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.