Yep, you read that right. There is no tuna in this tuna salad sandwich.
This stuff tastes so much like the real thing its kinda scary. Its totally vegan too.
There was a time when a tuna salad sandwich was the best lunch of the week. It was a treat. For a while, earlier in my vegetarianism I would happily order the tuna at the deli or subshop when I got tired of just lettuce and tomato on a bun. Today, I won't touch it. But it doesn't mean I don't miss it sometimes.
Tuna was an easy, protein filled option. And I miss it for this reason. Protein is a tricky thing to pack in a kid's lunch when you are vegetarian. Kids don't like other kids poking around their lunches and asking questions. It's hard to squeeze protein in there and be creative about it. Enter no-tuna tuna salad made from chickpeas and seeds. And before you accuse me of lying, my kids help me make it. My eight-year old generally begins a little dialogue about why not to eat tuna while we make it. But I won't go into those details here. Just the recipe.
Of course you can change this however you want. This is the way I like it best. You can skip the onions if your kids don't like them. Add shredded carrot, green onions or finely diced dill pickles. Fresh herbs are good too.
Mock Tuna Salad
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon herbamare, or a pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup of finely diced red onion, or less
- 1-2 stalks of celery finely diced
- ¼-1/2 cup mayo, Veganaise is good here
- A good pinch of black pepper
In a blender or food processor add seeds, chickpeas, soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil and herbamare. Add a tablespoon or 2 of water if you need to get the mixture to move a bit, but only if necessary. Blend until sorta smooth, but not pasty. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add celery, onion and mayo. Let sit in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes or over night. Makes enough filling for about 4 sandwiches.
Because of the chickpeas, this reminds me of a hummus sandwich, which I love. I will not eat anything resembling either mayonnaise or tuna (not a vegan, just aversive to those foods), so I'd probably mix yogurt in where you used mayo. A nice variation for me to try.
An Unrefined Vegan says
Tuna salad was my default sandwich - not only at home when I needed something quick, but at restaurants when I couldn't find anything else. Hence, I really missed tuna when I went vegan. Yay for yummy alternatives!
The Savvy Sister says
Holy crap (and I do mean holy) This is the best I've ever tasted (and I've had my fair share of vegan tuna) I have to stop myself from eating the whole bowl.
I love that there's no tofu, and the consistency is great! D-lish!
So glad you like it!
I've found myself eating more than just a bite while packing lunches too...
The Savvy Sister says
Not sure if you saw my e-mail, but I'd like to talk to you about putting this in print. I'm at [email protected] Thanks 🙂