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The Best Vegan Tuna Melt | Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt

The Best Vegan Tuna Melt | Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt

This vegan chickpea tuna melt recipe is easy, tasty and completely satisfying! With creamy chickpea tuna, melted cheese on crusty toasted bread, this chickpea tuna melt is a must try.

tuno vegan tuna

Ah this wonderful vegan tuna melt – one of the classic sandwiches, recreated with no fish harmed! It’s been a long time since tuna has been consumed over here for obvious reasons.

I had an urge to create something different for lunch. Perhaps a vegan sandwich which I’ve not yet managed to veganise. Alas, the vegan chickpea tuna melt! This will literally knock your socks off, as it did mine.

This is vegan fish sandwich is a firm favourite of mine now – creamy, delicious with melted vegan cheese – so good!

This open face chickpea tuna melt is all of the below and more:

  • Creamy
  • Gooey
  • Satisfying
  • Filling
  • Perfection
  • Moreish!
Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad
Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad

Save Our Oceans – Vegan Tuna Fish

It is no secret how harmful the fishing industry is, particularly with tuna. By opting for a vegan version of tuna salad, you are literally saving lives and preventing overfishing of the oceans.

What makes the perfect vegan tuna?

How on earth can you replicate a tuna melt or tuna fish sandwich I hear you ask. Well let me tell you, mashed chickpeas work wonders for replicating texture here.

With a few additional tweaks, a sprinkle of nori seaweed, various veggie textures like sweetcorn and celery, vegan mayonnaise and of course that perfect melted vegan cheese.

Oh and of course the zingy capers which add a delicious tang to it all. This plant based tuna melt is the ultimate comfort food bursting with flavour and deliciousness. A little drizzle of sweet chilli sauce added a touch of magic to all the bursting flavours.


Unfortunately, food allergies are on the rise. The non-vegan tuna melt has some clear allergens in it – including fish, egg in the mayonnaise and dairy in the cheese.

This vegan tuna melt recipe offers a wonderful alternative for vegans and those with allergies alike. You could even combine it with our delicious oil free and fully plant based mayonnaise recipe.

Of course you could choose your trusty gluten free bread if this is your preference or a dietary requirement.

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Variations of vegetarian tuna

The base of this open faced tuna melt is of course the delicious, creamy and nutritious vegan chickpea tuna.

I have used the base on a number of dishes making it super versatile. Check out the straight up vegan tuna salad recipe, vegan tuna sandwich. Its also nice to add this melt to my vegan sandwiches collection!

vegan tuna melt
Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt
Vegan Tuna Melt (the burnt edges are good too!)

Essential Ingredients

When making this vegan tuna sandwich – there are a few key ingredients that will help make the winning combination.

Vegan Mayonnaise

There are literally so many vegan mayonnaise brands out there now, which is awesome as it gives us a lot more choice.

I personally love Just Mayo as they are a fully vegan company. For the ultimate creamy and delicious vegan mayonnaise, perfect for this recipe, buy Just Mayo here.


Chickpeas are the clear winner in this recipe which help create the perfect texture. Alongside being rich in iron and protein – these highly nutritious legumes are a staple.

Understandably, we don’t always have time to soak and cook them from dry. So I often use canned ones. These Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans are certified organic and cooked in purified water.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Vegan Tuna Melt

Chickpea Tuna Melt

This vegan tuna melt is a delicous, moreish and a comforting lunch. The creamy chickpea tuna is smothered on buttered toasted ciabatta and topped with melted vegan cheese, sweet chilli sauce and dill. Totally yummy and a must try. Making the base chickpea tuna can lead to lots of other great dishes also! But the vegan tuna melt has got to be our firm favourite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • One can of chickpeas, drained
  • 80g corn (about a handful)
  • 1 small stick of finely chopped celery
  • 20g finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Fresh dill
  • Squirt of lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ciabatta bread roll or bread of choice 
  • 50g of vegan cheese approx
  • Optional: Sweet chilli sauce 
  • Optional: Vegan butter


  1. Add drained chickpeas to a bowl and mash them well
  2. Add the finely chopped celer, red onion, capers and seasoning
  3. Add mustard and vegan mayonaise to your desired consistency
  4. Place grill on a medium heat. Slice and butter bread roll if desired and toast lightly for 1 minute or so.
  5. Asemble your vegan tuna melt, smother the creamy tuna on the roll then add grated vegan cheese
  6. Place under grill for around 4 minutes until the cheese is bubbling
  7. Garnish with fresh dill and add sweet chilli sauce for extra flavour
  8. Enjoy this delicious, gooey, vegan tuna melt sandwich that will blow your mind 🙂


This recipe for the chickpea tuna salad yields around 2-3 portions. The vegan tuna salad will remain fresh in a sealed container in the refrigerator for around 3-4 days. It is not advised to freeze this chickpea tuna as the consistency may be lost.

This vegan tuna salad is a great dish to have on hand for an easy snack or meal. It is always best to make and eat the chickpea tuna melt fresh. There are some other awaesome ways to use up the remaining chickpea tuna salad, with some tasty sweetcorn vegan tuna pasta or smothered on a hot jacket potato. Or perhaps another style of straight up up vegan tuna sandwich would be good?

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 515mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 10gSugar: 29gProtein: 11g

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