Vegan sandwiches

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What’re your best vegan sandwich combinations? Lots of people struggle with sandwich fillings during veganuary, as many ‘classic’ sandwich combinations are based on meat and dairy.

Vegan sandwiches can be a total joy – partly as they do not have to conform to classic combinations. In this post, I’ll share things to consider when making vegan sandwiches, and my top 10 best vegan sandwich combinations.

Making the best vegan sandwiches: Considerations
Vegan bread
The majority of supermarket breads and rolls are vegan. Watch out for milk, buttermilk, whey, lactose, and honey, which can sneak in. These ingredients are most frequently in ‘specialist’ breads, e.g., flavoured bread, flatbreads, naan, soda bread, etc.

Choose a bread you like. It sounds obvious, but if you’re using a bread you don’t like, you probably won’t rate the sandwich you make.

Butter replacements
A wide range of butter replacements are now available in UK supermarkets. Watch out for milk, buttermilk, whey, and lactose, which can sneak in.

We use Flora Original. Cheaper butter replacements are available, but these tend to have a much higher water content, and so do not substitute as well. More expensive butter replacements are available, but tend to taste quite distinct e.g., of coconut.

Combinations of ingredients
The best vegan sandwiches are carefully constructed to make the ingredients shine!

My best vegan sandwiches are constructed of

  • something creamy or fatty
  • something salty
  • something crunchy
  • a leaf
  • a punchy flavour

Sometimes an ingredient can fulfil more than one of these functions.
I also try to include a protein source in my sandwiches, e.g., nuts, seeds, hummus, tofu.

10 best vegan sandwiches: Veganuary 2022
My 10 best vegan sandwich combinations are listed below. I’d love to hear how you go and/or see your creations if you do make these sandwiches – let me know in the comments or tag me @wholemealmum or #wholemealmum, so I can see!

  1. Vegan cheese & Marmite sandwich
    Cheese and marmite sandwiches are a classic for a reason, and definitely one of the best vegan sandwiches for me. I use Violife Epic Mature and branded Marmite to make mine.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, Marmite, cheese, lettuce or a handful of baby spinach.

Method: Butter both slices of bread, spread one slice with marmite, add slices of vegan cheese, add the leaves, add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan hummus & Encona sandwich
    This is far and away my best vegan sandwich. My husband learned to make it for me when l’d just had my daughter. I’ve tried it with other chilli sauces, but none are as good as Encona Scotch Bonnet Sauce.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, hummus, baby spinach, pumpkin seeds, slices of tomato, and a teaspoon of Encona.

Method: Butter both slices of bread, spread one slice with chilli sauce, add a tablespoon of hummus and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, add add the leaves and slices of tomato, add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan onion bhaji sandwich
    I don’t eat onion bhaji sandwiches particularly frequently, but no best vegan sandwich list would be complete without them. I make mine with supermarket onion bhajis, and Helman’s vegan mayo.

Ingredients: Two slices bread, lettuce, onion bhaji cooked in the oven and left to go cold, mango chutney, vegan mayonnaise, mango chutney.

Method: Cook one to two onion bhajis in the oven according to the packet instructions, and leave them to go cold. Butter both slices of bread, spread one slice with mango chutney and vegan mayonnaise. Add the leaves to one slice of bread, then rip the bhajis into pieces and add these. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan BLT – Tofu lettuce and tomato sandwich
    Tofu lettuce and tomato is one of my best vegan sandwiches as it feels very grown up somehow. I like to make mine with Cauldron tofu, and Helmam’s vegan mayo.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, slices of tofu, slices of tomato, lightly toasted bread, mustard, and Helman’s vegan mayo.

Method: Bake or fry sliced tofu with oil and tamari, and leave to go cold. Spread both slices of bread with vegan mayonnaise, add the lettuce and sliced tomato. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan Sausage sandwich (hot)
    Sausage sandwiches are another classic for a reason! I love my vegan sausage sandwiches made with Linda McCartney Red Onion & Rosemary Sausages, whilst my husband likes Richmond Meat-Free sausages.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, two sausages (I like Linda McCartney onion and rosemary), Flora, oil for frying, Helman’s vegan mayo, and Encona.

Method: Bake or fry two sausages. Spread both slices of bread with butter, vegan mayonnaise, and Encona. When the sausages are cooked, split them in half lengthways and add to one slice of bread. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan fried cashew nut sandwich (hot)
    Bear with me on this one, and don’t knock this vegan sandwich until you’ve tried it. Hot sizzling cashew nuts, with soft bread, and sweet and salty sauce. You’ll be converted, I promise.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, a handful of cashew nuts (I use the broken ones as they are cheaper), butter, oil for frying, ketchup or brown sauce.

Method: Bake or fry one handful of cashews until golden brown on both sides. Spread both slices of bread with butter, and brown sauce or ketchup Add the cooked cashew nuts, being careful as they will be very hot.Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan peanut butter and lettuce sandwich
    Peanut butter and lettuce is is one of my picnic sandwiches of choice. This vegan sandwich has ingredients that are relatively easy to get hold of wherever you are, and travels well. Peanut butter does not need refrigerating, which can be really useful.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, peanut butter (I use Meridian or Whole Earth), and lettuce.

Method: Spread one slice of bread with peanut butter. Add the leaves. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan Mushroom pate and spinach sandwich
    Vegan mushroom pate and spinach is of my picnic sandwiches of choice. This vegan sandwich travels well, and vegan mushroom pate does not need refrigerating until it is opened, which again can be really useful.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, mushroom pate (Granovita, Tartex or homemade mushroom lentil and walnut), and baby spinach.

Method: Spread one slice of bread with mushroom pate. Add the leaves. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan avocado, sundried tomato, rocket, basil, and pumpkin seeds sandwich
    This vegan avocado, sundried tomato, rocket, basil, and pumpkin seed sandwich is a remake of a Pret sandwich that I recreated at home during the first UK Coronavirus lockdown, in March 2020. I like using Belazu Black Olive Tapenade.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, a ripe avocado, and pumpkin seeds.

Method: Spread one slice of bread with the tapenade. Add the tomatoes, avocado, and pumpkin seeds. Top with rocket and basil leaves. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

  1. Vegan Mexican chilli beans, peppers, and cheese sandwich
    This mexican chilli beans, peppers, and cheese sandwich started life as leftovers from making quesadillas, but is now a sandwich I prepare and make on purpose. I use Violife Epic Mature to make this sandwich.

Ingredients: Two slices of bread, butter, Onion, one tin black eyed beans, rapeseed oil, fajita spice mix, peppers, and cheese.

Method: Finely chop and sauté the onion, peppers, black eye beans in a good glug of rapeseed oil and a teaspoon of fajita spice. Leave to go cold. Spread one slice of bread with the butter. Add the Mexican mix. Add the top slice of bread, slice with a sharp knife, and serve.

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