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Romesco Cauliflower Sandwiches Recipe – Love and Lemons



Romesco Cauliflower Sandwiches



I have to admit something to you. This food blog job isn’t always as glamorous as you may think it is. It’s a job, like any job, with fun parts (cooking! eating!) and less fun parts that involve sitting behind a computer monitor, editing, writing, emailing, etc. It’s not a sad life by any stretch, but it’s also not glitz and glory – it’s work. Except… when some of the opportunities that come my way are totally out of left field – and I find myself going to California for a day touring an absolutely beautiful almond orchard instead of touring Adobe Lightroom.


Romesco Cauliflower Sandwiches


Romesco Cauliflower Sandwiches

A few weeks ago I went to visit Chamisal Creek, a family farm that’s part of the co-op of farmers that make up Blue Diamond Almond Growers. It was a (surprisingly!) sunny day and the orchard was in full bloom. We ate Almond Breeze blueberry muffins, learned about the process of growing almonds, and enjoyed a beautiful farm-to-table lunch.

The romesco sandwiches they served at the lunch inspired this recipe. My version here is made vegetarian by using roasted cauliflower as the “meat” of the sandwich – to me cauliflower and romesco go together like peanut butter almond butter and jelly.


Almond Breeze Orchard Tour


Almond Breeze Orchard Tour

For me, it was really impactful to see that these orchards are pretty small family farms. The almonds that go into Almond Breeze aren’t grown at a giant mega-farm or anything like that, they’re grown exclusively by independent farms in the Blue Diamond Growers co-op. This farm, owned by Michael Dougherty and his family, is a 700 acre farm that grows 12 varieties of almonds and also produces wine, olive oil, and peaches. By being a part of the co-op, the farmers get much-needed support, and in turn Blue Diamond gets high quality almonds. Almond Breeze is the only almondmilk brand that actually has the orchards within its own organization.

Here are some pics from our dreamy visit!:


Almond Breeze Orchard Tour

Driving to the orchard, I was surprised how much the almond trees looked like cherry blossoms:


Almond Breeze Orchard Tour


Almond Breeze Orchard Tour

The tour ended with this sweet vegan pear tart, which is on my list to make soon!


Almond Breeze Orchard Tour


Romesco Cauliflower Sandwiches

  • 1 small head of cauliflower*
  • 8 slices of ciabatta or sourdough bread
  • Handful of salad greens
  • Several pieces of thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced and seasoned with sea salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Almond Milk Romesco Sauce (makes extra)
  • 1 tomato, halved and cored
  • 1 roasted red pepper, fresh or from a jar
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original Unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the cauliflower into ½-inch slabs and place onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender in the middle and golden around the edges.
  2. Make the Romesco Sauce: In a blender, combine the tomato, roasted red pepper, almonds, garlic, olive oil, almond milk, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Assemble the sandwiches with the romesco sauce, salad greens, red onions, tomato slices and roasted cauliflower and a few sprigs of parsley.

*depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may have more roasted cauliflower than you need to fill these sandwiches. Just enjoy it on the side or save it for tomorrow’s sandwich.

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Special thanks to Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk for sending me on this trip. All opinions and photos are my own.



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