sandwich with kale and white bean and kale chips

Sometimes, you just want a really good sandwich.

This vegan white bean sandwich with crispy kale is JUST the thing. The creamy smashed white beans take just five minutes to mash up. They’ve got a bright and lemony flavour that goes so well with the dark, brooding flavour of the kale, which is roasted just shy of kale chip status.

And yes, a registered dietitian will put kale in just about anything, including her sandwich.

The one thing that most vegan sandwiches are missing

I love a good vegetable-filled sandwich…but I also want one that won’t leave me hungry thirty minutes later. Why are there so few vegan sandwich recipes with protein? Protein is critical for helping to keep your blood sugars in balance and you can’t just remove the meat from your fave sandwich. You’ve got to add back some plant-based protein. Beans are a phenomenal option to give you both protein and fibre, meaning lunch has got some staying power. If you aren’t gluten free, you can make this sandwich on sprouted grain bread which will give you even more protein and fibre.

The vegan white bean sandwich spread is also a great vegan meal prep option for lunches

If you make the smashed beans and crispy kale Sunday evening, you’ve got enough sandwich filling to last you until Friday if you spread it a bit more thinly. The kale will become less crispy in the fridge but it’s still so yummy. I’ve got a bunch of other vegan lunch ideas here.

Looking for a delicious and healthy gluten free bread recipe? If you’ve got a copy of Eat More Plants Cookbook, head to page 267 for a good one.

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sandwich with kale and white bean and kale chips

Easy Vegan White Bean Sandwich with Crispy Kale

The perfect combination of creamy, lemony white beans layered with crispy kale! This sandwich takes just 20 minutes to make, it is super filling when served on high fibre bread and makes a great option if you want to meal prep your lunches on Sunday.
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Ingredients

Crispy Kale

  • 1 large bunch curly kale, destemmed and torn into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • tiny pinch dried chile flakes

Smashed White Beans

  • 2 – 14 oz cans creamy white beans such as cannelini or navy, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, micro grated or crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • pinch smoked paprika, optional

Sandwich Supplies

  • 8 slices of your favourite bread
  • vegan mayo

Equipment

  • Food Processor, optional
  • Rimmed Baking Sheets

Instructions 

Crispy Kale

  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit (205° Celsius). Prepare two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss kale pieces with olive oil, salt and chile flakes. Don't be tempted to add too many chile flakes or salt, as the seasonings will intensify as the kale pieces shrink in the oven.
  • Roast kale for 5 minutes, rotate the trays and roast for 3-6 minutes more until kale is a bit crispy but not completely like a kale chip.
  • If your kale fits on only one tray, it will cook more quickly than if you have to have kale on both racks. Watch carefully so the kale doesn't burn and set aside when done.

Smashed White Beans

  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl or food processor, combine the white beans, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Add smoked paprika if using. Smash with a fork or pulse until the mixture looks like a chunky paste. If your beans seem dry, add a bit of olive oil to loosen them up. Taste and adjust lemon juice and salt to your liking.

Assemble the sandwiches

  • Toast slices of your favourite bread, spread thinly with mayo and then add a half cup of bean mixture. Top with crispy kale and enjoy!

Notes

When piled on, these sandwiches are just the right kind of messy…but if you’re not into that, go a head and spread a bit more thinly. If you do, this recipe will easily make 5-6 sandwiches!
Option B: serve open-faced and knife-and-fork it!
This recipe is also delicious with 2-3 cloves of leftover roasted garlic in place of the raw garlic if you’ve got some laying around.