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Sage and Onion Cheese Sandwiches

A simple recipe for the most delicious cheese sandwiches with a sage and onion twist. Vegetarian or vegan, you decide.

Sage and Onion Cheese Sandwich on a side plate with cherry tomatoes


I'm always creating new sandwiches for lunch, but I've not shared one for a while. 

Last year some of my readers were calling me the Queen of Sandwiches as I was sharing so many sandwiches and wraps.

Yes they are simple to put together, but sometimes we just get stuck in a rut with our lunches, so it's good to have new ideas.

I'm currently addicted to this sage and onion cheese sandwich. The flavour is amazing and so different to my usual cheese sandwich.

I used vegan cheese slices and mayo in this sandwich, but if you are vegetarian you can use your regular cheese and it will be just as tasty.


The first think to think about when making a sandwich is the bread. Pick the wrong kind or a cheap and nasty bread and the sandwich while never be good.

I prefer a wholemeal or seeded bread, but I wouldn't say no to a white bread sandwich if it was on something more interesting like a fresh, fluffy bloomers bread or sourdough.

Of course you can bake your own bread, which we've been doing a lot recently between grocery deliveries.

If you want to make your own, try my basic wholemeal bread, which makes 2 small loaves, which are great for slicing.

If I'm buying bread, I usually buy Warburtons or Hovis Wholemeal, which are perfectly good loaves, but I have to tell you about the bread I used in this sandwich. It was so tasty!

I got my first and last grocery delivery from Morrisons. It will be the last time I order from them because there were so many basics missing which they didn't substitute. 

However they did one thing right. They substituted the bread I ordered for one of their own and it was delicious.

It's called the best seeded loaf and yes it lives up to that title. Well for a sliced shop-bought loaf that is.

Also try a vegan version of the British classic cheese savoury on your next sandwich or the ever-popular vegan cheese & onion sandwiches.

white bowl full of mixed salad leaves


I like a generous amount of salad leaves on a sandwich. They really bulk it out and give a really fresh flavour to a sandwich.

We've been growing our own salad leaves in pots as well as other salad vegetables, but this time I was using up a bag of shop bought  salad leaves.

If you've not tried, I do urge you to try growing your own. It's super easy to do and the results are great. 

Sage & Onion Deli Slices


For the sage and onion element in this sandwich, I used Vegi Deli Sage & Onion Slices.

I discovered these in Sainsburys, but Morrisons also sell them and I am sure some other supermarkets will too. They add a really wonderful savoury element to sandwiches.

If you can't find these, you could instead pick up a packet of sage and onion stuffing mix and bake it on a flat baking tray. 

Sage and onion stuffing baked flat on a baking tray, two shots, one before cooking and one after cooking which is golden and crisp.

It's super easy to make up from the packet. It's usually made in balls to serve with Christmas dinner, but I like to bake a thin layer of it for sandwiches.

I used it in my Vegan Christmas Feast Sandwich and if you pop over there you can read my tips and see it in action.

It will give you a thicker layer than the slices I used, but it will still be good, just a more substantial sandwich.

You could also try this sandwich with these Tomato & Olive Deli Slices.

For an extra zing of flavour, add some homemade cranberry sauce.

Violife Vegan Cheese Slices in the packet with the lid peeled back


For the cheese layer, we like to use Violife cheese slices, which are super handy for adding to sandwiches (the block of vegan cheddar is so skinny, you can be there all day slicing).

Of course you can use your favourite cheddar, be that vegetarian or vegan, sliced or not.

It's funny I always slightly scorned cheese slices in the past, but now I have tried them I see what all the fuss is about, they make sandwich making so easy.

If you're having trouble finding vegan cheese or your supermarket don't stock a full range, check out the Vegan Cheese Shop

I stumbled across it a couple of weeks ago and put in an order. I was really pleased with the selection and I'll be buying from them again soon.

ps I'm not working with them, I just like to give you my recommendations. If I am working with a brand, I clearly label the post with disclosure at the end and I'd never share a brand I wouldn't personally recommend, paid or not.

A Sage and Onion Cheese Sandwich on a white plate served with cherry tomatoes and a bowl of crisps


The humble sandwich was invented in England in the 1700s.

It was invented by naval commander Sir Edward Montagu.

He was a well-known gambler and it's said he invented the sandwich so he could eat without leaving the gaming table. 

To be precise, his cook who would have conceived the idea after a portable lunch was requested by Sir Edward, but of course at the time cooks were servants who didn't venture out of the kitchen unless requested, so we'll probably never know the cook's name.

Instead the sandwich was named after the baron who was head of the house of Montagu, in the county of Huntingdon, in England. He also had the titles Admiral Montague, the Baron Montagu of St Neots and Viscount Hitchingbrooke. 

Yes,  British aristocracy is very confusing. 

He was a commander in the British Navy, but also a landowner, a politician and very, very rich.

So why sandwich?

One of Edward;s many titles was the Earl of Sandwich, which is a peerage associated with the historic town of Sandwich in Kent. 

