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The Best Veggie Sandwich {Everything But the Kitchen Sink}

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A step-by-step pictorial on how to build The Best Veggie Sandwich using nearly everything but the kitchen sink.

Best Veggie Sandwich 14My sandwich cravings have been off the chart lately.

A couple of years ago I heard “sandwich” and automatically thought it meant “unhealthy.”  Boy was I wrong.  With the right ingredients, sandwiches are not only delicious, but are also colorful, healthy, and make for a well-rounded meal.  We’re talking veggies, protein, healthy fats, and carbs all in one.  Veggie sandwiches just may be the next “superfood!”

So that might be pushing it… but it’s time to stop fearing the sandwich and start eating the sandwich in all its glory!  Check out my step-by-step pictorial on how to build The Best Veggie Sandwich:

Best Veggie SandwichGrab a slice of bread.  I used Ezekiel’s sprouted whole grain bread, but choose a brand that works for you and your dietary needs.

Best Veggie Sandwich 2Spread the slice of bread with hummus.  I selected a spicy red pepper hummus, but any flavor will work.  If you are a mayo person, that will be just fine, too.  I am a big fan of Vegenaise vegan mayo!

Best Veggie Sandwich 3Add a big ‘ole stack of iceberg or romaine lettuce.

Best Veggie Sandwich 4Top the lettuce with the onion rings (no, not the breaded kind) of your choice.  I selected red onions for my sandwich.

Best Veggie Sandwich 5Stack two 1/2-inch thick slices of peeled cucumber on top of the onions.

Best Veggie Sandwich 6Next up: a slice of vegan cheese!  I highly, highly recommend going with the new Field Roast Chao vegan slices.  Of course, if you are not vegan than regular cheese will do.

Best Veggie Sandwich 7Add gorgeous, ripened red tomato slices to your sandwich.

Best Veggie Sandwich 8On top of the tomato slices goes one of my new favorite sandwich ingredients: raw caraway seed sauerkraut.  The sauerkraut does a great job of lending a bit of saltiness to your tomato stack.

Best Veggie Sandwich 9You can never have too many greens.  Add on some fresh baby spinach leaves!

Best Veggie Sandwich 10One of my most favorite non-traditional sandwich ingredients is chips!  I selected root vegetable chips.  Not only do they add gorgeous color to the sandwich, but they provide the perfect crunch.

Best Veggie Sandwich 11Finish the inside of the sandwich off with your favorite mustard.  I chose spicy brown mustard, but it would also be delicious with yellow or Dijon.

Best Veggie Sandwich 12Top off your sandwich with a second slice of bread.

Best Veggie Sandwich 13I was not kidding when I said this veggie sandwich uses pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.  I also was not kidding when I said it is one of the best veggie sandwiches.  Did I mention that it is completely vegan and gluten-free friendly (when using gluten-free bread)?  You cannot really go wrong with this bad boy.

I will warn you that once stacked, your veggie sandwich will come in at around four to five inches high.  I recommend wrapping up your sandwich in parchment paper or foil before attempting to eat it because it will be taller than the opening of your mouth, and it will be messy!

What are you favorite sandwich toppings?
Do you add any “non-traditional” ingredients to your sandwiches?

