Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt

This vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt recipe is made with a tasty vegan chickpea tuna, topped with a sliced tomato and melted vegan cheese on a slice of sourdough bread.

Two slices of chickpea tuna melt sit next to tomatoes with sliced bread behind it.

I’m slightly nervous about today’s post; a recipe for Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt. What’s to be nervous about with that? Well, the last time I wrote on this topic I received some hate mail.

It appears some people have a thing for fast-swimming saltwater fish and believe it deserves to be in their sandwiches. Tuna are some of the fastest swimming open water fish, but they can’t outswim our ships. Some varieties have been overfished to the point of extinction. I guess it’s worth overcoming the fear of a little hate mail to help these beautiful creatures out.

Besides, as comedian Jim Gaffigan points out, no one really technically likes fish. That’s why when we eat something that tastes bad, we say it tastes, “fishy.” See? Fish = tastes bad. Therefore no one really likes fish. Hey, if you have a problem with that logic, take your angry mail to Mr. Gaffigan on that one!

Looking down on two slices of vegan chickpea tuna melt with melted cheese on top.

I also had some lovely tomatoes from the farmer’s market that needed some attention. The problem was that they were almost too pretty to cut. So I decided to take a picture.

Four red tomatoes on the vine on a wooden counter top.

Finally, I stumbled upon a new vegan cheese that I was anxious to try. Daiya Foods now makes Provolone Slices. And I bought them right here…in the health food section of my suburban grocery store. I know what you’re thinking. Get out! But it’s true.

I was about to run out of ink in my pen from crossing so many things off my Perfect Recipe List, but I have two more to share with you. This is a perfect summer recipe – easy to make and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen (as long as you have a toaster oven).

Three vegan tuna melts on a baking sheet with a tomato beside it and sliced bread on the other side.

How to Make Vegan Tuna Melt

It’s fun to make Vegan Tuna Melt! Start by preparing the Chickpea Tuna Salad recipe as directed.

Place your oven rack in the highest position and turn on the broiler. Note: I have a toaster oven and was able to use this quite easily for this recipe.

Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet.

Place a large spoonful of the Chickpea Tuna Salad on top of the sliced bread, using the back of your spoon to spread it across the bread. Place one slice of tomato over the Chickpea Tuna Salad.

Place one slice of vegan cheese on top.

Place the baking sheet in the prepared oven (or toaster oven) and broil until the cheese turns a nice color of golden brown (it should take about 3 – 4 minutes).

Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Finally, the combination of flavors in this chickpea tuna melt makes this one of the most deliciously simple meals I’ve had in a long time. It will be a go-to favorite in our house.

There. I’m done. Let the hate mail commence.

Tuna Melts get a vegan makeover with this easy and delicious recipe!

Chickpea Tuna Melt

Make this Chickpea Tuna Melt as an open-face sandwich topped with melted vegan cheese and even a sliced tomato. It’s a filling, delicious lunch option that won’t leave your kitchen smelling like fish!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chickpea Tuna Melt
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare the Chickpea Tuna Salad recipe as directed.
  • Place your oven rack in the highest position and turn on the broiler. Note: I have a toaster oven and was able to use this quite easily for this recipe.
  • Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet.
  • Place a large spoonful of the Chickpea Tuna Salad on top of the sliced bread, using the back of your spoon to spread it across the bread. Place one slice of tomato over the Chickpea Tuna Salad.
  • Place one slice of vegan cheese on top.
  • Place the baking sheet in the prepared oven (or toaster oven) and broil until the cheese turns a nice color of golden brown (it should take about 3 – 4 minutes).
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.

I consider myself a tuna lover…I just don’t want to eat them. I like to think of them out in the sea doing all the things that tuna like to do. So if you’re a tuna lover like me I hope you enjoy this sandwich as much as I did!

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