Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.
Recently I was talking to a friend at the junior college where I teach in the Fall. In discussing the tightness of the schedule, she noted “Yes, Tuesdays and Thursdays are sandwich days for me.” I lamented to myself, because I thought, what the heck am I going to have, since I’m not eating meat right now?! I just couldn’t think of many meatless sandwich options. I was thinking two days a week, for a whole semester, that’s a lot of fried egg sandwiches. Actually I wound up eating a lot of potato, egg, and cheese soft tacos.
I set out to put together a list of vegetarian sandwiches, to serve as a reference and inspiration. I made an outline of categories of sandwiches, like sweet sandwiches, sandwiches featuring cheese, sandwiches featuring eggplant, and so on. I combined my own brainstorming with a little web searching. So now that I’ve had a chance to think about sandwich options, I should be set for next Fall.
Mile High Veggie Sandwich
Veggie burgers may be one of the first sandwiches that comes to mind when thinking 'vegetarian sandwich', but there are loads of other options once you put your thinking cap on.
I have created this reference with recipes and ideas for over 50 veggie sandwiches, in the following categories:
Simple & Raw
Greens & Things
Roasted Root Vegetables
Eggs & Such
At the end I have included some basic tips and instructions, such how to make a balsamic reduction, and how to press tofu. I have also included an “inspiration list” for you to personalize for your shopping list.
Tomato Sandwich- One of Life's Simple Pleasures
Simple and Raw
Tomato Sandwich: If you have large vine ripe garden-grown tomatoes, Dukes mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and white bread, there’s hardly a better sandwich to be had. I’d venture to say a tomato sandwich is probably in the top 5% of most popular sandwiches ever, vegetarian or otherwise. At least in the South!
Simple Sandwiches with Raw Vegetables
Classic Cucumber Sandwich: Grate 3 baby cucumbers and drain, pressing between several layers of paper towel. Combine with softened cream cheese, Lawry’s garlic powder with parsley, and chopped chives or green onions. Spread on soft white bread.
Turkish Cucumber Sandwich: Split a small oblong bun. Top with slices of cucumber with peel, and a slice of mild goat or sheep milk cheese.
Crazy Combo Sandwich: Spread mayo on one side of bread (such as round Oroweat Multigrain sandwich thins), and Dijon mustard on the other side. Place thin slices of Granny Smith apple on the mayo side. Top with a slice of cheddar cheese. Top mustard side with a slice of sweet onion and slices of kosher pickle.
Slaw Pocket: Moisten finely shredded cabbage with a little mayo and apple cider vinegar. Pack into pita pocket with thin slices of sweet onion, and sweet apple, such as red or golden delicious. Throw in a few golden raisins.
Catalina Veggie Baguette: Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, and Catalina dressing.
Simple Raw Sandwich
Green Club Sandwich
Greens and Things
Green Club Sandwich: I found this one in the Weight Watchers Make & Take Meals cookbook. Make a mixture of mashed avocado and chopped and mashed artichokes. Spread mixture on 2 slices of extra thin bread. Spread 3rd slice of bread with hummus. Place thin slices of Granny Smith apple on 1 slice of bread with avocado mixture. Top with hummus bread. Place spinach leaves on top of 2nd piece of bread. Top with remaining avocado mixture bread.
Sandwich with Lots of Greens
Pita with Greens: Avocado slices, arugula leaves, Texas Sweet or Vidalia onion slices, sliced tomato in a pita pocket.
Spinach Sandwich: Baby spinach leaves, sun dried tomato sliced into thin ribbons, feta cheese, thinly sliced white mushrooms on a light soft bun.
Classic Watercress Sandwich: There are several versions, but the classic is to make a spread by combining watercress with butter, and a tad of lemon juice, black pepper, and cayenne. Other versions are made with cream cheese and cucumbers, or with egg salad. Classic serving is on crustless white bread, cut into fingers, about 3 from each sandwich.
Sauteed Greens Sandwich with Brie Cheese
Sautéed Greens Sandwich: Sauté greens, such as spinach, mustard, collard, or chard to sweat/wilt. Place on crusty bun. Top with caramelized onions, and mushroom slices that have been simmered in burgundy wine.
I used a mix of baby greens from Costco- chard, kale, and spinach. My mushrooms were sautéed baby bella mushrooms. I definitely recommend the caramelized onions. I also topped my sandwich with brie, building it on baguette.
