Making Thousand Island dressing with good quality ingredients and fewer sweeteners makes for a healthier Reuben, especially a veggie-forward version. The zucchini is roasted with smoky herbs for a heartier bite. Make several sandwiches, or serve the zucchini with other dishes.

Zucchini Reuben With Homemade Thousand Island Dressing [Vegan]



For the Herb-Roasted Zucchini:

  • 3 medium zucchinis, sliced into thick rings
  • Avocado oil or safflower oil
  • Smoked sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Harissa
  • Turmeric

For the Thousand Island Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about half of a small clove)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked sea salt, to taste
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce (optional)

For the Sandwich:

  • Marble rye bread
  • Homemade Thousand Island dressing
  • Herb roasted zucchini
  • Sauerkraut
  • Vegan Swiss cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a baking sheet with oil.
  2. Arrange the zucchini slices evenly across the baking sheet. Brush with oil. Sprinkled with salt, pepper, turmeric, harissa, and turmeric.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned and tender.
  4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  5. To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. Taste, and add additional salt if desired.
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Serve. Store remaining dressing in the refrigerator.

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