Easy, fast, and oh so delicious! You’re going to love this Vegan ELT Sandwich. ELT stands for, Eggplant, Lettuce & Tomato. 😉
Are you longing for something smokin’ hot in your life? I was sooooo craving something smoky, hot, and gorgeous, so I made this sandwich. To say that it satisfied me would be an understatement. I mean, just look at it. How could you not feel perfectly happy after eating a thick piece of smoky grilled eggplant that’s laying on a bed of creamy vegan ranch dressing, topped with a slice of sweet juicy tomato and fresh crisp lettuce? And that crusty piece of bread! Come on, you know you want it!
My vegan ELT, or eggplant, lettuce & tomato sandwich is exactly what you should make if you want a simple and easy summer sandwich that only has 7 ingredients (if you don’t count the EVOO, salt, and pepper, which I don’t). It takes less than 20 minutes to make, awesome if you’re in a hurry or not in the mood to create a big dinner.
I’m all about taking advantage of all of the summer produce that’s available right now. Tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squashes, lettuce, and eggplant are abundant and inexpensive, and they make the most delicious and healthy ingredients for simple summer meals. Take a look at this, this, and this, all of these easy and healthy recipes take advantage of summer produce. If you’re in the mood to cook, make one of our many summer dishes, but if you want simple and satisfying, stick to our bacon flavored eggplant, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.
HOW TO MAKE A VEGAN EGGPLANT, LETTUCE & TOMATO SANDWICH
First you’ll want to whisk some maple syrup, smoked paprika, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper together in a bowl.
Cut the eggplant into thirds, vertically, then cut into halves or thirds horizontally. It all depends on the size of your bread. Cut the eggplant to suit your needs.
Heat a grill and brush the smoky maple syrup all over the eggplant. Put a liberal amount on all sides.
Grill the eggplant for about 8 minutes per side, or until there are dark grill marks and the eggplant has softened.
Slice the tomatoes.
Spread a thick layer of vegan ranch dressing We use this one) on the bottom piece of the bread, add a piece of grilled smoky eggplant, top with tomato, lettuce, and the top piece of bread.
Try not to moan when you take that first bite.
Oh heck, go ahead, moan away. You deserve it.
I love to pair this grilled eggplant sandwich with a summer salad and potato chips. It’s wonderful for a picnic or to take to work. So much better than anything you can get at a fast food drive-thru.
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