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The Best Cream Cheese Veggie Sandwich

This cream cheese veggie sandwich is nutritious, filling, and loaded with fresh vegetables. It’s made with hearty whole grain bread, chive and onion cream cheese, and plenty of fresh veggies. This is the best way to make a cream cheese veggie sandwich. It’s perfect for vegetarians or anyone looking to add more vegetables to their diet!

A tall sandwich made with fresh vegetables, whole grain bread, and cream cheese with chives.

I love making this quick cream cheese veggie sandwich for lunch. It’s what I need when I want a light and nutritious meal with plenty of veggies. It may be a light meal, but it’s big on flavor! The volume of veggies used and the fiber from the multigrain bread make this sandwich hearty and filling without weighing you down.  

Make this anytime you want a wholesome, delicious lunch and are trying to get more veggies in. Try pairing it with a cup of veggie-loaded pasta salad for even more veggie goodness!

Keep reading for a rundown of everything you’ll need to make the best cream cheese veggie sandwich. Plus, step-by-step photos to help you build your veggie sandwich. Check out the recipe card for the exact quantities and instructions!

Ingredients

Hearty multi-grain bread, spinach, sprouts, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, salt, pepper, and chive and onion cream cheese on a board for sandwich making.
  • Hearty multigrain sandwich bread. Large, hearty slices of good-quality multigrain bread are best for making this sandwich. Think Arnold, Lewis, or Sara Lee. They are big enough to hold plenty of vegetables and sturdy enough to hold up to the filling. They have a satisfying texture and plenty of fiber to make this veggie sandwich more filling! 
  • Chive and onion cream cheese adds a protective layer to the bread to keep it from getting soggy. It’s creamy and loaded with herby flavor. Whipped cream cheese is easy to spread. I always make a batch of homemade chive and onion cream cheese when I plan to make these sandwiches.
  • Fresh veggies with different textures and colors made this sandwich exciting and gorgeous. I like using tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions
  • Alfalfa sprouts add a mild, fresh flavor and crispy, crunchy texture to this sandwich. Alfalfa sprouts also have an impressive nutrient profile. They are low-calorie and loaded with nutrients! You can find sprouts in the produce section at most grocery stores. They’re also easy to grow at home.
  • This wouldn’t be the ultimate veggie sandwich without some leafy greens to round it out! I opt for a handful of baby spinach since the alfalfa sprouts give that signature crisp texture.
  • Salt & pepper enhance the flavors of the veggies and cream cheese.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Make it a wrap: Spread the cream cheese on a large tortilla, such as  Mission Garden Spinach Wraps. Then, layer the remaining ingredients and fold into a burrito. You’ll need a burrito-sized 10-inch tortilla to hold all the filling. 
  • Switch up the spread: Use a different flavor of savory whipped cream cheese. Think garden veggie or roasted pepper flavored. Or, swap the cream cheese for another spread. Think hummus or pimento cheese
  • Use your favorite veggies: Feel free to mix and match to use your favorite vegetables on this sandwich. Radishes, red bell peppers, romaine lettuce, and shredded carrots all come to mind!
  • Make it vegan: Swap the chive and onion cream cheese for a vegan substitute, or use hummus.
  • Add sliced cheese for extra protein: A slice of cheese will add more protein to this simple sandwich. Gouda, muenster, Havarti, provolone, or cheddar would all be delicious.

How to Make a Cream Cheese Veggie Sandwich

First, wash and slice your veggies to make building the sandwich easier.

Lay the bread on your work surface and spread the inside of both slices with the chive and onion cream cheese. Next, add a handful of baby spinach to one slice. Top it with a couple of tomato slices. Then, sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Add the red onions, then a handful of alfalfa sprouts. Line the other side with the cucumber slices, then place the cucumber-lined slice on top.

Quick, easy, and nutritious!

I like wrapping these sandwiches in parchment paper for serving.

