This Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Recipe is a close vegan replacement to actual tuna salad. It's tangy, thick and makes a mean chickpea tuna salad sandwich.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10minutes
2 15oz.Cans Chickpeas
1/4cupChickpea Liquidsaved from can
1/2Orange or Red Bell Pepperthinly diced
1Individual Stalk Celerythinly diced
2tbsp.Dill Pickle Juice
3tbsp.Lemon Juicefresh squeezed
1tsp.Spicy Brown Mustard
Salt and Pepperto taste
Lettuce of choicefor serving, optional
Sandwich Breadfor serving, optional
Sliced Tomatofor serving, optional
Drain chickpeas. Save 1/4 Cup liquid from can. Add chickpeas and liquid to a large bowl.
Mash with a potato masher, pressing firmly and using a rocking motion to mash chickpeas. Then use a fork to mash chickpeas more finely.Tip: This step can take about 8 minutes to get a good mash. It's worth taking the extra time to make sure the chickpeas are mashed well. The skins separating from the mashed chickpeas is what gives it a "tuna fish" type of texture.
Once mashed, add all other ingredients and mix well. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Optional: Lightly toast bread. Place enough lettuce to cover a slice of bread. Smear a portion of chickpea tuna salad over lettuce. Top with bread.
Note: You can skip the bell pepper and celery if you're out of these ingredients, they were mainly added for crunch so won't affect the flavor of the recipe too much. Do not skip the red onion since it plays a big part in the flavor.