This vegan sandwich mix is excellent served in lettuce cups, between two pieces of bread, or open-faced with some vegan cheese, “tuna melt-style

I make a lot of vegan versions of meat sandwiches with chickpeas and soy curls—which you could use here—but jackfruit does a great job at imitating tuna.

Incorporate all the same things you’d put into a tuna salad (red onion, celery, lemon, etc.) and use the dressing to refine the taste to your liking.vegan tuna sandwich mixChristine McAvoy


  • 1 can of young jackfruit in brine (not syrup)
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 to 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • A sheet of nori, crumbled finely (optional)
  • Dash of cayenne (optional)


  1. Drain the jackfruit and rinse, then press with a tea towel to remove as much of the water as possible.
  2. In a small pan, cook the jackfruit, mashing with a fork until crumbly. While you do this, sprinkle some of the Old Bay Seasoning on it.
  3. After a few minutes, remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a bowl, add the vegan mayo, garlic powder, lemon juice, celery and red onion—and the cayenne and nori if you are using them.
  5. Stir together and taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Mix in the jackfruit until fully combined and taste again. You can add more of the Old Bay or other seasonings as you see fit.
  7. Cover and place in the fridge to cool until ready to serve.

Makes 2 to 3 sandwiches