- Feta Spread:
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons good quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 round loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices
- 3 to 4 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 medium cucumber or 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced into thin strips
- 2 cups arugula
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the feta spread: Combine the feta, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper, salt and shallot in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth.
For the sandwich: Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the bread until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Spread each slice of bread with some of the feta spread. Fan the tomatoes over half of the bread slices and sprinkle with half of the kosher salt. Next, fan the cucumber slices over the tomatoes. Scatter the peppers over the cucumbers; top with arugula, basil and cilantro. Sprinkle with the pepper and the remaining salt. Cover with another slice of bread. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Recipe courtesy of Aarti Sequeira