No small spring gathering is complete without proper food and drink pairings, which is why we’ve scoured the internet for the best vegan sammies to nosh with the perfect pot of tea. Although we’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong with any vegan sandwich and tea combinations, here are seven of our favorites we’ll be enjoying all season long. But first, is all tea vegan?
Is tea vegan?
According to British tea brand Tetley, which was founded in 1837, tea comes from a plant called Camellia sinensis. The leaves are harvested from this plant, which usually grows in warm and humid climates (such as Kenya, China, India, and Sri Lanka), when it is still young, and before the buds have opened. This means that tea is, of course, vegan, because it is literally plant-based.
Many blends also contain added fruits and berries, so they are also vegan. But some teas may contain honey, which is not vegan because it comes from bees (so make sure you double-check the label before you buy). Black tea is usually served with cow’s milk too, but this can easily be replaced with one of the many plant-based milk alternatives on the market.
If you’re not sure which flavors of tea to buy, here are some of our favorite sandwich and tea combinations. Happy sipping!
7 of the best vegan sandwich and tea pairings
1Benedictine tea sandwiches with chamomile tea
The traditional cucumber-and-cream-cheese sandwich is elevated with this Benedictine recipe from Create Mindfully. The cucumber is grated and combined in a food processor with vegan cream cheese and eggless mayonnaise for a creamy filling that is decadently rich when spread on toast.
2 Turmeric chickpea salad sandwich with raspberry tea
This easy chickpea salad sandwich from The Crunchy Chronicles is packed with protein and full of flavor but has only three ingredients (not counting the spices, of course).
Tea pairing: With the slightly bitter taste of turmeric, we think a sweet fruity blend is a great pair for this sandwich, which is why we recommend Yogi Raspberry Passion Perfect Energy as the perfect sipping partner.
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3 Smashed white bean, basil, & avocado sandwich with lemon and ginger tea
Mashed with fresh basil and white beans, this appetizing sandwich from Pumpkin & Peanut Butter is tasty any time of year!
Tea pairing: The zesty citrus flavor of lemon is fragrantly delicious when combined with ginger in this herbal tea from Twinings. A lively and enjoyable tea experience on its own, this beverage is even more sip-worthy when paired with buttery avocado.
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4 Sun-dried tomato spread with citrus lavender herbal tea
Tea time just got a whole lot tastier thanks to Veggie Inspired’s sun-dried tomato sandwich.
Tea pairing: This tangy, herb-laden spread is complimented best with a soothing brew that mellows the sandwich’s dynamic flavors. We prefer drinking Buddha Teas’ Organic Lavender Tea while spooning this yummy spread onto a bagel.
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5 Roasted beet sandwiches with jasmine green tea
Go Dairy Free’s Roasted Beet Sandwiches are heftier than traditional tea fair … and wonderfully scrumptious. Layered with garlic-herb hummus and topped with sliced apple and microgreens, this sammie requires mild green tea to balance the delicious density.
6 Raw tea sandwiches with white peach oolong tea
You haven’t had tea sandwiches like these raw delicacies from Rawmazing. Pine nuts, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice are blended into a zesty filling that’s layered between cucumber and beets for a meal that’s as stunning to the eyes as it is to the taste buds.
7 Japanese fruit sandwich with chocolate pu-erh tea
Coconut whipped cream and fresh strawberries fill this vibrant creation from Christie at Home, offering a delectable complement to the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors featured in the tea.