Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad


As a kid, I was never super keen on tuna salad. I wasn’t a fan of the smell and being a picky person to my core, it scared me off from trying it until I was well into my teens. By then I couldn’t get enough of it. Even after having gone vegan, I still get tempted every time I make a tuna sandwich at work.

Also yes! I have temptations! I know everyone likes to pretend that after going vegetarian/vegan that they’re too good to think a burger or a tuna sandwich doesn’t sound dope. But I am a real person who has faults, makes mistakes, and gets tempted my tuna sandwiches.

Okay, glad we got that out in the open. I feel better now.

So obviously the most reasonable reaction to craving something you can’t have on a plant based diet is to make a plant based version. And after working on it for a solid month, I finally got it.

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad

1 can chickpeas, smashed

1/3 c vegan garlic aioli

1 lemon, juiced

2 stalks celery, minced

1 red onion, minced

1 tbsp garlic powder

3 tbsp lemon pepper

2 tbsp dill


Mix and enjoy! I personally think the lemon pepper and lemon juice contribute to the ‘fish’ taste most people look for, and dill is just my favorite herb ever.






5 thoughts on “Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad

  1. How do you smash up your chickpeas? The last time I tried to make something similar, I couldn’t get them smashed up real well, they were mostly whole haha


    1. There’s a couple different techniques that I’ve used but I just go with a fork and some elbow grease, or I get my husband to it hahah. If you don’t want to do that you can soak them in room temperature water, peel them, then mash them and it’ll be much easier. Just take a little bit longer.

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      1. I think I may have to get my husband involved next time haha I just felt like I must have been doing it wrong 🙂 looks just like tuna salad though, might have to give that a try!

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  2. Anytime I have made chickpea salad I use a potato masher works well or if you wanna be high-speed use a mixer ie blender etc. I enjoy the recipes you post Hannah. They are simple and user-friendly. I think even my brother could follow them 😛 Keep it up. P.S. Keep bringing food to work for me, to be your test dummy.

    Youda best girl can’t wait to see the finished product for your book.

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