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TTLA Sandwich: Whole Foods Copycat

This flavorful vegan sandwich contains avocado, smoky tempeh, tomato, green leaf lettuce and an unforgettable garlic aioli sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 1 sandwich
Author: Kathy Patalsky


  • 1 ciabatta sandwich roll
  • 4 strips of smoky tempeh bacon (Lightlife brand or DIYed recipe)
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 1-3 lettuce leaves (leafy green) - rinse well
  • 1/2 - 1 avocado, sliced
  • Garlic Aioli: (you will have a bit leftover - for another sandwich or dipping)
  • 3-4 Tbsp vegan mayo (I use the Vegenaise with the purple cap)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic options: 3/4 Tbsp garlic, chopped (or 2 cloves, crushed) (or 1 head of roasted garlic - see this recipe)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • Optional: sliced pickle (Sonoma Brinery used)


  • Add all the garlic aioli ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until smooth, rich and creamy. You want the olive oil to be emulsified. you can also try my roasted garlic aioli recipe.
  • Lightly toast your ciabatta roll. Slice in half.
  • Generously spread the garlic aioli onto each inside of the bread. press the aioli into the bread a bit so that it soaks in.
  • Add the avocado to one inside of the bread and smash well into the aioli, using a fork.
  • Layer on the tempeh strips, tomato and lettuce. Add the optional sliced dill pickle.
  • Put the sandwich sides together and slice and serve! Enjoy this flavorful masterpiece.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 811kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 45g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 1654mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1115IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg