Olive’s: A Vegetarian Sandwich to Remember

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 3comments No tags Permalink 0

This photo is a bit of a disaster. But trust me, it was delicious. Olive’s in Soho makes this vegetarian sandwich that is all at once spicy, buttery fresh and flavorful using basic ingredients. It’s my single favorite “everyday lunch sandwich.” The $9.50 price tag isn’t bad, but adds up if you eat it frequently enough. Especially because it’s a small sandwich – sized accordingly so that you’ll crave a hunky slice of chocolate cake just hours later.

One particularly busy day, no time to sit and think, I bought THREE sandwiches. One for lunch, another for the afternoon, and the third for dinner. As the cashier rung up the order, I panicked and immediately thought: are you crazy, you just spent $30 on avocado sandwiches! Ridiculous. Only one solution. For the sake of my wallet and convenience, I just had to learn how to make this sandwich myself. Luckily enough the components are listed clear and simple on the menu: California Avocado, Vermont Sharp Cheddar, Crunchy Sprouts, Red Onion, Tomato, Chipotle Mayo, and 7-Grain Bread.

Greg accompanied me to Whole Foods, and off we went to find the ingredients. He did the calculations and it broke down to $4.50 a sandwich for ingredients alone. Not including labor ;) The homemade version didn’t come out exactly the same as Olive’s (just need to find out where they source their bread), but pretty darn close. Good enough to call it a success. And I could tweak to personal preferences, toasting the bread, doubling the avocado and cheddar, and serving it open-faced to devour with fork + knife. As for the chipotle mayo? Don’t bother making your own…the chipotle mayo by Kraft is embarrassingly awesome.

Next up? Crusts off, miniature versions of this sandwich for tea time!!

  • anonymous
    September 6, 2011

    Wow, that looks very delicious! But to think paying $30 for three sandwiches, OUCH! Yes, I'd go for the homemade version also. Kudos for you, Kathy! :-)

  • anonymous
    September 6, 2011

    Sounds like a success to me! I've also panicked at the cash register once I realized I was spending $75 on a .5 lb. order of scallops! The sandwich looks delicious :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 6, 2011

    Thanks Bob!! :) Was rewarding to make my own (and even more so to also to save a good amount of money!)Hi Stephanie! $75 on a half pound? Am sure those must have been some amazing and super delicious scallops!! ^_^

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