Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad
If you like tuna salad, you will LOVE my vegan chickpea “tuna” salad. This is a healthy, simple, and quick salad that is even better than the original.
I never ate tuna salad growing up. When I started transitioning to a real food diet in college, I would bring a container with couscous, tuna, feta and spinach to class. That was the closest I came to eating tuna salad. So it’s funny that I love the plant-based version of a dish you couldn’t pay me to eat when I was a kid 😉
Mashed chickpeas are a great replacement for tuna. They are high in fiber and protein without the high mercury levels found in tuna. I also add in raw sunflower seeds for texture and more nutrition. Raw sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E and selenium – powerful antioxidants that fight cell damage. These little seeds also contain the good fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats assist in raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Most tuna salads are made with mayonnaise. I use a vegan mayo from Trader Joe’s that tastes identical. Just Mayo is a great eggless mayo I’ve seen at many grocery stores. Here is another great option to order online: Really Not Dairy – Original Mayo. To round it out, the celery, red onion, and lemon juice give the salad it’s traditional flavor and crunch.
I make this recipe on a Sunday and it keeps covered in the fridge all week. Spoon it onto your favorite whole grain bread or top it on some greens like spinach. You can see how I serve it up by clicking on the video below!
Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Video