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Broccoli-Parmesan Slider Recipe

This hearty, healthy sandwich recipe is the perfect portable meal.

By Sarah Copeland

Let’s take a moment to sing praises for sandwiches! They make the perfect portable meal whether you’re heading to the beach, watching a game, or packing a picnic. Plus, with the right ingredients and condiments, they can also be filling and nutritious.

Check out the recipe below for a delicious, nutrition-filled sandwich.

Serves: 4

  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 
  • 4 potato rolls or whole-wheat pita pockets 
  • ⅓ cup romesco sauce (Romesco sauce is a bold-flavored pepper and tomato sauce that comes from northern Spain. Get the recipe for romesco sauce here.)

A grey table with a bowl of broccoli, salt, olive oil, and cutting board with a head of broccoli on top paired next to a knife.

Sandwich Directions:

  1. Cook the broccoli in boiling, salted water until bright green and slightly tender.
  2. Drain completely (letting all excess water evaporate), then chop.
  3. Toss together with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese and set aside to let the cheese melt slightly into the florets. 
  4. Spread the romesco on the top and bottom portion of 4 rolls or pitas, whichever you are using.
  5. Fill the four bottoms with about 1 cup of chopped parmesan broccoli.
  6. Top with the remaining buns. Wrap the sandwiches in beeswax paper or sandwich wrap and serve within 2 hours. 

Want even more sandwich ideas? Follow these tips the next time you’re packing yourself a lunch box.

3 Tips for Making Healthy Sandwiches

  • Swap out white bread for whole-wheat or whole-grain bread.
  • Skip mayo and use low-fat Greek yogurt with lemon zest and herbs, hummus, a drizzle of olive oil, or part-skim ricotta.
  • Limit deli meats and load on slices of high-fiber vegetables—zucchini, shredded carrots, cucumbers, spinach, kale, or green peppers are good options.

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This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Kumar Dharmarajan.

Published on 6/3/22

Lead blog image by photographer: Ryan Liebe, Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff; Prop Styling: Paige Hicks, Photo Editor: Lisa Dalsimer; Creative Direction: Peter Yates

Broccoli photo credit: Getty