Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

The salad you'll be reachig for all Summer! An easy and unbelievably delicious salad that will be loved by those who want a plant-based alternative to tuna salad and those who just want a tasty salad or sandwich filling.

Chickpea Tuna Salad
Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

Flavorful, nourishing and filling!

There’s nothing like a tuna salad sandwich or a big scoop of tuna salad on greens.  There’s something about the combination of creaminess, saltiness and crunch that’s so satisfying!

While my husband loves tuna salad, I haven’t eaten tuna in years for a variety of reasons but love the idea it! Enter Chickpea “Tuna” Salad!

It’s a faux “tuna” salad that I personally love more than the original and even have  my husband hooked!

It’s flavorful, nourishing, satisfying and delicious!

And it makes the best lunch! It comes together quickly and I love to put a big scoop on whatever greens I have in the house. And it works equally well in a sandwich.

Plus it travels well and is great in warm weather since there is nothing to “go bad” in the heat.

This version is based on one from my friend Corey @thevegansix and is packed with veggies!

As an aside, if you don’t know Corey definitely check out her Instagram feed. She’s the mom of 4 kids and she and her husband are raising a Vegan family.  But she really believes in sharing her knowledge of and excitement for plant-based living so that everyone can enjoy plant-based meals even if they are omnivores.  Her recipes are easy and tasty!

Back to the Chickpea “Tuna” Salad.

Here is what you’ll need, 8 real whole food ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, red onion, celery, carrot, dill, Vegan mayo (or any mayo if you’re not following a vegan diet), Dijon mustard, a lemon for fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Together is has that creamy, salty and savory flavor you want from a “tuna” salad, plus crunch from the veggies. Plus it is packed with nutrients and filling!

And it couldn’t be easier to make!

All you do it place chickpeas and the chopped veggies and seasonings in a large bowl and gently mash everything together with a fork until the chickpeas are mostly crushed.

Serve with your favorite greens or make into a sandwich and enjoy!

When I eat is as part of a salad, I generally just squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the greens and it’s super flavorful because of the chickpea salad.

Hope you love it as much as we do!

Scroll down for the recipe and leave a comment if you try.


Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
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Smashed chickpeas, lots of veggies and simple seasoning make this gluten-free and plant-based salad a win! Whether you're adding a big scoop to greens or using it as a sandwich filing, it's easy, nourishing, satisfying and delicious!
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free
Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup red onion, diced (start with ¼ cup add more to taste)
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup celery, diced (start with ¼ cup and add more to taste)
  • ¼ cup carrot, diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Vegan Mayo (or regular mayo)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (start with 2 tablespoons, add more to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mash gently with a fork until most the chickpeas are crushed. Taste, adjust seasoning and enjoy!
  2. Tastes great on a salad, in a sandwich or in a wrap.


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