A Vegan Mix-and-Match Sandwich

August 15, 2013

Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.

Today: Lunch doesn't have to be complicated. With a good piece of bread, you're already halfway there.


Shop the Story

To anyone who claims that it’s hard to come up with vegan lunch ideas, this is my answer: with two slices of whole grain bread, you can almost instantly assemble a mix-and-match sandwich or tartine.

You’ll need bread of your choosing, a spread or topping (hummus and cashew cheese are my favorites, but of course avocado will work wonderfully, too), and some vegetables. I like to use odds and ends, which in this case meant half of a tomato and two radishes, along with the last of my dill. The idea here is to mix and match, so feel free to get eclectic. Sometimes I’ll do half fruit (think: cashew cheese and nectarines) and half vegetables. 

This is the sort of meal one would never immediately think of as vegan, but it is -- and an easy, adaptable vegan meal at that.  

What do you mix and match on your sandwiches? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo by Gena Hamshaw

Order now

The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).

Order now

Join the Conversation

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Amanda Marie
    Amanda Marie
  • Effie
Gena Hamshaw is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and food blogger. She shares her latest culinary adventures at The Full Helping. She's the author of two cookbooks, Food52 Vegan (2015) and Choosing Raw (2014). She enjoys yoga, sweet potatoes, cashews, and things that are smothered in sauce.


Amanda M. August 28, 2013
Love this! It can be overwhelming sometimes, when you love to cook and enjoy fresh ingredients, to feel like everything you make has to be the most epic recipe ever. (Or is that just me?) I have been loving the simplicity of toasted bread, heirloom tomatoes, some avocado and a little bit of hummus for lunch. Another favorite? Leftovers of anything – from the filling of a burrito (sweet potato, black beans and quinoa) to ratatouille, all smashed on toast. Thank you for these simple lunch ideas!
Effie August 19, 2013
This looks delicious. Please give a recipe for cashew cheese.