Taste test: vegan Christmas sandwiches
The number of vegan Britons has quadrupled in four years and M&S has just started selling its first vegan festive sandwich. We put it, and five others, to the test
Paul, ’Tis the Vegan Sandwich, £4.25
Filling Hummus, grilled sliced carrots, grilled yellow peppers, fresh spinach, cranberry sauce and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Flavour Subtle use of hummus, lots of vegetal sweetness and savouriness built into the bread.
Festive factor It might be as British as saying sorry, but this year the winning Christmas sandwich is
in contour n able ment French.
Pret, Very Merry Christmas Lunch, £3.50
Filling Grilled carrots, crispy onions and baby spinach with a festive vegan stuffing and port and orange cranberry sauce, finished with pecans.
Flavour Herbacious from the stuffing, and a beautiful balance between sweet and savoury. Festive factor I’d eat that stuffing in anything.
M&S, No Turkey Feast, £3.90
Filling Marinated roasted soya protein with onion and sage dressing, cranberry chutney, fried onions and spinach.
Flavour Creamy and bland with a subtle fruitiness from the cranberry. The sage stays in hiding until well after you’ve swallowed your bite.
Festive factor The only candidate to reference the traditional festive roast but, flavourwise, it just doesn’t cut it. Starbucks, Vegan Winter Sandwich, £2.99
Filling Roasted carrot and butternut squash with chipotle slaw, spiced pumpkin stuffing, cranberry and brussels sprout pesto, pumpkin puree, kale and rocket leaves, pomegranate arils, toasted pumpkin seeds.
Flavour There is almost too much going on. The heat from the chipotle, though, sets it apart, as do the bolder greens. Festive factor A whole Christmas Day spread in one neat parcel.
Boots, Parsnip Fritter and Butternut Squash, £2.75
Filling Parsnip and carrot fritter, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, vegan mayonnaise, hummus, chickpeas and chestnuts with spinach.
Flavour Like fried hummus with lots of sweetness from the cranberry – delicious, but let down by dry bread.
Festive factor The combo of sugar and fat brings the word feast to mind, even if what it comes sandwiched in does not.
Co-op, Vegan Bubble and Squeak, £2.65
Filling Sweet potato, cabbage and sage fritter, vegan sage and onion mayonnaise, spinach, red cabbage, fruit chutney and pickled beetroot.
Flavour Could do with more salt, fat and savouriness – I’d never have guessed they had fried anything. Both beetroot and red cabbage, though, is a good call.
Festive factor The sage is a decent festive mark, but it’s nowhere near enough. Dale Berning Sawa