A green goddess sandwich is a healthy, fully-stuffed sandwich made with lots of vegetables and a variant of green goddess dressing on healthy whole-grain bread. This trend can be seen all over the internet with its perfectly colorful cross-section.
Why not turn that beautiful, vibrant creation into a show-stopping tea sandwich? This green goddess tea sandwich has gorgeous, vibrant colors inside with a bright, herbaceous, and homemade cream cheese spread holding everything inside the bread.
There are so many different textures going on in this sandwich. There is creaminess from not only the cream cheese spread but also ripe avocado. Crunchiness comes from carrot ribbons, cucumber, and pickled red onions. The brininess from the red onions cut through the vegetal elements of the sandwich beautifully.
Just to add an element of fat and dairy, fresh mozzarella is draped across these vegetables, adding yet another creamy element. Since everyone knows fresh mozzarella and tomatoes go well together, colorful heirloom tomato slices are laid on top. So many vegetables in this little sandwich!
It is really important to include the carrot ribbons on this tea sandwich. It provides a beautiful color in the sandwich’s cross-section and a delightful crunch among the other textures and flavors. Carrots also have a light sweetness that no other vegetables have.
When making your carrot ribbons, take a large carrot and peel the outer skin and discard. With the peeler, make long shaves across the entire length of the carrot. Continue doing this until you have reached the middle of the carrot. Flip it over and continue making long shaved pieces until you can no longer peel long pieces. Slice these to size so that they fit on the bread.
Sprouts are also integral to this sandwich. Any sandwich can have lettuce, but sprouts bring a new texture altogether. Green goddess sandwiches almost always include sprouts, so missing this ingredient would change the whole foundation of the sandwich.
Another crucial aspect of a green goddess tea sandwich is the bread. White bread is perfectly acceptable as long as it is soft, but whole-grain bread adds to the healthy aura of the sandwich. The whole-grain bread must be very soft and supple to hold all of these delicious vegetables inside.
Since the bread is so soft, be sure your cream cheese is totally soft and at room temperature when you’re ready to spread. Hard cream cheese will pull apart the bread, making a total mess. Soft cream cheese will spread much easier on soft bread, leaving you with a perfect tea sandwich.
In a small bowl, mix your room-temperature cream cheese, dill, tarragon, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Remove the crusts from each piece of bread and lay the bread squares out on a board or counter. Spread each piece of bread with equal amounts of cream cheese.
Top each piece of bread with some sprouts. Then top half of the pieces of bread with equal amounts of avocado, carrot, cucumber, tomato, mozzarella, and pickled red onions. Season the avocado, cucumber, tomato, and mozzarella layers with a light sprinkle of salt in between.
Top your sandwiches with the halves that have only cream cheese and sprouts. This should make two big sandwiches. Slice each sandwich into 4 by cutting diagonally across both corners.
Serve immediately with some hot or iced tea.