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Stacked vegan tuna melts

Easy Vegan Tuna Melt Sandwiches

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Sandwiches 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A healthy twist on a true classic, these Easy Vegan Tuna Melt Sandwiches make a great lunch. Made from plant-based ingredients and takes 15 minutes or less to make!

Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free, Soy-Free




  • 1-15 oz can (or 1.5 cups) chickpeas, drained (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup tahini or vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp each garlic and onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dulse flakes (see substitutions section to replace)
  • 1 tsp ume plum vinegar (see substitutions section to replace)


  • 8 slices of bread, optional
  • Sliced tomato or other veggies, optional
  • 1/2 batch Melty Vegan Cheddar or store bought vegan cheese


  1. Mash your chickpeas with the back of a fork. If you find them hard to mash, microwave them for a minute or two to soften them.
  2. I mash them so that there are no whole chickpeas but they're not completely pulverized. Mash to the consistency you like.
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients for the vegan tuna.
  4. Add a generous amount of tuna to one piece of your bread. If making a full sandwich, add some of the vegan cheese to the other half. If making an open-faced sandwich, just add the cheese over the vegan tuna.
  5. Add tomato and/or other veggies if desired and close the sandwich. Cook on a grill, griddle, panini press, or skillet. I used my Cuisinart 5-1 Electric Griddler (it has grill and waffle plates too!)
  6. Refrigerate leftover vegan tuna and vegan cheddar in separate airtight containers for up to 5 days.


  • Note 1: You could use any bean for this recipe, especially any white bean. Young or Green Jackfruit would also work.
  • Note 2: Nutrition information does not include bread.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stovetop, Panini Press
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free, Soy-Free, Lunch, Chickpea Tuna, Plant-based, Chickpea Tuna Melt