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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

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

  • 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

Keywords: Vegetarian reuben, Vegetarian recipes with sauerkraut

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Funny you should post this combo! The other day when I, oops, at all the sweet potato fries on my plate out to dinner, I also had a reuben with it. But I had to pull off most of the meat and really wanted more kraut instead. I think you are reading my mind! Love it and am making this for lunch this weekend.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this! I love vegetarian twists on classics that don’t try to substitute for the meat–I would much rather just omit it. My mouth is watering looking at this!

  3. Agreed that making food at home is the first step to health, and you do a good job of inspiring people to cook! I recently made Naturally Ella’s cheese toast with caramelized onions, grainy mustard, and cornichons. There’s something about that pickled component like here with the sauerkraut too that goes so well with cheese. This looks so good!

  4. This sandwich looks to-die-for! I’m not vegetarian but enjoy meatless meals quite frequently, so I plan to add this sandwich to my weeknight repertoire. The husband will also enjoy it which is always a bonus :)

  5. Yum!! I always feel a little bit left out when my friends rave about reubens, since I don’t eat red meat. These vegetarian reubens look super satisfying!

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