This vegan picnic sandwich is loaded with a slathering of jalapeño cashew cheese spread, red bell peppers, thinly sliced onion, and local spinach.
Thank goodness the daylight hours are long in the spring and summer months, because there’s just so much to do. Hiking, biking, canoeing, potlucks, and picnics… It’s a lot to squeeze into a day. After all of that sun and activity, I work up an appetite for something that’s filling but cool and crisp.
This picnic sandwich is covered in creamy jalapeño cashew cheese spread. Although the cashew cheese spread includes liquid from a jar of pickled jalapeños, it’s not overly hot. It has an edge of spiciness and then a bit of sweetness too from the cashews.
Slather the spread on some farmhouse bread or sourdough. Then fill it with crisp, raw vegetables. Red bell pepper, thinly sliced onion, and spinach are my go-to choices. Raw tomato would also go well here; although, I leave it out if the sandwiches are going to sit for long since I don’t want them to get soggy.
This sandwich was inspired by the Cashew on a Hot Tin Roof sandwich that’s sold at the New Pioneer Co-op. Whenever friends of mine are going on a day-long canoe trip, they always pick up a couple of their sandwiches to pack in the cooler. When you’re rowing out in the sun all day, you really work up an appetite.
The jalapeño cashew cheese spread has protein and fat to keep you going, while all of the raw vegetables feel delightfully light for a sticky spring day.
I wrapped up these sandwiches individually and brought them to a graduation party with family this weekend. It was so cute watching my mom bite into one. Her eyes got wide and surprised by the deliciousness of the cashew cheese. “OH, my gosh!” And she told me that my dad later asked her if she knew where to find the recipe… Um, yeah, I think that can be arranged. (If you have extra cashew cheese left over, it’s great with crackers as part of a vegan cheeseboard!)
Remember this picnic sandwich for your summer potlucks and soirées. You can cut them into fours so that they’ll go a little farther. Or wrap them up for your next hike to tuck into from a rocky overlook.