Chickpea Tuna Salad

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Recipe

When I think tuna salad I automatically associate it with a picnic or the summer. Vegan tuna salad is something I never thought I would want to make until I had one from a local vegan bakery. Homemade tuna salad is really easy to make if you are on your way out the door to the beach.

What goes in the Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad?

  • Lettuce - Iceberg lettuce is most common for sandwiches but any lettuce that gives a nice crunch will work.

  • Celery - Adding celery along with the lettuce really gives the texture of what you would have with a traditional chickpea tuna salad.

  • Tomato - The best tomatoes for a chickpea tuna salad sandwich are heirloom tomatoes but you can also use beefsteak as a substitute.

  • Red Onions - Red onions will add an additional flavor profile to the tuna salad.

  • Chickpeas - Make sure the chickpeas are cooked and if you really want you can use the chickpea juices called aquafaba for a variety of different vegan recipes.

  • Bread - Probably the most important ingredient is a loaf of good bread. The best type of bread for a chickpea tuna salad is sourdough bread. If you cannot find that then find a nice bread in the bakery aisle of the grocery store.

  • Garlic Powder - Garlic powder gives a great additional flavor to the chickpea salad but is not required.

  • Lemon - Lemons juice will add a nice garnish to the salad

  • vegan mayonnaise - Vegan mayonnaise can be found in the salad dressing aisle


How long does the recipe last?

Since all the ingredients are made fresh it's best to eat the chickpea tuna salad within minutes of making it. If you have extra fresh ingredients the chickpea tuna salad mixture will last maybe a day if covered.


The Recipe


See the ingredient list above for replacements and descriptions.

  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce

  • 1 bunch of celery

  • 1 heirloom tomato

  • 1 Red Onions

  • 1 can of chickpeas

  • 1 loaf of sourdough bread

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 lemon

  • salt to taste

  • 3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise



For the vegetables

  1. Cut sandwich-sized pieces of lettuce and tomatoes and place them to the side.

  2. Slice 1/4 inch cubes of celery

  3. Dice up the red onion into 1/8 inch pieces

Tuna Salad

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas

  2. In a large mixing bowl mash, the whole can of chickpeas until all the chickpeas are mashed

  3. Add the 3 tbsp of vegan mayonnaise, garlic powder, the diced onions, a pinch of salt to the bowl and mix thoroughly.

  4. Take two slices of bread and add the lettuce and two tomatoes to one, and add a generous serving of the chickpea tuna salad to the other.

  5. If you are watching your weight or do not want a sandwich you can just eat the salad by its self.

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