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A Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich

We know, more than a few of you are scratching your head. Like, how do you make a vegetarian Reuben when the point of a Reuben is the corned beef? The answer is, with your air fryer. We’ve been ordering this sandwich for the past 20 years. So, we can bet you won’t even miss the corned beef.


We know, it’s a little unnerving to know that there’s a Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich. Go on, we’ll give you a minute to process this. You’ll be surprised to know that it’s fairly simple to make a Vegetarian Reuben.

All you have to do is shuffle the ingredients a bit and use an air fryer. Swap the corned beef for sweet red cabbage. This way, it also makes this variant healthier. The probiotics of the cabbage give it the edge over meat.

So, if you’re a vegetarian who’d like to know what’s all the fuss about with the Reuben Sandwich, or you’ve lost the rapport with meat but still miss it, all you need to do is follow the recipe.

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich


For the Sandwich:

Slices of rye bread

1 sweet red cabbage

1 cup sauerkraut, drained

Slices of Swiss Cheese

½ cup homemade Thousand Island dressing

¼ cup butter softened

For the Thousand Island dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoon ketchup

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

1 tablespoon finely minced onion

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt & pepper


For the Thousand Island dressing:

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, minced onion, white vinegar, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the dressing to an airtight container. Refrigerate the dressing for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

For the Sandwich:

Lay out the slices of rye bread. Spread Thousand Island dressing on one side of each slice of bread.

On four slices of bread, layer shredded red cabbage, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. Top each with the remaining slices of bread, Thousand Island dressing side down.

Grease the outsides of the sandwiches with softened butter. Place the sandwiches in the air fryer and cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Once the sandwiches are cooked, remove them from the air fryer. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally and serve hot.

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