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Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad

vegan tuna salad

Did you know that you can make a delicious vegan tuna salad by swapping the tuna out for some garbanzo beans?

I know that may sound crazy, but vegan tuna salad is not only a real thing it’s also absolutely delicious.

The secret to making your vegan tuna salad to taste like regular tuna salad is capers.  The capers add a bright, briny flavor that the tuna would normally provide, so we get all the flavor of traditional tuna salad, without the tuna.

Basically, you just sub in some chopped chickpeas for the tuna and everything else stays the same, and you end up with this super delicious, plant-based, tuna-like salad (without the tuna).

You do however, want to make sure that you buy plant based vegan mayonnaise (like this one or this one) if you want to keep your vegan tuna salad, 100% vegan.

On the flip side, if you want to give this vegan tuna salad a try but you’re not really worried about the vegan part, you can of course use any mayonnaise you have on hand or try swapping in some greek yogurt for the mayonnaise to lighten things up a bit.

However you choose to approach this vegan tuna salad, I can’t wait to hear what you think!



vegan tuna salad
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Vegan Chickpea 'Tuna Salad'

Course: DIET, LUNCH, salad + dressing, sandwich + burger
Cuisine: American, vegan
Author: Dani Spies
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 194kcal


  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely diced radish
  • 3 tablespoons capers roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise be sure to buy a vegan brand to keep this recipe 100% vegan
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add garbanzo beans to food processor and pulse a few times until you have a gravel-like consistency.
  • Transfer beans to a medium bowl and add in the onion, celery, radish, capers, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Combine well.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 511mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Iron: 0.2mg