A Reuben sandwich is a classic American hot sandwich made with corned beef, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and cheese. In this vegan Reuben sandwich recipe, we use vegan-friendly ingredients that make this classic just as comforting and tasty as the original.
While tempeh will never have the same texture or flavor as corned beef, it’s a hearty enough filling to make for a proper substitute that’s also vegan-friendly. Russian dressing, which is essentially a mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup, is also easily swapped out in favor of vegan thousand island dressing.
We keep this sandwich warm and comforting by grilling the sandwich just like a classic Reuben sandwich but use a vegan provolone instead of the typical Swiss cheese. The provolone is not only vegan-friendly but also adds the gooey quality of melted cheese in a Reuben sandwich.
To make this Reuben sandwich as authentic as possible, it’s important to use good sauerkraut. You’ll also want to make sure the sauerkraut is drained well so that the bread does not become soggy in this sandwich. This Reuben sandwich recipe is best enjoyed when it’s consumed immediately after preparing.
Cook time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups vegan thousand island dressing
- 12 slices rye bread
- 6 pieces Reuben-style Tempeh broiled
- 3 cups drained sauerkraut
- 6 slices vegan provolone
- canola oil
- Spread 2 tablespoons of the thousand island dressing on one side of 6 slices of bread.
- Place 1 slice of broiled tempeh atop each. Top tempeh with sauerkraut, dividing equally. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the sauerkraut.
- Place provolone cheese slice over one side of the remaining 6 slices of bread. Place 1 slice of bread, cheese side down, atop each sandwich.
- Lightly brush the oil over both sides of each sandwich. Heat a large, heavy griddle over medium-high heat.
- Grill the sandwiches for 3 minutes on each side, or until they are heated through and golden brown. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve immediately.
Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 5/31/2018