on toasted garlic ciabatta bread, served with mixed salad greens and a simple and refreshing lemon dressing
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Other summertime meals that you may enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Quinoa Spinach Salad with Feta, Pomegranate and Toasted Almonds
Pesto and Egg Potato Salad
Cannellini and Grape Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing and Rosemary-Garlic Infused Olive Oil
Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat Masala
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