Roasted Root Vegetables
Sandwiches made with potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnips and such.
Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich
Veggie Ruben: Sauerkraut, drained crushed pineapple, fried potato rounds, Thousand Island dressing, on rye bread. I made my sandwich from leftover sauerkraut, which had a small can of crushed pineapple added to it. I made a little Thousand Island dressing from about 2 tablespoons mayo, 1 teaspoon of ketchup, 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish, and ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. I don’t particularly care for rye bread, so I used sourdough. I toasted both sides before constructing my sandwich. I think this helped keep the sauerkraut side from getting soggy.
Roasted Root Vegetable Sandwich: Select root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and turnips. Cut about ¼” to ½“ thick. Slice carrots and parsnips lengthwise in 4”-5” lengths. Roast vegetables with garlic and spices until done, but still firm enough to hold together. Arrange on hoagie roll and drizzle with vinaigrette.
Roasted Beet Sandwich
Roasted Beet Sandwich: Roasted sliced beets, feta cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and romaine leaves on crusty round bun.
I made my beet sandwich with sliced beets, feta, baby bella mushrooms, and baby spinach, on sourdough bread.
How to Grill Eggplant
Ratatouille Vegetarian Sandwich
Ratatouille Wrap: Sauté diced eggplant in olive oil about 5 minutes. Add diced zucchini, onions, red pepper, and seasonings and sauté another 6 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and simmer covered 5 minutes. Serve in large wraps with goat cheese.
Veggie Muffuletta Sandwich
Grilled Vegetable Muffuletta (from Rachael Ray): You will need an 8- to 9-inch round loaf of crusty bread, pesto, provolone cheese, giardiniera (pickled vegetables), green olives, and grilled eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, portabella, and red onion. Cut off the top, and hollow out the center. Spread pesto on the bottom, add a layer of grilled vegetables, then another layer of pesto. Add remaining grilled vegetables, and provolone cheese. Pulse olives and giardiniera into a relish in food processor and spread on top bread. Place top, and cut into wedges.
Mediterranean Eggplant Sandwich
Mediterranean Eggplant Sandwich: Spread hummus on half of a flatbread, and olive tapenade on the other half. Place grilled eggplant slices and fold over.
Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich: Prepare bread as for garlic bread on hoagie rolls or French bread. Slice eggplant diagonally and grill or bake until it starts to become tender. Dampen eggplant with water or olive oil. Coat with panko crumbs and fry until coating is golden and crispy. Drain and transfer to bread. Top with your favorite spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
Portabellas on the Grill
My Favorite Portabella Burger: My favorite veggie burger is definitely the portabella burger. Scrape gills from large portabella mushroom cap, and grill about 5-7 minutes on each side. Top portabella with garlic and herb, pepper Jack, or other favorite cheese. Spread Hawaiian Roll with mashed avocado. Top with mushroom and caramelized onions.
Double Portabella Melt: Scrape gills from large portabella caps. Cut caps crosswise to make two pieces to each cap. Grill mushroom pieces. Top each with cheese, and stack in twos. Drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve on crusty buns.
Meatless Meatball Hero
Meatless Meatball Hero: I made these mushroom-based meatballs from Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs recipe on AllRecipes.com. They were fairly labor-intensive, but they were pretty darned good. The chief ingredient was white button mushrooms, with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, quick oats, parsley, onions and garlic. I made the meatballs by the recipe, then put them on a Hawaiian roll with some Prego spaghetti sauce and cheese.
Mock Tuna Salad
If you are a meat eater, or former meat eater, the secret to great mock tuna salad is to do it up like you would do tuna salad. If you typically use onions and celery, than that’s what you should use. If you never use carrots in your tuna salad, then don’t. I have two examples that I got from YouTube, when writing my Mock Tuna hub. This is how I modified them for my taste.
Vegetarian Chickpea Mock Tuna
Chickpea Mock Tuna: Process chickpeas in food processor. Add finely diced dill pickle, mashed boiled egg, diced sweet onion, finely diced cucumber, and mayo. Serve on pumpernickel.
Vegetarian Walnut Pate Mock Tuna
Walnut Paté: Soak walnuts 8 to 12 hours, rinsing at least once. Process walnuts in food processor. Add fine chopped celery, purple onion, sweet pickle relish, mayo, and a touch of cumin. I like this one on Wasa Crisp ‘n Light 7 Grain Crackerbread.
