Ultimate vegan sandwich with red lentil spread

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Ultimate vegan sandwich! With red lentil spread and a super simple crunchy salad. Such a great vegetarian lunch.

Is anyone taking part in Veganuary this year? I’m not, but I do love vegan food, and this seems as good a time as any to share this awesome vegan sandwich recipe.

The basis of this sandwich is a creamy red lentil spread. Lentils have an awful lot going for them – they’re cheap, super healthy, and really easy to cook – but unfortunately their appearance isn’t one of their main selling points, so I’m not giving you any close-ups here. But if you can picture a bowl of baby food, you can pretty much picture this red lentil spread.

It couldn’t be more straightforward – it’s literally just lentils cooked in stock until they break right down. I know it sounds a bit overly simple, but I always find that lentils (red lentils especially) really don’t need much doing to them – a bit of veggie stock is all they need to be really tasty. Of course you can add extra herbs and spices if you like, but I don’t think it’s necessary.

Instead, I topped it with this crunchy salad.

Ultimate vegan sandwich! With red lentil spread and a super simple crunchy salad. Such a great vegetarian lunch.

Cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, and black olives. Again – simple! It doesn’t even need any dressing – the veggies are anything but dry, and nobody likes a soggy sandwich in any case.

I used some particularly wrinkly black olives that I picked up back in November in Provence – apparently the wrinkliness is a speciality of the region!

Ultimate vegan sandwich! With red lentil spread and a super simple crunchy salad. Such a great vegetarian lunch.

I used plain white bread for my veggie sandwich, but as I was eating it I decided that something a bit crustier would have been even better – the red lentil spread and simple salad would be amazing in a baguette! The recipe makes enough for about 3 sandwiches, so if you’re only cooking for yourself, you can store the leftovers in the fridge until you’re ready for the next one.

What’s your favourite vegan sandwich filling?

Ultimate vegan sandwich! With red lentil spread and a super simple crunchy salad. Such a great vegetarian lunch.

Ultimate Vegan Sandwich with Red Lentil Spread

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


For the red lentil spread:

  • 120 g dried red lentils (~ 1/2 cup)
  • 450 ml vegetable stock (~ 1 1/2 cups)
  • Black pepper

For the simple salad:

  • 4 inch chunk of cucumber, diced
  • ~ 6 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ~ 10 black olives, chopped
  • Small handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

To assemble:

  • 6 slices of bread or 3 pieces of baguette
  • 1 leaves handful mixed salad


  • Add the red lentils and vegetable stock to a small saucepan, and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for around 20 minutes, until the lentils are thoroughly cooked and beginning to break down. Stir thoroughly, especially towards the end of the cooking time, to ensure the lentils don’t stick and to help break them up. If the liquid has all disappeared before the lentils are completely soft, just add a dash more water. Season generously with black pepper, and set aside to cool.
  • To prepare the simple salad, combine the diced cucumber, tomatoes and olives in a bowl with the chopped parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • When the lentil spread has completely cooled, serve it with your choice of bread (I think something crusty would be best) with the simple salad and some mixed salad leaves.


Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Vegan Sandwich with Red Lentil Spread
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.4g8%
Saturated Fat 1.1g6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1161mg48%
Potassium 759mg22%
Carbohydrates 60.7g20%
Fiber 12.7g51%
Sugar 6.9g8%
Protein 17.5g35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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  1. I’ve started slimming world and looking for cheese free lunches to take to work. This is great in a wholemeal pitta with the salad. Very filling and syn free. I will be making it again. 5 stars

  2. This is ideal for me as I am not a big fan of hummus. Simple and tasty. I made mine using an organic onion stock cube. It gave a good flavour.5 stars

  3. Red lentils are fab! I mostly use them in curries and dhals and had never considered making a pate with them! I bet a curry pate would be good in a sandwich, maybe with some chutney and baby spinach. Definitely got to give this a try now :D