Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches

A fun and vivid lunchtime option for kids and big kids at heart. We make these Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches for summer picnics come rain or shine.

Sandwiches are usually a food type we avoid. Memories of soggy sandwiches dented in my school lunch box or slightly too hard sandwiches from a party table put me right off. So now and again, when we really fancy sandwiches, we decided an eye-pleasing, playful plate of creations was the only way to go.

About the Ingredients

When it comes to choosing ingredients for our Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches, we like to choose the items with the lowest carbon footprint and the least packaging waste.

Vegan Meal with The Natural Essex Girl

Lettuce

Freshly grown lettuce is the best option for the ‘green’ part of our rainbow themed sandwiches, not only because it tastes better this way, but because it can be picked from the garden package-free. If you don’t have the space to grow lettuce, speak to someone with a local allotment or garden who has excess growing in the summer and see if they would be willing to let you buy some.

Failing that, the next best option, is to visit your local farm shop or greengrocer. Take a reusable bag or box for all your salad ingredients when you shop this way, and wherever possible, choose the items that come packaging free! This can be tough with lettuce but you never know… 

You don’t have to feel limited to one type of lettuce with the Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches. In fact, the more varieties the better! We like iceberg lettuce as for a crisp, green colour and because we can grow it easily in small trays on the window sill at home.

We’ve also recently experimented with growing a colourful variety of chard with pink and yellow stems. It came as part of this Funky Veg Kit which is definitely the perfect partner for rainbow themed lunch ideas, just like these sandwiches.

Tofu ‘Egg’ Mayo

Finding new sandwich fillings became a bit of a challenge when we first started eating vegan. But choosing to eat a vegan or plant based diet doesn’t mean you have to give up sandwiches. There’s nothing worse than a dry sandwich, so we worked hard to create appealing vegan sandwich fillings that complimented the dryness of bread with just the right amount of moist-ness. What’s our favourite vegan sandwich filling as a result of our experimenting? Tofu ‘egg’ mayo.

For the tofu ‘egg’ mayo sandwich filling, we highly recommend using a smoked tofu for a much fuller flavour than plain tofu, like this one from TheVeganKind. You will also need turmeric for that yellowy ‘egg’ look. Lastly, a vegan mayonnaise is the other key ingredient, of which there are now plenty of options available. Yay! Think of the planet by choosing one in a glass jar instead of a plastic tube, like our favourite by Hellman’s.

Have you tried tofu ‘egg’ mayo? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Beetroot Hummus

Our third and most vibrant vegan sandwich involves beetroot hummus. We love hummus, and the addition of beetroot makes a deliciously sweet change to the original recipe.

You can easily make your own beetroot hummus using a simple recipe like this one. If you are short on time, cheat by purchasing beetroot hummus in the supermarket. If the only option available to you comes in a single use plastic pot, why not find a fun and inventive way to reuse it after you’ve eaten all the hummus? 

Beetroots can easily be grown in a garden or allotment, and require cooking before use. If you’re making your own beetroot hummus, when choosing beetroot, avoid the pre cooked option that is usually sold in plastic, swapping it for a whole, raw beetroot that doesn’t take long to cook.

Print Recipe
Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches
A fun and vivid lunchtime option for kids and big kids at heart.
Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches
Course Lunch
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Lunch
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Prepare your sandwich fillings before removing the bread slices. This will help keep your sandwiches soft and fresh. Wash the lettuce, slice the tomato, and grate the carrot.
  2. Chop the smoked tofu into small cubes and then crush into a bowl with your fingers. Add the black pepper, turmeric, cress and roughly 4 tbs of mayonnaise, depending on your preference for dry or moist sandwich fillings. Combine well.
  3. Butter the slices of bread. Then, create three separate sandwiches. In the first, add the tofu 'egg' mayo. In the second, add beetroot hummus and the grated carrot. In the third, add sliced tomato, lettuce and mayo. Once you are happy with your sandwich fillings, slice as per your preference; we love triangles.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you're making these Vegan Rainbow Sandwiches for a picnic, keep them fresher for longer with an eco friendly food wrap, like these beeswax wraps.

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