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Dijon Mustard Toast with Tomato and Cucumber (Vegan)

Vegan, AppetizerHaley HansenComment

I’ll start this post with two random facts and then connect them at the end.

1)   Sometimes I just crave bread.

2)   My family grows tomatoes in our backyard.

So to explain the first random fact – yes, I crave bread. And I don’t think I’m the only one out of the entire female population to do so. I think it’s in our genes to crave it.

I was having grilled chicken one night for dinner and, needless to say, I was craving bread. But who wants just a plain ol’ piece of bread with dinner? Not me.

Here’s the background for the second fact – yes, we grow tomatoes. And they’re really good! This is probably our third try at the tricky task, and we nailed it, if I do say so myself. As I racked my brain that afternoon for a way to spruce up my boring bread, I noticed a big bowl of beautifully plump, red tomatoes fresh out of the backyard.

Yes.

Fresh tomatoes, crispy cucumbers, and the almighty mustard. With a little kick thanks to crushed red pepper.

This is the third most mouthwatering piece of toast I’ve ever made (with peanut butter and banana easily winning first place and mashed avocado with salt and pepper taking second).

I know the point of a salad is usually to cut back on carbs, but this piece of toast is worth adding as a side to your entrée salad (if your diet allows you to do so).

Don’t fear carbs, people! Especially when they’re perfectly crispy and topped with fresh, juicy vegetables and Dijon mustard.

Enjoy! 

Makes 2 toasts

2 slices whole-wheat or whole grain bread
1 beefsteak tomato, thinly sliced
½ English cucumber, peeled and sliced into thin circles
2 cups mixed greens
Dijon mustard*
Crushed red pepper*
Salt and pepper, to taste

1.     Toast both slices of the bread as much as you like, then spread Dijon mustard on each slice.
2.     Lay one cup of mixed greens on each slice followed by cucumber rounds and tomato slices. I used about two or three cucumber rounds and two tomato slices for each piece of toast.
3.     Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

*I didn’t want to put a specific amount on the mustard and crushed red pepper since most people prefer different amounts of each, so put as much or as little as you like.