I first saw a muffuletta sandwich in Martha Stewart’s magazine years ago. Although her version displayed layers upon layers of meats and cheeses, it sparked a vegan idea. I eat an array of vegetable sandwiches, but I figured if Martha layered meat and cheese, I could layer vegetables. So, off I went to the farmers' market to find colorful vegetables to make my muffuletta sandwich.
Luckily, a beautiful round-shaped loaf of bread caught my attention. And then my imagination took over.
Nobel Bread, a local deli and bakery, bakes all its vegan bread from scratch. Luckily, they sell their bread at the farmer's markets each weekend. Most of their bread does not contain oil or fat, just water, yeast, and flour.
For this particular sandwich, I selected a large round sourdough bread.
The Muffuletta Sandwich is a sandwich with very little bread
Since I remove the inside of the bread, this muffuletta is technically low in carbs. Instead of filling the sandwich with meats and cheeses, I layered cooked and raw vegetables. However, the purpose of the bread is to hold all the vegetable layers in place and create a crunchy structure to house the vegetables.
Actually, the only bread consumed is the crusty outside. And what's better than the crusty outside of bread? To avoid wasting the inside of the bread, reserve for dipping into stews and soups. Why waste the extra bread when it can be used for delicious good?
First, cut a hole in the top of the bread and remove the center.
Next, using your fingers, remove all the bread inside the bread, digging into the sides. Do not, however, break through the crust on the sides ott the bottom of the loaf.
The Cooked and Raw Ingredients
I chose many fresh vegetables; the more colorful, the better.
- Portobello Mushrooms
- Red Bell Peppers
- White onions (or yellow onions)
- Yellow Squash
- Spinach or other greens of choice
Although I prefer my vegetables grilled, sauteeing the vegetables offers an alternative for weather issues. I recommend grilling in the event the weather is conducive. You can also marinate the vegetables in advance if you plan to grill them. Just make sure they are completely cooked, so your vegetables are not too moist, avoiding soggy bread.
Layering the vegetables in the Muffuletta Sandwich
Once the bread is removed from the loaf, and press the raw spinach into the base of the hollowed-out bread. Be sure to pack into the sides as well, creating a base of spinach.
When the spinach is packed down, add the tomatoes, slightly overlapping each tomato slice.
Now, begin adding the grilled vegetables, one at a time, creating layer upon layer of vegetables, brushing with dressing between layers of vegetables.
Even though the vegetables fill to the top, add another layer of spinach, pushing it into the hollowed-out bread, and brush a final coat of dressing on the inside of the cut-out bread top.
Finally, wrap in aluminum foil, and bake in an oven for 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven. Baking the sandwich makes it crusty on the outside and warm and inviting on the inside, yet feel free to eat it cold if you prefer.
To serve, unwrap the foil, and using a bread knife cut wedges of Muffuletta Sandwich to enjoy!
Do you love vegan sandwiches? Here are some wonderful sandwiches to try
- French Dip Sandwiches
- Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
- Italian Sandwiches
- Vegetable Sandwich
- Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Sandwich
- Vegan Meatball Sub
- Oil-Free Hummus and Tabbouleh Wrap
- Buffalo Chickpea Wrap
- Veg Wrap
- Red Lentil Curry Wrap
- Falafel Burger
- Tofu Burger
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