Grilled Caesar Veggie Tartine

Looking for a lazy summer day lunch recipe? Look no further! This Parisian inspired Grilled Caesar Veggie Tartine is packed with summer garden produce, comes together in 15 minutes and is absolutely delicious thanks to Litehouse Caesar Dressing!

This post contains sponsored content. I was fortunate enough to receive monetary compensation and/or products from Litehouse Foods. Although compensated for my efforts, all opinions are my own.

 I don’t know about you guys, but I am having an amazing summer so far. I feel I am going on adventures every weekend (6 hour hike that, according to my iPhone, involved the equivalent of 95 flights of stairs, anyone?) and tackling projects around the house (sanding, stripping and painting a deck is not fun). But, because of all this I am feeling a bit pressed for time. I am lucky enough to work most of my days from a home office and can pop-out to the grocery store on my lunch but I am still feeling the squeeze. You would think with the sun setting so late here in the Canadian Prairies this wouldn’t be the case but, Alas, it is!

Because I like to squeeze as much as I can during my lunch hour or the weekend adventures exploring this amazing Province of ours, I have been on the search for the perfect summer lunch. You know the one; light yet filling, full of summer produce and actually feels ‘summery’ when eating it BUT requires minimal effort. There are few lunches that fit this criteria, so I decided to come up with one.

My first rule is I didn’t want to run all over the grocery store to get what I needed to make my lunch. I started in the produce section and picked-out ripe beefsteak tomatoes (when-oh-when will my plant be ready for harvesting?!?!), firm green zucchini and a large, crisp red onion. I didn’t have to venture very far to get my next ingredients for my lunch! I chose a bottle of Litehouse Caesar Salad Dress and Dip which just so happened to be in the refrigerated section of my grocery store, right beside all the delicious leafy greens! I then avoided the dreaded center aisles and made a beeline to the bakery and picked-up a fresh baguette and happily made my way to the self check-out and walked-on home! How easy was that?

I fully intended to create a normal ‘ol sub style sandwich but then I remembered how darn hot it was in my house (air conditioning is expensive to run and I am stubborn), so out I went and fired-up the grill with last year’s trip to Paris on my mind. You see, I ate my way around Paris in May 2016 and the memories of lazy lunches still excite me. I had quite a few open-faced sandwiches on baguettes, called Tartines. Some were toasted, some were on fresh bread but they were all delicious and effortlessly cool. Better yet, crazy affordable. I had to make my own!

So, I slathered some refrigerated Litehouse Caesar Dressing on a baguette, wrapped it in tin foil and grilled it ’til it turned into a delicious Casear flavoured garlic bread. I quickly grilled some zucchini and red onion that I brushed with a bit of dressing and seared some thick slices of beefsteak tomatoes. Once done, I layered all the yummy fresh goodness on top of each other, sprinkled some lemon juice and parsley on top and bit in. Pure bliss found in a lazy-day lunch!

Want to try this lazy-day lunch out for yourself? Just head to the refrigerated section of your favourite grocery store to find the delicious, garlic and Parmesan packed Litehouse Caesar Dressing and Dip! Or, check-out my giveaway below the recipe! Good luck, friends!

Grilled Caesar Veggie Tartine

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Category: Lunch, Vegetarian

Grilled Caesar Veggie Tartine


  • 1 french style baguette
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato
  • 1 medium size zucchini
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Litehouse Caesar Salad Dressing and Dip
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cut parsley
  • 1 lemon, sectioned


  1. Light BBQ and heat to 400 degrees Celsius.
  2. In the meantime, prepare baguette by cutting in half by length and then by width so you are left with 4 equal sized pieces.
  3. Slice tomatoes and onion in 1/4 inch slices. Slice zucchini length wise into 6 equal slices.
  4. Equally divide the 1/4 cup of Litehouse Caesar Dressing and spread on inside of baguette. Carefully coat zucchini and red onions with remaining dressing using a food-safe brush.
  5. Return baguette tops to their matching bottom pieces and wrap in tin foil.
  6. BBQ for 10-12 minutes, on top rack, flipping half way through
  7. Grill zucchini for 5 minutes, onions for 3 minutes and tomatoes for 1 minute, or until veggies are soft and lightly charred
  8. Remove produce and baguette from heat. Unwrap baguette and separate tops and bottoms. Layer zucchini, tomato and onion on top of open baguette. Sprinkle with parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.

Contest Closed. Congrats to local reader Sandra for winning! This giveaway begins Friday, July 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM CST and remain open until Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST. The prize includes 4 vouchers directly from Litehouse Foods! The giveaway is open to residents of Canada only (including my friends over in Quebec)! The winner will be notified by email the week of July 23, 2017 and will have 48 hours to respond. In the case of no reply, we will redraw! Follow the directions below. Bonne chance mes amis!

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  1. We always keep a good salad dressing that can act as a dip or spread in our fridge. That tartine looks like it could be in my lunch plans this week.

    • PeppersPennies

      Yes to dipping alllll the veggies. Like peas right from the vine. Can you get a better summer snack than that?

  2. I love the French and their approach to food. Its always simple, fresh and delicious and this recipe looks to be no exception.

    I’m also a big fan of not heating up my non-air-conditioned farmhouse in the summer so grilling for the win!

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Dana, thanks for coming-by! I just LOVE how the French are no fuss when it comes to the majority of the dishes. They let the flavours of a few, quality ingredients sing and that is exactly what I tried to do with this lunch!

