20 May 2015

The Ultimate Vegan Sandwich for National Vegetarian Week

The ultimate vegan sandwich

This is my ultimate vegan sandwich. It could do with posher bread, but it was gorgeous. It was inspired by one I enjoyed last week, while we were staying in the Taynuilt Hotel, a smashing wee hotel up north. I'll share our trip with you soon. It's a beautiful area and it's well worth a visit. 


While we were in Oban, I went a bit crazy in the deli on the waterfront. I just about bought up the whole shop.  There was so much choice. I got some vegan treats for Graham, some jams, chutneys and a rather splendid deep green bowl. It was just as well Graham arrived when he did or my bank balance would have taken quite a hit.

It was gloriously sunny so we ate ice cream while walking along the waterfront and enjoying the view. We stopped to have a chat to a very friendly man with the cutest little dog and Cooper managed to insult some Jehovah Witnesses.

I know, I know you can't take that boy anywhere, he has an opinion on everything! He picked up a leaflet from their display and had a good look through it, asking us questions and checking some words. He was appalled that they didn't believe in dinosaurs, so when we arrived at another stand, he put the leaflet back saying "thank you very much, but I'm returning this because it's full of lies!". What can I say, I personally think he had a point.

For lunch we found a teeny wee sandwich shop that made some great vegan sandwiches, which we ate while watching the waves, passing boats and diving seagulls.

Cooper wasn't so keen on all the fancy fillings, so we passed over one of our newly bought jars of homemade strawberry jam and he had a jam sandwich.

Graham and I were delighted with the choice and we both decided to have a brown bread sandwiches with hummus, roast pepper, sun blush tomatoes and watercress. I came home from our holiday still thinking about that sandwich and decided I would pimp it up.

The ultimate vegan sandwich

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The Ultimate Vegan Sandwich
The ultimate vegan sandwich, well in my opinion anyway. Go on try it and let me know if you think it's as good as I do.
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread (or something a bit more exciting)
  • 3-4 tbsp homemade kale and coriander hummus (or your favourite hummus)
  • ½ roasted pepper, sliced
  • 1 ripe salad tomato, sliced
  • 3 sun blush tomatoes, sliced
  • 5 slices cucumber
  • 3-4 falafel, halved
  • 2 pickled baby beets, sliced (optional)
  • a good handful of rocket (arugula)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Spread one slice of bred with a thick layer of hummus. You can spread the other side with a little dairy free spread if you want, but I don't think it needs it.2. Layer up your sandwich tomato, pepper and cucumber.3. Top with falafel and beetroot and season with black pepper.4. Add the rocket and season again.5. Top with the other slice on bread, push down gently and slice in half.6. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Makes 1 amazing sandwich

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  1. That sandwich looks amazing and I love the story about Cooper!!

    1. As you know from having a little boy too, they always have something unexpected to say.

  2. Oh I do love a falafel sandwich! Sounds like a great hol you've been on and a cracking find of a deli.

    1. We had a great time Lou and the deli was fab. I was very restrained!

  3. Cooper's comments sure did make me laugh Jacqueline! I'd have loved to have seen the 'stand attendant's' face! Out of the mouths of babes, eh?! Oban, it's such a gorgeous place - we passed through a couple of years back on our way to Mull. Would love to be back up there.
    By the way, the sandwich looks REALLY good!
    Angela x

    1. Thanks Angela, it was pretty funny and yes Oban is gorgeous Definitely going back again.

  4. Kids tell it like it is - that is hilarious! I have a few people I would like Cooper to chat to for me and give it to them straight - our prime minister for a start :-) looks like a great sandwich - I wish I could send you some of the falafel from my fave falafel shop because they are so green inside that they would look great in this sandwich with all the glorious greens.

    1. Haha, he's your man! Oh that falafel sounds wonderful Johanna x

  5. Well done Cooper, not sure I'd be that bold! Kale and coriander hummus sounds great for a sandwich filling,

    1. He is definitely bold boy, although it's never said in a cheeky way, but very matter-a-factly. Usually with an apology too. He got out of bed a couple of times tonight and the second time he said he couldn't sleep because he's feeling too melancholy. He's just five and too smart by half.

    2. Oh and the hummus was great in the sandwich. Quite a subtle green flavour though.

  6. Pretty well any world wherein there are no dinosaurs, feathered or no, will not make much sense to a wee boy who loves to look at the bones! I love how he's already reasoning things out -- those brilliant ones get such an early start.

    I'm SO looking forward to July - we're also going to spend some time in Oban, and hope we get as nice a day as it looks that you had! We're well up on that sandwich, and sometimes swap out the hummus for some guacamole - mmmm.

  7. I can't believe it's never occurred to me - but from this day hence it's felafel sandwiches all the way!


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