Kale, Lemon and Cilantro Sandwiches

Sometimes I don’t know what I’d do without the creative genius of my amazing, enthusiastic, brilliant mother! Ann serves this one open faced on toasted bread. You won’t believe how good a super-healthy sandwich like this can taste until you try it! Gene Stone, my co-writer and one of the Engine 2 participants, hated kale before tasting this sandwich. Now he’s a devoted kale, lemon, and cilantro sandwich eater.

Any greens of choice will work. The lemon adds an almost sweet taste. Be generous with it!

  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 5 minutes
  • Serves 2 to 4


1 bunch kale, rinsed and drained

4 slices whole grain bread, toasted

Healthy Homemade Hummus

4 green onions

1/2 bunch cilantro or parsley, rinsed and chopped

1 lemon with skin on, sliced very thinly into rounds

Zest of 1 lemon



Tear kale leaves away from thick stem. Discard stem and chop leaves into bite-size pieces.

Toast bread until brown and crispy, about 3 minutes.

Put kale in a pot filled with about 4 inches of water.

Bring to a boil, cover and cook for two to three minutes, until kale is tender. Check frequently.

Spread toast thickly with hummus, sprinkle on the green onions, pile cilantro on top, then place a few very thin slices of lemons on the cilantro.

When kale is tender, drain well. Shake the strainer so all water is gone, then sprinkle the kale in the strainer with lemon zest and the juice from the remaining lemons. Lots of lemon makes this good!

Place a large handful of lemon filled kale on top of each piece sandwich half and top with remaining toast slices.



Add a thick slice of tomato to each sandwich.

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  • Sara Edwards Connor

    So, so good on Mestamacher Bread!

  • Rick Ramirez

    What are some wholesome hearty breads besides Ezekiel? I love thick sliced bread as well. Thanks, can’t wait for the responses.

    • Kathy

      Really hard to beat Ezekiel bread. Have not yet found a comparison.

    • Miguel

      Best bread ever made is Daves Killer bread. It can be found at Costco, Safeway, Vons or you can check their website for other locations. He also makes hamburger buns but are hard to find. Ezekiel bead does not even come close to the quality and flavors of Dave’s Killer Bread. Once you taste it, no other bread will do.

  • Rick Ramirez

    Is there a hummus recipe someone can share?

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