Savory Saturdays: Vegetable Panini with Feta

These sandwiches were easy to make and a huge hit on our lake trip this week. If you don’t want to take the time to hollow-out French bread, hoagie rolls would work too, but I just like the texture and taste of fresh French bread from the bakery. It’s worth the extra step.

Vegetable Panini with Feta

1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread
1 (10-ounce) package romaine salad mix
1 (16-ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 medium-size purple onion, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup (2-ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup fat-free Caesar dressing
2 tablespoons lemon juice
spicy sprouts

  • Cut a 1/2-inch-thick slice from top of bread, and set the top aside. Hollow out bread using a serrated knife, leaving a 1-inch shell; reserve soft bread for another use. Set bread shell aside.
  • Combine salad mix and next 4 ingredients. Combine dressing and lemon juice; drizzle over lettuce mixture. Toss.

  • Fill bread shell with lettuce mixture, and spicy sprouts; replace top. Slice and serve.

Yield: 8 servings

*I think tomatoes would probably be a good addition to this sandwich, but I just don’t like them raw.

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