Vegan Tuna Salad

If you are looking for a vegan tuna salad that will appease your cravings for an all time childhood favorite, or for your kids lunches, you've definitely found it here. Using a mix of spices, chickpeas, and hearts of palm, this vegan tuna salad recipe will become a staple easy lunch option.

Vegan Tuna Salad

I was doing some grocery shopping and got a sudden craving for tuna salad. There are plenty of recipes on here for various mayo-based salads, such as Vegan Macaroni Salad, Chickpea Salad, Vegan Egg Salad, and Potato Salad, but I specifically wanted tuna.

Vegan Tuna Salad

I just made Fish Tacos using hearts of palm, so figured I could do something similar to get the texture. For the taste, I used Old Bay and celery seed, but the effect was fairly mild, so I added half of a nori seaweed sheet, which turned out to be the key ingredient.

Nori is the type of seaweed used to wrap sushi and therefore is the easiest found here in America (read more about nori here). There are other types of seaweed that may have a better flavor or are already in flakes, but I wanted to use something that would be easily found even in most Walmarts, and also that I had myself.

As I was thinking about my experimental recipe, mashed up hearts of palm with mayonnaise didn't sound the best or most filling, so I decided to pureé chickpeas to give it somebody. Served with bread or crackers, it's a perfect hearty snack or lunch.

 

How To Make Vegan Tuna Salad?

  1. Add chickpeas, celery, nori, and other seasonings to a food processor. Blend until the chickpeas, celery, and nori are completely dispersed into small pieces. At this point, the consistency should be crumbly.
  2. Add vegan mayonnaise and process until the mixture turns creamy. Add salt and optional pepper as needed and taste to see if the seasoning is satisfactory. If it tastes slightly over seasoned, remember you will be adding the hearts of palm last.
  3. Add the hearts of palm (cut into pieces if you bought whole hearts, not salad cut). Pulse for a few seconds, stopping to mix the sides into the middle, until the hearts of palm are in pieces, resembling tuna flakes. Be careful not to over pulse, because you don't want the hearts of palm to be completely pulverized.

How Long Does Tuna Salad Last?

This will last for about a week in the refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Make it ahead and have it for making quick lunch sandwiches with lettuce and tomato, to eat as a snack with crackers, or whatever else you'd use tuna salad for.

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Nutrition

Energy:
152 kcal / 635 kJ
Fat:
11 g
Protein:
3 g
Carbs:
10 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Ready in:
10 min
For:
8 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add chickpeas, celery, nori, and seasonings to a food processor. Blend until the chickpeas, celery, and nori are completely dispersed into small pieces. The consistency should be crumbly.
  2. Add mayonnaise and process until the mixture turns creamy. Add salt and optional pepper as needed and taste to see if the seasoning is satisfactory. If it tastes slightly over seasoned, remember you will be adding the hearts of palm last.
  3. Add the hearts of palm (cut into pieces if you bought whole hearts, not salad cut). Pulse for a few seconds, stopping to push the sides down, until the hearts of palm are in pieces, resembling tuna flakes. Be careful not to over pulse, because you don't want the hearts of palm to be completely pulverized.
  4. This will keep for about a week in the fridge. Make it ahead and have it for making quick lunch sandwiches with lettuce and tomato, to eat as a snack with crackers, or whatever else you'd use tuna salad for.

Dev Marie

Hi there, I’m Dev, a Jersey girl now residing in Florida, and a first generation Jamaican immigrant. As a passionate foodie adventurist, I love to create comfort dishes using exotic ingredients from all over the world.

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