November 3rd is the day we celebrate one of America’s favorite foods – the sandwich! The sandwich was not invented in America, though, but in 18th-century England. John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, wanted a meal he could eat with one hand so his other would be free for the 24-hour gambling event he was attending, so he instructed his servants to put his lunchmeat between two pieces of bread. The idea took off, and sandwiches became popular even among the aristocracy.
Today everyone loves sandwiches from simple grilled cheese sandwiches to gourmet sandwiches, from six-food heroes to wraps and paninis. Making a sandwich is easy but making a great sandwich takes a bit of imagination and skill, combining the right main ingredients, condiments and toppings and matching them with the right bread. Check out these 5 Tips for Making Incredible Sandwiches, Quick Ideas for Sandwich and Wrap Fillings and 10 Dairy-Free Spread Ideas to Transform Your Next Sandwich.
Make sure your sandwich is healthy with these Sandwich and Burger Fillings That are Soy and Processed-Ingredient Free. If you like your sandwiches hearty, then you’ll want to make these 7 Super Vegan Sandwiches for the Superbowl. While burgers are the most popular type of sandwich and you can check out these 50 Monster Burgers and Sandwiches, they get their own holiday (several times each year), so we are going to focus on other types of sandwiches. Here are 12 sensational veggie sandwiches you’ll want to have for lunch … and breakfast … and dinner.
1. Green Goddess Griller
Grilled cheese sandwiches are great, but you’ll feel like a green goddess (or god) when you treat yourself to one of these amazing Green Goddess Griller Sandwiches! Nutty pesto, creamy avocado, and melty vegan cheese come together between two pieces of bread to create the grilled sandwich of your dreams.
2. Sloppy Joes with Simple Slaw
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned Sloppy Joe! This plant-based version is made with veggie crumbles, but it has all the flavor of the traditional sandwich – and not to mention the prerequisite sloppiness! These sandwiches are taken to the next level when topped with a mound of crunchy coleslaw. Pass the napkins!
3. Mexican Quinoa Wraps
These Mexican Quinoa Wraps are so good and good for you. Take some gluten-free tortilla wraps and add a bunch of vegetables, black beans, and some cooked quinoa and you have the perfect on-the-go lunch. Packed with protein, it’s perfect for refueling after a workout.
4. Crispy Curried Tofu Wraps with Homemade Tortillas and Avocado Mayo
This Crispy Curried Tofu Wrap is so good; you have to try it! It’s a delicious and filling lunch, and everyone will ask where you bought it. Tell them how you not only made the seasoned, crispy tofu but that you made the tortillas and avocado mayo yourself too. Then take a big bite and smile!
5. Shiitake and Tofu Breakfast Sandwich with Crispy Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Garlic Aioli
You won’t hit the snooze alarm if you have this Shiitake and Tofu Breakfast Sandwich waiting for you. There’s so much texture and flavor, this is a true breakfast of champions. Finished with real maple syrup and garlic aioli and served with crispy sweet potatoes, this breakfast easily takes home the gold!
6. Crispy Cauliflower Po’ Boy with Remoulade Sauce
Classic Po’ Boy sandwiches are a Louisiana/New Orleans favorite complete with fried shrimp, French baguette, and mayonnaise-based remoulade sauce. This Crispy Cauliflower Po’ Boy is a delicious vegan version. It’s made with crispy cauliflower fritters and a creamy cashew remoulade sauce that will taste like Mardi Gras in your mouth.
7. Best Beet Reuben
This beautiful Beet Reuben is a vegan version of the classic sandwich usually made with meat and cheese. Nice thinly sliced beets and turnip take the place of the corned beef with fermented cashew cheese instead of regular Swiss. Plus some seriously punchy raw sauerkraut on top that is balanced with nutty Rye bread. The sauce, which is a tangy delight, just tops it all off perfectly.
8. Avocado Pumpkin Panini with Caramelized Onions
Better than grilled cheese, this ooey-gooey gluten-free Avocado Pumpkin Panini is filling and delicious. The pumpkin and avocado are so creamy and luscious. The sweet and savory caramelized onions take this to a whole other level of deliciousness.
9. BBQ Pulled Veggie Sandwiches
Summer may be over but we can still enjoy the flavors of barbecue. These BBQ Pulled Veggie Sandwiches have thinly sliced veggies tossed in tangy BBQ sauce and piled on a soft bun … HELLO! Bring a tray of these playful sandwiches to your next shindig and have fun watching them all disappear!
10. BBQ Tempeh and Coleslaw Sandwiches
Make sure you have extra napkins because these BBQ Tempeh and Coleslaw Sandwiches are going to make your mouth water. They have baked tempeh that’s just dripping with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. It’s topped with a crispy coleslaw and served on a whole-wheat bun. Say hello to your new favorite sandwich.
11. Super Fast Chickpea Sandwich
This Chickpea Sandwich is awesome. The filling can be used in wraps, salads, lettuce leaves or even just right out of the bowl! The chickpeas are seasoned with tahini, vinegar, mustard, and kelp for a flavorful sandwich that’s super-fast to throw together.
12. Chickpea and Almond Meal Falafel with Mint
This Chickpea and Almond Meal Falafel doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. It’s just chickpeas, some herbs and spices, and almond meal to bind it, and unlike traditional falafel it’s baked, not fried. The falafel still turns out crunchy on the outside and tender and delicious on the inside. Serve in pitas with tahini or your favorite toppings. You don’t have to be a gambler like the Earl of Sandwich to appreciate a great handheld food. What’s your favorite sandwich? Let us know in the comments.
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Lead image source: Green Goddess Griller