nutritional information


  • Calories: 472
  • Protein: 45 g
  • Total Fat: 15.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 26 mg
  • Sodium: 807 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

Radical Reuben

Radical Reuben

Serves 4

This recipe was a winner in our 2008 Restaurant Poll, and is a popular sandwich at Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois. We were impressed by its innovative use of beet and pickle juices to turn seitan into a tangy substitute for corned beef. Can't find beet juice? Purée a 15-ounce can of beets and use it for the marinade.
  • 1 lb. seitan, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • ½ cup beet juice or beet borscht
  • 1 tsp. pickling spice
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup soy mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbs. ketchup
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped pickles
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 slices Swiss or soy cheese
  • Sauerkraut, for garnish

1. To make Seitan: Place seitan in baking dish. Bring pickle juice, beet juice, pickling spice, garlic powder, pepper, and 1 cup water to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes. Strain marinade, and pour over sliced seitan. Cover and cool. Chill overnight.

2. To make Reuben Sauce: Combine all ingredients in bowl.

3. To make Sandwiches: Preheat oven to broil. Set bread slices on baking sheet. Top 4 bread slices with drained Seitan and cheese. Broil 5 to 7 minutes, or until Seitan is hot and cheese is melted. Transfer Seitan-topped bread slices to serving plates, and garnish with sauerkraut. Spread remaining 4 bread slices with Reuben Sauce, and place on top of Sandwiches.

June 2008

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Confused about the Reuben that the mayo, ketchup, and chopped pickles? thanks! -walt

Walt Scoha - 2016-02-02 04:46:09

Why do people leave non-germane comments like, "This is not a healthy sandwich"? It was not put forward as such, was it?! The nutritional information is writ large alongside the recipe, so anyone who wants a recipe which adheres to their personal criteria of "healthy", is free to create their own without being a curmudgeon. Thank you for those of you who have actually MADE the recipe and are commenting in a constructive way upon it.

bunnybgal - 2016-02-02 04:26:58

I have also made reuben's with avocado and/or mushrooms instead of the corned beef. Deliciouso!!!

Emily SP - 2016-02-02 03:57:57

You might want to separate out the ingredients for the Reuben sauce (mayo, ketchup, pickles?) from the other ingredients.

Deb - 2016-02-01 23:01:46

I love the curried tofu salad i had there last summer

Maryann Coombe - 2012-06-17 13:12:24

One of my all-time favorites from VT.

Tricia - 2012-06-14 00:21:12

Like alot of vegetarian recipes, the sodium level on this recipe is insane. 807mg? sounds like a meatless BigMac.. Heart and Stroke Foundation is telling people 1,200-1,500mg of sodium a day is ideal... this is not a healthy sandwich, meatless or not!

Merrilea - 2011-04-26 16:32:12

Is this the actual recipe that the Chicago Diner uses?

Coley - 2010-08-01 12:45:14

I think I might try it with bread and butter pickle juice. I remember corned beef had a sweet and sour taste. Dill would just be sour. Seitan is a dense protein made from wheat gluten. There are many recipes on how to prepare it from scratch, but it takes time. You can buy mixes to cut down on the preparation or you can find it packed in water like tofu in some, larger groceries with good health food sections or stores like Whole Foods. Try it--I love it!

Lara - 2010-07-29 18:28:42

What is seitan?

Margaret - 2010-06-29 12:40:58

I use dill pickle juice for the seitan marinade and chopped up bread and butter pickles for the thousand island dressing.

Michelle - 2010-06-29 11:35:56

I love seitan and finding new ways to use it. This sounds more than delicious! And I'd say dill pickles would be best.

FoodFitnessFreshair - 2010-03-16 09:09:21

With a reuben I have always used dill. I don't think sweet pickles would work.

megann - 2009-06-24 10:09:14

I have the same question. Anybody try this and have a suggestion?

rebecca - 2009-06-24 09:08:38

This recipe does not indicate if the pickle juice is sweet, sour, dill?? Is the chopped pickle of the same type?

geri veroneau - 2009-06-23 11:53:24