11 Fantastic Vegetarian Sandwiches Guaranteed To Fill You Up

September 27, 2017

You don't just have to be meatless on Monday. I mean, whether you want to eat seasonally, sustainably, or just straight-up healthily, spending a day sans meat is a great start to the week. What’s not so great is the mess my grain bowls, salads, or soups make. They aren’t that easy to pack (anyone else spilled dressing in their bag??) and leave stray grains and splashes at my desk.

No, it’s the handheld, travel-ready, self-contained sandwiches that are true lunchtime heroes. They might leave behind some crumbs, but won't burden you with oily, bulky containers or utensils to clean and carry. Eat them desk-side, park-side, in 10 minutes or leisurely hour-long lunch break. Plus, cutting out meat doesn't limit how delicious sandwiches can be—go ahead and experiment with breads, fillings, spreads, heat, or height. The next time you want a satisfying, low-mess meatless meal, make one of these 11 sandwiches. It doesn't even have to be Monday.

What are your favorite meatless sandwiches? We're talkin' bread, filling, spreads, and more! Let us know below.

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miznic May 12, 2019
On toasted brioche: open-face - arugula, brie and pears, then lightly broil.
JoAnne L. October 5, 2017
Chickpea salad made with cooked chickpeas, finely chopped celery, lemon juice, salt and pepper, whirled briefly in the food processer, then add a small bunch of thinly sliced green onions. This keeps well in a covered glass container in the fridge. Spread Trader Joe's Gluten Free Bread (the one with seeds and nuts) with a thin layer of Magestic Garlic Spread. (It's made with safflower seeds and garlic whipped up at high speed, in Temecula, Ca. and beats mayo all to heck) lay on a thick layer of the chickpea salad, a Romaine lettuce leaf or two and a thick slice of juicy tomato. I also add a slice of purple onion if I have it, onion/onion.
I use all organic veggies and chickpeas. Cut that baby in half and it's PARADISE! Who needs chicken salad?!?
Lillian S. October 5, 2017
Wheat toast with avocado and alfalfa sprouts...delish!
Regine October 1, 2017
My favorite is tomato sandwiches. 2 thick slices of brioche bread (like Trader Joes’s), mayonnaise, slices of tomatoe sprinkled with salt. Toasted bread with good butter, slices of radishes and a good sprinkling of salt is delicious too.
Babette O. September 29, 2017
I haven't eaten red meat in over 40 years. I rarely ever made or make, pretend meat ... you know, those vegetables or pieces of cheese that are disguised as meat so someone will forget it isn't meat ...
For me, there is nothing on a hot summer day, better than a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade and a mozzarella and tomato sandwich on a slightly toasted soft roll with a dash of balsamic vinegar .. the end :)
BerryBaby September 29, 2017
Tortilla wraps are great! I fill them with shredded red cabbage, thinly sliced carrots, red leaf lettuce, avocado, black sliced olives and drizzle it all with whatever dressing I'm in the mood for be it red wine vinegar, Green Goddess dressing, or Italian before rolling it up. To me, they are the perfect package.😋
Babette O. September 29, 2017
Yes yes yes ! :) The black olives always do it for me .
JoAnne L. October 5, 2017
Berry Baby, I've been Vegan, Gluten and corn free for ten years for strict health reasons. I can handle some non GMO corn products sparingly now and then. Your wrap sounds delicious! It actually made me hungry just reading about it! I'll try it with a gluten free tortilla soon!
Ttrockwood September 28, 2017
I'm not sure that cauliflower po'boy or grilled cheese sandwich is especially office desk lunch practical....
One of my classic favorites is the chickpea sunflower seed sandwich from the minimalist baker blog, i make a batch sunday pm and use for sandwiches and salads in the coming week. (Although i am really into nori rolls lately so i just use a sheet of nori and fill and roll like a cone)
And they look at me like i am insane at the bagel shop but this is the best combo ever: everything bagel, hummus, sliced pickles, thin sliced red onion, lettuce, tomato and sliced cucumber. The briney acidic pop of the pickle gives the veggies a kick and the hummus adds a creamy texture.
Panfusine September 28, 2017
Its not exactly a sandwich, But the Vada Pao (a carb overloaded filling of a spiced potato fritter stuffed into a rustic tangy pao bun) definitely shares the top spot with the Mumbai sandwich