Daday’s Cuisine: Grilled Vegetable Sandwich


Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 15 minutes  Cooking Time: 20 minutes


1/2 red or yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 large tomato, thickly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Black Pepper
2 pieces white bread (toasted)
Olives and Fresh Basil to garnish
Cheese (if you wish)


1. Preheat grill to high and line with foil. Place pepper, zucchini, onion, and tomato in a bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp of oil and black pepper then pour over vegetables and toss gently to coat.

2. Spread vegetables onto grill rack and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Set aside and keep warm.

3. Toast bread on both sides and rub garlic halves over on one side. Divide the vegetables between the toast slices, garlic side up. Top with remaining olives and drizzle with remaining oil. Garnish with basil and serve.

FOOD CATEGORY: Breakfast/ Brunch

*All ingredients are available in the Philippines and some ingredients from the book have been replaced by Philippine-grocery-friendly items.
*From the book Essential Cooking Series: Comprehensive, Step By Step Cooking Vegetarian Dishes

SPECIAL NOTE: Daday is our all-around household genius. She’s been with my family for more than 40 years, and stayed with me and my husband when we got married in 2013. From cooking all-Filipino meat and seafood dishes at my mom’s home, she has learned to cook (and love) vegetarian meals inspired from different parts of the world. I am sharing this with you because every time people (especially Filipinos) find out my husband and I are vegetarians, someone never fails to ask, “But what do you eat?”. This is our attempt to introduce the colorful world of vegetarianism (no, we are not limited to salads only), and hopefully to make you understand that it is indeed a gastronomic experience on its own.

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