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 five minutes in the kitchen to make your sandwich into a real showstopper?
Whatever your preference, you’ll find inspiration in our favourite vegan sandwich ideas. These recipes are sure to whet your appetite and inspire some lunchbox creativity!
1. Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Mayo
Who doesn’t love a classic tuna mayo? The good news is you can veganise this iconic sandwich thanks to this easy chickpea tuna recipe by Ethics and Antics. The chickpeas provide a creamy, tasty base, while the veggies offer a satisfying crunch. This is one of our most popular recipes, making it a must-try vegan sandwich filler.
2. Falafel and Hummus
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 same goes for falafel. This simple falafel and hummus sandwich is ideal for busy people. There are so many falafel and hummus mixes in supermarkets nowadays, so this can be your quick fix any day of the week.
3. Cheatin’ Chicken Sandwich
Vegan deli meats are popping up in supermarkets all the time, making it easy to throw a sandwich together in not time at all. This simple cheatin’ chicken sandwich will be your go-to recipe when you’re short on time and low on ingredients! It’s perfect for kids’ lunchboxes and picnics too.
4. Sun Dried Tomato Butterbean PÂTÉ
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 by The Veg Space. Great in sandwiches, wraps or spread on crispbreads and scattered with pine nuts.
5. Minted Broad Bean Spread
Enjoy a taste of summer with this satisfying minted broad bean spread by 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!
6. Vegan Bacon Lettuce Avocado & Tomato Sandwich
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.
7. Mashed Chickpea & Avocado
Chickpeas are so versatile – used above to make a tuna replacement, and here as a hearty filling in this mashed chickpea and avocado sandwich by Simple Veganista. Only a few ingredients are needed to make this: chickpea, avocado and carrot, along with salt, pepper and garlic for extra flavour. Delicious!
8. Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches
If you’re after easy vegan sandwich fillings that are a bit different, here’s a creative recipe by 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!
9. Curried Tofu Salad
If you were an egg mayonnaise sandwich fan before going vegan, the texture of this curried tofu salad by 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 five minutes. What more could you want from a sandwich?
10. Greek Salad Wrap
Looking for a vegan lunch you can put together in 10 minutes? Try this Greek salad wrap by Well Vegan. Packed with veggies and delicious, plant-powered flavours, it’s a handy recipe for new and long-term vegans alike.
What are your favourite vegan sandwich fillings? Let us know your ideas.
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LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2021