Lay the sandwich on a large piece of parchment and carefully fold it up into a little package. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the whole thing in half.

A hearty veggie and cream cheese sandwich cross section.

Yum! Just look at that cross-section!

Tips for Building the Perfect Cream Cheese Veggie Sandwich

  • Put cream cheese on both slices. Spread chive and onion cream cheese on both slices of bread to keep the bread from getting soggy. 
  • Use the cream cheese to hold it in place. Cucumber slices are slippery and tend to fall off of a sandwich. Place them directly against the cream cheese to keep them in place. 
  • Juicy vegetables go in the middle. Soggy veggies such as tomatoes should go in the middle of the sandwich to keep them further from the bread. 
  • No extra sauces. The sandwich gets flavor and moisture from the cream cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Resist the temptation to add another sauce. That will make it soggy! 
  • Lots of crunch and a variety of textures. The combination of veggies, greens, and sprouts gives this sandwich plenty of crunch and texture to keep things interesting. 
  • Use salt and pepper! Sprinkling salt and pepper on the tomatoes elevates the flavor of the entire sandwich. The salt will cause the tomatoes to release their juices and season the sandwich.
  • Wrap the whole thing up to create a packed lunch. Wrap the sandwich in parchment paper and cut it in half. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in a reusable sandwich bag or container.
A loaded cream cheese and vegetable sandwich on hearty whole grain sandwich bread.

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The Best Cream Cheese & Veggie Sandwich

A tall stack of veggie and cream cheese sandwich on whole grain bread.

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A hearty veggie sandwich with chive & onion cream cheese, sprouts, cucumber, spinach, red onion, and tomatoes on hearty multigrain bread.

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches & Wraps
  • Method: Layer
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 slices hearty multigrain sandwich bread
  • 4 tablespoons chive and onion cream cheese (or spread of choice)
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 thin slices of red onion
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 6 slices of cucumber

Instructions

  1. Lay both slices of bread on your work surface. Spread the inside of each slice with the chive and onion cream cheese.
  2. Place a handful of spinach on top of one slice. Then, add the tomatoes. Sprinkle the tomato slices with salt and pepper. Arrange the onion slices on top of the tomatoes, then top the onions with the alfalfa sprouts.
  3. Arrange the cucumber slices on top of the cream cheese on the other slice of bread. Then, place the cucumber-lined piece of bread on top of the sandwich.
  4. Wrap the sandwich in parchment paper if you would like, then use a serrated bread knife to cut the whole thing in half.

Notes

Check out the full post for lots of tips to make the ultimate cream cheese veggie sandwich!

Substitutions & Variations

  • Make it a wrap: Spread the cream cheese on a large tortilla, such as  Mission Garden Spinach Wraps. Then, layer the remaining ingredients and fold into a burrito. You’ll need a burrito-sized 10-inch tortilla to hold all the filling. 
  • Switch up the spread: Use a different flavor of savory whipped cream cheese. Think garden veggie or roasted pepper flavored. Or, swap the cream cheese for another spread. Think hummus or pimento cheese. 
  • Use your favorite veggies: Feel free to mix and match your favorite vegetables on this sandwich. Radishes, red bell peppers, romaine lettuce, and shredded carrots all come to mind!
  • Make it vegan: Swap the chive and onion cream cheese for a vegan substitute, or use hummus.
  • Add sliced cheese for extra protein: A slice of cheese will add more protein to this simple sandwich. Gouda, muenster, Havarti, provolone, or cheddar would all be delicious.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich
  • Calories: 448
  • Sugar: 12.3 g
  • Sodium: 456.8 mg
  • Fat: 20.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.8 g
  • Fiber: 11.9 g
  • Protein: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.4 mg

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  1. I had leftover chive and onion cream cheese from making your turkey sandwich bagels so I tried this sandwich. It was so good for lunch! It was so flavorful and filling. I didn’t miss having meat at all!






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