Best Vegan Sandwich Ideas to Pack for Lunch

By Alexandra Caspero on March 22, 2022
My favorite plant-based sandwich options to pack for lunch!
12 Recipes

12 vegan sandwich ideas to pack for lunch! If you are looking for healthy vegan sandwich recipes to pack for school or work, save this list of delicious, healthy sandwiches that just happen to be meat-free. 

I love sandwiches, especially to pack for lunch. Is there anything better (or easier) than a sandwich for lunch? Even though I no longer eat meat, I still crave healthy, filling sandwiches loaded with plant-based proteins like tofu, tempeh, seitan or my homemade white bean meatballs.

If you are looking for new vegan sandwich ideas or inspiration for more meat-free lunches; check out the list below and make sure to save (or pin!) your favorites. 

Smoky Miso Maple Tofu Sandwich 

Smoky slabs of miso maple tofu with avocado, arugula and tomato. This latest recipe might be my new favorite vegan sandwich idea. Healthy, simple and the perfect plant-based swap for turkey sandwiches. 

One reader says, “This is sooooo good!!! I had it on a sandwich as a recommended but then the leftovers I put on a salad the next day with some honey mustard and it was amazing too! I liked it so much that I’m headed back to the store to get some more tofu to make more of this for my lunches for the rest of the week!”  

Grab the recipe for my Miso Maple Tofu Sandwich.  

Vegan Sandwich Ideas using Tempeh Bacon

Tempeh Bacon BLT

These Tempeh BLT sandwiches are SO delicious. Homemade tempeh bacon with lettuce, tomato and creamy dairy-free mayo. My guess is that if you aren’t a full-on vegetarian or plant-based eater, then the idea of making bacon out of tempeh might seem a little foreign. However, this is one of my favorite ways to eat tempeh and highly recommend trying it! My 2-year-old daughter loves this bacon and eats it by the fist-full. 

Grab the recipe for my Tempeh Bacon BLT Sandwich

chickpea salad sandwich

Chickpea Salad Sandwich 

This healthy chickpea sandwich is amazing! If you love tuna salad, you’ll love this vegan sandwich version. Smashed chickpeas with dairy-free mayo, pickles, red onion and smoked paprika. Great in a sandwich and also as a wrap, in lettuce cups, pita bread or on top of a salad! 

One reader says, “This was delicious! Added a little chopped radish and served it open-faced on Melba Toast with a slice of tomato and cucumber – so good!” 

Grab the recipe for my Chickpea Salad Sandwich here. 

vegan bahn mi sandwich

Vegan Banh Mi

One of my favorite vegan sandwich ideas! A vegan Banh Mi Sandwich stuffed with lemongrass tofu, spicy slaw, fresh herbs and sriracha mayo. If you are looking for a break from traditional packed-lunches, you’ve gotta try this one. 

One reader says, “These sandwiches were fantastic! My whole family loved them. I used shredded cabbage instead of the cucumber and made the veggies and sriracha ahead of time. It all came together really quickly. Such an interesting combination of flavors and textures. Definitely making these sammies again. Thanks so much for the recipe!” 

Grab the recipe for my Vegan Banh Mi here. 

open vegan sandwich with cashew cheese
Cashew Cheese Sandwich

Cashew Cheese Veggie Sandwich

If you’ve never tried making your own spreadable cheese, I beg you to try this cashew cheese version! This is the ultimate dairy-free cheese sandwich! It’s so good, you’ll never believe it’s dairy-free. I love it most on toasted bread with avocado, tomato, sprouts and thinly sliced cucumbers. 

Grab my Cashew Cheese Veggie Sandwich here. 

Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich

Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe 

Another fantastic vegan sandwich idea! This vegan egg salad tastes and looks just like traditional egg salad! Perfect for sandwiches and salads.

One reader says, “I can’t believe how good this was. I didn’t even realized I was missing egg salad until I had this and now I want to make it again. Thanks!!” 

Grab my Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe here. 

vegan curried tempeh salad wrap

Curry Tempeh Salad Wrap

This plant-based sandwich is so good! Curried tempeh salad with raisins, sunflower seeds, carrots, celery and more. A must try, perfect for packed lunches.

One reader says, “I am absolutely in love with this recipe! It’s very easy to make and has so much flavour! My husband and I highly recommend!” 

Grab the recipe for my Curry Tempeh Salad Wrap. 

Vegan Panini

Vegan Italian Panini

Oh wow, I love this vegan panini sandwich so much. An Italian panini that’s perfect for summer. Grilled mushrooms, zucchini and lemon tofu with homemade lemon-basil mayo. 

Grab my Vegan Italian Panini recipe here. 

vegan chickpea salad on a bagel

Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich

If you love my chickpea salad sandwich, then you’ve gotta try this avocado version. I prefer it served on everything bagels with micro greens. Delicious, healthy and yummy– a must try. 

One reader says, “Loved the Chickpea Avocado salad. I had it on Ezekiel bread instead of a bagel and it was delicious.” 

Grab my Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich recipe here. 

tofu chicken salad sandwich

Tofu Chicken Salad Sandwich 

If you love Panera’s chicken salad sandwich, you’ve gotta try this vegan version! A tip for PERFECT chewy tofu that tastes just like chicken. Mixed with mayo of choice, grapes and celery. 

One reader says, “I made your tofu “chicken” salad sandwich today and it was SOOOOO GOOD! Thank you for sharing such a great and easy recipe, I will definitely be making this ALOT this spring and summer for my family and friends.” 

Grab my Tofu Chicken Salad sandwich here. 

chickpea salad sandwich

Ultimate Chickpea Salad Sandwich

The Ultimate Chickpea Salad Deli Sandwich! Chickpea salad, homemade peach chutney, crunchy almonds and curry mayo. 

One reader says, “I’ve been a vegetarian for 5 years and have tried many ‘healthy lunch salads’ over that time. I have to say, this is hands down the best one I’ve ever made! The blending of the curry powder and the many flavors in the chutney, with the crunch of the almonds and other textures – it was just delicious. This is definitely my new go-to lunch recipe! Thank you!” 

Grab my Ultimate Chickpea Salad Sandwich here. 

Tofu and Spinach Hummus Wrap

Spinach Hummus Wrap

The last of the vegan sandwich ideas! Slightly spicy hummus wrapped in whole wheat lavish bread and topped with veggies and lightly fried tofu. A healthy and filling lunch or quick dinner. 

Grab my Spinach Hummus Wrap recipe here. 



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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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