Vegan Tuna Sandwiches
Updated: Nov 6
Vegan Tuna Salad that doesn't SUCK! Seriously, this will win over any Tuna Salad Haters!
Before going vegan, I didn't eat a ton of tuna salad. I would usually get it once in a while at Subway, but found that the only seasoning they seemed to use was mayo. Like that tuna salad seems like it was 80% mayo! I never really made it at home as an adult, and I think my mom would sometimes make it for me to take to school for lunch, but then I had the displeasure of eating a tuna sandwich that was sitting in my locker for 4 hours! YUCK!
The only way I ate it and really enjoyed it was in a patty melt at some Rockabilly 1950s style diner, or a real old school deli or something. I think the fact that it was wrapped in a grilled cheese made it more palatable. Well the good news is we are making a vegan version that's way better on account of all the spices and seasonings we'll be adding!
Now that being said, feel free to season this as you wish, you can certainly add or subtract things for sure! I would say at minimum use the mayo (obviously) lemon, garlic, celery, chives, dill, relish and salt and pepper. That seems to be a pretty standard set of ingredients. The ones I added are for more OOOMPH!
As for mayo, I ended up using about 3/4 of a cup. I would suggest starting with at least 1/3 cup and adding more until it's at your desired creaminess. Some folks like it dry, some like it super wet, it's up to you!
For the base I used Jackfruit and Chickpeas. You'll need 2 cans of them, you can either use 2 cans of chickpeas, 2 cans of jackfruit, or 1 of each. And in case you find cans that are bigger or smaller than the ones I used, you'll need a total of 3 cups worth of jackfruit or chickpeas once they've been mashed / chopped.
I personally preferred the texture of the all jackfruit base. But feel free to use whatever you like! If you do use jackfruit make sure to get the kind in brine and not syrup!
To make a sub sandwich, simply split a soft deli roll, I would recommend toasting it a bit so it's a little sturdier. Then just add whatever toppings you would like you were at Subway! I went with lettuce, tomato, and red onions. Now this was a humdinger and way better than Subway, but to be honest, the Tuna Melt still owns my heart!
To make a Tuna Melt, simply grill a couple pieces of sourdough (or bread of choice) in some butter, then add a piece of vegan American cheese to one (or both) cover to melt, and then add your vegan tuna salad to the middle and enjoy! You can also put some cheese on top of the tuna salad and broil it to melt, totally up to you!
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Vegan Tuna Salad Method
Makes 6 - 8 Servings
2 (14 oz.) cans of Jackfruit (in brine) or Chickpeas (or 1 can of each)
1/3 - 1 cup vegan mayo
1 rib of celery (small dice)
1/2 shallot (small dice)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 Tbsp chopped dill
1 - 2 Tbsp chopped chives
1 Tbsp sweet relish
1 tsp chopped capers
1 tsp caper brine
2 Tbsp pepperoncinis (diced)
Juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon
Nutritional Yeast (to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp Kelp Granules (optional)
Drain and wash off jackfruit or chickpeas. For the chickpeas, mash them with a potato masher or fork to desired consistency. For the jackfruit, shred it up with a knife or your hands. I like using a knife, and I use all the jackfruit, I don't discard anything. Set aside.
Combine all the other ingredients for the dressing. Season to taste!
Then combine the dressing with the chickpeas or jackfruit. Season to taste again! Enjoy!