Say goodbye to cold cuts on white bread—and hello to these incredibly satisfying vegetarian sandwiches.
Love chicken, beef, and pork? We'd like a chance to convince you that vegetarian sandwiches (and really, any meatless meal) can be just as satisfying. The cooks in the Real Simple kitchen have created four mouthwatering vegetarian sandwiches that are sure to please omnivores of all kinds. They're packed with better-for-you ingredients like pepitas, brown rice, and apple cider vinegar. Plus, the building blocks—eggplant meatballs, Romesco sauce—are so versatile, you'll find ways to use them in even more dishes.
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Eggplant-Mushroom Meatball Sub
Eggplant meatballs mixed with savory mushrooms and grains so delicious on rolls with sauce and Parm, you’ll forget vegetarian. What’s better? These meatless balls are super versatile and go well in other dishes. Make extra, stash them in your freezer, and use them for pasta, salads and rice bowls.
Get the recipe: Eggplant-Mushroom Meatball Sub
Pressed Ciabatta With Mozzarella, Pepita Mojo, and Arugula
It’s like a caprese sandwich with an unexpected flavor-boost. Pepitas (a great source of antioxidants and magnesium) get marinated in a mojo-style sauce with citrus, garlic, and olive oil. We loved this on fresh ciabatta, but any other quality bread works as well.
Get the recipe: Pressed Ciabatta With Mozzarella, Pepita Mojo, and Arugula
Cauliflower Tartine With Romesco Sauce
A toasted slice of sourdough bread and a bright and zesty Romesco sauce are the base for this roasted and pickled cauliflower sandwich. Golden raisins and fresh parsley are in the mix to freshen and sweeten this delectable combo, but try using cilantro and chopped dates for a different spin.
Get the recipe: Roasted and Pickled Cauliflower Sandwiches With Romesco
BLT Sandwich With Shiitake Bacon
Shiitake mushrooms take the place of bacon in this vegetarian BLT. Roasting shiitakes concentrates their meaty, umami flavor. Stack this sandwich with a schmear of easy homemade mayo, ripe tomatoes, and tender lettuce. You might never crave a regular BLT again.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian BLT With Shiitake Bacon