How to Make the Best Vegan Toasties
Up your sandwich game with these vegan toasties. | Peas and Crayons

Bored with your usual midday sandwich? One of the best ways to liven up your lunch is to put it in the toasted sandwich maker. If you don’t have one, just pop it under the grill or into the frying pan to get the same effect; the idea is that you get the bread crunchy and crisp, and the filling all warm and melty—all hallmarks of the best vegan toastie.

How to Make the Best Vegan Toasties

The classic vegan toasted sandwich filling is, of course, dairy-free cheese, but if you’re feeling adventurous, here are 13 different toastie recipe ideas to try out.


 

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Add spinach to your vegan toastie for flavor and nutrition. | Bianca Zapatka

1. Cheese and Spinach

Gooey melted vegan cheese goes well with many different ingredients but spinach is one of the best vegetables you can pair it with. It works on pizza, in pasta, and it works just as well in a toasted sandwich. It’s a healthy addition too; spinach is packed with nutrients, including iron, calcium, and magnesium. If you feel like experimenting, you could make spinach spread for an ultra-creamy filling.

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Roast the pumpkin and the onion first for the perfect texture. | Thrivo

2. Pumpkin and Roasted Onion

This pumpkin and roasted onion recipe will take a little longer to make than your average toastie, but you won’t regret it. To get the perfect texture, allow around 20 minutes to roast the pumpkin and the onion in the oven first. Next, layer up the dairy-free cheese and add spread to the sides for a golden crispy crust.

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Create a curry-hummus with chickpeas, curry paste, and coconut milk. | Toastie Lab

3. Grilled Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Again, this filling takes a little bit more time than your average grilled cheese but it’s worth it. The key ingredient is a kind-of curry-hummus. Mix together curry paste, chickpeas, and coconut milk for the best results. Instead of butter, this recipe recommends spreading softened coconut oil around the sides for a good crunch.

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Try making your own vegan Nutella for this sweet toastie recipe. | Minimalist Baker

4. Nutella and Banana

Who says toasties have to be savory? Make your own vegan Nutella for this sweet recipe using just four ingredients. If you don’t have time for that, try Vego’s Fine Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, Organic Rawnella Vegan Hazelnut Spread, Hey Boo, or Biona’s Chocolate Spead. For extra sweetness, add cinnamon, sliced strawberries, or coconut sugar.

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Packed with hummus, avocado, and rocket, this toasted sandwich recipe doesn’t need cheese. | Rhian’s Recipes

5. Butternut Squash and Hummus

This recipe is completely cheese-free, but you won’t miss it. Recipe maker Rhian’s Recipes says: “the combination of sweet and smoky butternut squash, tangy hummus, creamy avocado, and crisp, peppery rocket makes this sandwich so delicious you won’t even notice the lack of cheese.”

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Got leftover cranberry sauce? Add it to a vegan toastie with pecans and dairy-free provolone. | Peas and Crayons

6. Cranberry Pecan Provolone

Peas and Crayons has developed three unique vegan cheese toastie recipes. To make this cranberry and pecan provolone creation, you’ll need Daiya’s provolone slices, cranberry sauce, and some finely chopped pecans. The recipe list also includes a vegan spinach pesto Swiss grilled cheese and a spicy vegan jalapeño popper grilled cheese.

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Make your own vegan tuna with textured vegetable protein. | The Hidden Veggies

7. ‘Tuna’ Melt

Instead of chickpeas, a popular ingredient for vegan tuna alternatives, this recipe calls for textured vegetable protein (TVP), a dehydrated soy protein that soaks up flavors. To make the tuna melt, mix the TVP crumbles with kelp flakes, salt, mayonnaise, and cheese.

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Add spinach, onions, and carrots for texture. | Ela Vegan

8. Cheese, Carrot, and Spinach

If you’re a vegan cheese-a-holic, you’ll love this recipe. Load on as many slices of dairy-free cheese as you like (to make it extra gooey). For a bit of texture and extra flavor, add spinach, onions, and carrot slices.

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Mix together different vegan cheese slices for the perfect grilled cheese. | I Love Vegan

9. Tempeh Bacon and Cheese

To create the perfect vegan toastie, the blog I Love Vegan says you should mix a few together. The recipe maker advises mixing Daiya Mozzarella and Cheddar-Style shreds. If you miss bacon sandwiches, add a little bacon-flavored tempeh into the mix. This recipe uses smoky tempeh strips.

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This toastie “legit tastes just like pizza on the inside.” | Rabbit and Wolves

10. Pizza-Style

Pizza + toastie = the dream lunch. Recipe maker Rabbit and Wolves says this vegan pizza toastie “legit tastes just like pizza on the inside.” Add your favorite vegan pizza ingredients, but this recipe calls for marinara sauce, vegan ricotta, and basil.

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Add caramelized onion and thyme to your vegan toastie. | My Darling Vegan

11. Caramelized Onion and Thyme

Again, My Darling Vegan has created three different tasty vegan toastie recipes. If you don’t fancy caramelized onion and thyme, try classic plant-based ham and cheese, or even grilled apple and cheese. My Darling Vegan says: “each one is rich, creamy, buttery, filled with flavor, and made with a variety of delicious and melty plant-based cheeses.”

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This recipe makes jackfruit three ways. | Hell Yes It’s Vegan

12. Jackfruit and Cheese

Jackfruit is a versatile vegan ingredient. When it’s pulled or shredded, it has a similar texture to chicken or pork. This recipe makes it three different ways, so you can choose what suits you. Try chipotle, green chili jackfruit, or Buffalo depending on your mood.

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For extra flavor, add Dijon mustard or pesto to this zucchini toastie. | Brown Sugar and Vanilla

13. Vegan Mozzarella and Zucchini

If you want to add a healthy ingredient to your lunchtime go-to, try zucchini. It’s rich in a number of minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. For extra flavor, add a dash of Dijon mustard. If mustard isn’t your thing, try pesto, tomatoes, chipotle, or kimchi mayo. It’s completely customizable.

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