How to Make a Sandwich Without Bread

Vegetables are a good alternative to bread when making sandwiches. Want some ideas? We're sharing 8 amazing options in this article.
How to Make a Sandwich Without Bread

Last update: 11 June, 2022

Making a sandwich without bread is much simpler than you might think, and it only takes a little imagination to replace it with healthier options with fewer calories.

The following ideas are ideal for a quick and healthy dinner. Remember that you should eat lighter meals at night since not as many calories are burned while we sleep. Therefore, if you eat too much at night, you could more easily gain weight.

How to make a sandwich without bread

Whether you’re on a weight-loss journey or simply want a different option for making your sandwiches, keep reading to find several options that will leave you wanting more.

Of course, you can still eat bread regularly. Remember that it’s part of the food pyramid and, if you choose the healthiest varieties of bread (whole grain and whole wheat), it’s beneficial for your health.

However, to replace it, the first thing you have to do is think about what you need to make it. Well, the answer is very easy: bread contains the other elements of the sandwich which allows us to eat without getting your fingers messy (at least, not too messy).

With this idea in mind, you must look for substitutes that can do the same thing, but provide fewer calories and still keep the sandwich tasty.

Is it possible? Of course, it is!

1. Sandwich with rice crackers

Rice crackers are healthy and crunchy, perfect for filling with sweet and savory options. Try eating them with jam, fruit, cheese, and even tuna, turkey, or chicken.

2. Cucumber sandwich without bread

Cucumber sandwich
Because of its texture and flavor, cucumber is ideal to replace bread in various sandwich recipes.

Our second idea of how to make a sandwich without bread is to use cucumber instead. The consistency and format of cucumber makes it a perfect ingredient for the filling.

Remember to wash it well before using it, remove the ends and cut it in the middle, then stuff it to your liking. If you want, you can peel the cucumber.

Our favorite fillings for cucumber are fresh cheese and ham, Serrano ham and tomato, hummus and tomato, tuna, onion, and cocktail sauce. What kind of fillings do you like?

3. Sandwich without bread using lettuce

Another good option is to use lettuce instead of bread. We’re used to using lettuce as part of the filling but what if we put on top and under instead of bread?

For example, you can even use a large leaf of lettuce to prepare a wrap:

  • First, wash the lettuce well and let it dry, don’t squeeze it so as not to break it.
  • Then place the filling of your choice on it and roll it up.
  • You can fill it with tuna, tomato, and onion or chicken sauteed with spinach or mushrooms.

Also read: Three Delicious Lettuce Wraps with Veggies and Fruit

4. Zucchini sandwich without bread

Zucchini is low in calories and very versatile. Therefore, you can use it to replace bread when making sandwiches.

Just like cucumber, zucchinis have the perfect shape to replace the bread in the sandwich. In this case, we suggest removing the tips and cutting the zucchini in half, and then cooking it in the oven until its texture is firm but tender at the same time.

  • Once cooked, you can fill it with homemade hummus and serve it hot or cold.

5. Ham rolls

As you can see, our idea is to transform some typical ingredients of the filling into options suitable to replace bread. Also, ham gives you the possibility to fill it as you like. Although it doesn’t look like a traditional sandwich, it tastes great.

Stuff it with fresh cheese and herbs, tomato and cheese, asparagus, assorted sautéed vegetables, fresh cheese and avocado, hummus, or whatever you can think of. There are endless options!

6. Apples instead of bread

Apples are one of our favorite fruits when it comes to dieting and it’s easy to see why: it’s tasty, low in calories, and goes well with other sweet and salty ingredients.

  • To make a sandwich without bread, wash the fruit well, cut the apple in half, and remove the core.
  • Then, fill it with the ingredients of your choice. How about filling it with tuna and cocktail sauce?

It’s delicious!

7. Sandwich with an eggplant

Eggplant sandwich without bread
Eggplant is a low-calorie ingredient that provides important nutrients. Also, it has a perfect texture for making sandwiches without bread.

Like zucchini, eggplant can give us a lot of options when making a sandwich without bread. Use it baked as a cover for your sandwich.

Want another idea?

Try stuffing it with polenta, spinach, and tomato.

8. Portobello mushrooms for a sandwich without bread

Portobello mushrooms have become fashionable in recent years. Their texture makes them an excellent alternative to bread. Remove the mushroom ends once cooked and use only the heads instead of the bread.

We suggesting filling them with chopped spinach, chicken and tomato leaves, or avocado and chicken.

In conclusion, making a sandwich without bread is not an impossible feat. There are many more options at your fingertips and your imagination! Just keep in mind that to replace the bread you need a full-bodied ingredient that will adequately support the filling.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.