I hope you enjoy this healthy, vegan twist on a classic Reuben Sandwich. It is full of flavor, loaded with plant protein and probiotics and I think it’s kind of pretty, too! 😁😋

Reuben Sandwich Vegan Style

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Servings: 2


  • Sauté pan


  • 4 slices bread (I love Simple Kneads Pumpkinickel Bread for this recipe)
  • 8 oz tempeh (1 package)
  • 2 tbs soy sauce or nama shoyu
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • Avocado or other oil
  • 3 tbsp Russian Dressing 2 tbs vegan mayo + 1 tbs ketchup
  • 2-4 slices slices vegan cheese of choice (I use Violife provolone)


  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • Pickles
  • Side dishes of choice


  • Bring a pot of water to boil and add the tempeh for 5 minutes, then remove from water, pat dry and allow to cool.
  • While tempeh is cooking and cooling, prepare a marinade with soy sauce, maple syrup and rice vinegar, as well as optional liquid smoke, if desired. 
  • Once the tempeh is cool, add it to the marinade. You can let tempeh marinate overnight, but at least for1 hour (longer means more flavor).
  • Heat a sauté pan with a light coating of avocado oil, remove the tempeh from the marinade and cook the marinated tempeh for 3-4 minutes, until it gets slightly golden. Then flip and cook the 2nd side, removing when both sides are golden.
  • Lightly butter 1 side of each slice of bread and add 2 slices, buttered sides down, to sauté pan. Add cheese, tempeh, Russian dressing and sauerkraut to bread, then top with 2nd slice of bread (buttered side up). Cook on medium heat for a few minutes and flip. 
  • Remove from pan, allow to cool slightly, then cut in half. 
  • Serve with pickles and your favorite sides, as desired.


  • I usually make extra tempeh when I am preparing this dish - I typically at least double this part of the recipe for additional easy meal prep. You can use the tempeh in another sandwich, in a salad or crumbled into pasta.

Simple Kneads Bread

Simple Kneads makes delicious gluten-free bread.  The bread is baked to order, in small batches, and delivered fresh to your door.  For this recipe, I used the Simple Kneads pumpernickel bread. To save 15% off your order, use the code nourishedbodyandmind15 here.

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June 12, 2023

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