Wednesday, November 10, 2010

VeganMoFo: Mom's "Tuna" Salad Sandwich

Recipe: Tuna Salad Sandwich
Family Member: Mom

Brief Description: I ate this A LOT growing up, sometimes right out of the bowl with a fork. Luckily, these days I leave the stinky canned tuna behind in favor of chickpeas. (Chickpeas might just be my favorite bean, due to their versatility.) I know there are a ton of “untuna” salad recipes floating around, so I can’t quite take full credit for this. I opted to leave out the relish this time, and topped the “tuna” salad with lettuce and sliced cucumber and tomato. So filling I could only eat half a sandwich for lunch!

Original Ingredients:
1 can of white tuna (I think?)
Tons of mayonnaise
A squirt of yellow mustard
Sweet relish to taste
Diced onion to taste
Chopped celery to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Sandwich bread

Original Directions: Mix everything together, save the bread, of course. Put it between two slices of bread, and eat.

Vegan Notes: I used Grape Seed Vegenaise, and cooked and mashed chickpeas instead of the tuna (canned chickpeas would have been fine!) I also added a few dashes of rice vinegar for a little sharpness. I made a bunch so that Doc could take it to work this week. These are the amounts I used:

4 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2- 3/4 cup Vegenaise (it’s a lot, I know!)
2 celery stalks, diced
1/4 onion, diced
3 tbsp yellow mustard
few splashes rice wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Aren't chickpeas fantastic? It's amazing how well they emulate tuna in this kind of sandwich. Of course, chickpea salad is even better because, like you said, no horrible fishy smell, and no horrible fishy death.

  2. Chickpeas are such a great stand in for tuna ( and so many things.. I think they are the best legume! )

  3. What a great idea! I've made this type of sandwich with tofu many times, but I love the idea of using chickpeas. Bookmarked + Thank You!

  4. chickpeas are little beans from heaven. and, i would totally be able to eat an entire sammich of that yummy spread, too.


  5. Chickpeas in place of tuna is my absolute favorite!

  6. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाJune 3, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Looks great, I really like vegan tuna sandwiches.

  7. Just tried chickpea "tuna" fish. It is surprisingly tasty. If all my recipes turnout this good, I can be vegan for life. _ BT