Vegan Tuna Melt Recipe

Vegan Tuna Melt Recipe

This is the best vegan tuna melt recipe! This vegan chickpea tuna melt with mayo is perfect for sandwiches and takes 10 mins! Super simple and easy to make!

This chickpea “tuna” melt vegan recipe is perfect to pack for lunches or if you’re looking for a quick meal to make super quick. All you need is chickpeas, celery, onion, vegan mayo and seasonings! I usually mix it in a food processor in seconds but if you don’t have one, you can use a knife and fork or masher!

Recipe for Vegan Tuna Melt

Recipe for Vegan Tuna Melt

This vegan tuna melt is the perfect replacement for a traditional tuna salad with melted cheese. Instead of using real tuna, we will be using chickpeas which does a great job mimicking “tuna” and with vegan or dairy-free cheese, it’s easy to make a tuna melt vegan!

You just need a few simple ingredients and you will be shocked at how similar it can be to a real tuna melt. I have friends who say this tastes even better than a real tuna melt.


The recipe is vegan, tuna-free, gluten-free and nut-free.

Vegan Tuna Melt Sandwich
Vegan tuna melt sandwich

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas
  • Nori Sheet / Seaweed (optional but recommended for fishy taste)
  • Celery
  • Red Onion
  • Vegan Mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Kelp powder (optional but recommended for fishy taste)

Feel free to use whatever vegetables of your choice and customize it to your liking!


How To Make Tuna Melt (Vegan)

1. Prepare Vegan “Tuna” by adding chickpeas, nori, celery and red onion into a food processor and processing until chickpeas are nicely mashed but slightly chunky.

2. Add the chickpea mixture into a large mixing bowl along with vegan mayo, salt, black pepper, dijon mustard and kelp powder (if using). Mix well.

3. Now to make one Vegan Tuna Melt, take 2 slices of bread (or both ends of an English muffin) and spread 1/2 tbsp of dairy-free butter on each piece (more if desired).

4. Add 1/4 of the chickpea tuna mixture you just made (or however much you prefer) onto one of the slices of bread and top with a slice of dairy-free cheese.

5. Top with the other slice of bread and repeat steps 3 & 4 to make more.

6. If serving right away, heat a pan on medium heat and place the sandwich on the pan on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the dairy-free cheese has melted and the bread is nicely toasted. Alternatively, you can air fry at about 370-380 degrees F for about 5-7 minutes.

7. If meal prepping, simply wrap up each sandwich with saran (plastic) wrap and keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve. When ready to serve, heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds (if kept in fridge) or 60 seconds (if frozen), then follow step 6.

Vegan Tuna Melt

Vegan Tuna Melt

This is the best vegan tuna melt recipe! This vegan chickpea tuna melt with mayo is perfect for sandwiches and takes 10 mins!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: chickpea, Sandwich, vegan tuna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 352kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor if no food processor, use knife & fork or masher
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 can Chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 1 nori sheet crumbled, optional but recommended for tuna taste
  • 1 stalk Celery diced
  • 1/4 Red Onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp kelp powder optional but recommended for tuna taste

Tuna Melt Sandwich

  • 8 slices bread or 4 english muffins
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 4 slices vegan cheese or dairy-free cheese

Instructions

  • Prepare Vegan “Tuna” by adding chickpeas, nori, celery and red onion into a food processor and processing until chickpeas are nicely mashed but slightly chunky.
  • Add the chickpea mixture into a large mixing bowl along with vegan mayo, salt, black pepper, dijon mustard and kelp powder (if using). Mix well.
  • Now to make one Vegan Tuna Melt, take 2 slices of bread (or both ends of an English muffin) and spread 1/2 tbsp of dairy-free butter on each piece (more if desired).
  • Add 1/4 of the chickpea tuna mixture you just made (or however much you prefer) onto one of the slices of bread and top with a slice of dairy-free cheese.
  • Top with the other slice of bread and repeat steps 3 & 4 to make more.
  • If serving right away, heat a pan on medium heat and place the sandwich on the pan on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the dairy-free cheese has melted and the bread is nicely toasted. Alternatively, you can air fry at about 370-380 degrees F for about 5-7 minutes.
  • If meal prepping, simply wrap up each sandwich with saran (plastic) wrap and keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve. When ready to serve, heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds (if kept in fridge) or 60 seconds (if frozen), then follow step 6.

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Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 617IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg

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