Craving a vegan tuna salad? Or maybe you can’t get enough of a chunky chickpea salad sandwich. However you decide to enjoy it, this vegan chickpea tuna salad is versatile, easy to make, and a wonderful alternative to seafood.
Have you ever tried chickpea tuna salad? It’s a delicious vegan tuna salad option that’s fish-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free.
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!
Our 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.
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!
Garbanzo beans (aka “chickpeas”) are a wonderfully delicious, nutritious, and versatile little legume! Loaded with plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they’re an economical choice for a filling and nourishing meal. They’re especially great for this vegan tuna salad since they take on a fishy flavor when combined with various seasonings and especially nori! Naturally gluten-free and soy-free, they’re great for those who can’t tolerate wheat or soy products as well.
So what’s with the two names, you ask? Well, the name chickpea is derived from the Latin word cicer, referring to the plant family of legumes, Fabaceae. Garbanzo beans come from the Spanish-derived word for the legume. Both words are perfectly acceptable to use! Just know that if you’re in a Spanish-speaking region, you may want to default to using garbanzo beans instead of chickpeas!
This vegan tuna salad can be enjoyed in a variety of ways! Check them out below:
This chickpea salad is loaded with essential nutrients! You can rest assured that you’re getting a hefty dose of your daily recommended amount of protein, fiber, and more. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll get in one cup of chickpeas:
With the addition of tomatoes, garlic, celery, and Dijon mustard, you get even more nutrients such as Vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene!
In addition to using chickpeas, vegan tuna salad can be made from a variety of other plant-based ingredients! Some other versions of vegan tuna salad include:
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?
It actually may taste even better the day after making it once the flavors have a chance to mix together! Freezing is not recommended.
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There are many ways you can enjoy a vegan tuna salad! Whether you want to enjoy it between two slabs of bread or on its own, here are a few ideas to get your mouth watering:
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!