Loma Linda Sandwich Spread

Dive into the world of plant-based delights with Homemade Loma Linda Sandwich Spread! This vegan masterpiece is a harmonious blend of nutrient-rich chickpeas and smooth tofu, infused with the bold flavors of black olives and rich tomato paste. This spread is ideal for sandwiches, wraps, or as a dip. It’s a simple yet sophisticated choice for health-conscious foodies.

Sandwiches made with homemade Loma Linda sandwich spread and a bowl of the spread.


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What Makes Loma Linda Sandwich Spread So Good?

The spread has flavors of chickpeas, tomato paste, and black olives, with hints of peanut butter, pimientos, and seasonings.

The addition of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice gives it the perfect subtle acidic touch. It’s impossible to compare this delicious vegan-friendly spread to anything else because it contains such unique ingredients.

Why You’ll Love This Loma Linda Sandwich Spread Recipe

You no longer need to be down about the fact that the Loma Linda spread for sandwiches has been discontinued. With this recipe, you can recreate your own, bringing back the spread’s nostalgic and delicious flavor to your kitchen in a matter of minutes.

This recipe couldn’t get any easier since all you need to do is measure the components, give them a blitz in the food processor, and enjoy it however you’d like. You can also adjust seasonings and recipe amounts to fit your preferences.

For instance, if you prefer more peanut butter or less tomato paste, you can easily modify the flavor before removing the spread from the food processor appliance. Add some dill pickle relish for another tangy accent.

Nevertheless, if you follow this recipe to a tee, it certainly has the recognizable flavor and texture of the classic Loma Linda sandwich spread.

Ingredients You Will Need

Here’s what you’ll need for this Loma Linda sandwich spread recipe:

  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Black olives 
  • Tomato paste
  • Firm tofu
  • Peanut butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Celery seeds
  • Small Jar of Pimentos
  • Onion powder
  • Accent seasoning (optional in case you don’t want to use msg)
  • Sea salt
  • Apple cider vinegar
Homemade Loma Linda sandwich spread ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Loma Linda Sandwich Spread

  1. Combine all ingredients and thoroughly blend in a food processor until it is a thick spreadable paste.
  2. Store in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
Collage of making homemade Loma Linda sandwich spread.

Different Ways To Serve This Tofu Sandwich Spread

The most obvious way to serve this spread is by smothering it on a sandwich or a wrap, but did you realize there are so many other ways you can enjoy it? For instance, use it as a dip for chips, carrots, celery, or pretzels.

You can also include it in different types of salads for added protein. Mix it up by incorporating this sandwich spread into deviled eggs, potato salad, tuna salad, or macaroni salad. Its unique taste will instantly improve the dish.

You can also mix it into a soup for a more complex flavor.

Homemade Loma Linda sandwich spread and sandwiches next to it on a wood board.

What To Serve This Spread With

If you plan to enjoy this with plant-based dishes, slathering this Loma Linda copycat spread on a hefty vegan burger is surely the way to go.

However, you can also pair it with non-vegan food. It tastes wonderful on BLT or ham sandwiches.

Or, enjoy it as a snack or party appetizer by including it on a cheese and cracker platter. 

How To Store This Chickpea Sandwich Spread

I suggest storing this in a container with a fitting lid to preserve its quality. It won’t hold up well if you only cover it with foil or plastic wrap. Make sure it is an airtight container of some sort!

How Long Will Vegan Sandwich Spread Last?

This spread remains fresh for about one week. You can always cut the recipe in half if you don’t think you will eat the full amount in that time.

Homemade Loma Linda sandwich spread in a small bowl and a sandwich next to it.

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Sandwiches made with homemade Loma Linda sandwich spread and a bowl of the spread.

Loma Linda Sandwich Spread

Do you love the Loma Linda Sandwich Spread? You can still make it with this copycat recipe. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Loma Linda Sandwich Spread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 51kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas drained
  • 1 3.8-ounce can sliced black olives drained
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 3 1/2 ounces firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 2 ounces pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Accent seasoning or substitute with additional salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Jason

    I would love a picture of the can and ingredient’s? I loved the sandwich spread as a kid, would love to try and remake it.

    • Tom Reynolds

      I have an actual can of Loma Linda Sandwich Spread (and a picture of it). My dad purchased the last three cases of it when he found that Loma Linda Foods decided not to make it anymore, on a trip to southern California. I can send you a picture if I know your email address. Tom

  2. Liz

    My mom and I changed the recipe a little. We only used 1/2 of the tomato paste and tofu that was in recipe and added a teaspoon of garlic powder and doubled the olives. We had my sister taste test and she preferred this over the spread we made exactly how the recipe read.

  3. Diane

    5 stars
    I too search for copy cat recipes of some of the old Loma Linda vegetarian foods. Does anyone remember Vegelona? Is there a recipe copy of that?

  4. ZJ

    I contacted the *New Owners of Loma Linda and asked to speak with the upper management because they swear they never made any such product as Loma Linda sandwich spread but I remember it well and I told Them Loma Linda definitely made it !! We used to eat it all the time in the 60s and 70s growing up and we loved it ! I asked if they would consider making it again because it would have international appeal and you could put it on pita bread with lettuce tomato vegan mayonnaise avocado and may be a tiny bit of salsa if you’re feeling sexy ! They claimed the only thing they ever made in a sandwich spread was there are imitation tunafish . 😤🤔 has anyone ever had any luck contacting them and does anyone have a picture of the old label that I can send them ! Thank you very much 🤓 ✨💜 ZJ

    • Liz

      I have a picture of the old label. Send me an email and I will send you a picture, I’m not able to attach it here.

