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Chickpea No-Tuna Salad

Chickpea No-Tuna Salad | Blooming Vegan

Chickpea No-Tuna Salad | Blooming Vegan

I loved tuna as an omnivore and went through a phase where I ate it every day for lunch until I read about the dangers of mercury (oops!). As much as I enjoyed it, I actually like this so much more – mainly because it’s vegan (of course!), but also for a couple of other reasons. I had never liked handling tuna because it’s so fishy, and would always manage to get that smelly juice on myself when draining the can (ewww). I also feel that chickpea “tuna” is a lot more versatile since you don’t have that strong tuna flavor to contend with, so whatever you put in it stands out a lot more. And of course, not having to worry about mercury is awesome, since that means I can eat this every day if I want!

Chickpea No-Tuna Salad | Blooming Vegan

This recipe is very basic, and you’ll want to adjust the measurements to your preference. You can also add so many different things to this No-Tuna – it’s easy to experiment with and to make a bit differently every time. I like to eat this on sandwiches with lettuce and tomato (and avocado if I have it on hand), but it’s also excellent with vegan cheese added and then heated in a pan or sandwich press to make a No-Tuna melt.

Chickpea No-Tuna Salad | Blooming Vegan

Chickpea No-Tuna Salad

This simple and versatile chickpea salad is healthy and delicious.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Blooming Vegan


  • 1 15.5 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped
  • ¼ onion, chopped (red or white)
  • 3-4 Tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them well.

  2. Pour the chickpeas into a bowl and mash them until desired consistency is reached. (I use a potato masher but a fork works too.) 

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

    Enjoy on sandwiches, wraps, crackers or just on its own!

Recipe Notes

You can add so many things to this: lemon juice, capers, garlic powder, sun-dried tomatoes, diced cucumbers, sweet pickle relish, chopped dill pickles, dulse flakes - I like to add chopped artichoke hearts sometimes too.

Chickpea No-Tuna Salad | Blooming Vegan
Posted on December 21st, 2017 in Recipes, Salads