Fish-Free “Tuna” Salad (Vegan)

by | Updated: March 22nd, 2017

Seafood-loving friends tempting you with a tasty and aromatic tuna salad sandwich? Whether you’re adverse to the aroma of seafood or you’ve made a decision to avoid animal-derived ingredients, you can still enjoy the taste, texture and convenience of tuna salad with a surprise plant-based variation. Substitute that fishy chicken of the sea with something vegan-friendly: chickpeas! Mashed with vegan mayonnaise, dill relish and celery, this vegan chickpea “tuna” salad blows the traditional version right out of the water. Serve this delicious, fish-free dish as a snack with crackers or as a filling for sandwiches and wraps. 

Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad

Fish-Free “Tuna” Salad (Vegan)


1-15 oz. can chickpeas
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
Salt & pepper, to taste
½ orange or yellow bell pepper, finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1-½ Tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. dill relish
½ Tbsp. mustard


  1. Using a mesh strainer, drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. In mixing bowl, add chickpeas and mash with fork until you reach desired texture.
  3. Mix in celery and bell pepper. Add mayo, relish, mustard, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Serve in lettuce wraps, on a sandwich or with crackers.