Delicious Veggie Sandwiches for Summer Picnics

Ready for summer picnics?  I am!  I love to picnic.  This is one of my family’s favorite recipe for a sandwich to take along for a picnic lunch before or during a hike, at the swimming pool, or one of any other million places we might want to take food.  (After all, homemade is always better than fast food, right?)

My lettuce is in full swing in my garden right now, and just looking at it makes me want to make this sandwich.  The basis of the sandwich is a delicious cream cheese spread.  Top that with whatever veggies you have on hand (I like plenty of spinach and lettuce, cucumber and red onion.  Red bell pepper is nice, as is some shaved carrot.)  Use a little meat if you want.  I prefer it without, but you notice a little bacon snuck into this sandwich for someone’s lunch.  The best bread for this sandwich is a lovely sourdough made by Eden, toasted, but if you don’t have that — any good hearty bread will do.

Cream Cheese Spread for Sandwiches

1 8 ounce package cream cheese

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (I use oregano, thyme and parsley from my garden) or 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

Put all ingredients in bowl of mixer and mix thoroughly, or use a hand mixer until completely combined.  Use as a sandwich spread in place of mayonnaise on toasted bread.

Remember, just like the spring weather, lovely lettuce is short lived.  It doesn’t like heat!  Enjoy it now while it is still delicious.

Hope you are taking full advantage of the spring weather to get outside.  Do you enjoy picnics?  What is your favorite recipe?  Please leave me a comment.

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