  3. I love this tartine and how simple it is. I cook everything on the grill at this time of year and all about the fresh veggies! And yes, when, oh when will those tomatoes ripen 🙂

    • PeppersPennies

      Hey Colleen!
      Isn’t summer lunches best when simple? I was really wishing I could use some veggies from my plants for this shoot but it is much too early. It’s finally feeling like summer so I think I can harvest a little something soon!

  4. Girl! We just finished stripping our deck (well hubby did, lol). And what a difference! There will be no more stain on our deck, I tells ya…..just clear coat which I’ll do later 🙂 Glad to hear you’re having a lovely summer – I’ve seen some of your IG stories and it definitely looks like your having a blast!! We’re having some nice weather around here lately and trying to soak it all up! Loving this sandwich and that fact that it’s all veggies! Looks absolutely delicious! All I’d need is a big cup off coffee to go with 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

    • PeppersPennies

      I am writing this reply to you around a our morning campfire on an island 🙂 we needed an escape after the deck prep! Sunday when we return we are staining it and I feel like we are on the same wave length as we also chose clear! #twinsies ❤️

  5. Vandana Mehta

    Sounds like a super easy, yet a delicious, healthy lunch!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Heather Stanik

    I would add fresh beets 🙂

    • PeppersPennies

      OOH! That is a great addition. Thanks for coming by Heather, and good luck in the contest 🙂

  7. Brenda Penton

    On lazy days I just have a large garden salad with some grilled chicken on the side.

    • PeppersPennies

      Delicious! Grilling anything makes it 10x better, doesn’t it? Good luck in the contest 🙂

  8. I would add yellow peppers

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Brenda, thanks for coming to the blog! Yellow peppers would be a wonderful addition to this Tartine! Good luck.

  9. I love watermelon salad.

    • PeppersPennies

      Delish! I wonder if ranch dressing would work well with that?!? Anyways, thanks for coming by and good luck with the Litehouse contest!!

  10. My favorite lazy-day summer food is to snack on veggies & pita chips with hummus!

    • PeppersPennies

      That would be delicious, Kristen! I like having various dips too so I think the Caesar dressing would be a good addition! Thanks for coming by and for entering the contest! Good luck!!

  11. My favourite lazy-day summer food is ripe tomatoes with cheese and bread.

    • PeppersPennies

      Sounds delicious, Linda! A yummy side casear would be perfect with that combo, wouldn’t it? Good luck with the raffle!

  12. Lushka Smith

    My favourite lazy day summer food is a toasted tomato sandwich. Perhaps two.

    • PeppersPennies

      Ooh, two is always the right choice when it comes to toasted tomato sandwiches! Thanks for coming-by!

  13. Watermelon Cucumber salad is my favorite lazy summer food. It’s so refreshing!

    • PeppersPennies

      Ahh! I need to follow suit and make that! I bet Litehouse has a yummy, creamy dressing that would compliment it very well! Thanks for coming by and good luck in the raffle!

  14. Sarah Jackson

    My lazy summer day food is a plate of vegis and fruit and dip

  15. On lazy days in the summer I toss together a garden salad filled with veggies and herbs from my garden!


    Our lazy day summer food is greek salad pitas!

  17. for a lazy day we make a salad with veggies from our garden. It is better than cooking something in the oven when it is already hot in the house!

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Josh! It’s so true! I tend to avoid the oven at all costs as it makes my AC go into overdrive and I don’t want the costs to skyrocket! Good luck on winning the prize pack!

  18. Kim Copithorne

    My favorite lazy day meal would have to be fresh salsa, like when you dice all the veggies and add some fresh lime juice, then inhale it all with some tortilla chips!

  19. Sara Lehman

    Peppers! I would have to add a colorful pepper!

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Sara, in recipe testing I did but I feel like I ALWAYS add peppers to things so decided to omit it. I would put it on at the same time as the zucchini to make sure it is cooked/softened enough for the bread 🙂 Thanks for entering the contest!

  20. I love Litehouse Dressings. My favorite summer food is grilled fish…or maybe an antipasto salad. It’s summer…everything has to be light.

  21. My go to lazy day meal is sandwiches warmed in the panini press. Lately, its been ham on raisin walnut bread with mustard, brie, caramelized onions and arugula.

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Jefferey, that is a wonderful lunch idea! I don’t have a panini press but clearly I am missing out! Good luck with the draw!

  22. I guess it might be a bit of a cliche, but my favourite summer go-to lazy day food is definitely a really good sausage on the barbecue. Preferably with some caramelized onions. Heck yes.

    • PeppersPennies

      Cliche is cliche for a reason – because it is popular and obviously a delicious and perfect choice for lazy summer evenings!

  23. This looks great, Amanda! I’m generally not a big fan of premade dressings, but I do enjoy Litehouse products. Gotta love the clean ingredients! My favourite summer go-to lazy day food is veggies with hummus, gazpacho or just a big bowl of fruit. Sometimes, it’s too hot to cook! 🙂

    • PeppersPennies

      I agree! Honestly, Litehouse is my one exception to that rule. I’ve never been able to make as yummy and creamy of a homemade Caesar dressing at home and you can’t knock the convenience of having that in your fridge waiting for you on a lazy day!

  24. I love vegetable recipes like this! Delicious!


    My favorite lazy summer food is pasta salad. Lots of times when we make pasta at night , we make extra noodles to put in the fridge to whip up for easy pasta salads the next days!

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