10 Yummy {Plant-Based} Summer Sandwiches

Updated: May 30

There’s nothing better than a sandwich. They’re easy to make, perfectly portable, delicious, and satisfying. Believe it or not, the sandwich that we know today came about as a result of one man’s gambling problem. In 1762, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was so busy gambling that he asked his cook to bring him something he could eat without getting up from his seat. Montagu loved the resulting meat and bread combination so much that he continued eating them, and as his creation gained popularity in London society circles it also took on the Earl’s name. Since then, the sandwich traveled across the Atlantic to the United States, where the Po’ Boy, the Sloppy Joe, and the Reuben were invented, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Sandwiches can be nostalgic. Did you grow up eating peanut butter and jelly on white bread? Crusts on or off? Did you like it sliced diagonally, or right down the middle? Sandwiches can also be creative! You can experiment with tastes and texture, adding something crunchy here, a spicy or sweet sauce there. Toast it, press it, or roll it into a wrap! The possibilities are endless. And, sandwiches can be healthy. A traditional sandwich is made with white bread, meat, cheese, and if you’re lucky, some vegetables. Think of your typical BLT, ham and cheese, or club sandwich. These tend to deliver maximum calories, but very little nutrition. You can “healthify” your sandwiches by making veggies the star of the show! In place of meat, substitute in some “meatier” veggies like mushrooms or eggplant, replace white bread with whole wheat or wrap it up in a leafy green, and amp up the flavor by topping it with healthy fats and unique seasonings.

Here are 10 plant-based sandwiches recipes for you to try today:

1. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Not only is this power plant-based wrap bursting with flavor but it only takes minutes to prepare! It's also very versatile. Make it as a sandwich with whole-grain bread, wrap it in a whole-grain tortilla or stuff it in a collard green wrap for ultimate healthy sandwich-ing!

2. Hearty Lentil Burgers

Hearty, healthy, satisfying and delicious—that explains these nutrition-packed burgers that keep on giving back with leftovers for days ahead! Make them Mediterranean-style and wrap in whole-grain lavash (a Mediterranean-style bread) or pita bread spread with hummus and topped with olives, onion, and greens.

3. Better Than Your Frozen Black Bean Burgers

Say bye-bye to pre-packaged burgers. This black bean burger is so easy, tasty, and nutritious that you'll never want to buy another frozen veggie patty! Spread store-bought or homemade vegan mayo on a whole-grain bun then add tomato, arugula, and kimchi or kraut for some probiotic goodness.