(Cafe) Barcelona Salad and Veggie Sandwich. Oil-free.

Salad & Veggie Sandwich An Unrefined Vegan

One of the things I really enjoy about cooking is trying to recreate restaurant meals.  Sometimes I even think that I’ve gotten a recipe just a little bit better than the original – but that’s probably because I believe the best meals are those made and eaten at home.

This quick and easy salad-and-sandwich combination was inspired by a delicious lunch shared with my mom, dad and Kel during a recent trip to Marco Island, Florida.  We cooked most of our meals at our rental house, but found this vegan-friendly restaurant right in the heart of Naples.  The food was simple and very fresh and the company couldn’t be beat.

I eliminated the olive oil in both the sandwich and the salad – they just don’t need it!  And I created a kind of chopped salad for the sandwich filling rather than keeping the ingredients whole.  I thought it would be easier to eat that way (plus you get a bit of everything in every bite), but it turns out, this sandwich is just messy.  Serve it open-faced if you aren’t eating this with family!

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Cafe Barcelona Veggie Sandwich
Serves 4
Bright, tangy, crunchy - this refreshing and oil-free salad and veggie sandwich combo is ideal for a light lunch or dinner.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
57 calories
10 g
0 g
1 g
2 g
0 g
50 g
128 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
50g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 128mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
42%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
3%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 baguette
  2. 1 roasted pepper, chopped
  3. 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  4. 6 Spanish olives, chopped
  5. a couple of slices of red onion, chopped
  6. lemon zest
  7. ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut the baguette in two and then slice each piece in half. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the roasted pepper, lettuce, olives, red onion, lemon zest and black pepper. Divide the mixture between the baguette slices.
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calories
57
fat
1g
protein
2g
carbs
10g
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Cafe Barcelona Wilted Spinach Salad with Pine Nuts, Apple and Golden Raisins
Serves 4
Bright, tangy, crunchy - this refreshing and oil-free salad and veggie sandwich combo is ideal for a light lunch or dinner.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
21 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
21 min
95 calories
13 g
0 g
5 g
2 g
0 g
76 g
30 g
8 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
76g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
67%
Vitamin C
19%
Calcium
4%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  2. 1/4 cup golden raisins
  3. 1 ounce pine nuts
  4. 1/2 tart-sweet apple, cored and chopped
  5. splash veggie broth
  6. splash fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Lightly brown the pine nuts, raisins and apple in a dry skillet. Stir often to prevent burning. Add a splash of vegetable broth and put the spinach in the pan, turning to gently wilt it.
  2. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner and splash the spinach with lemon juice. Stir and divide the mixture between two plates.
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95
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
13g
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34 thoughts on “(Cafe) Barcelona Salad and Veggie Sandwich. Oil-free.

  1. Sophie33

    What a tasty lunch, I say! I love the spinach salad combined with the tasty filled baguette too! This looks like Sunshine food & I need that in my life right now because it was snowing last night,…Stilll! πŸ™

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  2. Angela @ Canned Time

    How lucky to find a Vegan restaurant there. I can hardly find them here in a city πŸ™
    I love the simple ingredients here, my kind of food. And the salad sounds so flavorful, to be honest (I hate when people say that, sorry, like you wanted them to lie to you) I would probably prefer the salad ingredients on the bread too. I LOVE a good crusty bread and I love salads with light touches of dressing. Messy is good. It usually means it tastes great ;0
    Have a question about my waffle experiment but I’ll catch you on FB for that.

    Safe travels XXX

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I agree – simple food is the best. So often we mask the flavor of the ingredients with lots of sauces or spices.

      Hehe, you just nailed one of Kel’s pet peeves (starting a sentence w/ “honestly”) – but sometimes it works.

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  3. tearoomdelights

    That sounds (and looks) wonderful! You’re very good at tracking down vegan restaurants, and it must be a real joy to stumble across them in a new place. I think I’d do the same as Angela and pile everything onto the bread; I love a well packed sandwich spilling over with salady stuff. Yum!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      You gotta be a sleuth or you don’t eat ;-). It’s amazing what you can find, too. I’ve even got a staff of two working for me (not unlike your lovely assistants, eh?) – a friend who is an expert internet searcher and my dad :-).

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  4. Richgail Enriquez

    I love that it’s surprisingly simple (from the way it looks). Like you, I also try to recreate dishes from my fave restaurants, it’s a fun activity especially if it achieves the same result or better.

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  5. sweetveg

    I love finding good restaurants in unexpected places. Of course, my definition of a good restaurant these days is one that serves an abundance of fresh and tasty vegetables! Yum! That spinach salad looks particularly delicious. I think I have had something similar before, but with a collard greens instead of spinach and a little cinnamon. πŸ˜‰

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      1. sweetveg

        I hear you. I feel lucky to be in Seattle because we have an abundance of options. Home cooking tastes best, though. Most of the time. πŸ™‚

  6. YouGiveGoods

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  7. Richa

    i love restaurant recreations.. work out perfect for me and for everyone one else who dosnt want to try out new names and ingredients:)

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  8. Celine Bag

    This sounds so fresh and filling! Isn’t it fun to recreate restaurant meals at home, adding your own touches and preferences? This seems like the perfect summer weather sandwich!

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