Looking for a healthy & hearty sandwich recipe? This Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich is satisfying, nutritious and delicious! It takes just 20 minutes to prepare and it's perfect for make-ahead lunches.
My mom always packed my lunch growing up and I really loved it. There were a few times that she packed me a tuna sandwich and although it was delicious, it made quite an offensive odor at lunchtime, and the other kids let me know it. That wasn't fun, so we reserved them for home enjoyment after that.
I haven't eaten tuna in many years though, and even before going vegan, I stopped when I learned of the high mercury levels in fish. However, I still missed that classic creamy and tangy sandwich. So, after going vegan, I made my own mock version of it to enjoy.
This Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich is just as creamy, tangy and delicious! It's not missing a thing, except mercury and that fishy smell.
I've been packing this is my son's lunch and he comes home with an empty lunchbox every time. He loves it! It's protein-packed and nutritious, so I feel good about sending him to school with it.
DOES CHICKPEA TUNA SALAD TASTE FISHY?
The mixture doesn't taste fishy at all on its own, but I prefer a subtle ocean-like flavor, so I add a small amount of seaweed such as Kelp, Dulse or Nori. Don't worry though, your sandwich won't stink as tuna does, so it's a great sandwich to take to work or school.
However, if you're not into ocean flavor, you can omit the seaweed and add a sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning. It's delicious!
DOES IT HAVE THE SAME TEXTURE AS TUNA FISH?
It doesn't have the same texture as tuna, but it's pretty close. I shredded a combination of hearts of palm and chickpeas to replicate the flaky fish texture and it worked nicely. Plus, the chickpeas add a nice dose of protein that tuna does. This truly is the best replacement!
This recipe is on the kid-friendly side, so feel free to amp it up to your liking. Here are some ideas:
- Red onion or green onion
- Bell pepper
- Olives, pickles or pepperoncini
- Fresh dill or parsley
- Cumin, cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
- Sunflower seeds
HOW DO I SERVE CHICKPEA TUNA SALAD?
- As a salad topper
- In a sandwich
- With crackers or veggie sticks
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Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich
- 1 can garbanzo beans , drained and rinsed
- 1 can hearts of palm , drained and rinsed
- 2 stalks celery , diced
- ⅓ cup vegan mayo (more if needed)
- 2 teaspoons dulce flakes or granules or kelp granules/flakes (*See Note)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dill
- ½ teaspoon sea salt , more to taste
- Fresh ground pepper , to taste
- 6-8 slices of bread (gluten-free if preferred)
- 3-4 lettuce leaves , washed and cut into sandwich size
- In a food processor add the garbanzo beans and hearts of palm together. Pulse just a few times to shred it up. Don't pulse too many times or it will turn to mush. It should have a tuna-like consistency. You can also do this by manually, just use a fork or your hands to shred everything up.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine mayo, dulce or kelp, garlic powder, dill, salt, and pepper. Add garbanzo bean/hearts of palm mixture, celery and combine well. Taste for seasoning and add more if preferred.
- Line a slice of bread with lettuce and spread "tuna" mixture on the other slice. Close the sandwich together and cut diagonal. Use a toothpick to secure each half and add pickles, if preferred. Repeat with the additional sandwiches. Serve with some chips and enjoy!