7 vegan sandwich recipes and a guide to making all your sandwiches vegan, gluten-free and epic!
A sandwich is THE ultimate lunch food, convenient, travel proof, highly customizable and an effective way to pack all your favourite foods into one meal.
If you’ve got dietary requirements, the sandwich can seem like a bit of a hurdle but don’t let a lack of gluten and dairy bog you down! From, cheese to bread to deli slice there are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options for over-stuffing your sandwiches!
Ready to get out of your lunch rut? We’ve got five gluten-free bread recipes and five vegan sandwich recipes, plus all the fillings in between, to get you back on top of your sandwich game.
Gluten-free bread made without milk and eggs is like finding a needle in a haystack. If you’re simply here for the vegan bits feel free to skip on through but if you are vegan and gluten intolerant I bet you can’t even remember the last time you had a decent sandwich! Well, blue border has you covered, not only do we have five vegan sandwich recipes to share with you we also have five gluten-free, vegan bread recipes!
Try this classic sandwich bread recipe for all your sandwich needs!
This loaf is for those of you that want the healthy option. It’s mega nutritious, perfect for open sandwiches and makes excellent avocado toast.
Yes, you can make a sandwich with focaccia and let me tell it’s quite something! Just imagine all your favourite fillings snuggled between garlicky, herby, pillow-soft bread!
If you’re up for a deep dive into the realm of GF bread, have a go at this sourdough recipe. It might be a week before you get your sandwich but there is nothing more satisfying than making a loaf of gluten-free sourdough.
Every great sandwich needs a great spread! From mayo to hummus to pesto, a spread adds creaminess, flavour and moisture!
Whether you’re going for a toasted sandwich or just prefer your sandwich bread buttered, you can’t go wrong with Naturli Vegan Block. This vegan butter is solid and performs just like dairy butter.
No bagel is complete without cream cheese! Violife makes a super tasty vegan cream cheese and they have a huge range of flavours (hot pepper, tzatziki, cheddar and onion . . .).
The Sainsburys own brand vegan cream cheese is also very close to the real thing.
- Follow Your Heart – Vegenaise
Follow Your Heart is a trailblazing vegan brand. Their vegenaise is one of the original vegan mayos and is still one of the best. They also recently released an Aioli and a sriracha vegenaise!
- Hellman’s Vegan Mayo
OMGosh this tastes just like the regular Hellman’s mayo! It will take you right back to your Omni sandwich days!
Fancy learning how to make vegan mayo of your own? It’s easier than you think and costs a fraction of the price when compared with a store-bought mayo! Try our recipe for vegan mayo three ways.
Fear not you don’t have to break out the food processor every time you want pesto. Vegan pesto is a great way to pack your sandwiches with flavour and if you’re not a basil fan try a red pepper or sundried tomato pesto.
No vegan meal is quite complete without hummus. In most supermarkets, you are spoilt for choice with brands and flavours of hummus. The best ones have a high percentage of chickpeas in the ingredients (70% and above) and are made with more tahini than oil (i.e. tahini should be higher on the ingredients list than oil).
If you need hummus in a pinch, try making it at home. The BB recipe for caramelised onion hummus can elevate any sandwich and is easily adaptable to make a plain version.
There are countless options when it comes to vegan cheese but not all brands are created equal. A vegan cheese that is stand-alone delicious AND melts on demand is essential for a good sandwich.
- Vegan Greek Block
This vegan feta by Violife is good enough to eat on its own and would be perfect in a roasted veg sandwich with lashing of pesto.
- Sheese Mature Cheddar
This is the best vegan cheese for melting.
For toasted cheese sandwiches, grate it and sprinkle a small handful into a hot frying pan. Place your bread over the cheese, fill with more cheese and toast until golden brown and crisp.
- Follow Your Heart
Try their cheese slices in various flavours.
Also worth trying the Violife cheese slices which come in a handful of flavours and are great for a classic ‘Cheese and Ham’ sandbo.
There’s nothing like a deli slice to take a vegan sandwich to new heights.
- Quorn Pepperoni Slices
- Quorn Smoky Ham Free Slices
- Chicken Free Slices
Not all of Quorn’s products are vegan (they use a lot of eggs and dairy!) but these three deli slices are vegan AND gluten-free! Praise be!
- Tofurkey deli slices
These are also worth a mention but unfortunately, they are NOT gluten-free.
Pickles and Kraut
A sandwich doesn’t feel complete without some sort of pickle. Whether you prefer the classic gherkin or love loading your sandwich with sauerkraut, a pickle does an excellent job of adding a touch of acid to balance out all those rich flavours.
While there’s no reason your pickles and ferments shouldn’t be gluten-free and vegan watch out for kimchi which can be made with fish sauce and soy sauce. Our kimchi recipe is vegan and GF!
Vegan Sandwich Recipes
With three layers of toasted gluten-free sourdough, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, vegan deli slices and creamy mayo, this vegan club sandwich is the answer to all your gluten-free, vegan lunch prayers.
This sandwich is a riff on the classic BLT or BLAT if you’ve ever been to a trendy cafe in Australia. Fried smoked tofu replaces the ‘Bacon’, red sauerkraut stands in for lettuce and I wouldn’t even think about leaving out the avocado and tomato slices. All the elements come together to make a sandwich just as satisfying as the title ‘vegan BRAT’.
You don’t need any leftovers to make this festive sandwich, just a bit of festive spirit! It’s jam-packed with all the Christmas dinner best bits – a super quick sage and onion stuffing, on the double cranberry sauce, creamy mayo, vegan ‘chicken’ slices and vegan cheese. Basically a party between two slices of gluten-free bread!
Move over corned beef charred broccoli is the new kid on the block! This vegan broccoli Reuben is super delish. Made with Russian dressing, turmeric sauerkraut and melty vegan cheese!
What better combination than melted cheese, rich tomato sauce and juicy golden brown meatballs on a lightly toasted baguette? This recipe for gluten-free and vegan meatball subs (and of course, vegetarian) uses just 5 ingredients and includes a great little hack to keep it fast and easy.