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Build A Better Sandwich: Vegetarian Edition

We’ve shared tips on how to build a better sandwich, but this time we’re looking at vegetarian sandwiches. As with any other sandwich, vegetarian sandwiches require a certain craft to take them above and beyond. With that said, here are some of the best tips on crafting the perfect vegetarian sandwich.

Herbs
Why limit yourself to lettuce? Soft herbs with tender stems offer a crunchy texture along with fresh flavor. Try subbing your standard Iceberg or Bibb lettuce for fresh herbs, or use both for an interesting mix.

“Meat”
Rather than simply stuffing a salad between bread, choose a vegetable that mimics meat to add some bulk. Some good options include roasted eggplant, sweet potato, Portobello mushroom, broccolini, or lentils.

Fats
Add mayo, avocado and/or cheese to give your sandwich body and to blend flavors together. Just be mindful not to overdo it.

Presentation
Whether you like to show off your culinary creations or not, there is a universal understanding that presentation is key. Vegetarian sandwiches allow you to get incredibly creative and colorful (ex. orange sweet potatoes, hot pink beets, green herbs). Remember that a colorful sandwich is a flavorful sandwich.

Texture
Luckily, you can play with the textures of various ingredients. Have fun with crunchy and tender veggies, herbs, soft or crusty bread, and even cheese textures.

Acidity
While pickles and coleslaw are classic condiments, try thinking outside of the box. For that vinegary, acidic flavor, try pickled red onions or mustard greens (both of which can be overwhelming when served raw).

Do you get imaginative with your vegetarian sandwiches or do you have a go-to recipe? Share your favorite recipes, veggie combos, and tips with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Come in and try our Lentilicious Sandwich or build your own Veggie sandwich today! Dine in weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00-4:30pm or get our yummy sandwiches and salads delivered to you via DoorDash or UberEATS!

Spruce Up Your Veggie Sandwich

It’s no surprise that here at the Brick Market & Deli, we love sandwiches. We appreciate a well crafted mix of meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments cradled by fresh bread. The possibilities are limitless. For our vegetarian and vegan friends, a little creativity can go a long way. Below are some tips to enhance your veggie sandwiches.

veggie and lentil sandwichAdd Beans

A great source of nutrition, beans can provide health benefits as well as a flavorful new texture. Mashed up or used in its original form, beans can help to make you feel satisfied longer. Feeling hesitant? Come in & try out Lentilicious sandwich, packed with lentils and veggies – you won’t be disappointed.

Pile On The Veggies

Why not? Since veggies are healthy (and presumably your favorite kinds), double up for a more filling meal. Or try different flavor combinations, such as adding roasted red peppers, beets, or avocado to change things up. Adding avocado slices brings a contrasting texture, great flavor, along with healthy fats and B vitamins. Or instead of slicing it, mash it up and use it as a healthy (and vegan) spread.

Vegan Spreads

Most people don’t like their sandwiches dry, so for an easier way to add moisture and more flavor, try using mashed avocado (as mentioned),  hummus, hot sauces, mustards, or olive spreads/tapenades. Or you can opt for making your own spreads at home, and, thanks to the Internet, there are numerous recipes at our fingertips. These recipes are usually healthier and easier on the wallet.

Bread Alternatives

The bread can make or break a sandwich. Depending on your diet, you may want to nix the bread all together. Or if you want to try something different, transform your sandwich into a wrap. You can use tortillas, pita bread, or some even use collard greens. If you’re into DIY, you can even make your own bread, tailored to your flavor and texture preferences.

Adapt The Classics

Vegans & vegetarians can enjoy adapted versions of meaty sandwiches like the Reuben or a Philly Cheesesteak. Things like tempeh, seitan or tofu are delicious, protein rich replacements. If you’re in the mood for a burger, simply substitute a veggie patty, either store bought or homemade, and top it with your favorites. For great alternative recipes, check out our Pinterest page.

Have we missed anything? Do you have your own tips you would like to share with your peers? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Instagram!

Don’t feel like making your own sandwich? Come down to the Brick Market & Deli and we’ll gladly craft a yummy sandwich for you!