These vegan sandwich ideas are packed with veggies and make for a simple lunch or dinner idea. Stuffed with tons of plant-protein, and mouth-watering sauces, these easy healthy vegan sandwich recipes are flavorful and delicious. Even meat eaters will love them!
When it comes to making a quick and easy meal, sandwiches are the way to go, but making a filling, tasty, healthy vegan sandwich may seem a little challenging. You don’t have to rely on the boring peanut butter and jelly. With a combination of veggies, decadent sauces, and plant-protein as vegan sandwich fillings, you can have delicious vegan sandwiches in no time at all!
Why Vegan Sandwiches Make a Great Meal
- Making a vegan sandwich is a great way to pack some veggies into your day.
- Vegan sandwiches are easy to make and are not time-consuming.
- Making a vegan sandwich is a great way to use leftover ingredients.
- A vegan sandwich makes a good on-the-go meal.
What makes a sandwich vegan?
You can put anything in a vegan sandwich that you like with the exception of a few items including cheese or dairy spreads, eggs, and meats.
The difference between a vegetarian sandwich and a vegan sandwich is that you leave out any dairy, including cheese, or dairy spreads. Some vegetarian sandwiches may also include egg, which you cannot add to a vegan sandwich. There are also quite a few condiments and spreads that are not vegan friendly , such as sour cream, mayonnaise, and aioli.
Turning a Classic Sandwich into a Vegan Sandwich
Just because you follow a vegan diet does not mean that you can’t make your own version of classic sandwiches. One of my favorites to make is a Vegan BLT – simply switch out the bacon for tempeh. You can also make a vegan version of a Sloppy Joe by using lentils instead of meat. I’ll share several of my favorite vegan sandwich ideas below. There are plenty of tasty, vegan-friendly ways to recreate many of your favorite sandwiches.
How To Make Sure Your Vegan Sandwich is Balanced
When making your own plant-based sandwich you want to make sure you have a balance of flavors, textures, and nutrients.
Start with two slices of whole-grain bread.
Layer with your favorite vegetables.
Add some vegan protein. This can include tofu, chickpeas, beans, a bean spread, or nut butter.
Top with your favorite dairy-free spread. Include your favorite vegan sandwich fillings to have the best vegan sandwich
Are vegan sandwiches healthy?
A sandwich is healthy if it includes healthy ingredients. A vegan sandwich can be unhealthy in the same way a regular sandwich can be if high-fat, low-nutrient foods are added. But if you make healthy choices to put in your sandwich it will be healthy and nutrient-rich.
Tips for Making a Healthy Vegan Sandwich
- Include a lot of fresh vegetables on your sandwich
- Add layers of lean plant protein to your vegan sandwich fillings
- Use whole-grain slices of bread, skip the white bread.
- Limit the amount of sauce you add to your sandwich.
What are the best foods to include in a vegan sandwich recipe?
When coming up with vegan sandwich ideas, you want to bring the flavor, and make it hearty and satisfying! These healthy vegan sandwich fillings will do just that!
Build layers of flavor with fresh or cooked vegetables, then add seasoned plant protein, and now add your favorite spreads or condiments. And don’t forget to choose high-quality bread! Once it is all combined, you will have a tasty, easy vegan sandwich that is ready for you to enjoy.
Great vegan sandwich ideas start with the bread! Not all bread is vegan, and if you’re following a whole food plant-based diet, you want to make sure to choose a vegan-friendly bread that uses whole grains. For example, 100% whole wheat, multi-grain, sprouted wheat, sprouted rye, or a healthy gluten-free bread alternative.
You can be as creative as you like with the vegetables you add as filling to your veggie sandwich. You can add tons of flavor to your veggie sandwiches by grilling them and adding spices. Pair your grilled veggies with fresh ones for a warm and cold combination that will make a delicious vegan sandwich.
Here are some of my favorite vegetables to include in my sandwich recipes…
- Spring Mix
- Sliced Tomatoes
- Bell Peppers
- Red Onion
- Green Onion
- Sweet potato
To make your sandwich hearty, don’t forget to add plant protein to your sandwich filling. There are numerous creative ways to add protein to your veggie sandwiches.
For example, puree chickpeas to create a “tuna” salad vegan sandwich.
Or use soy to make vegan tempeh bacon.
Spice up lentils, and add them to your sandwich. These are my favorite plant proteins to add to my plant-based sandwiches…
- Beans (chickpeas, black beans, pinto, white beans, etc)
Vegan-Friendly Condiments and Spreads
This is where you can really layer in the flavor of your vegan sandwich ideas. These dressings spreads, and condiments, are an easy way to make your sandwich juicy and oozing with goodness!
- Vegan Basil Pesto
- Avocado Dressing
- Vegan Honey Mustard
- Creamy Avocado Spread
- Vegan Mayo
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Vegan Buffalo Sauce
- Vegan Cheese Sauce
- Tahini Dressing
How do you make an easy vegan sandwich?
- Choose your favorite vegan-friendly bread for your sandwich. Use whole grain bread for its health benefits and high fiber. I recommend Dave’s Bread and Ezekiel. Toast or grill your bread if you prefer.
- Top your favorite vegan-friendly spread on the top slice of bread.
- Layer with your favorite veggies. A combination of leafy greens, sliced tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.
- Add plant protein to the sandwich filling. Chickpeas, black beans, tofu, etc.
- Add any additional condiments, mustard, vegan aioli, ketchup, etc. for extra flavor.
