April 23, 2018
Vegetarian Beet Reuben Sandwich + Giveaway
vegetarian beet reuben
Letting you know that this post is brought to you by Aunt Nellie’s. I LOVE their jarred beet products!

Oh man, have I got the sandwich for you. This vegetarian beet Reuben sandwich is so knock-your-socks-off delicious; I can’t wait for you to try it!

Two pieces of rye bread hold together perfectly pickled beets, punchy sauerkraut, melted swiss and homemade thousand island inspired spread. It’s possibly the furthest thing from a classic Reuben, but it’s so yummy and perfect that it might just top the original. At least, in my mind. I’ve never actually had a traditional Reuben sandwich but who cares? The combination of flavors is so amazing; it doesn’t really matter what you call it.

vegetarian beet reuben

To keep things easy, I’m using my favorite pickled sliced beets from Aunt Nellie’s. Picked and packed at peak ripeness, these beets taste like homemade without any peeling, cooking and pickling required. Simply open the jar, top your sandwich, griddle until melted and enjoy.

Are you a beet fan? They are one of BL’s favorite vegetables so we eat them often. I love arugula, whipped feta and pickled beet sandwiches, adding jarred beets to homemade hummus and adding a few drops of beet liquid to lemonade for a delicious take on pink lemonade. It’s safe to say that we love beets in all forms; especially when they are as delicious (and easy to use) as Aunt Nellie’s.

can of pickled beets

rye bread with sauerkraut, swiss cheese and pickled beets

If you love beets, then you must try this sandwich. And, for more beet love, be sure to check out Aunt Nellie’s Facebook and Instagram pages this week! I’ll be taking over today to share some of my favorite ways that I enjoy beets.

For more great beet recipes and information on the seven varieties of beets they offer, visit the Aunt Nellie’s website.

As a thank you for being such an amazing reader, I’m giving away a $100 Visa Giftcard AND an Aunt Nellie’s gift back. For an easy entry, comment below on your favorite way to eat beets! xo

vegetarian beet reuben

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!

vegetarian beet reuben

Vegetarian Beet Reuben Sandwich

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: dinner, main
  • Cuisine: vegetarian, lunch


Vegetarian Beet Reuben! You’ve gotta try this creative sandwich. Homemade thousand island dressing, swiss cheese, pickled beets, sauerkraut on rye bread. Ready in just 10 minutes! 

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: dinner, main
  • Cuisine: vegetarian, lunch
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: dinner, main
  • Cuisine: vegetarian, lunch


  • 1/4 cup mayo 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill pickle
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup 
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 8 slices swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup drained sauerkraut
  • 1 jar Aunt Nellie’s sliced pickled beets, drained and patted dry 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 


  1. Mix the mayo, pickle, ketchup and hot sauce together in a small bowl. 
  2. Assemble the sandwiches: spread a slice of bread with the mayo mixture, then add a slice of cheese, 5-7 slices of beet, ~1/4 cup of sauerkraut, another slice of cheese. Top with another slice of bread spread with the mayo mixture. Repeat with the rest of the sandwiches (bread, mayo, cheese, beets, sauerkraut, cheese, mayo, bread)
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add a sandwich and let cook until crispy, golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook another 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches, adding a little more butter if needed.
  4. Cut in half and serve warm! 

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  1. Made it. Loved it. I thought that maybe add a little pepper, then realized I used bottled thousand island dressing. Making the dressing per the recipe with hot sauce should do the trick.

  2. Ever since joining the vegetarian crowd I’ve been craving my favorite sandwich, the reuben… This actually cured my cravings for it tonight, very satisfied with my meal! Thanks to you!

  3. I am not sure if you were aware that Aunt Nellie’s beets are made with High Fructose Corn Syrup. It’s the ingredient right after beets and water. Yuck. It’s very easy to make your own pickled beets, and much healthier without that ingredient. This recipe looks very tasty and I will definitely be trying! Just wanted to give you a heads up.

    • Hi Rebecca, yes! I did know that. Of course, my homemade beets won’t contain HFCS but they do take more time to prepare than the jarred version.

  4. I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years, and this recipe is right up my alley! Would love to try it! 😀 So far I haven’t really had a chance to eat beets in a variety of ways – usually I eat them roasted in mixed salads with goat cheese or feta!

  5. My favorite way to enjoy beets is to make oven baked beet chips. I also love to grate beets and add them to veggie burgers.

  6. I love making a salad with beets, orange wedges and arugula with citrus dressing. So refreshing in the summer heat.

  7. I haven’t liked beets for a while, but when I learned how good they are on your health (boosts stamina, lowers blood pressure, fights inflammation, detoxes, has anti-cancer properties & is rich in nutrients and fiber), I started blending RAW pieces of beets into my protein shakes and now love them! (Although it did take a little while.)

    The only other way I’ve eaten them is roasted in a salad so I am so excited to try this recipe out!

  8. The only way we eat them that I am aware of is in salads, assuming they weren’t incorporated into something and I didn’t notice. My sister in law is a vegan and she eats them a lot, even making “potato” chips out of them.

  9. I love them in a salad especially with Bleu Cheese dressing! When I was a little girl my grandmother would pickle them every year. I never learned how. I am so glad you do that for me now!

  10. My Favorite way to eat beets is with thinly sliced onions in it’s own beet juice and a dash of apple cider vinegar.

  11. Pickled beets were the only kind I’d had until a few years ago. The ones at Philippe’s deli in downtown Los Angeles are my favorite – I could go there for lunch and happily eat nothing else! Would love to try Aunt Nellie’s brand … I haven’t seen these before. When I’m cooking at home, most often I pickle my own beets using Alton Brown’s recipe, or serve them freshly roasted in a salad tossed with green apples, goat cheese, toasted pecans and greens … soooo good! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. I actually only buy Aunt Nellie’s pickled beets, and I love them in salad, but have never tried them in a sandwich! I also love roasted or steamed beets.

  13. I love pickled beets, they’re really good in salads. I’ve also had them in smoothies but you usually can’t taste them.

  14. I LOVE beets. I actually never tried them until about five years ago, and now I can’t believe I lived most of my life without them. I usually just eat them roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt, but I also love pickled, sliced beets in a green salad.

  15. I have never had a real reuben either! I bet this one is really great. I love to have beets in a fresh salad with arugula and goat cheese!

  16. I admittedly have not been a fan of beets for very long. I avoided them as a child. But I have since embraced them when they’re roasted. I LOVE a good reuben sandwich. I might have to try this and see if I like the combination enough to finally have a way to enjoy pickled beets.

  17. Good Morning….my favourite way is to include them on a tray of roasted veges…ummmm…best! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

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