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  • Miss Polkadot March 19, 2015, 2:46 am
    Wow, I'm by far no sandwich person but I'd happily take one of yours - minus the mustard and raw onion. Open up a sandwich store! Miss Polkadot recently posted...Good good links #82My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:13 am
      Haha, that would be awesome!!! Now if only I had the money to do so ;)
      • Catherine @ foodiecology March 19, 2015, 10:37 am
        I totally did NOT mean for my comment to be a reply to this thread! Sorry for my pro-sandwich passion, haha. :-)
    • Catherine @ foodiecology March 19, 2015, 10:32 am
      I never understand people (like my MIL) who say they don't like sandwiches? Say what?!! I think they must consider "sandwich" to mean "gross white bread, a dab of mayo/mustard, and slimy deli meat" (icky!) because a good, balanced sandwich is one of my favorite meals. It, like pizza or salad, is an edible blank canvas! This looks incredible (hummus is the best spread) and so, so healthy. Now I wish I had a sandwich for lunch instead of leftovers. ;) Catherine @ foodiecology recently posted...Baby M: 5 MonthsMy Profile
      • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 1:34 pm
        Those silly sandwich haters! They have no clue what they are missing out on!! :(
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 19, 2015, 7:29 am
    Hehe, I still think my BLT is best ;) But I'll give you props for the chippies here! Love the extra crunch! When I was younger (still do) I would always put chips on my PBJ!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:14 am
      Ahh, I haven't tried chips on a PB&J, but now I'm definitely going to. It sounds legit!
  • Alli O March 19, 2015, 7:48 am
    That sandwich looks amazing, I love making ones bigger than my face! I always get carried away with the ingredients I want to include haha! I just wanted to point out though, it may be confusing to others when you put gluten-free friendly. The Ezekiel bread you used is not gluten-free so I just don't want others to see that and think it was. It's just as easy to use gluten-free bread but I hope there is no confusion to others!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:16 am
      Hey Alli! Thanks so much for letting me know that the statement was confusing. I thought that by mentioning using a bread that fits your dietary needs was sufficient, but I see now that it was not enough. I've changed it to make it more clear so that others aren't confused. Thanks for the heads up! P.S. I hope this post will now cause you to go make one of those sandwiches as big as your face. They are the best ;)
  • Channing C March 19, 2015, 7:49 am
    I'm not even kidding you, that looks so delicious! I've adopted a healthier lifestyle in the past few months and this looks like something I could definitely incorporate into my diet. My favorite type of sandwich is usually chicken salad.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:18 am
      Thanks Channing!! Sandwiches always get a bad wrap for being "unhealthy," but this is proof that they don't have to be AND can still be delicious!! Good for you for working towards a healthier lifestyle :)
  • Melissa March 19, 2015, 8:06 am
    Oh my goodness - that sandwich looks DIVINE. I love hummus on sandwiches, especially with the crunch of veggies. Yum! I'm pretty traditional with my sandwiches. Though I am a fan of peanut butter, honey and granola on a pita rolled up - not sure if granola counts as a nontraditional topping? Melissa recently posted...Garlicky Spicy Shrimp and ZoodlesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:19 am
      I'd say it definitely counts! I had never though to combine the three in a pita, but it sounds amazing! Thanks for the idea :)
  • Jason March 19, 2015, 8:25 am
    That is a beautiful sandwich - and I'm a sandwich expert so I know these things. I'd probably toss some avocado on there too, but that's just me. Cheers! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:37 am
      Well if you are a sandwich expert then I am going to take that as a major compliment! Also, I totally thought after making this that I should have added avocado! Next time :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 19, 2015, 10:06 am
    Mmm this looks so yummy! Is it lunchtime yet?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 1:30 pm
      Guess what! It is now (actually after) since I'm just now reading this ;)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 19, 2015, 10:18 am
    I love putting chips on my sandwich! I'm also a major fan of sauerkraut on a sandwich -- on more than one occasion, I've eaten a coleslaw and sauerkraut sandwich. Mmm! This looks like a big tasty sandwich. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Vegan Funfetti PancakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 1:32 pm
      Oh good idea to add coleslaw!! That would be delicious on this. I'm glad I'm not the only sauerkruat lover out there. I'm also a big fan of it on pizza :)
  • Linda @ Veganosity March 19, 2015, 4:41 pm
    That's the mother ship of sandwiches! :) Love the crunchy chips on top.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 4:52 pm
      It's just not the same without the chips. You can't leave them off!!
  • Ashley March 19, 2015, 6:27 pm
    I just finished my dinner (a salad) and I am still thinking about this sandwich!!! Next time I go to the grocery store I am getting everything I need! That sauerkraut sounds awesome! Ashley recently posted...How To Stock A {Mostly} Healthy PantryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 6:56 pm
      Haha, too funny!! I hope you love it as much as I do. I think sauerkraut is the key to a good sandwich... that and tons of veggies and chips! Also, you should try adding sauerkraut to a salad if you haven't already. It's so good!
  • Farrah March 19, 2015, 7:51 pm
    Loving how packed this sandwich is! :D I love food ideas that use up all the stuff in the fridge! :] Hooray for no waste! Farrah recently posted...Day in the Life: Inpatient Family MedicineMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 9:13 pm
      I know, right? This is the PERFECT way to clean out your fridge of any leftover veggies. I'm a food wasting hater too!
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola March 19, 2015, 10:02 pm
    I *love* putting chips on sandwiches! So crunchy and good :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 20, 2015, 9:33 am
      Isn't it the best? It took me years to try it, but I'm not looking back now!
  • Katie March 20, 2015, 2:58 pm
    This looks delish! I am going to have to give it a try soon. xo katie // a touch of teal
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 22, 2015, 10:01 am
      I hope you love it, Katie! Let me know what you think :)
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 20, 2015, 3:56 pm
    Whoa! Now that is a sandwich!! I'm not sure I could fit that bad boy in my mouth. Okay, who am I kidding, yes I could! haha Looks amazing!! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookie Dough BarsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 22, 2015, 10:02 am
      It's a bit of a challenge, but that's half the fun of eating it. I'm sure you could handle it! ;)
  • Emily March 21, 2015, 6:03 pm
    I love how colorful that sandwich is! :-) So vegan cheese, what's in it? Emily recently posted...Body Obsessed? Addicted to Jesus!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 22, 2015, 10:03 am
      The more color the better! Generally speaking, most vegan cheeses are soy based (some are nut based). The Field Roast brand that I love is actually made using tofu (though you would never guess it)!
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks March 22, 2015, 6:49 pm
    I thought you were going to stop with the sauerkraut..but you kept going with the vegetables chips! Love this. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...Avocado SlawMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 22, 2015, 7:45 pm
      BOTH are definitely necessities for a great sandwich!!
  • Jessie March 22, 2015, 9:40 pm
    Even though I haven't been blogging, your blog is one of the few that I've made sure to keep up with. In fact, as soon as I saw this veggie sandwich recipe I decided to have it the next day for lunch. It was big, and mighty delicious! Jessie recently posted...Currently In March + Balance Bar GiveawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 23, 2015, 1:19 pm
      Aww, thanks Jessie! That is so nice to hear. I hope everything is going well for you and those two precious babies! I'm glad you enjoyed the sandwich. I imagine it might become a staple in your lunch routine since it is so easy to throw together!
  • Mary @ Fit and Fed March 22, 2015, 11:09 pm
    That veggie sandwich looks really, really good (if a bit hard to eat)! I had no idea Field Roast makes a vegan cheese. I love their vegan sausage (and they are a local company for me) but, I don't usually have it because of the wheat gluten in it. But I looked up the cheese and it looks gluten-free. It does have palm oil, that's always a concern (rainforest, orangutan habitat) but perhaps I could look into their sourcing.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 23, 2015, 1:20 pm
      Yes, the Field Roast cheese IS gluten free!! I hope you are able to give it a try. It is my favorite of all of the dairy-free cheeses I have tried.

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