Grilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese Spread

May 26, 2014

It’s crazy the far reaches of reality TV competitions.  I live in pretty much the middle-of-nowhere Michigan in a relatively small town, so I was ridiculously excited when Food Court Wars came to town.  Did I go to any of the events?  No.  In fact, I didn’t even watch the episode until several months after it aired, but it’s still something fun.  Food options are pretty limited around here, and this was pretty a much a guarantee we’d get something good — in fact, the winning restaurant (Chip-N-Wich) is delicious and features homemade potato chips on sandwiches.  Now, I don’t eat in food courts very often but it’s nice to have a place that’s locally-ish owned, and something with a good vegetarian option.  So good, in fact, that I just HAD to make it at home.

Grilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese SpreadGrilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese Spread

If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen that I was picking random things out of my yard and eating them last week.  If you’re a normal human, you can just pick up some chives at the store, but whatever those yard treats were, they were delicious.  Like a spicy, garlicky chive.  I did some extensive Googling before I ate them and while I’m still not 100% sure what they are, my neighbors also said they grow in their landscaping and they’ve eaten them for years — I’m not suggesting you pick random weeds and start eating them 😉

Grilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese SpreadGrilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese Spread


While I’m just all over the place today, does anyone have a tasty recipe for homemade, baked potato chips?  I tried to make homemade chips to put on these sandwiches and they just weren’t anything special.  Half were crispy and pretty good, the other half were soggy and miserable.  If you have a good recipe that doesn’t involve a mountain of oil, please send it my way!  Meanwhile, I’ve been using store bought chips and it’s still phenomenal.  I served my sandwiches on left over onion buns from last weekend (I let my friend throw her husband’s graduation party at my house), but they’d be delicious on any soft buns — whole wheat, gluten free, or whatever you happen to have on hand.

Grilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese Spread

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Grilled Zucchini Sandwich with Herb Cheese Spread
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Serves: 4

  • ¼ c low fat cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. fat free Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ tsp dried dill (or just under 1 tsp fresh)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow squash or yellow zucchini
  • Spring mix, spinach, or arugula
  • 4 sandwich buns (whole wheat, gluten free, any variety)
  • ~ 2 servings potato chips (homemade or store bought)

  1. Preheat your grill to a medium/high temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese, yogurt, parmesan, chives, dill, and garlic with salt and pepper to taste. Stir until smooth. Set aside to allow flavors to meld.
  3. Slice the zucchini and squash lengthwise into about 4 slices, cutting in half if the slices are especially long. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the slices, salt and pepper side down, on a grill. Close the grill to cook, checking every few minutes on the squash. Flip when the veggies start to get good, dark grill marks and cook the other side.
  5. Spritz your buns with nonstick spray and toast on the grill, if desired, during the veggies last few minutes of cooking.
  6. Spread the cheese mixture on the top and bottom buns. Top each bottom bun with ¼ of the vegetables, a small handful of spring mix, approximately ½ a serving of potato chips, and the top bun. Serve warm.

Nutritional estimate assumes ~120 calories for a bun, 35 calories worth of potato chips, and that all of the cheese spread will be used — I had about ⅓ of the cheese remaining.
If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the zucchini and yellow squash in a nonstick pan over medium heat.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich Calories: 260 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 36 Fiber: 3 Protein: 16


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    Allison Jun 01, 2014

    These look fantastic! I love the rich texture of zucchini when it’s grilled -so satisfying! I need these immediately!!! Great alternative to a veggie burger. Great idea!!!

    Julia May 27, 2014

    When I was a kid, I loaded my hot dogs with lays potato chips. Now that I’m all growed up and won’t touch a hot dog with a 10-foot pole, this sando looks like such a wonderful replacement!!! The veggies, the crunch, priceless! Kiersten has a recipe for baked potato chips. I haven’t tried it yet, but here it is: Hope you had the best Memorial Day Weekend ever!!

      Kelly May 29, 2014

      Next time I eat a veggie dog, I think I have to put chips on it now. That sounds kind of amazing, with diced onions and a thick layer of BBQ sauce. Thanks for the link — I’ll definitely try those out next time! I especially like that they’re sriracha chips, now they’ll add crunch AND spice, yummmmm.

    Erin | The Law Student's Wife May 27, 2014

    I love it when food that I enjoy out inspires me to re-create something similar at home. This reminds me of the veggie sandwich at one of my favorite restaurants! Yum.

    marcie May 27, 2014

    These look seriously good, and they’ve made me realize how hungry I am for lunch. I wish one of these was in front of me right now! 🙂

    Em @ Love A Latte May 27, 2014

    I’ve made successful homemade sweet potato chips. Probably because I added a mountain of salt to them after I was done frying them. Sandwich looks tasty! And you are brave for eating from the wild!

      Kelly May 27, 2014

      apparently it’s a very Michigan thing to do? They tasted good and not even a little bit like poison, so it was worth it 😉

    cheri May 27, 2014

    I love to eat potato chips in my sandwich, Like the extra crunch. What a beauty of a sandwich, I eat zucchini all summer long and never tire of it.

    Chantal May 27, 2014

    It is a wonderful sandwich, I like each ingredient and particularly the grilled zucchini!

    Joanne May 27, 2014

    Hello summer sandwich! I love this. Too often veg sandwiches are ultra boring, but this is getting my heart rate up with excitement! That herb cheese spread?! Potato chips?! Grilled zuke?! Whoa.

    Isadora @ She Likes Food May 27, 2014

    MMmmm! I love everything about this sandwich! Potato chips on sandwiches is pretty much the best thing ever, especially when they are thick, crispy and homemade 🙂 I’ve been grilling everything lately and I love your grilled zucchini, and that cheese spread, yes please!!