- Slice your vegan sandwich, and enjoy!
The Best Easy Vegan Sandwich Ideas
Check out these vegan sandwich recipes for inspiration to create an incredibly easy meal in no time at all!
Vegan Sloppy Joes
These Vegan Sloppy Joes are made with lentils, onions, red pepper, and a perfect balance of seasonings. A good vegan sandwich the whole family will devour.
Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich
The flavor and texture of this Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich is spot on! With crunchy celery and onion, and a creamy dairy free dressing, chickpeas are sandwiched between whole grain bread for a healthy whole food plant-based take on the classic!
Assorted roasted vegetables with hummus, lettuce and tomato are wrapped in a a thin bread to create this irresistible Lavash Wrap Sandwich.
Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich
Vegan Egg Salad made with tofu and a creamy dijon mustard dressing is a simple and quick lunch that tastes like the real thing!
Rainbow Hummus Veggie Wrap
This Rainbow Hummus Veggie Wrap is an easy, quick and colorful recipe that makes a great lunch, lunchbox treat or anytime snack.
Veggie Eggplant Sandwich
Here’s an easy vegan eggplant sandwich recipe. The eggplant is smoky and roasted, and it’s layered with fresh cut vegetables for the best sandwich ever!
This is the most incredible, flavorful Peruvian Sandwich (aka sanguche), plus it’s really easy to make! Peru is famous for sandwiches, and this veggie version is filled with Peruvian spices and roasted vegetables to give it loads of great taste.
Vegan Lobster Roll
This Vegan Lobster Roll has all the amazing flavors of the classic sandwich – but veganized! The toasted rolls are filled with a creamy dressing and chopped hearts of palm as the ‘meat’. Delicious and ready in minutes.
Beet Hummus Roasted Chickpea Sandwich
his veggie-loaded Beetroot Hummus, Avocado & Roasted Chickpea Sandwich is bold, bright, wholesome and deeply satisfying.
Buffalo Chickpea Sandwich
Buffalo chickpea sandwiches take only 20 minutes to make. They’re topped in a cool & creamy vegan blue cheese dressing.
Chickpea Avocado Salad
Chickpea Avocado Salad is my favorite sandwich spread of all time. Perfect for summer picnics.
Grilled Bombay Sandwich
Bombay Sandwich is a classic Indian vegan street food recipe! This grilled plant-based snack is stuffed with aloo masala and veggies, making it the best vegan sandwich ever! Plus, it can be made in 15 minutes!
Vegan Veggie Sandwich
This Vegan Veggie Sandwich is a scrumptious sandwich with multigrain bread, hummus, avocado, a ton of fresh produce, and pumpkin seeds. Great for lunch or dinner any time of the year!
This Hummus Sandwich makes the perfect lunch. Change things up by using Beet Hummus instead of its traditional counterpart. Pickled cucumber takes it up yet another notch!
Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich
Make this vegetarian roasted cauliflower sandwich with spicy sweet potato chips and creamy cilantro-lime avocado sauce!
Don’t you just love a crisp sandwich with a smoky kick mixed with the smooth, nutty taste of avocado? Then you are going to enjoy this drool worthy Vegan Tempeh Sandwich. It’s a whole lot healthier than your traditional BLT, but you’re guaranteed to be just as satisfied after your plate is polished off.
Avocado and Tomato Toast
Creamy avocado, bright juicy tomato slices, and fresh cilantro are topped on whole grain bread. Sprinkled with a special seasoning, and a hint of lime juice! Simple, yet oh so GOOD!
Copycat Panera Mediterranean Sandwich
This copycat Panera Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich recipe is a simple 10-minute sandwich that you can make at home! Layered with hummus, fresh veggies, and peppery arugula! So easy, and satisfying!
Vegan Bao Buns
Sliced portobello mushrooms are cooked in a spicy soy sauce marinade, and paired with quick pickled onions, simple greens, and sliced tomatoes, in between a fluffy whole wheat tortilla.
Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Curried chickpea salad comes together in minutes and is served on whole grain bread paired with chunky and crunchy veggies.
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich
Bursting with flavor, this easy and quick BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich is paired with carrots and cabbage in a creamy coleslaw and topped with pickles.
Avocado Chutney Sandwich
This Indian-style Avocado and Chutney Sandwich is made with layers of avocado, cilantro chutney, and vegan cream cheese.
Easy Falafel Wrap Sandwich
This delicious falafel wrap recipe is healthy comfort food at its best! These crispy falafel patties are baked instead of fried, then wrapped in a whole-wheat pita.
Easy Marinated Tofu Sandwich
An easy smoked tofu sandwich with thinly sliced tofu and tons of layered veggies.
Simple Vegan Grilled Cheese
This quick and simple recipe is everything you love about the traditional grilled cheese made vegan! Add some sliced tomato and basil to make it extra special!
Making the best vegan sandwich is easy with these simple recipes.
- Choose healthy and delicious bread. Toast or grill for extra flavor and texture.
- Layer with your favorite vegetables.
- Add flavor in the form of spices, spreads, and condiments.
- Don’t forget the protein!
What to Serve with A Vegan Sandwich
These vegan sandwich ideas can be very filling on their own, but sometimes you just want a little something extra. If that is the case, there are many different things that you can pair with your plant-based sandwich recipes. These kale chips are one of my favorite sides. They are a tasty, healthy alternative to classic potato chips. If you want something a little sweeter, opt for these Air Fryer Apple Chips. They are crisp and delicious.