If cheese, ham, mayo, and other animal based foods are out, what do vegans put in their sandwiches??While this question sounds funny to me now, it wasn’t so amusing when I first became vegan and thought my sandwich days were over. Little did I know that a whole world of vegan sandwiches, based on cruelty-free options, would open up to me on my vegan path. Since becoming vegan, my sandwich world has expanded far and beyond the standard, unimaginative and repetitive sandwich choices we’ve all grown accustomed to; I’ve discovered a world of great variety, flavors and textures.
Mayo? Cheese? Meat? Eggs? Who needs the cholesterol laden products of animal cruelty when there are so many alternatives that are either similar in flavor, or present a healthier, more creative, and tastier option?
Let’s get creative!
If you are in need of some inspiration with your sandwich life, you’ve come to the right place! Get creative with the following guide to vegan sandwich fillings, spreads, and combo ideas.
Let’s get started!
Vegan sandwich spread ideas:
Vegetable and herb spreadsMake at home or buy at the supermarket! Pesto, olive paste, avocado (guacamole), mushroom and walnut pate, relish, chutney, Baba Ghanoush, garlic paste, chimichurri, sundried tomato paste, ketchup.
Bean and legume spreadsTry the classic humus or less conventional bean and legume spreads such as red bean spread, black bean spread or lentil spread. Soy-based soft cheese and vegan mayo are versatile choices that can be combined with many other fillings as well.
Nut and seed spreadsThere are so many nutritious nut and seed butters available; from the familiar peanut butter and tahini to almond, walnut and cashew butters and beyond. Ever tried a nut based cheese? Those are delicious! And don’t forget the old mustard and mustard spreads, which are made from seeds as well!
Sweet spreadsThe following are all great vegan choices for us sweet tooth people in the crowd: jams, no-added sugar fruit spreads, marmalades, vegan chocolate spreads, carob spreads, caramelized nut spreads, vegan lemon curd, and Lotus caramelized biscuit spread.
Vegan sandwich filling ideas:
Supercharge your sandwich with these great fillers.
Cuts, slices and meat alternativesIf it’s mock meat and mock cheese that you are looking for, then there are plenty! From vegan cheese slices, vegan “meat” cuts, vegan “chicken” salad, to vegan seitan “shawarma”, vegan burgers (vegetable based, lentil based, soy or seitan based), vegan hotdogs, vegan patties (vegetable or soy based), and marinated and baked tofu cuts.
You can even fill your sandwich with vegan “egg” substitutes such as scrambled tofu, or chickpea flour omelet!
VegetablesGrilled portabella mushroom, potato salad, vegan coleslaw, antipasto (eggplant, yam, and zucchini slices baked in the oven), and vegetable stir-fry – can all be a great filler in your vegan sandwich!
Garnishes For the finishing touch try the likes of: fried mushrooms, olives, gherkins, fresh salad, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, alfalfa/broccoli sprouts. Used right, they all can make a great addition.
Vegan sandwich combo ideas
So you’re probably feeling hungry by now, here are some ideas to get you started but really the only limit is your imagination!
Big appetite combos:
- Stir-fry vegetable baguette
- Pitta bread with hummus, tahini, vegan shawarma and gherkins.
- Lentil spread with vegetable patties and fresh vegetables of choice
Fresh and light combos:
- Wholemeal bread with pesto, baked yam slices, and fresh lettuce
- Guacamole with fresh seasonal vegetables of your choice
- Garlic and olive pastes with roasted peppers and fresh raw vegetables
- Vegan soft cheese, cucumber slices and sun-dried tomatoes
- Baba Ghanoush with oven baked eggplant slices, lettuce and cucumber
- Spelt bread with fresh avocado slices, Indian chutney and alfalfa/broccoli sprouts
- Mediterranean: Hummus with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and fresh vegetables of your choice.
- The vegan omelet: vegan mayo, chickpea flour omelet, and tomato
- Bread roll with vegan mayo, smoked baked tofu, and gherkins
So there’s no need to have a mundane lunch, why not challenge yourself to make a different vegan sandwich every day for a week and see what you can discover.