Ten Vegan Sandwich Fillings

Working out the best vegan sandwich fillings can be a surprisingly tricky business for plant-based beginners.

Finding fillings that are both delicious and provide a plant-based protein boost can take a bit of thinking about. Do you want to replicate a beloved pre-vegan favourite like tuna mayo, or are you willing to spend an extra 5 minutes in the kitchen to make your sandwich into a real showstopper?

Whatever your preference, you’ll find inspiration in our top ten vegan sandwich ideas. These recipes are sure to whet your appetite and inspire some lunchbox creativity.

1. Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Mayo from Veggie Desserts

Who doesn’t love a classic tuna mayo? The good news is you can veganise this iconic sandwich. “Mashed chickpeas make a fantastic base for flavourings, and give the sandwich a filling density,” says Kate from Veggie Desserts. You can add nori (seaweed) for a ‘fishier’ flavour, salty capers and other umami-boosting ingredients, or just keeping it quick and simple. This is a must-try vegan sandwich filler. Get the recipe here.

Vegan tuna mayo sandwich from Veggie Desserts - one of our favourite vegan sandwich fillings
Image Credit: Veggie Desserts

2. Creamy Beetroot Hummus from Little Sunny Kitchen

Hummus is one of the most versatile ingredients around, so if you’re not sure what to put in a vegan sandwich, you really can’t go wrong with it. The colour of this creamy beetroot hummus is a knockout, and its flavour really packs a punch too with tahini, garlic and lemon juice. Your perfectly pink sandwich will be the envy of your workmates – pile it up with crisp lettuce and tomatoes.

Creamy Beetroot Hummus by Little Sunny Kitchen
Image Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

3. Sun Dried Tomato Butterbean PÂTÉ from The Veg Space

Looking for a vegan sandwich that’s high in protein? This is the one for you. Butterbeans are protein powerhouses and packed with vitamins, making them must-have staples in a plant-based diet. They make a creamy base for this flavourful pâté from The Veg Space. Great in sandwiches, wraps or spread on crispbreads and scattered with pine nuts.

 Sun Dried Tomato Butterbean Pate by The Veg Space
Image Credit: The Veg Space

4. Minted Broad Bean Spread from Tin & Thyme

Enjoy a taste of summer with this satisfying minted broad bean spread from Tin & Thyme. This plant-powered recipe makes a deliciously cool sandwich filling during a summer heatwave. Broad beans give it a creamy texture, with added flavour from fresh mint, garlic and lime juice. We’re sure you’ll savour every bite of it!

Minted Broad Bean Spread by Tin & Thyme
Image Credit: Tin & Thyme

5. Vegan Bacon Lettuce Avocado & Tomato Sandwich from The Vegan Larder

Why not try BLT with a vegan twist? This classic sandwich has been reimagined by The Vegan Larder. Even if you think you don’t like tofu, you MUST try making smoked tofu ‘bacon.’ It’s incredibly tasty with a crispy and chewy texture and pairs perfectly with the avocado, lettuce and tomato in this recipe.

Vegan BLT Sandwich from The Vegan Larder
Image Credit: The Vegan Larder

6. Vegan Chickpea Caesar Salad Wraps from Rhian’s Recipes

Chickpeas are so versatile – used above to make a tuna replacement, and here as a chicken replacement in these classic Caesar salad wraps from Rhian’s Recipes. A creamy Caesar dressing is made from cashews, lemon juice and mustard, and the wraps (gluten free if you like) layered up with lettuce and red pepper. Delicious!

Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap by Rhian's Recipes
Image Credit: Rhian’s Recipes

7. Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches from Tinned Tomatoes

If you’re after easy vegan sandwich fillings that are a bit different, here’s a creative recipe from Tinned Tomatoes. Using roasted vegetables (which you may even have hanging around from last night’s dinner) and ready-cooked tofu pieces from the chiller cabinet, it’s bursting with flavour and simple to make. If you ask us, it’s a must-try!

Roast vegetable and tofu sandwich by Tinned Tomatoes
Image Credit: Tinned Tomatoes

8. Curried Tofu Salad from Veggie Inspired

If you were an egg mayonnaise sandwich fan before going vegan, the texture of this curried tofu salad from Veggie Inspired will be right up your street. This isn’t just mush, though – crisp apple and celery give it a pleasing crunch, and it can even be whizzed up in just 5 minutes. What more could you want from a sandwich?

Curried Tofu Salad Sandwich by Veggie Inspired
Image Credit: Veggie Inspired

9. White Bean & Artichoke Vegan Sandwich Filling from A Virtual Vegan

Smashed white beans and artichokes in a creamy sauce with an extra crunch from sunflower seeds – yum! This flavour-packed filling from A Virtual Vegan is both delicious and nutritious, making it one of our favourite vegan sandwich ideas. Layer it up with grated carrot, sun dried tomatoes or jalapeños for even more wow factor.

White bean artichoke sandwich filling by A Virtual Vegan
Image Credit: A Virtual Vegan

10. Broccoli Slaw Veggie Wrap with Spicy Hummus from Veggie Inspired

Crunchy broccoli slaw, apple and crisp romaine lettuce – this wrap from Veggie Inspired is all about the texture, with a spicy kick from homemade (or shop-bought) hummus. Easy to make gluten-free if you like, and perfect for picnics.

Broccoli slaw veggie wrap by Veggie Inspired
Image Credit: Veggie Inspired

What are your favourite vegan sandwich fillings? Let us know your ideas.

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Page updated May 2020

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