These fresh and summery vegan picnic sandwiches are made on ciabatta rolls and loaded with tangy vegan goat cheese, fresh blueberries, and minced garden basil. They are the perfect easy plant-based lunch recipe to make in under 10 minutes! It’s a fun combination of flavors that’s a great balance of simple and special. These would be the perfect plant-based sandwich for an outdoor date or to serve at an event like a shower or vegan afternoon tea!
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They say the sign of true personal growth is letting yourself change your mind when presented with new information. Well, I’ve hated fruit in savory dishes pretty much my whole life. I never understood the purpose of fruit taking up space on a perfectly good cheese plate!
But when we made these easy cashew cheese and strawberry sandwiches last year, it was precisely what I needed to change my whole perspective on the subject.
When we recently made our vegan goat cheese substitute, I knew it would be perfect for matching with fresh summer fruit. And so I happily present to you these vegan goat cheese, blueberry, and basil sandwiches.
This vegan sandwich recipe is so simple to make, but they carry an air of fanciness as well. And they are absolutely delicious! They’d also be great in crostini or flatbread form, but that’s another recipe for another day.
Why We Love These Vegan Sandwiches
- They’re so EASY. Use either our homemade vegan goat cheese recipe or your favorite store-bought vegan goat cheese (more on that later). Just slather it on the bread, add a good layer of blueberries, top with basil, and you are good to go!
- They’re impressive. No one will know how easy they were to make because they’ll be too busy fawning over how deliciously creative and yet simple these sandwiches are! And wait until they taste them!
- They require zero cooking! No-cook vegan meals that actually fill you up for the win. When it’s hot outside, no one wants to turn on the stove! But no one wants to be deprived either…this recipe has got you covered! Stay cool and full!
Ingredients You’ll Need for Blueberry Basil Sandwich
You’ll need just 4 ingredients to make this fun vegetarian and vegan sandwich recipe!
- Ciabatta rolls – Always check the ingredients when buying rolls like this to make sure the brand you’re buying is vegan-friendly!
- Vegan goat cheese – We used our homemade vegan goat cheese substitute for this recipe, but there are quite a few store-bought versions too. Look for vegan goat cheese from brands like Spero and Treeline. We’ve tried and loved both of them!
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh basil – Minced. Italian basil will work for this recipe, but if you can find lemon basil, that takes this classy vegan sandwich to a whole different level!
If you don’t have or can’t tolerate any of the above ingredients, here are our best substitution tips. Keep in mind: Substituting any of the ingredients may lead to a variable degree of difference in the final product. Let us know in the comments if you try any subs and how they work out for you!
For the ciabatta: Baguettes, rustic style bread, or long rolls will all work great with this. Something hearty but with a little softness to it as well. That’s what you’re aiming for.
For the vegan goat cheese: Any soft spreadable and mild-flavored vegan cheese would work for this recipe. Your favorite brand of vegan cream cheese can also work too! If you’re looking for homemade solutions, try our Herbed Cashew Cheese, Vegan Veggie Cream Cheese, or Vegan Whipped Feta.
For the blueberries: Other berries like strawberries or blackberries could work. Even a combination of the three would be wonderfully refreshing!!
For the fresh basil: Mint (especially lemon mint), lemon balm, lemon thyme, or even regular thyme could also work nicely.
How to Make Creamy Vegan Cheese and Blueberry Sandwiches
Like I said earlier, these sandwiches are sillily easy to make! You’ll be ready to eat in well under 10 minutes!
Step 1: Prep the ingredients.
If necessary, start by slicing the rolls in half. Then, gather the rest of your ingredients and mince the fresh basil.
Step 2: Assemble the vegan sandwiches.
Next, spread a thick layer of vegan goat cheese on each side of the roll. Top that with a layer of blueberries and a sprinkle of freshly minced basil.
We put general amounts in the recipe card, but feel free to use more or less of any of the sandwich fillings depending on your taste!
Bring the two halves of the roll together to form the sandwich. That’s it! Easy, right?!
How to Serve Vegan Ciabatta Sandwiches
Serve these cold sandwiches immediately alongside a big mixed greens salad with more fresh blueberries and a balsamic vinaigrette! I also think they’d be great for a shower or vegan afternoon tea.
Make-Ahead Option: You can also wrap blueberry basil sandwiches to pack and enjoy as part of a picnic, but I would store them wrapped in the fridge until you are ready to leave. I wouldn’t leave them outside the fridge for more than about 1 hour or the vegan goat cheese might get too soft.
How to Store Leftovers
Storing leftovers separately and not assembled is always best for something like this.
If you prefer to store the sandwiches pre-assembled, they should stay good in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
We do not recommend freezing leftover sandwiches.
More Vegan Sandwich Recipes:
- Cashew Cheese and Strawberry Sandwiches
- Veggie Bagel Sandwich
- Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich
- Creamy Chickpea Avocado Sandwich
- Meatless TVP Sloppy Joes
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- 2 ciabatta rolls
- 3/4 cup vegan goat cheese*
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil**
- PREP THE INGREDIENTS: If necessary, slice the rolls in half. Gather the rest of your ingredients and mince the fresh basil.
- ASSEMBLE THE SANDWICH: Spread a thick layer of vegan goat cheese on each side of the roll. Top that with a layer of blueberries and a sprinkle of freshly minced basil.
- TO SERVE: Serve these sandwiches immediately or store in the fridge covered for up to 24 hours before serving on its own or alongside a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy!
- TO STORE: Storing leftovers separately and not assembled is always best. But, assembled sandwiches can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. We do not recommend freezing leftover sandwiches.
- Ciabatta notes: Always check the ingredients when buying rolls like this to make sure the brand you’re buying is vegan-friendly!
- Vegan goat cheese options: We used our homemade vegan goat cheese substitute for this recipe, but there are quite a few store-bought versions too. Look for vegan goat cheese from brands like Spero and Treeline. We’ve tried and loved both of them!
- Vegan goat cheese subs: Any soft spreadable and mild-flavored vegan cheese would work really well for this recipe. Your favorite brand of vegan cream cheese can work too! If you’re looking for homemade solutions, try our Herbed Cashew Cheese, Vegan Veggie Cream Cheese, or Vegan Whipped Feta.
- Herb options: Italian basil will work for this recipe, but lemon basil takes it to a whole different level! Mint, lemon balm, lemon thyme, or regular thyme could also work nicely.
- Fruit options: Other berries or fruits like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, or even cherries could work. Even a combination of the fruits you have would be wonderfully refreshing!!
- Ingredient amounts are approximate depending on the size of your rolls and your own personal taste. Feel free to add more or less of any of the sandwich fillings to your preferences.
Serving Size:1 Sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 464Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 793mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 23g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not always be accurate.