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Green Sandwiches (Cucumber, Pesto & Avocado)

Claire Wright


Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins


For the 30-second pesto:

1 large bunch fresh basil (or 2 smaller packs)

2 tbsp ground almonds (or 2 tbsp whole cashews, almonds or pine nuts)

1 small garlic clove, sliced as finely as possible or minced

125ml olive oil or extra virgin olive oil

pinch of sea salt or 2 tbsp fresh grated Parmesan

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the sandwich:

4 tbsp of the homemade pesto (or use shop-bought)

cream cheese

1 cucumber, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

handful of salad leaves, optional

8 slices of wholegrain bread

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright |

Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare cucumber that the whole family will enjoy.

These sandwiches look so pretty and taste so delicious, as well as being fun to make, that kids will love taking pride in putting it together and eating it, too!


To make the pesto, place all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a blender and blitz to a paste, then add the olive oil bit by bit and keep blitzing, until everything has come together to form a pesto.

For the sandwiches, layer a slice of bread with cream cheese, 1 tbsp pesto, cucumber slices, avocado slices and salad leaves (if using). Top with another slice of bread, then repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve with any extra cucumber slices and salad leaves.

Want to take it a step further? Get the kids to come up with fun new green foods to add: sliced pitted green olives, fresh herbs, spinach leaves, green peppers, sprouts, roasted broccoli, etc.

Kids in the kitchen:

Have the kids make the pesto by adding all of the ingredients to the blender and pushing the buttons to blitz. Give them a kid’s knife or butter knife and show them how to spread the cream cheese and pesto on the bread, then let them layer the other ingredients and bread.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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