June 14, 2021

Grilled Avocado Sandwich

This scrumptious avocado sandwich is filled with roasted red peppers and a zesty cilantro-lime avocado mash, then grilled to crispy perfection! A delicious vegan lunch or dinner that takes minutes to prepare.

Grilled Avocado Sandwich

Is there anything avocados can’t do? They’re pretty amazing, and I’m a big fan of using them in everything from guacamole to aioli to quesadillas.

Avocados also make an awesome sandwich! And in the case of a grilled vegan sandwich like this one, they make a great filling that is easy to flavor and softens up beautifully when heated. If you were ever a fan of panini sandwiches, try these — you will not miss the dairy!

What You’ll Need

Two Halves of a Grilled Avocado Sandwich Stacked on a Cutting Board
  • Avocado. Make sure it’s ripe. You can test this by pulling out the stem. It should be green beneath it. If the stem won’t come out, the avocado is underripe. If it’s brown underneath, it’s overripe.
  • Lime juice. Use fresh lime juice. It’s so much better than bottled!
  • Salt.
  • Fresh cilantro. Feel free to sub another fresh herb, such as basil, if you’re not a fan of cilantro.
  • Roasted red peppers.
  • Coconut bacon. This is optional, but so worth it! Feel free to substitute tempeh bacon or tofu bacon for an even heartier sandwich.
  • Sandwich bread.
  • Vegan butter. Look for brands like Miyoko’s or Earth Balance.
  • Baby arugula. Baby spinach works too!

How to Make a Grilled Avocado Sandwich

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll down if you’d prefer to skip right to the recipe!

  • Start by making your avocado filling: mash the avocado up in a bowl, then stir in the lime juice, salt, and cilantro.
Hand Stirring Avocado Mash Together in a Bowl
  • Assemble the sandwich. Butter two slices of bread, then slather the other side of one slice with your avocado mash. Top it with roasted red pepper slices, coconut bacon (if using), and baby arugula. Place the other side on top.
Partially Assembled Avocado Sandwich on a Cutting Board with Avocado and Limes in the Background
  • Heat up a nonstick frying pan and grill the sandwich for a few minutes on each side, until golden and crispy.
Two Stages of a Grilled Avocado Sandwich Cooking in a Skillet

Avocado Sandwich Tips & FAQ

  • Can this recipe be made gluten-free? Absolutely! Just use your favorite gluten-free sandwich bread.
  • This sandwich is best served right away. It won’t stay crispy for long, and the avocado will turn brown eventually.
  • Make sure your avocado is ripe, but not overripe. To test it, try pulling the stem out. It should be green underneath. If the stem won’t come out, it’s underripe. If it’s brown underneath, it’s overripe.
  • Feel free to switch things up or add your favorite sandwich fillings. Tomato could easily be subbed for the red peppers, basil for the cilantro, and lemon juice for the lime juice. Vegan cheese, hot peppers, and hot sauce would all make great additions. Get creative!
Grilled Avocado Sandwich on a Plate with Water Glass and Bowl of Avocado Mash in the Background

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Grilled Avocado Sandwich

Grilled Avocado Sandwich

This scrumptious avocado sandwich is filled with roasted red peppers and a zesty cilantro-lime avocado mash, then grilled to crispy perfection! A delicious vegan lunch or dinner that takes minutes to prepare.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Servings 2
Calories 535 kcal
Author Alissa

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 8 jarred roasted red pepper slices
  • 1/4 cup coconut bacon
  • 1/4 cup baby arugula or spinach

Instructions

  1. Mash the avocado in a small bowl using a fork.

  2. Stir in the lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Taste-test the mixture and add more salt if needed.

  3. Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.

  4. Slather one side of each bread slice with butter.

  5. Slather the opposite side of two of the slices with the avocado mash, then top each with roasted red pepper slices, coconut bacon (if using) and arugula or spinach. Close the sandwiches with the remaining bread slices, buttered sides out.

  6. Place one or both sandwiches in the hot skillet (as many as will fit at at time) and cook each sandwich for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy.

  7. Serve the sandwiches immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Grilled Avocado Sandwich

Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)

Calories 535 Calories from Fat 339

% Daily Value*

Fat 37.7g58%

Saturated Fat 12.6g63%

Sodium 1008mg42%

Potassium 604mg17%

Carbohydrates 48.5g16%

Fiber 9.5g38%

Sugar 13.5g15%

Protein 7.6g15%

Calcium 224mg22%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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