By Elly Leavitt and Alyssa Clough

Published on March 7, 2018

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If you think sandwiches without meat are sad, think again. Sandwiches filled with veggies are not only good for you (it’s almost like eating a salad, right?) but they’re also delicious. Thanks in part to spreads and creative combinations. Keep reading for a few of our favorite recipes.

Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich

For those who eat with their eyes—or at least, their Instagram—this is the sandwich for you. As flavorful as it is colorful, this healthy meal is pretty much the most enticing way to eat vegetables we’ve ever seen.

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Butternut Squash, Stilton, and Rosemary Bun


Aspiring Ina Gartens, pay attention. With the caramelized squash and sharp cheese perfectly balancing each other out, this toasty sandwich is one comfort food you’ll want to make year round.

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Very Vegan Jalapeno Pesto Sandwich

We’ll eat anything that has jalapenos listed as an ingredient and the same goes for pesto, so there’s really no world in which we don’t devour this sandwich.

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Gouda, Kale, and Avocado Egg Sandwich

Consider it the healthier version of a greasy breakfast sandwich. The addition of all those greens totally counteracts the gooey cheese in this recipe (right?).

 
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Caprese Croissant Sandwich

This caprese sandwich has the one thing salad is missing: bread. Make some delicious homemade pesto (or save time and buy some) and slather it on a croissant for a flavorful lunch.

 
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The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich

Comprised of almost every vegetable you would think to put in a sandwich. Think lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, avocado, sprouts, tomatoes, and onions. Dream team. 

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Green Goddess Sandwich

Does it get any better than this topping combo? Fresh mozzarella, avocado, and a special sauce (plus some other yummy veggies). If you’re new to veggie sandwiches, this is the one to try first.

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Pickled Carrot and Hummus Sandwich

Isn’t pickling your vegetables fun? Or at the very least, isn’t eating them fun? If you agree, you’ll love this recipe. 

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Mexican-Style Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Any sandwich that involves melted cheese is a must-try, this one included. The roasted veggies and spices add flavor to what is basically the sandwich version of a vegetarian quesadilla.

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Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Tomato Jam

The key ingredient to this grilled veggie sandwich is obviously the tomato jam. If you haven’t tried a savory jam yet, move this recipe to the top of your list.

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Avocado and Marinated Kale Salad Sandwich

It’s like a salad, but plus bread! If that makes you nervous, look closely and you’ll see a homemade lemon-basil aioli, which should more or less make all your worries disappear, like, instantly.

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Smashed White Bean and Avocado Sandwich

This sandwich is kind of like avocado toast, but with smashed beans added into the mix, which means more protein and flavor.

(Want more healthy lunch ideas? We have ’em.)

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Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

A good way to ease into veggie sandwiches is by getting well acquainted with the basics, like this straightforward veggie and hummus sandwich. All you have to do is spread on some hummus (to both pieces of bread, of course) and layer on your favorite vegetables. Easy.

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Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

Wraps also fall into the sandwich category (why? because we say so!). If you’re not already obsessed with eating buffalo veggies—instead of the usual wings—add some chickpeas to your grocery list and get to trying.

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Vegetable Banh Mi

Do we even need to convince you? This recipe has ALL the flavor (hello, green aioli) and none of the meat. 

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Roasted Vegetable Grilled Cheese

Though goat cheese is not often the first type of cheese we reach for when crafting a panini, it should be. Warm, melty goat cheese paired with roasted vegetables is a delectable treat that might just become your new favorite lunchtime staple. 

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California Veggie Sandwich

Two spreads, five vegetables, and we’re sold. This sandwich does involve a bit of prep (you have to pickle a few vegetables), but it’s worth the extra work.

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Roasted Eggplant and Bell Pepper Sandwich with Garlic Aioli 

This Mediterranean-esque sandwich has it all. Eggplant, garlic aioli, feta, and more. 

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Spicy Falafel and Roasted Veggie Naan-Wich

Just so you know, naan-wiches definitely count as sandwiches. Pick up or make your own naan and falafel, roast your favorite veggies, and get familiar with the Magic Green Sauce. 

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Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich

This sandwich is drool-worthy. Why? The mix of textures, flavors, and the little prep time involved is enough to inspired us to start licking our screens.

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Hummus Veggie Wrap

An alternative to the simple hummus veggie sandwich is the hummus veggie wrap. Vary your veggies for a different taste or wrap up your faves and keep living the dream.

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Pita with Yogurt Chickpeas and Muhammara

Cue a collective gasp. This pita is stuffed with veggie goodness, including muhammara, a Middle Eastern red pepper and walnut spread. 

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Chipotle White Bean Salad Sandwich

A little spicy and a lot healthy, this veggie ‘wich really has it all… Including jalapeno, roasted corn, bell peppers, onion, white beans, and avocado.

This story was originally published August 2016. It was updated March 2018.

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