This vegan tuna salad, made from chickpeas, will blow your mind! Easy to meal prep and perfect for on the go! Carefully selected ingredients give it a seafood taste while being meatless. Can be Top 8 Allergy Free.
When made correctly, this chickpea vegan tuna salad will blow you away. It’s handcrafted to perfection to be the best healthy vegan tuna salad sandwich out there.
We do use just over a dozen ingredients to make this recipe, but it really is to die for. Plus, it’s easy for a meal prep idea for lunches for the week. The best is that it’s actually better if you let it merry together the flavors for a day or two.
It can even (VERY EASILY) be Top 8 Allergy Free. Perfect for lunchboxes, picnics, and so much more. This can be a huge crowdpleaser!
What ingredients do you need for vegan tuna salad?
I know you are impatient and want to see exactly how I made this, so without further a doo, here are the ingredients that you need for this healthy tuna salad:
- Hearts of palm
- nori sheets or dulce flakes
- Vegan Mayo
- Chia seeds
- Red onion
- Garlic powder
- Rice vinegar
- Old Bay seasoning
When you combine these ingredients together, it’s so comparable to the “real” thing. You’d be shocked. It’s really vital for the best tasting vegan tuna salad sandwich that you use all the ingredients listed.
How do you make vegan tuna salad?
The recipe itself is super easy to make. It almost takes me longer to type out the ingredients and directions as it does to actually make it. You want to chop your vegetables – the onion, celery and capers. Also need to grind up a small sheet of nori (or omit this step if using nori flakes).
The biggest step comes in when you need mash your chickpeas and separate your hearts of palm. The chickpeas can be mashed with the back of a fork. It’s ok if the skin is left on the chickpeas, but if it bothers you, then you can remove before mashing.
With the hearts of palm, you can use two forks to separate, like you do or have seen with pulled meats (chicken/pork/jackfruit). However, since we need it small, I usually just prefer to chop it up as small as I can straight from the jar.
Once you have the above steps completed, then all you need to do is combine it with all the other ingredients into a large bowl. You want to combine it really well. I prefer to let mine set in the fridge for at least an hour, but it’s really best if you make this a day or two ahead of time and really let it marinade in all the flavors! Yum!
Serve as desired (ideas below).
What is nori and where do I find it?
Nori is a seaweed that has been dried out. You may recognize it most from being in large sheets used to roll up sushi. Most stores (including Wal-mart and Target) also sell nori sheets in snack size packages in the section that has Asian foods. This part of the recipe is what really gives it a fishy/ocean flavor that mimics the taste you’d have from tuna. It’s incredibly healthy for you.
We use a spice grinder to grind up the nori sheets, but you can also purchase nori flakes already ground up. Find flakes at your local health store or buy them from Amazon. For reference we paid about $4.75 at our local health store for a 1.5oz container. It lasts a long time.
What can I put this vegan tuna salad on top off?
Our favorite way to eat this is by making a vegan tuna salad sandwich. Put the mixture in between two slices of bread or toast. But there are tons of other ways you can also eat.
Other ideas are:
- on crackers
- on top on a salad
- put on top of cucumbers
- inside a pita
- rolled up into a flour or corn soft taco shell
WHAT ARE SIDES THAT GO WITH THIS VEGAN TUNA SALAD?
There are endless possibilities to serve with this vegan sandwich recipe. We often love to just serve it with potato chips, like these crunchy kale chips, or a light salad. Even some raw veggies would be perfect with our dairy free ranch dressing.
Other ideas are:
- Vegan Potato Salad
- Cucumber and Tomato Salad
- Italian Vegan Pasta Salad
- Spicy Corn on the Cob
- Cucumber Salad
- Tomato Quinoa Salad
Can I make this Top 8 Allergen friendly?
This recipe is allergen friendly and can be made Top 8 Free. Because our recipes are written as vegan, they are already egg and dairy free.
As long as you use soy free mayo, the rest of the dish is already Top 8 free.
Can I meal prep this chickpea tuna salad ahead of time?
Yes! This vegan tuna salad sandwich recipe is actually better prepared a day in advanced at least. It will also keep for at least 5 days in the fridge (if you can hold out on eating it that long!)
What are other vegan sandwiches to try?
You must also try our vegan chicken salad! If you are in the mood for breakfast – this bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit is perfect (yes, completely vegan!). The ultimate summer grilling recipe has to be our Classic Vegan Black Bean Burger (It’s the BEST!) Or, try this Vegan Masala Sandwich.
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Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad
- Chop vegetables – onion, celery and capers as directed.
- Grind up a small sheet of nori (or omit this step if using nori flakes).
- Mash your chickpeas with the back of a fork. This takes between 5-10 minutes to do well.
- Chop small the hearts of palm or you can separate using two forks (similar to pulled meat or jackfruit).
- Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and stir together really well.
- Let set in the fridge for at least an hour, but it's really best if you make this a day or two ahead of time and really let it marinade in all the flavors.
- Serve as desired (between two pieces of bread or other ideas in post).
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