Sandwiches Made with Eggs
Eggs and Such
Egg Breakfast Sandwich: Fried egg, Swiss or American cheese, and shredded hash browns on an English muffin, or small ciabatta roll
Not Just Egg Salad: Make a basic egg salad with mashed boiled eggs and mayo, on your favorite bread. For something a little different add a little…
Dill relish and Dijon mustard
Sweet pickle relish and fine chopped nuts
Diced green, black, or kalamata olives
Diced jalapeno, or other favorite pepper
Ultra finely diced onion and celery
Sliced and chopped sundried tomatoes
Fried Egg with Cheese and Spinach
Fried Egg Sandwich: Fried egg, thinly slice cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, and mayo on Oroweat round Sandwich Thins.
Double Egg Sandwich
Double Egg Sandwich: Crazy about eggs? Top your egg salad with a fried egg. I finely chopped my boiled egg whites in the food processer, and transferred to a mixing bowl, then processed the yolks. I combined my eggs with mayo in the bowl. I spread the egg mixture on wheat bread, and topped it with a fried egg and a slice of provolone.
Caprese Sandwich: Smear crusty French bread with basil pesto. Top with fresh Mozzarella rounds and tomato slices. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
Qu Frescie Panini
I made a Mexican-inspired version of this with Queso Fresco cheese and cilantro-based pesto.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Another vegetarian sandwich that is wildly popular among meat eaters. You can go with tradition, and make a sandwich with American or Cheddar cheese on white bread, fried in butter. But you could make a sandwich with any favorite cheese, and your favorite bread but treat yourself, still fry it in the butter! Another great option that I enjoy is frying it in coconut oil.
Cold Cheese Sandwich with Abruzzi Tomatoes
Cold Cheese Sandwich: Make a sandwich with slices or smears of 3 different cheeses, such as Colby, jalapeno jack, asiago, brie, cream cheese, mozzarella, Gouda, Swiss, farmer cheese, provolone, Muenster, or port wine cheese. Choose several cheeses and enjoy on a crusty bun. You could try a balsamic reduction, tapenade, pesto, or whole grain mustard on your sandwich.
I made my sandwich with thin slices of sharp cheddar and Jalapeno Jack on a slightly scooped out baguette. On the other side I put some Abruzzi tomatoes, and some cream cheese. This was a surprisingly good sandwich. Unfortunately, I don't know if i can recreate it when my jar of Abruzzi tomatoes is empty. I bought the tomatoes at the Pastaria 811 restaurant at Pawley's Island, SC. So far, I have not found them online.
Mozzarella Cheese Stick Hero
Mock Meatball Hero: Place fried mozzarella sticks or cheese balls in a hoagie roll or soft Sara Lee sub roll, and top with your favorite spaghetti or pizza sauce.
Toasted Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Toasted Pimento Cheese: Generously smear your favorite deli pimento cheese on a split crusty roll, and place under the broiler until bubbly.
A friend recently made my absolute favorite pimento cheese I have ever tasted. She used 8 oz of shredded cheddar, 8 oz of shredded mozzarella, a couple oz of queso fresco crumbles, diced roasted red peppers, and mayo.
Spaghetti Sandwich: Scoop out excess bread from inside Italian loaf or baguette. Fill with pasta coated liberally with sauce. Top with Parmesan.
My spaghetti was coated in Arrabbiatta sauce, and had sautéed spinach and mushrooms. I topped with Italian blend cheese, and coated the other side of the bread with sundried tomato pesto.
Overview Including Types of Cheeses
- Everything About Cheese
Cheese is one of the products produced from milk or milk based products. We can easily find various cheeses in the world wide with different flavors, textures, and forms.
How to Make Cheese
Banana Sandwich: Ah, life’s simple pleasures. Liberally spread Dukes mayo on two slices of Brownberry Oat Nut bread. Cut banana the length of the bread, then cut lengthwise slices and place on bread. Yum.
Banana Sandwich with Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread
One of my new favorite things is a banana sandwich with cream cheese and pineapple spread on the bread.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Peanut Butter and Jelly: Go for the classic with grape jelly and creamy peanut butter on white or wheat bread, or for something different, make your PBJ on French toast. Use a firmer bread, such as a multi-grain and seed bread, or an English muffin for crunchy peanut butter. Be adventurous and try apricot preserves, marmalade, or any favorite jelly or jam.