Avocado, Arugula, and Walnut Sandwiches Recipe

Sometimes, the best sandwiches are those with the fewest ingredients—ingredients that sometimes happen to all be vegetarian. This simple sandwich consists of nothing more than avocado, arugula dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, chopped walnuts, and some salt and pepper sprinkled about, all intermingled between two pieces of wheat bread. A whole mashed avocado per sandwich provides plenty of rich creaminess (no mayo needed), while walnuts add crunch and texture, and the dressed arugula lends a bitter and lemony counterpoint. Everything comes together in this delicious and satisfying vegetarian sandwich.

While this sandwich may seem perfect for this particular time of year—healthy resolutions, and all—it's dang tasty and hefty, good enough to work into your regular year-round sandwich rotation. You do have a sandwich rotation, don't you?

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Makes: 2 sandwiches

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  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups packed arugula (about 2 1/2 ounces)
  • Two small, ripe avocados, mashed
  • 4 slices wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the arugula to the bowl and gently toss to coat the leaves in the dressing. Set aside.

  2. Season mashed avocado with salt. Spread 1 side of each slice of bread with the mashed avocado. Evenly divide the chopped walnuts and the dressed arugula among 2 of the avocado-covered bread slices. Top with remaining avocado-covered bread slices and serve.