Baked Vegetables in Zesty Tomato Dressing + Veggie Sandwich Recipe

This delicious recipe showcases a vibrant medley of baked vegetables coated in a zesty tomato dressing. Perfect as a standalone dish or transformed into a hearty veggie sandwich, this recipe is versatile and full of flavor. Here’s how to prepare both the baked vegetables and how to turn them into a delightful sandwich.

Ingredients for Baked Vegetables:

  • 560g eggplant (1 large or 2 medium), sliced
  • 300g green bell pepper (1 medium), sliced
  • 300g red bell pepper (1 medium), sliced
  • 250g onion (1 medium), sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water (to thin out the dressing)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (to add zing to the dressing)

Ingredients for Veggie Sandwich:

  • Baked vegetables
  • Whole grain bread or any bread of your choice
  • Optional: cheese (such as mozzarella or vegan cheese)
  • Optional: fresh herbs (such as basil or cilantro for an extra layer of flavor)

Instructions for Baked Vegetables:

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Prepare Vegetables:
    • Wash and slice the eggplant, bell peppers, and onion. Arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  3. Prepare Tomato Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, mix the tomato paste, olive oil, vinegar, and water until smooth. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper if using.
  4. Coat the Vegetables:
    • Drizzle the tomato dressing over the sliced vegetables, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  5. Bake:
    • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized.

Instructions for Veggie Sandwich:

  1. Prepare the Bread:
    • Toast the bread slices lightly if desired for added texture and warmth.
  2. Assemble the Sandwich:
    • Layer the baked vegetables on one slice of bread. If using, add slices of cheese and fresh herbs.
    • Top with another slice of bread to complete the sandwich.
  3. Serve:
    • If you added cheese, you might want to place the sandwich back in the oven or on a skillet to melt the cheese slightly.
    • Serve the sandwich warm, accompanied by extra baked vegetables on the side or a fresh salad.


The Baked Vegetables in Zesty Tomato Dressing is a flavorful and healthy choice that can be enjoyed on its own or as a filling for a robust veggie sandwich. This meal is not only satisfying but also adds a beautiful array of colors to your plate, making it as visually appealing as it is delicious. Enjoy crafting this versatile dish that can cater to both a simple dinner or a packed lunch option!