Parks and recreation sites are now open during regular business hours. All Alabama Power lake offices remain closed. Go here to learn more, including how you can still request permits.

Gerson’s Garden Recipe: Summer Vegetable Sandwich

Featured in our latest issue of Shorelines, Bill and Siri Wilkinson offer some of their favorite summer picnic recipes. The Wilkinsons own and operate Gerson’s Garden, a beloved restaurant in Roanoke serving vegetarian dishes. Check out Gerson’s Garden here.

Summer Vegetable Sandwich – Serves 8


  • 8 ciabatta rolls
  • Spinach and artichoke spread (recipe below)
  • Balsamic cucumber and tomato salad (recipe below)
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh arugula


  1. Slice ciabatta rolls in half and spread 1/8 of the spinach artichoke spread on the bottom half.
  2. Add one fresh tomato slice.
  3. Layer with fresh arugula.
  4. Top with 1/8 of the balsamic cucumber and tomato salad
  5. Add top half of ciabatta roll and serve.

Tip: For kid-friendly sandwiches, replace ciabatta rolls with whole wheat wraps or hamburger slider buns.

Spinach and Artichoke Spread


  • 1 8-ounce bag frozen organic spinach
  • 1 4-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 8-ounce block low-fat cream cheese (softened)
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon onion powder
  • Black pepper (to taste)


  1. Cook spinach according to package directions.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix at medium speed with a mixer until all ingredients are well-blended. Serve warm or cold.

Balsamic Cucumber and Tomato Salad


  • 3 cucumbers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • ½ small red onion
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 5 leaves fresh basil (finely diced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of ¼ lemon


  1. Dice cucumbers, tomatoes and onion and place in medium-size bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and gently toss until vegetables are well-coated. For best results, make the day before to let the flavors develop.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

What do you wish Shorelines would add?

Loading ... Loading ...