    • Thomas Reynolds

      5 stars
      I still have an old can in my pantry of Loma Linda Sandwich Spread (I won’t be using it), I also have a can label that I attached to the recipe I printed out. My family grew up in Loma Linda and we ate the stuff often! They definitely did make it and I have the proof positive it existed!!!!

      However, I have modified this recipe above just a tad to make it even better! Closer to the original taste!
      I add 1 Tbsp of Brewer’s Yeast (Nutritional yeast), 1 heaping tsp of Celery seed, 2 tsp of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, 1 large can of ripe olives and I do not cream all the ingredients. The olives and pimentos are pulsed in to give the spread texture! In the original spread, you can see little pieces of olive and pimentos!

    • Les Mosley

      I still have one can in the pantry. Probably 40 yrs old by now. I can send you a picture if you like.

  5. Jack Hoehn

    4 stars
    I loved the Original. This recipe gives something similar, but not the same.
    This is more tomato, and sweeter than I remember. Has anyone else
    modified it to get closer to the original? And the original must have been cooked,
    not just blended raw. Has anyone tried cooking or steaming this?

  6. Sharon

    Am trying to achieve both texture and taste of original Loma Linda Sandwich spread. Can someone please tell me how to steam it? What temp, how long? The recipe states the cook time as 10 minutes, yet there’s no mention of cooking anything. When one opened the original cans, the sandwich spread was topped with a bit of what appeared to be aspic. Not trying to mass-produce, here, just want a product that is as close to the original as possible.

  7. Kevin A.

    I always used Loma Linda Sandwich Spread as the base for building on, never plain. Frankly, I thought it was disgusting plain. With this recipe, I can just keep going and make my regular sandwich spread. If you’re keeping score at home that means I’m adding mayo, chopped celery, diced dill pickles, diced Walla Walla sweet onions (if I can get my hands on any), and whatever else seems right in the moment. Black pepper, maybe some curry powder. It’s never the same twice. But plain out of the can? Philistine!!

      • Debra

        As a kid I ate the sandwich spread plain — maybe we put mayo on the bread. Is the Nuteena recipe here too? My aunt made cutlets out of Nuteena slices (sorry don’t know the recipe for the cutlets. I think it used to be on the back of the can.) I loved the hot dogs. Protena, being primarily wheat gluten, gave me a stomachache. The chicken was also mostly wheat gluten, but I liked it.

        Anyone remember Worthington salisbury steak?

  8. Kevin A.

    5 stars
    I’m going to hazard a guess that any decent apple cider vinegar would work. In the quantity of 1/2 tsp., I’m gonna be real impressed if you can tell me I didn’t use Braggs! 🙂 Where it really matters is in the peanut butter. Jif creamy. Yeah, I know, I know. Not organic, has transfats and sugar. I’m standing by it.

  9. Ruth B Woolcock

    Definitely too much tomato paste relative to other ingredients. Like the convenience of using tofu. I think the original product was steamed with soy flour and ground peanuts so the texture was different but this is certainly easier and much more do-able.

    • Sharon Mazeroff

      Am trying to achieve both texture and taste of original Loma Linda Sandwich spread. Can someone please tell me how to steam it? What temp, how long? The recipe states the cook time as 10 minutes, yet there’s no mention of cooking anything. When one opened the original cans, the sandwich spread was topped with a bit of what appeared to be aspic. Not trying to mass-produce, here, just want a product that is as close to the original as possible. Loved that stuff!
      Sharon

      • Stephanie

        I am sorry my “cook” time is confusing. I have an option of prep time and cooking time. I wished it was something like “active” time.

      • Debra

        where is the recipe that says to steam the sandwich spread? anyhow, I think maybe a bain marie covered with foil in the oven might work? or a glass dish on top of a vegetable steamer? do those techniques make sense?

      • Renee Martin

        I have an idea that to achieve the original it needs to be cooked similarly to the peanut butter Loaf in the apple a day cookbook because that turns out in a similar manner. And when you just add peanut butter and tomato paste they kind of overpower it unless you steam it so I would kind of go with that recipe I mean just the steaming time rather and you probably are just going to need to check it cuz it will be thicker than that is going into the oven but use the same idea and then just check it often and when it gets done it’s done. I’ve been wanting to try it but I haven’t done it yet. My other idea instead of adding straight up peanut butter is to add a little tiny bit of tomato paste but not a whole can and mash-up Nutaleen or some version of that with chop’t garbanzos or do them in the food processor but don’t make them smooth and minced black olives and pimento and whatever other seasoning you like and see if you combine that with Nutaleen you might come up with something more like the original sandwich spread

  10. Gerri B F Krook

    This is wonderful. I have certainly missed this, and this is better if that is possible. Thank-you so very much.

  11. Tom Reynolds

    As much as I loved “Loma Linda Sandwich Spread” while growing up, this recipe, which I’ve slightly modified, is even better than what we use to buy in the can. It is delicious!

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