When you were a kid, how many times did you groan about finding another turkey sandwich and bag of sliced veggies in your lunchbox? Your friends got soft, crustless PB&Js, and the really lucky ones got a Nutella and marshmallow fluff combo. Of course, you’re wiser now; you actually like sliced veggies, but you’re still sick of deli meat. We are too, which is why we’re putting the veg directly on the sandwich. Bite into one of these seven veggie-only sandwiches tomorrow, and we bet you’ll be the envy of the (work) lunch table.
1. Golden Beet Sandwich With Sunflower Tzatziki
Roast golden beets and layer them onto your favorite bread with a pile of sprouts and plenty of avocado. If you’ve got the time, make a batch of the creamy (vegan!) tzatziki—but we won’t tell if you just use your favorite bottled smear.
2. Vegetable Bahn Mi
While a classic bahn mi may be bursting with roasted pork or beef, you can still achieve the classic Vietnamese flavors with pickled vegetables. The garlicky chili sauce adds depth, but if you’re a strict vegetarian, swap the fish sauce for soy sauce with a little lime juice.
3. Spicy Sweet Potato Chip and Avocado Sandwich
You read that correctly: Potato. Chip. Sandwich. It’s not a fever dream; this is really something you can make today. This spicy-sweet blend of homemade sweet potato chips and creamy avocado is smeared with Sriracha-dijonaise. We’ll give you a moment to collect yourself.
4. Green Goddess Sandwich
Like everyone’s favorite salad dressing, the green goddess sandwich is bright, creamy, and packed with veg. PSA: Store-bought pesto is just fine. You’re already eating a vegetable sandwich; you’ve earned it.
5. Pebre and Taleggio Rye Sandwich
At first it looks like just a cheese sandwich, but this Taleggio on rye is coated in a zingy Chilean chili-garlic sauce and dotted with briny capers. We guarantee you won’t get bored halfway through.
6. Spiced Butternut Squash Sandwich
It doesn’t have to be November to go to town on a Thanksgiving leftovers-inspired sandwich. This spiced butternut squash and caramelized onion sandwich would be just as welcome in our bellies any time of year.
7. Balsamic-Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper Grilled Cheese
Is there anything better than a grilled cheese? Nope. Yet this sharp cheddar sandwich gets a billion times more exciting when piled with roasted broccoli, red peppers, and onions. Extra points if you can get a kid to eat their veggies this way.