And so the sandwich was born.

Try this carrot sandwich spread next!

A Christmas Feast Sandwich Stacked on a black plate with a tartan napkin. Christmas lights in the background.


Here are a few more recipes for some of my favourite sandwiches.

Vegan Sandwiches

Vegetarian Sanwiches

Also check out my Ultimate Sandwich Guide, which has 50 delicious sandwich recipes from food bloggers around the world, Back to School Vegan & Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas and 10 Vegan Lunchbox Ideas for Kids.

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Close up of a sage and onion cheese sandwich stacked onto a white plate


Simple yes, but it's all about they layers and condiments.

STEP ONE - SALAD - First slice of wholemeal bread spread with mayo then topped with mixed salad leaves


Spread the first slice of bread with a generous amount of mayonnaise then top with mixed salad leaves.

I like Hellman's Vegan Mayo, which is just as silky and lush as the original, but you can use your favourite mayo.

STEP TWO - SLICES - Two slices or cheese, then two slices of onion and sage slices are added to the sandwich


Now the filling. 

Top the salad leaves with two slices of cheddar and two slices of sage and onion slices.

Use your favourite cheddar (I used Violife Original Flavour Slices).

If you can't find sage and onion deli slices, make a tray of sage and onion stuffing as explained earlier. It won't be such a delicate sandwich, but it will have the same flavour profiles.


The mustard is the key to how good this sandwich is.

It goes really well with the sage slices and the cheese and gives a really good zing to the sandwich as well as bringing out the savoury flavours.

Spread mustard on your second slice of bread and top your sandwich, then cut in half and serve.

I used wholegrain mustard, but it would be equally good with Dijon Mustard or the yellow American Mustard.


Scroll down for the recipe, if you need it or want to print it out as a reminder. Why not pin it up on your fridge so you remember to pick up the ingredients?

Sage and Onion Cheese Sandwiches

Sage and Onion Cheese Sandwiches
Yield: 2
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Prep time: 2 MCook time: Total time: 2 M
A simple recipe for the most delicious cheese sandwiches with a sage and onion twist. Vegetarian or vegan, you decide.


  • 4 slices wholemeal bread
  • 1 generous tbsp mayo
  • 2 handfuls of mixed salad leaves
  • 4 cheese slices
  • 4 sage and onion deli slices
  • 1 generous tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • black pepper


  1. Spread two slices of bread with mayo.
  2. Top  each with lettuce.
  3. Season with black pepper.
  4. Now add two slices of cheddar and two sage and onion deli slices to each sandwich base.
  5. Spread mustard on the two remaining slices of bread and top your sandwiches.
  6. Cut in half and serve with a handful of crisps (chips) and some cherry tomatoes.
  7. Enjoy!


You can use vegan cheese slices or your favourite cheddar.
If you can't find sage and onion deli slices, buy a box of sage and onion stuffing and make it up according to the instructions on the packet in a shallow baking tray in a flat sheet of stuffing and bake. Add to this and other sandwiches.
You could use wholegrain, dijon or American mustard in this sandwich.
This sandwich can be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge wrapped in greaseproof, parchment or baking paper.
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  1. Keith O'connorMonday, 01 June, 2020

    I have to say I was slightly disappointed as I love the recipie idea, but you used processed cheese and processed sage and onion, if you use cheese, mayo, and fresh sage and spring onion, it's a delight...just my thoughts that a food blog with such good ideas should in my opinion use fresh natural products where possible

    1. I do get your point and I make a lot of fresh sandwich fillings from scratch but I am also a busy mum trying to get to grips with homeschooling who doesn't have a lot of time. Sometimes it is good to make something quick that is super tasty and to be honest I believe if you cook from fresh most of the time, shortcuts are OK too. It's all about balance and staying same.

  2. That should read sane. My phone typing is shocking!

  3. I feel the same about making fresh food but buying easy things too Jacquline. I think it is ok if you are making most of your meals from scratch. I like the sound of this sandwich too. I will have a look in Saisnburys for the deli slices. It think I'll slice some cheese instead of slices though. Jill

    1. It's all about a healthy balance Jill. I agree. I hope you enjoy this sandwich.

  4. Nothing wrong with a few shortcuts. Going to look for that cheese, it sounds delicious.

  5. I was looking for a recipe like this, thank you for sharing!

    1. It's obviously meant to be then. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. We've been eating more sandwiches lately -- something about them is homey and comforting to me... must be the bread. This looks like a much healthier option than what we've been eating -- and the sage and onion cheese sounds killer!

    1. Yes they are handy at lunchtime and comforting. I hope you try and enjoy this one.

  7. This sandwich looks like a great addition to my lunch routine!

  8. I'd be happy to eat this any time of the day!! Looks really good!

    1. Thanks Toni, me too. It is rather moreish. I hope you try it.

  9. I really like this idea Jac, as I am a BIG fan of sage and onion stuffing. I bet the flavours are delicious with some nice cheese!


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