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with Butter Lettuce & Cucumber Salad

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These satisfying vegetarian sandwiches highlight layers of creamy ricotta (which gets thrilling heat from a hint of specialty Calabrian chile paste), briny olives, sautéed zucchini, and sweet roasted red peppers. For crisp contrast, we’re serving them alongside a simple side salad tossed with a homemade Italian dressing.

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Prepare the ingredients & make the Italian dressing:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the Italian dressing:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Halve the cucumber lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Combine in a large bowl. Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Halve the baguettes. Peel 1 clove of garlic. Roughly chop the peppers. Roughly chop the olives. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, half the Italian seasoning (you will have extra), half the parmesan, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Brown the zucchini:
2 Brown the zucchini:

medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini rounds in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Toast the baguettes:
3 Toast the baguettes:

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the halved baguettes, cut side down. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Transfer to a work surface. Carefully rub the cut sides with the peeled garlic clove, then discard the clove. Season with salt and pepper. 

Assemble the sandwiches:
4 Assemble the sandwiches:

Assemble the sandwiches using the toasted baguettesspicy ricottabrowned zucchinichopped peppers, and chopped olives

Make the salad & serve your dish:
5 Make the salad & serve your dish:

To the bowl of prepared lettuce and cucumber, add enough of the Italian dressing to coat (you may have extra); season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Serve the sandwiches with the salad on the side. Garnish the salad with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients & make the Italian dressing:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the Italian dressing:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Halve the cucumber lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Combine in a large bowl. Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Halve the baguettes. Peel 1 clove of garlic. Roughly chop the peppers. Roughly chop the olives. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, half the Italian seasoning (you will have extra), half the parmesan, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

2 Brown the zucchini:

medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini rounds in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Brown the zucchini:
Toast the baguettes:
3 Toast the baguettes:

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the halved baguettes, cut side down. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Transfer to a work surface. Carefully rub the cut sides with the peeled garlic clove, then discard the clove. Season with salt and pepper. 

4 Assemble the sandwiches:

Assemble the sandwiches using the toasted baguettesspicy ricottabrowned zucchinichopped peppers, and chopped olives

Assemble the sandwiches:
Make the salad & serve your dish:
5 Make the salad & serve your dish:

To the bowl of prepared lettuce and cucumber, add enough of the Italian dressing to coat (you may have extra); season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Serve the sandwiches with the salad on the side. Garnish the salad with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!