Having trouble deciding whether to have a salad or a sandwich – why not have both. This delightfully light sandwich has all of the foundational ingredients of a Mediterranean salad with the added bonus of creamy hummus and hearty tofu.

Mediterranean Summer Sandwiches: Marinated Tofu and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto on Ciabatta [Vegan, Gluten-Free]







For the Sandwich:

  • 1/2 block firm tofu, drained and dried, cut 4 slices
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Dried oregano
  • Pepper
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, gluten-free if needed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup Mediterranean spread (recipe below)
  • 1 tomato, sliced in rounds
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and dried
  • 1/2 cup arugula

For the Mediterranean Spread:

  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups fresh, packed basil
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomato jar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Add all ingredients for the Mediterranean spread to a food processor and blend on high until combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
  2. Add tofu to a baking dish or shallow plate.
  3. Drizzle it with red wine vinegar, oregano, and pepper. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While tofu is marinating, prepare Mediterranean spread.
  5. When you're ready to assemble the sandwich, slice ciabatta rolls in half. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of hummus on the bottom of each roll and 2 tablespoons of Mediterranean spread on the top of each roll.
  6. Top the hummus side with tomato, red peppers, tofu, and arugula.
  7. Top the sandwiches with the other half and serve them.
  8. If you're serving them cold, eat them immediately. If you're serving them hot, heat them with a panini press or griddle and grill sandwiches until warmed through.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 483 | Carbs: 54 g | Fat: 23 g | Protein: 18 g | Sodium: 976 mg | Sugar: 6 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.