This is my favorite sandwich to make. This one is a regular go-to for lunch. It's easy to make, and of course adjust based on whatever vegetables are in season and in the fridge at the moment.
The key is the red-pepper jelly or jam along with some form of vegan non-cheese spread (vegan cream cheese or spreadable cheese), which tastes perfect with the jelly. The red habanero jelly really kicks it up a notch if you have it on hand (red pepper jelly is a usually non-spicy condiment that can serve as a great alternative).
Spicy vegan vegetable sandwich
- 2 slices vegan bread toasted
- 1/4 cup tomato sliced
- 1/3 cup red bell pepper sliced
- 1/2 cup arugula or spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup basil chopped (about 4 leaves)
- 1 Tbsp nut-cheese spread store bought or homemade
- 2 Tbsp red pepper jelly store bought or homemade
- Salt to taste
- Toast the bread and add your condiments (spread and jelly).
- Slice vegetables, tomato, and red pepper and add to sandwich.
- Roll the arugula (or spinach) and basil into a cigar shape and julienne. I like to mix these into a small salad.
- Combine all ingredients into the sandwich and enjoy.
Vegan sandwich variations
There are a million ways to switch up any vegan sandwich, of course. The first way I switch it up is with the spread and nut milk based cheese.
- You can use hot sauce instead of the habanero jelly, or omit it altogether if you don't feel like a spicy sandwich.
- Swap out the cheese spread for a vegan baked goat cheese, or a slice of vegan cheddar.
- If you are not on a low fat diet, add some avocado to your sandwich. This adjusts the nutritional value to approximately 18% of the total calories.
And naturally the vegetables and herbs. I always like some kind of herb in the sandwich though, as it adds a ton of flavor. I almost can't eat the sandwich without a bit of basil, which adds such a fresh and strong herbal flavor to the sandwich. But parsley or cilantro is always a find addition.
I recommend chopping up the herbs with the lettuce and mixing them together.
Make it raw vegan
Use your favorite raw wrap to make this a raw dish.