Vegetarian Avocado Reuben

We can never seem to finish a loaf of bread but there are some days whereby we just crave for breads. This dish is a result of not being able to finish the load of oatmeal bread that I bought last week.

This reuben sandwich is super easy to make. It is inspired by a sandwich called Pretty Woman at Stage Deli in Somerset Mall in Michigan. We always get this sandwich when we go to the mall. I did not make any homemade Thousand Island dressing for this sandwich this time because I didn’t have any mayo, but it was just as good with some Grey Poupon mustard. I’ll include the recipe for homemade Thousand Island dressing anyway. We made paprika potato wedges as a side for this.


  • 4 slices of bread (preferably rye), buttered
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (optional)
  • Mustard
  • Thousand Island dressing (see recipe below for homemade version)/Russian dressing
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spread butter and mustard (and Thousand Island dressing, if desired) on one side of the bread.
  3. Drain sauerkraut. Saute garlic and and sauerkraut with some olive oil in a pan until sauerkraut is dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Divide sauerkraut on 2 slices of bread. Place avocado and tomato slices, and 2 slices of Swiss cheese on top of the sauerkraut.
  5. Set the open face sandwiches and the 2 slices of buttered bread on a pan and broil in the oven for 30 seconds, or until lightly browned.
  6. Top the open face sandwiches with the toasted bread and serve while hot.

Thousand Island Dressing (source)


  1. Mix all ingredients until creamy and refrigerate until chilled.

One response to “Vegetarian Avocado Reuben

  1. Mayonnaise has been off my diet for years. To make my version of Thousand Island dressing, I substitute Greek yogurt, specifically Fage brand, full fat. Mayonnaise is 3.7 grams of fat per teaspoon where the yogurt is only 0.15 grams per teaspoon. Big difference. I leave out the tomato product as I’m avoiding nightshades. To get the pink color, if I want it, I add a little beet root powder. It passes muster nicely.

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