Chickpea “Tunaless” Salad
Tuna fish sandwiches used to be one of my favorite lunchtime meals until I learned about all the stuff found in the bodies of those fish. And then, when I became vegan, I, of course, couldn’t imagine eating the fish for a slew of reasons other than the ton of plastics found in their gut.
And, thus, like any other non-vegan dish, some vegan foodie went out and made a plant-based version of “tuna-fish” salad, and since that time, us vegan chefs and plant-based cooks have created our own personal version of this awesome, tasty lunchtime treat.
There are probably 100 different ways to make chickpea salad, but, the way I have here is what I think of when I remember the flavors associated with an old-fashioned tuna fish sandwich. Oh, and, a shout out to Rouxbe, who guided me to the delicious and nutritious kelp granules. This was a product I was not familiar with prior to taking their plant-based culinary course and I have learned it is a great source of iodine, zinc, magnesium, copper, calcium and…the list goes on.
I would love to hear how you put your own spin on this tuna-less salad recipe! Or, if you followed mine to a T, tell me what you think?
Chickpea Tuna-less Salad on 5 Grain Rice Cakes
- 2 - 15.5 oz cans organic chickpeas - drained & rinsed 2 cans is a little < 4 cups
- 1/4 cup red onion - small dice shallots work too
- 3/4 cup celery - small dice
- 2 tbsp pickled relish
- 2 tbsp fresh dill - chopped adjust as desired
- 1 1/2 tbsp organic kelp granules I use Maine Coast Seasonings
- 2 tbsp scallions - chopped
- 3/4 cup vegan mayo
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a sturdy bowl, mash chickpeas with a potato masher until most are smooshed. You can also use a food processor and pulse a few times but, you still want some chunks.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl, stir and thoroughly combine. Adjust ingredients for the desired flavor. (For instance, I like a ton of dill!)
- Add your favorite topping. Some of my favorites are sunflower shoots and tomatoes, shown here, but other times I like micro greens or hemp seeds. Get creative!
Note: Nutrition Facts on all recipes are an approximation only, using the Very Well Fit recipe nutrition calculator
Certified Plant-Based Chef and Holistic Nutritionist veganizing the planet one meal at a time. Bringing fans vegan food, brand, travel & lifestyle news while offering clients personalized vegan chef services in the Tampa Bay area. For the health of it! View all posts by Jennifer
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These are a great fast snack and delicious!
They sure are! And so very nutritious!
This is the most delicious mock-tuna my family has ever had! So yummy!