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I now know the secret to a good vegetarian sandwich: don’t make it a sandwich. Make it a wrap instead. Wraps are much easier to maneuver and can be filled with creamier ingredients because of their unique bondage capabilities. A sandwich is a porous delivery mechanism that too often leaves ingredients unsecured, liable to fall out with every bite.
I also now know another secret to a good vegetarian
sandwich wrap: creaminess. Vegetables need a counterpoint and some sort of creamy or cheesy addition will make the combination sing in delicious harmony.
I have learned all this from British import Pret A Manger, which gets it right. Well, besides including the requisite mealy tomato. I mean, really, why do restaurants serve tomato out of season? Otherwise, Pret’s Avocado Pine Nut Wrap leans heavily on the creamy side, with the buttery avocado, rich pine nut and a not-too-spicy dressing of sour cream and jalapeño. Lettuce and cucumber balance, but do not overtake, the fat.
I’m not the only one praising this wrap. A slightly different British version, featuring a “Yoghurt Dressing” instead of sour cream, won The Vegetarian Society‘s prestigious Vegetarian Sandwich of the Year award. Pret touts the sandwich’s B6 and antioxidant levels, but also warns about its lack of protein, suggesting nibbling on nuts for an energy pick-up. At a slim 440 calories, this wrap makes for a perfect summer lunch as temperature will rise and your body fat will lower.
In order of appearance in the comments:
- Cork Market
- Cowgirl Creamery
- Busboys and Poets (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
- Taylor Gourmet (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
- Pret a Manger
- California Tortilla
- Jaleo (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
- Highland Cafe
- Jimmy John’s
- Greek Spot
- Sticky Fingers
- Super Taco
- Luna Grill
- Five Guys
- Everlasting Life
- Au Bon Pain
- Devon & Blakely
- Corner Bakery
- Black Squirrel
Photo by Stefanie Gans