Mock Tuna Salad

by Jill Dalton

Mock Tuna Salad

Jill Dalton
If you are missing Tuna Salad since you have gone Plant Based Vegan then look no further. This is the recipe for you. Chickpeas are the base of this recipe and dulse flakes give it that tuna flavor. The tangy dressing is oil free so it is healthy enough to have more than one sandwich!
4.50 from 2 votes
Servings 8 people
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes

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  • Drain the garbanzo beans and add them to a medium sized mixing bowl
  • Mash lightly with a potato masher or fork
  • Add the onions, celery and pickles
  • Put the tahini, mustard, lemon juice and date into a blender and blend until smooth
  • You may need to add a little water to get it to mix well
  • Pour into the bowl
  • Add the dulse flakes (optional) and pepper and mix well
  • Serve on bread, salad or crackers
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Nutrition info

Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 353mgPotassium: 237mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg

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Lulu Lulu April 10, 2019 - 7:53 pm

I absolutely love this. I have made it twice (I cut the recipe in half)…did not use the dulse flakes…maybe that would make it taste like tuna. To me, it tastes like potato salad…really, really good potato salad. Tomorrow I am going to make it again… this is perfect for my one of my meals at work (work Fri – Mon). Thanks so much Jill. Easy, delish…healthy ingredients. Just perfect.

Dietitian Mom April 11, 2019 - 10:10 pm

Looks simple yet delicious – thanks for sharing the recipe!

Emily April 24, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Of all of the mock tuna salads I have tried, this is the best!!! No vegan mayo, not too many nuts or seeds (none at all in this recipe!) and the taste is really spot on! I am loving your recipes! Thank you for all you do and keep the recipes coming!!

Jill Dalton April 24, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Thank you Emily =)

Belinda Blease August 21, 2019 - 4:50 pm

Made a second time and even better than the first. I took it camping and shared and everyone loved it.

Christine Western January 7, 2020 - 6:01 pm

I LOVE this recipe! I made this last night and ate it on an Ezekiel english muffin. So tasty!!! Today I took it to work and had it on a slice of Ezekiel toast. Oh my, I love this salad! I’ve been eating WFPB for about 12 days and your youtube channel and website are helping me learn so much. Thank you!

Sherry Grove March 11, 2021 - 5:38 pm

This is very good. I was highly skeptical about it and pleasantly surprised to discover how delicious it is and easy to make. Just started exploring plant based foods and so far, so good!😋

Johanna February 17, 2021 - 12:21 pm

Such a good recipe! The only dilemma I have now is, do I tell my mom that this is “mock” tuna salad or do I just tell her it’s a chickpea salad. My mother hates fish and I am afraid she won’t even try it if I tell her it’s supposed to be like tuna salad. But if I don’t tell her, I kind of feel guilty
. Tricky!!

Jill Dalton February 18, 2021 - 9:33 am

Definitely tell her that it is chickpea salad. We just named it tuna salad for people that really love tuna but don’t want to eat it anymore.

Ivone May 2, 2021 - 9:38 pm

I made this mock tuna sandwiches for a my friends. It was a hit and they are not vegan!

LaKerria July 8, 2022 - 5:14 pm

Great recipe and tastes like tuna. Next time I will use less red onion and more relish. Here is a tip for those without a potato masher, use a food processor. It will save you time in mashing the chickpeas with a fork which is a process in itself.

Tony Reynolds December 12, 2022 - 9:52 am

I have made this several times now and it is a huge success. I do meal prep for a few seniors who are vegetarian and they love it. I have had to make double batches each time since I introduced everyone to this. I like the date ingredient – dates are like my personal candy.


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