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'Wich of the Week: Estela's "The Carrot"

'Wich of the Week: Estela's "The Carrot"

Welcome back to 'Wich of the Week, where every Wednesday I'll feature a different sandwich I've eaten or prepared at home, complete with photos and instructions on how to re-create it.

Today's sandwich comes from a cheerful hidden gem called Estela's, which is one of my favorite sandwich shops in San Francisco. Not only are the creations humongous — piled with cold cuts, a variety of cheeses, and yummy condiments like artichoke spread and cranberry mustard — but they're also filled to the brim with fresh produce so you can feel good about devouring them.

Lately I've been leaning toward Estela's vegetarian options, particularly the Carrot. To find out what's in it,


The menu at Estela's has just about anything you could want, but I like the veggie options because I can eat the whole sammie without feeling disgustingly full. And thanks to the avocado and havarti dill, the Carrot is one of the most flavorful veggie sandwiches I've ever had.

This sandwich would be very easy to re-create at home and requires no cooking or toasting. Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 slices of thick multigrain bread
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 2 to 3 slices of dill havarti cheese
  • 2 pieces of red leaf lettuce
  • 4 thick-cut cucumber slices (I recommend slicing the cuke on the diagonal)
  • Thinly-sliced red onion, to taste
  • About 1/3 cup of shredded carrots
  • About 1/4 of an avocado, sliced
  • Dijon mustard and mayonnaise

To make your own version of the Carrot, spread Dijon mustard on one slice of the multigrain, then top with cheese, lettuce, onion, cucumber, and tomato. Scatter the carrots evenly across the tomato, then put the avocado on top of the carrots. Spread mayo on the other slice of bread and lightly press the slice onto the veggie pile. Hold with both hands and eat!

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MissMariaK MissMariaK 6 years
kab226 kab226 8 years
i had this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious!
FashionKid FashionKid 8 years
mmmmmmm good:)
FashionKid FashionKid 8 years
mmmmmmm good:)
gildthatlily gildthatlily 9 years
thanks for posting something vegetarian!!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Yum, We made this tonight for dinner. It was very good!!! Thanks! :-)
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
I'm crazy about Estela's! Their smoothies and wiches are dreamy!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
I am making this on saturday! I love dill havarti and avocado..
kgtkgt kgtkgt 9 years
looks good may have to give it a try.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I could eat a block of Havarti with Dill. In fact i think i am going to leave it in my will, that i be buried in a havarti casket.
naked_american naked_american 9 years
Okay, I am now officially hungry.
this looks delicious! i love sandwiches and im always looking for better recipes. keep up with the good work!
hl hl 9 years
brownsugamama brownsugamama 9 years
Looks like another winner, thanks for the great ideas!
Catipa Catipa 9 years
This looks really good, can't wait to try it. Thanks!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
This sounds wonderful!
machula machula 9 years
i will definitely try this, sounds wonderful!
poojaaa poojaaa 9 years
i d like to add thousand island salad dressing instead of mayo. on d whole, nice idea!!!!!!
Megatron Megatron 9 years
Sign me up for some artichoke spread and cranberry mustard, please! :)
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
I want one! Minus the mayo and cheese...not a fan. But otherwise, this sounds great!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
thats sounds so good!
emalove emalove 9 years
Sounds great, but I'd skip the mayo since I hate it.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Oh, this looks so good. Don't hate, but I would have to skip the onions & tomato, to be replaced by some smoked turkey. I would actually try it, without my added turkey, first! It really is visually appealing.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Oh, this one looks delicious!
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