Middle Eastern flavors and spices join forces with halloumi and roasted summer vegetables in these vegetarian sandwiches.
halloumi and roasted summer vegetable sandwiches

Apparently leaving vegetables in your crisper drawer for two weeks is a no no?

K I D D I N G.

I wouldn’t. (Except that I almost did.)


But what’s a girl to do when she has 2 bell peppers, 2 zucchini, 2 summer squash, 1 block of halloumi, and 1 container of pesto (and a partridge in a pear tree) to use up in LESS THAN 24 HOURS TIME.

First, question her grocery shopping life choices.

Second, sandwiches to the rescue!

These use up everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) in your crisper drawer. And then some. Basically, the veggies and cheese get roasted with a mix of olive oil, harissa, and za’atar to give them some Middle Eastern heat and flair. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies I used, though. Use what you have on hand! This is a no rules sandwich zone.

Halloumi, on the other hand, is non-negotiable. It stands up to heat really well without melting and will just get all browned and crispy and heaven-like on the outside while keeping it together on the inside. I like that in a cheese. And on my sandwiches.

Smush it all together between two ciabatta shells that have been smeared with pesto and you have got yourself a solution to all your crisper problems. And it can double as lunch AND dinner. So much love.


Halloumi and Roasted Summer Vegetable Sandwiches
Middle Eastern flavors and spices join forces with halloumi and roasted summer vegetables in these vegetarian sandwiches.
Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • 8 oz halloumi, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into thick strips
  • 2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 summer squash, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp harissa
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz pesto
  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  1. Heat oven to 450F.
  2. Toss the halloumi, red bell peppers, zucchini, and summer squash with the olive oil, harissa, and za'atar. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut the ciabatta rolls in half. Spread the pesto on the cut sides of the rolls. Divide the roasted vegetables and cheese among the rolls. Serve warm.
An Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich

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35 Responses to Halloumi and Roasted Summer Vegetable Sandwiches

  1. Monica says:

    What a great ‘ending’ for your leftover vegetables! Good thing that halloumi was also in the fridge. I just love it when odds and ends turn into a great meal. I could eat a good veggie sandwich any day, and all the better when it’s roasted veggies sandwiched within a good ciabatta roll.

  2. I wouldn’t miss meat here at all. The sandwich looks droolworthy!

  3. Great minds think alike with the halloumi 😉 I really don’t use it in sandwiches enough.

  4. Halloumi is definitely non-negotiable! And these sandwiches… lunch and dinner on repeat!

  5. Oh my gosh. These veggie-loaded sandwiches are EVERYTHING. Seriously not even missin’ the meat at all!

  6. Crisper drawer problems that aren’t really problems — this sandwich sounds delicious. My quick, throw something together sandwiches never look that good.

  7. Those red bell peppers are gorgeous!
    L-l-l-loving these sarmies – I don’t use halloumi often enough … talk about questioning life choices.

  8. Wow these sandwiches sound fantastic Joanne!! Love that you used tons of summer veggies!

  9. Johanna GGG says:

    that sandwich looks like an excellent solution to your crisper problems – unfortunately mine would probably look like roasted spinach and cabbage at the moment 🙂

  10. Heather says:

    I’m a halloumi newbie, but I’m intrigued now and I’m going to have to find some!

  11. Halloumi always, always gets my attention. This looks fantastic! This is everything I ever want in a sandwich.

  12. This was a great use of vegetables that otherwise would have gone to waste. Well done 🙂

  13. Oh wow – I wish the end result of my leftover cripser veggies looked as good as this! Joanne – pesto thrown into these spiced veggie sandwiches is EPIC!

  14. Pam says:

    Drooling. Seriously.

  15. I want this sandwich noooooooow!!! Love the flavour!

  16. Susan says:

    This sandwich looks like you did justice to those forgotten vegetables. I know I sometimes end up with those and I love halloumi! Best cheese for roasting!

  17. That roll looks to die for and I love the combo of halloumi and roasted veggies 🙂

  18. Eileen says:

    Having had this exact problem a few weeks ago, I feel your pain! This sandwich sounds like the perfect solution. So many vegetables!

  19. Oh, love roast veg with haloumi and in a sandwich even better!

  20. I am such a huge sammie person, but I would have never thought to make a sammie like this. This really looks amazing Joanne. I must try this when I get home.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  21. Kate says:

    I am so guilty of leaving vegetables in the crisper for far too long.

  22. Lynn says:

    I missed a few of your posts from being away from the internet for a few days, but have just salivated over all of them!

    Love the look of this sandwich – I will definitely try it.

  23. Sometimes I forget about veggies, but I really try not to. At least this story had a happy ending with this sandwich!

  24. Mira says:

    What a beautiful sandwich Joanne! All my favorite stuff in one place!

  25. I love roasted vegetable sandwiches, but hardly ever make them at home. I need to try this one! It looks like the perfect way to use all of my garden vegetables. 🙂

  26. Hahahahaha!!!! I’m soo guilty of forgetting about produce. But i swear my fridge like hides it from me! Stuff will just appear almost expired. It’s weird. 😉 Anywho, this Sammie is Middle Eastern maddness! Aka looks suppa’ scrumptious!! Love the halloumi (totally not negotiable- I agree) with the harissa and za’atar flavored veggies? Nom nom nom – gimme gimme!!! This is one heck of a way to use those veggies up before the 24th hour ? love it- like everything you post!! Cheers, girlie girl!

  27. Usually I’m not that excited about a veggie sandwich but this one has all the good things in it! Yum!

  28. Reeni says:

    This is kind of like a super fancy grilled cheese only 1000x better! I learned something new about halloumi! I can’t wait to roast some.

  29. Sounds like a great way to use up vegetables in the crisper. The sandwich looks like a winner!

  30. easypeasy says:

    We sometimes forget about what’s in the fridge too! It’s great to have a recipe for the next time that happens. Plus we love ciabatta bread and have been wanting some recipes to us it with! 🙂

  31. mjskit says:

    Fabulous sandwich and a great way to use my summer garden pickings!

  32. Sarah says:

    Mmm what a creative sandwich! I confess I have yet to try halloumi, but have been seeing it everywhere these days. Thanks for the reminder- I need to try this! 🙂

  33. Yum! This looks so hearty and delicious!

  34. What a brilliant idea. I am crazy about Halloumi!

  35. elly says:

    Before I used to be really good at meal planning (and eating healthy, hah), Tom always joked that if he had a gift or something to hide from me, he would put it in the crisper. :-\

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