a simple lunch recipe, packed with protein and all the best flavors! (and no fishy smell!)
Hi there! Guess what my new obsession is? I'll give you a hint: *check photo above*. Chickpea tuna is not only the best new sandwich spread I've discovered, but it's a reallllllly similar resemblance to real tuna fish.
Don't get me wrong- I'm not saying this is exactly like tuna, with that fishy smell and taste. But if you could enjoy tuna without the fishiness, wouldn't that be the best? I think so! I found this original recipe on Hot For Food. One of my favorite vegan blogs that I've relied on too many times.
I searched high and low for a "tuna" recipe that I could quickly whip up and pack for Ryan and my lunch for ideas and inspiration. When we used to eat fish, that was my go to meal when there was no leftovers to bring and I knew I didn't want the same ol' lunches from the food joints by my job.
SO, with many attempts and a million-and-one recipes tried, I've realized this is the perfect chickpea tuna I've had. BY FAR! And that old bay seasoning is KEY!! It really add this seafood-ish taste you miss out on when using ingredients that don't actually have fish in 'em.
Hope you'll give this vegan version of a fishy tuna salad a chance.. I promise you won't be disappointed! Thanks for reading! xx Sam.
I N G R E D I E N T S:
- 1 150z. can of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
- 1/3 cup of dill pickle, chopped
- 1/3 cup of celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup of red onion, diced small
- 1/3 cup of vegan mayo (I've recently been hooked on the soy free Vegenaise brand!)
- 1 Tbs of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp of Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp of black pepper
"TUNA"!: Chop your veggies & set aside your spices. Drain your chickpeas (preserve the juice if you're feeling like a batch of my vegan chocolate chip cookies may be in your future), and rinse well. Either mash by fork, potato masher, or toss in a chopper/food processor just to break down a bit. I like mine less chunky and finer, but it's to your preference. Toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Adjust to taste with additional salt, pepper, or Old Bay spiiiiiiice. MMM! Enjoy on some toast with optional (but strongly recommended) avocado. <3