Not-a-Tuna Melt

Not a tuna melt

This Not-A-Tuna Melt brings me back to the very moment I fell in love with tuna salad.  I have tried making vegan tuna with so many alternatives from seeds to nuts to you name it.  Nothing ever seemed to come close to that tuna consistency.  Until I used garbanzo beans.  The minute I took a bite of this delicious wrap I was catapulted back to the summer of my freshman year in high school.  My family and I were vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC.  I had just come back from the beach looking for some lunch and found my sister was standing at the kitchen counter eating Tostitos and homemade tuna salad.  I originally thought, “what a weirdo, chips and tuna? gross!”  That is, until I tried it.  She had made the most delicious tuna salad I had ever tasted and she was using it as a dip for the chips.  The creamy salad and the crunch of the chips was a perfect combination. After that day I began making tuna salad a lot.  So, you can just imagine how happy I was to finally make the perfect vegan tuna salad.   As much as I love this Not-A-Tuna Melt, I truly love the memories that are triggered by it.  The smell of salty air, Banana Boat on my skin, campfires on the beach, watching lightning storms over the ocean with my dad but most of all it was the one time a year where my family and I truly relaxed and enjoyed each others company.  I look forward to the day where our growing families will enjoy those same memories.

The Ingredients:

3 c garbanzo beans (or 2 cans)
1 c walnuts, crushed
3/4 c vegan, soy-free mayonnaise
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1-2 carrots, shredded
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp celery seed
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 brown rice wrap
1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 c mixed greens

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a food processor blend garbanzo beans until slightly flakey texture.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Add all ingredients except wrap and cheese and mix well.  Set aside.

Next place the cheese on the wrap and warm in the oven for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Remove wrap from oven and place on a dish.  Scoop a generous helping of salad onto the center of the wrap. Top with mixed greens and roll.  Slice in half and serve.



One thought on “Not-a-Tuna Melt

  1. Pingback: Top 3 of 2014 | The Blissful Bean

Comments are closed.