Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad

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They say if you want to pursue a plant based lifestyle, it’s better to explore recipes that are not mock ups of your previous meat favorites. As a plant based alumni I actually find it exciting to recreate some of the ol’ classics sans animal products as 99% of the time.. 


They taste better, are visually more appealing, and of course much more nutrient dense!




If you can imagine, in the midst of not being 100% plant based I had some random go to favorites. (I’m addicted to having a routine) One of my ultimate faves sadly was.. tuna salad with mayo and mustard.. (cringe)





Fast forward to today, I love all things chickpeas and find that thy are a kitchen staple in my home. You can make falafel, classic hummus, bake and season them, and even use the fluid to make a vegan meringue or chocolate mousse. 


Needless to say, chickpeas are my BFF.








What I love about this sammie is that its effortless, a no brainer, can be made in bulk, is the perf combo that can be enjoyed throughout the week, costs pennies to the dollar, packs flavor, turmeric which is anti-inflammatory, hemp seeds, nutrients, protein, and is non vegan approved to boot! (trying to watch your carbs? its good even without the bread!)





If you’re looking for the tuna salad replica or simply a go to combo to add to your weekly cooking routine, you need this vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad recipe!




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Why this recipe rocks:




Minimal ingredients

Affordable ingredients

Nutrient dense

Packs tons of flavor and protein

Non vegan approved 





































Recipe Tutorial 






Yields 6 sandwiches

Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 3 (15-oz can chickpeas/garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed - Keep the fluid for aquafaba!
  • 3/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup cucumber cut into small triangles
  • 3/4 cup red onion
  • 4 scallions, chopped (use some of the white)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup relish
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds (optional)
  • Toppings:
  • 3 avocados
  • 6 rolls
  • 3 cups mixed greens


  1. Throw all of the ingredients in a bowl, minus the almonds, combine and mash using your hand or a fork. Fold in the toasted slivered almonds, Chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (I feel it gives the ingredients time to blend together). Serve on sourdough bread or onion bread with avocado and mixed greens


For more of a nutrient boost, you can throw in chia seeds, hemp seeds, and even some turmeric!













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  1. Hi, what exactly does the nutritional yeast bring to this particular dish? I'm not into it and was additionally wondering if there's another ingredient I could use to replace or, just omit it and still have a great meal? Thanks!
    • Hi Noni! You can absolutely omit the nutritional yeast as it just adds a cheesiness as well as nutrients to the dish! Let me know how it turns out!
  2. Is relish required in this recipe? I really don't care for it.
    • Hi Ashley! Unless it's egg, almond milk, baking soda, or baking powder, you can always modify spices etc!
      • Can Almond milk be changed with Soymilk?
        • Hi Robert! Absolutely. Milk alternatives are interchangeable.
  3. Just clarifying -- are you suggesting THREE cans of chickpeas for this recipe or is that a typo?
    • Hi Stephanie! Yes, 3 cans! You can always use more if you want to make it in bulk. I would just be sure to increase the dijon and vegan mayo.
  4. 3 cans is too much!!! What if am making it for one person?
    • Hi Layla! I'd use one can and if you'd like leftovers 2! Let me know how it turns out, just thinking about this recipe makes me miss it!

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