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This vegetarian Reuben features rye bread, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and creamy, savory Russian dressing to make one incredibly delicious sandwich.

The Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich
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There’s something about tangy Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and rye bread that’s terribly comforting and homey. The Reuben sandwich has something figured out. Alex and I eat a flexitarian diet, meaning that we eat vegan and vegetarian most of the time and meat some of the time. But we wanted to find a way to make a Reuben without the meat so that it could appear at our dinner table more often!

Related: Coleslaw & Swiss Melt Sandwich (a vegetarian Reuben with coleslaw!)

Vegetarian Reuben sandwich

How to make a vegetarian Reuben sandwich

While we’ve tried vegetarian versions of the Reuben sandwich with meat substitutes (for example, tempeh), we’ve found that it’s just as satisfying to omit the meat entirely. So this Reuben sandwich features Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing: almost like a grilled cheese! The main part of preparing this vegetarian Reuben is making the Russian dressing; it’s a super savory mix of mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and minced shallot. You’ll be blown away by the flavor!

This vegetarian Reuben sandwich is a nice quick dinner or special lunch with family or friends, alongside a green salad or some sweet potato fries. It may not be classic “health food” fare, but we’re strong believers in the fact that simply making food at home is the first step towards health. When you know exactly what’s going into your food, it’s much easier to keep it balanced and focused on real, natural foods. A meal like this is often just what we need after a long day at work: not too involved, but still tasty enough to feel like a special meal. Hope you enjoy!

Make your own sauerkraut

If you’re into kitchen DIYs, you can even make your own sauekraut for this reuben sandwich! It only takes about 15 minutes of hands on time, then you’ll wait about 6 days for the full fermentation to happen. Homemade sauerkraut tastes way better, and you get the full benefit of all the live probiotics! To learn more, head to How to Make Sauerkraut.

More sandwich recipes

Outside of this vegetarian Reuben sandwich, here are some other sandwich recipes we love:

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This vegetarian Reuben recipe is vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread.

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Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This vegetarian Reuben features rye bread, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and creamy, savory Russian dressing to make one incredibly delicious sandwich.




  1. Make the Easy Russian Dressing.
  2. Squeeze the liquid from 1 ½ cups sauerkraut.
  3. Spread butter on one side of each of the 4 bread pieces. Heat a griddle pan to medium high heat. Place 4 pieces of bread on the griddle, buttered side down. On each piece, spread some shredded cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, more cheese, and then another piece of bread. When the bottom bread is browned, flip the sandwich and cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Forest Holiday says:

    “Omnivore” is the word you’re looking for. Nice sandwich.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Easy to veganize, too! To save time you can also use prepared dill relish.

    1. Sonja says:

      Yes! Great time saving idea — thank you!

  3. Kirsti says:

    Sorry to write here so long after this recipe was originally posted…but I wanted to say that I’ve made this Reuben sandwich (following your recipe to a tee) countless times now and it’s so damn good!! My fiancé, who is not vegetarian, loves it too. Looking forward to trying more recipes of yours ;)

    1. Sonja says:

      No need to apologize — thank YOU for letting us know! This is a favorite of ours too. We’re so glad you enjoy it!

  4. Mary says:

    I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been cooking things here and there with inspiration from you. Tonight’s vegetarian reuben really hit it out of the park. Thank you so much!

    1. Alex says:

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed this recipe.

  5. Nicole Brown says:

    I mean… you guys should just open up a vegetarian home-style restaurant in Greece, NY. Immediately…and specifically Greece. :)

    I’m drooling over these meals! We don’t have many vegetarian restaurants out here… only restaurants that have options. Never anything like what you have on your page!

  6. Christy@SweetandSavoring says:

    This is hilarious, I find this post today and last night I attempted to teach my husband the art of making a authentic (meatless) reuben sandwich- he didn’t pile on nearly enough sauerkraut and *definitely* didn’t grill the sandwiches long enough. I said ‘Oh my god, I need to do a blog post about these!’ and of course, I couldn’t do it as you well as you have. I love that you shredded the Swiss! We had pickles, baked beans, and kale salad on the side- I like that you had fries, though. Fries go with everything!

  7. Jess @whatjessicabakednext says:

    This sounds and looks so delicious!

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