Vegetarian Reubens Recipe -
Vegetarian Reubens Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Vegetarian Reubens

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"A meat-free - but not flavor free - alternative to this classic sandwich."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cheese and sauerkraut. Add enough dressing to coat, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Butter each slice of bread on one side. Spread a thick layer of the cheese mixture onto unbuttered side of half of the bread slices. Top with sliced tomato and another slice of bread.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Fry sandwiches on both sides until the outside is toasted and the cheese is melted.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2009

So yummy! What a great idea. I did use swiss and layered the ingredients instead of mixing them for ease.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 09, 2010

i make my veggie ruebans with sliced tofu (pressed/drained) browned in soy butter & a few tbs of garlic powder. I layer the tofu over rye bread, 1000 island dressing, warmed sauerkraut & swiss cheese... it tastes awesome and satisfies my meat eating bf :)

Jul 15, 2007

I thought these were okay but nothing I would make again. A classic reuben calls for Swiss cheese, not smoked cheddar. I followed the recipe exactly but think it would have been better with the Swiss. Also, I question why the cheese is shredded and mixed with the sauerkraut and dressing--seems like a lot of extra work. Even though this recipe omits the meat, the procedure for making the sandwich could still be followed--put the dressing on the inside of the bread and then layer the cheese, sauerkraut and tomato. I may try it that way, using Swiss cheese.

Mar 28, 2011

I couldn't be any happier with this recipe! First of all, I don't like rye bread, I don't like sauerkraut, and I'm not too much of a fan of 1000 island dressing, but for some reason I was ecstatic to try these and as soon as I took the first bite, I was sold. My review is just one in a long list of reviews that say essentially the same thing: These are amazing! Things we did differently: We did not shred the cheese, but instead put it on top as you would with any other sandwich. We did not use the full 1/3 of a cup of dressing as the recipe for 2 sandwiches called for - instead we used slightly less. But seriously, these were just so good! They are super fast to make and great for families that have people who are not all vegetarians. My husband was able to put meat on his while I ate mine as is. Can't say enough about these except that I plan on having them again. (and again, and again...)

May 10, 2005

Very simple and yummy too. You must try them to know.

Feb 07, 2008

I am not a fan of Cheddar Cheese in Rubens so I switched it out to Swiss cheese and did the rest of it as suggested. I like mixing the cheese with the sauerkraut. It has a better blend and balance of flavors.

Oct 15, 2010

I made one sandwich with this recipe, just for me. I used smoked swiss and my homemade spicy fry sauce, which is kind of like thousand island. I also used a quality nutty wheat bread, I don't normally have rye bread on hand because 1) I don't eat much bread anymore and 2) I would be the only one who would eat it. This was SUPER yummy, a real treat for someone who gets a special treat now and then. NOTE: I did squeeze out a lot of the extra moisture from the sauerkraut so my sandwich wouldn't be too mushy. It is plenty wet with the sauce and tomatoes.

Dec 20, 2010

This was okay but i think i will try swiss cheese like another person mentioned.


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  • Calories
  • 710 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 48.2 g
  • 74%
  • Fiber
  • 6.2 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 25.4 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 1903 mg
  • 76%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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