This chickpea salad is a healthier spin on traditional tuna salad. As people are learning that tuna fish can be loaded with toxic mercury that has built up in their flesh from our polluted oceans, many people are looking for better alternatives. Enter: the chickpea! This easy vegan chickpea “tuna” salad has the flavor and feel of tuna fish salad, minus the mercury. It’s packed with plant protein and it is easy to whip up for lunch throughout the week. I often double the recipe as it stores beautifully in the fridge for several days.
You can serve this vegan tuna salad on a sandwich, on open-faced toast, in lettuce cups, or just dive in with a spoon. It really is that good.Print
I encourage you to double this vegan chickpea tuna salad recipe so you’ll have leftovers for the week. Ingredient amounts don’t need to be exact, feel free to eyeball it so you have fewer dishes to clean.
- 1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- ¼ cup of vegan mayo
- ¼ cup of tomatoes (diced)
- 2 celery stalks (diced )
- ⅓ cup of dill pickles (diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons of red onion (diced )
- 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Drain and rinse one can of chickpeas (or two if you’re doubling the recipe).
In a large bowl, roughly smash chickpeas using a potato masher or fork. Leave them a little chunky for optimal texture.
Add all remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
Serve on a sandwich, in lettuce cups, or eat it right out of the bowl.
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The Perfect Lunch!
This insanely easy vegan chickpea tuna salad is one of our favorite go-to lunches! Apart from the fact that the ingredients are super easy to already find in your pantry, it takes 10 minutes and can be served in many different ways. Why not prepare this salad and leave it in the fridge to be eaten in the next couple of days? Psst! This ‘tuna’ salad tastes way better after being in your refrigerator overnight.
The usual way to eat it is as a sandwich, but it would be great as a wrap filling or with some iceberg lettuce cups. A quick, delicious, healthy, and light lunch! We love it, and we think you’ll love it too!
How Long Does Chickpea Tuna Salad Keep?
Good news! This fantastic vegan chickpea tuna salad will keep for about 2 to 3 days inside your refrigerator! You could prepare it on Sunday night and have lunch sorted for a few days. Pretty awesome, right?
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Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad recipe by Michelle Cehn. Photos by Zhoro Apostolov for World of Vegan. Article edited by Amanda Meth. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which support our work at World of Vegan!