Eggplant Goat Cheese Avocado Sandwich

  Jul 21, 2020  |  #Recipes

This Eggplant Goat Cheese Avocado Sandwich is a delicious eggplant sandwich recipe. Paired with a creamy goat cheese, sprouts, beets, tomatoes and whole grain bread, this is the best plant based sandwich!

Are you as excited about delicious plant based sandwiches as I am? I love a good turkey or chicken sandwich – don’t get me wrong. But when I have all the right veggies combined for a satisfying sandwich, I can thrive with a tasty vegetarian sandwich option. 

The inspiration behind this goat cheese sandwich came from our vacation and delicious food in VancouverYou can read part 1 of my Whistler recap, and part 2 of exploring Victoria, BC

Plant based sandwich with beets, eggplant, tomatoes and goat cheese

For this vacation-inspired recipe contest, I decided on this epic veggie sandwich because I love sandwiches, and I feared my fresh fish here wouldn’t compare to the pacific coast fresh fish we consumed in British Columbia.

Inspiration For This Beets Spinach and Goat Cheese Sandwich

When I posted this on Instagram and got so many responses and even private messages about it, I knew I had to take action and create it myself.

After a morning long run, we wanted a low key lunch place. Somewhere we could sit outside, split an app, and have a beer. However, being the day before the SeaWheeze half marathon, it made things rather difficult.

We walked by a place called Tap Shack, and it was hoppin’. Like people galore outside, and a line out the door. Fortunately, we snuck on into the bar and found a seat immediately. 

Originally, I had a cheesy burger in mind, but they weren’t serving that burger at our location. As a result, I did a total 180 with my menu decisions and went with the veggie sandwich. While it sounded tasty, I wasn’t expecting too much out of it.

However, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the sandwich, and I left Tap Shack feeling inspired to create my own version.

Vegetarian sandwich stacked on white serving plate

Making A Goat Cheese Avocado Sandwich

Beets and eggplant may not come to mind when you think of plant based sandwiches, but they are super delicious! Beets and goat cheese are a match made in heaven, and this recipe definitely won’t let you down. 

In making this goat cheese sandwich, I did make a few changes – I traded the Portobello mushroom for eggplant, switched the bibb lettuce to spinach and omitted the cucumber.

Most importantly, I suggest using a hearty or thick bread. You need something sturdy to hold all of the thick vegetable goodness.

eggplant, tomatoes and sprouts on a sandwich on wooden cutting board

And, while we’re at it, let’s talk about nutrition, shall we?

This plant based sandwich does not skimp on flavor and is chockfull of nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. You’re getting ample healthy fats through the avocado, which will help you absorb Vitamins A, E, and K from the veggies.

Avocado on wooden cutting board

Optional Protein Add In’s

While you’re getting sufficient protein from the goat cheese, as well as some from the bread, avocado and veggies, you can certainly buff up the protein content. You could add in bacon, tofu, tempeh, deli meat or even a fried egg, if you so dare.

Beets are very nutritious and are high in antioxidants and nitrates, and can help reduce blood pressure. Furthermore, beets are high in betanin. Betanin is a phytonutrient associated with reducing inflammation and helping with detoxification.

And let’s not forget about creamy goat cheese.  This sandwich would not be the same without it. It’s paramount for the creaminess.

Open faced sandwich with eggplant, tomatoes and sprouts

The goat cheese imparts such a creaminess, the tomato gives a juicy tartness, the beets provide some natural sweetness, and the buttered bread holds it together and leaves you with a satisfying, savory taste for this goat cheese avocado sandwich. 

There are so many flavors in this sandwich but I feel like they go really well together.

holding vegetable sandwich up with eggplant, beets, spinach and tomatoes
This Eggplant Goat Cheese Avocado Sandwich is a delicious eggplant sandwich recipe. Paired with a creamy goat cheese, sprouts, beets, tomatoes and whole grain bread, this is the best plant based sandwich!

If you want to make a vegan beet sandwich, omit the goat cheese and substitute with hummus or another vegan cheese, and substitute more olive oil for the butter.

Holding up eggplant goat cheese avocado sandwich with other veggies

Lastly, the eggplant plays the role of the “meat” here.

While it’s chewy and thick, it doesn’t take away from all of the other flavors. As a great Meatless Monday option, that can be customized for the whole family.

If you’re looking for other ways to use eggplant, try my sweet potato eggplant hash – a delicious eggplant breakfast recipe!

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Creamy Eggplant Veggie Sandwich

Creamy Eggplant Veggie Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich (2 halfs)
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

A nutrient-packed sandwich that doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor! It can be made in under 15 minutes and boasts a nice balance of sweet and savory.

Ingredients

  • ½ small eggplant, roasted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices of bread (I used Sara Lee Artisan)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup sliced beets, I used canned
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp sprouts
  • ½ avocado, mashed
  • 1-2 slices tomato
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler on low.
  2. Cut eggplant in ½ inch slices, brush both sides with a teaspoon of olive oil, and arrange in single layer on baking sheet (I added a pinch of salt also).
  3. Broil for 4 minutes, turn over, and broil for 4 more minutes.
  4. While the eggplant is broiling, coat bread with 1-2 tsp of butter and saute in frying pan over medium high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes, and do the same with the other side.
  5. Once bread is toasted to your liking, coat each slice of bread with mashed avocado and goat cheese (add salt and pepper as necessary). Layer bottom slice of toast with sprouts, beets, sliced tomato, spinach and broiled eggplant.
  6. Put sandwich back in the broiler on low for 2-3 more minutes. Combine top and bottom slices, forming your sandwich.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: one half
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 9gSugar: 8gProtein: 9g

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32 responses to “Eggplant Goat Cheese Avocado Sandwich

  1. Give me all the goat cheese!! I just bought some from Trader Joe’s on Friday and it’s already gone. I’m not very good at preparing eggplant but I love it when I get it out. I need to try again I think!

  2. I love how vibrant the colors are in this sandwich! It definitely catches your eye! and goat cheese…mmmm…sign me up! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Welcome to the Redux family 🙂 I’m always look for fun vegetarian sandwiches- my little sis is vegetarian and since it’s back to school she needs some ideas so I’ll be sharing this with her (and making it myself!)

  4. This looks so good! I made a delicious veggie sandwich last night that hit the spot and I debated adding beets and eggplant but didn’t and now I’m wishing I would have. Guess I’ll have to make another one! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  5. YUM. I don’t buy a lot of eggplant because the only thing I ever really see it used for is eggplant parm, but I can’t ever seem to make it as good as a restaurant. But this I could definitely do! I love that it’s not fried. And I LOVE me some goat cheese. I would probably add bacon on this just for the salt factor, but this absolutely sounds delicious. Add a cold beer or cider & it’s the perfect weekend lunch!

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