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Mayim Bialik’s Reuben Sandwich [Vegan]

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It can be hard to give up your favorite sandwich when you decide to eat more plant-based foods … That is, until you learn that you can make everything you’ve ever dreamed of, like this Reuben sandwich! It recreates the flavor of a classic deli reuben with ingredients and spices that mimic the original to a T. It’s packed with veggie bacon, sauerkraut, and deliciously spiced onions. Grilling the rye bread makes all the difference, so don’t skip that step!

Reuben Sandwich [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan




For the Thousand Island Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons dill pickles

For the Sautéed Onions:

  • diced sautéed onions
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For Assembly:

  • 8 slices vegan rye bread
  • 8 slices vegan bacon
  • 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained


  1. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. To make the onions, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, bay leaves, paprika, caraway seeds, dill, salt, vinegar, tamari, and pepper. Add the water and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated. Remove the bay leaves.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spread two slices of the bread with margarine. Grill in a small skillet, margarine side down, for 3 minutes on one side only. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread.
  4.  To assemble each sandwich, spread the dressing on the ungrilled sides of two slices of toast. Add the sauerkraut, two pieces of vegan bacon, and the sautéed onions.


This recipe is from Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.




Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler. Mayim released her first book on attachment parenting through Simon & Schuster titled “Beyond the Sling.” She most recently released her 2nd book “Mayim’s Vegan Table,” a Vegan family cookbook, February 2014 by Da Capo Press.



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45 comments on “Mayim Bialik’s Reuben Sandwich [Vegan]”

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Jock Doubleday
7 Months Ago

Not to be a downer, but the vegan bacon is made of tofu (poison to joints and thyroid gland and more), the vegan mayo has soy or canola oil (both poison), the ketchup has refined sugar (poison), and the vegan margarine has soy or canola or both. So, as a vegan, that is, as someone interested in health, this recipe goes straight into the garbage can! Have a healthy, well-researched day.

1 Years Ago

Just tried this tonight and it was so delicious! This is a keeper and I\'ll definitely be making this many times again.

4 Years Ago

How much water do I add?

08 May 2015

I had to guess also. Since it said to cook down for 10 mins. until liquid evaporated, I used about 3/4 cup. That is sort of an estimate. Hope that helps!

Chayim Pressley
4 Years Ago


Amy Sweeny
4 Years Ago

Nom nom mom sauerkraut!

Brian Allado
4 Years Ago

Marivel Zialcita Allado

Ashley Vander Pol
4 Years Ago

Sara Matteson this sounds delicious Emma Brann

Guy Leffel
4 Years Ago

Also good to substitute apple slices for bread

Amanda Colombani
4 Years Ago

Jay Elena

Diane Marcina
4 Years Ago

The vegan mayo and bacon? I'd want to see the ingredients is THAT before I ever agreed this was a good recipe :-( Vegan does NOT always mean healthy people!

08 May 2015

We made our own dehydrated eggplant bacon - very healthy. We also found that sauteed very thin slices of opo squash (found in Asian mkt) can be nice "bacon" sub. We ended up smearing avocado as our "mayo" on the bread and added pickle slices to the sandwich to make it more like the listed dressing. I find vegan recipes very easy to make subs and it still taste delicious. Have no idea if right for others. Thanks!

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