This Vegan Chickpea 'Tuna' Melt Sandwich is a healthy and hearty plant-based meal! Think vegans can't enjoy a tuna melt? Think again! Your heart will melt into a puddle of happiness at the thought of this Vegan ' Tuna' Melt that is 100% plant-based, creamy, cheesy, and PERFECTLY toasted. This sandwich has all the makings of a great meal (both lunch and dinner) because it's tasty, healthy, and will fill you and give you loads of energy. The best part? This is Kid-friendly, Dairy-free, and completely Plant-based +Vegan!
It's no secret that I love to make a plant-based and dairy-free spin on classic recipes to get everyone involved and enjoying themselves like my Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. And let's be honest --a tuna melt is a total classic. Crisp, pressed sandwich bread with melty cheese and light tuna salad: it just checks all of the boxes. But if you're not eating meat or want to try a plant-based version, this recipe is for you. Chickpeas make a delicious vegan substitute for tuna fish, and vegan cheese melts wonderfully to hold everything together. YUM.
Here are some of my favorite plant-based spins on classicly-not vegan-friendly recipes that are GAME CHANGERS -
Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese - When it comes to this recipe, it is by far more than a fork full of goodness! Super creamy, 'cheesy', and loaded with flavor, this 'Mac + Cheese" is made from organic shells, savory seasonings, nutritional yeast, and cashews soaked overnight (which makes the cream cheese base). A beautiful twist on a classic dish that it sure to be a staple in your household. Completely vegan. Gluten-Free + Nut-Free options.
Best Vegan Chickpea Meatball Subs -This recipe is truly something special and is the perfect rendition of the traditional New York Marinara Sub. Loaded with savory, spicy, and sweet flavors, these ‘meatball subs’ made from only veggies are flavorful and tender; based with a brioche hot dog bun and topped with vegan meatballs, dairy-free cheese shreds, and roasted herb tomatoes. Gluten-Free option.
The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake - Who doesn't love chocolate cake? Especially when it's totally mouthwatering with ultra-rich chocolate. This recipe is Dairy-free, Egg-free, and has a Gluten-free option- Trust me, even 'non-vegans' are totally fooled, licking their fingers and asking for seconds after they taste this vegan cake!
Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings - If you love buffalo wings and want a lighter version for game day or any season, you will love my tender florets of cauliflower are coated in a breadcrumb-cornflakes coating before being baked until crispy. The best part is the homemade tangy buffalo/BBQ glaze that caramelizes in the oven before serving with ranch dressing! Vegan + Gluten-Free options available!
Here's what you need for vegan tuna salad made with chickpeas:
You can make these sandwiches on the stove like a regular grilled cheese or in the oven.
Using the oven is a great option if you're making sandwiches for a crowd. You can arrange them all on a baking sheet and let them crisp up and melt so they're done at the same time and no one has to stand over the stove.
If you're using the stove, use medium-low to low heat. Vegan cheese can take a bit longer to melt than regular cheese, so you don't want to burn the bread while you wait for the cheese to melt.
It’s totally delicious and yummy all by itself but also pairs beautifully alongside a soup like my Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chickpea Soup or my Vegan Cheesy Carrot Soup for a protein-packed meal!
You can make the vegan chickpea salad ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. I don't recommend assembling the sandwiches until you're ready to cook and eat them, as they'll get soggy.
If you like, you can also serve the chickpea salad on a salad for a lower-carb option.
In case you didn’t know, we sort of LOVE chickpea recipes around here at Orchards + Sweet Tea. Seriously. They’re my favorite, and not just because they’re delicious. Chickpeas are so healthy and nutrient-dense!
They're a fantastic source of protein for those who follow a plant-based diet and are packed with fiber, healthy carbohydrates, phosphorus, manganese, and iron. Plus they are known for enhancing digestion and blood sugar levels, chickpeas' combination of carbohydrates and protein helps to keep you feeling satiated.
Basically what I'm trying to say is…this Vegan 'Tuna' Melt Sandwich is delicious and nutritious!
This 'vegan tuna salad' is super versatile and doesn't have to live on bread all the time, it can be served as is or used as a delicious filler.
Now that I've persuaded you to eat chickpeas more regularly, here are some tasty chickpea recipes for you to try!
If you make these Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt Sandwiches, be sure to tag me on Instagram @orchidsandsweettea!
Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt Sandwich.