Not Just A Sandwich..

Ok, well…technically it is just a sandwich.  But, this sandwich is my favorite salad on a sandwich and my lunch.  It’s crisp, fresh romaine and english cucumber slices with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and balsamic cherries.  I had some of that semolina bread I make, on hand.  I lightly toasted the bread for some extra crunch and put a bit of garlic rosemary infused olive oil too for flavor.  Then, I topped it with some shaved parmesan for a salty, rich quality.   The balsamic reduction soaked cherries I admit, are the superstar of the sandwich.  So tangy and sweet.  This sandwich would be nothing…nothing I tell you without them.  Of course, how you choose to make your sandwich is your business.  So, I’ll stay out of it.

Great for a picnic lunch on a beautiful sunny day, like today.

Balsamic Cherries

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cherries

Directions: Simmer ingredients in small saucepan over medium-low heat until vinegar reduces to a thin syrup-like consistency.  Remove the cherries from vinegar  and drain on a paper towel before dressing the sandwich with the fresh balsamic cherries.

You can use both  the vinegar and cherries if you prefer.

Garlic and Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

  • One clove of garlic, smashed and peeled
  • One fresh sprig of rosemary
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Simmer ingredients in small saucepan over very low heat until fragrant and delicious.  Remove garlic and rosemary from the olive oil and discard.

My Favorite Salad ..as a sandwich

(Quantities of ingredients are up to you.  Sandwiches are a personal matter.)

    • Semolina bread
  • Garlic and Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Cherries
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Mozzarella Slices
  • Thin Slices of English/Seedless Cucumber
  • Shaved Parmesan

Toast Bread, lightly.  Make the balsamic cherries. Make the garlic-rosemary infused olive oil (recipes above).

Brush (with a pastry brush) the infused olive oil on both top and bottom of bread.

 Place mozzarella slices and basil on bottom bread.  Top with cucumber slices, balsamic cherries and shaved parmesan.

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18 Responses to Not Just A Sandwich..

  1. Yummy! Cherries in a sandwich! That sounds soooo good! How do you think of these things! Great post, Kate!

  2. It issn’t just a sandwich, with all those rosemary olive oil and balsamic cherrie it is healthy and flavorful sandwich salad.

  3. My mouth is watering so much after seeing your photos and reading this post I can’t wait to go home for lunch! Must stop at store tonight for more ingredients!

  4. Chef Dennis says:

    what an outstanding combination of flavors! I would have never thought of using cherries in a sandwich, what a great idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration and congrats on the top 9 today!
    Dennis

  5. Maureen says:

    I love cherries in a salad but I’ve never put them in a sandwich or put balsamic vinegar on them. I will now! This looks yummy. Nothing better than a great sandwich when you’re hungry.

  6. Aki says:

    I’ve just happened to find your site through foodbuzz & I am glad I did! The sandwich looks amazing.. this is definitly my kind of sandwich! yum :) What a wonderful combination of flavours : )

  7. Manu says:

    What a great sandwich idea! I especially love the balsamic cherries!!! I’ll have to try that the next cherry season!!!

  8. This looks like one sandwich I will be trying and I can’t wait! Yum!!!

  9. What a great idea to make your favourite salad as a sandwich! It looks fantastic! Do you deliver? ;)

  10. Parsley Sage says:

    Way to keep sammiches interesting! Fabulous use of the balsamic cherries…sneaky ninja delicious :) Thanks for sharing and for swinging by Deep Dish!

  11. Carolyn says:

    Ah, a most excellent use of your favourite salad!

  12. Kristy says:

    I just happen to have several bags of sweet cherries on hand (stocked up the other day when I was nervous the stores were running out). The balsamic cherries sound heavenly and would be a hit with my daughter too. Delicious! And what a great idea to make this a sandwich. Yum.

  13. Liz says:

    Hope this won’t be a double post~

    What an incredible sandwich! I never could have dreamed up this amazing combination of flavors, but it sounds so fabulous~and I’d love it in salad form, too :)

  14. I agree with Erin above, can you make my lunches and snacks for me? Thanks! Looks deliciousss! :)

  15. Can you be in charge of my lunches?

  16. I often add apples and pears to my sandwiches. Never cherries though. This picture looks delicious!

  17. I like balsamic strawberries a lot so I would imagine these are delicious

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