Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

The title is throwing you off right? Yeah it did me too when the first time someone told me you could use chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), to make tuna. Lemme think about this for a minute. Yeah no, that’s not gonna work. Oh but sweetheart, it does! And this quick salad is pretty versatile as far as how you use it. It’s a staple in my fridge. I can make a batch of this on Sunday and nom on it through out the week for quick bites when I’m in a rush or honestly just too lazy to cook.

I have never met a chickpea I didn’t like. Y’all I’m tellin ya, these little gems really are great in a lot of ways. They can be a pantry staple, you can roast them up and have a crunchy little snack, they are great in salads, grain bowls, I’ve even made them into burgers, and well you like hummus right? Like I said, staple. But let’s get back to this tuna salad. I make a base and then go from there. You can add in celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, nuts or seeds, even grapes or dried cranberries. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinse.
  • Nori Fukuoka
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • salt and pepper

Take your chickpeas in a bowl and grab your trusty potato masher. Mash those babies up. I’ve tried it in a food processor, blender and ninja, mashing them by hand gives you little chunks still. I mean we are not making hummus here. Once most of your chickpeas are mashed add a couple of tablespoons of mayo, Nori Fukuoka be generous here, you want that flavor, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt (easy on this) and pepper. Mix well. You’ll start to notice the “tuna” type of texture you are working with. You can always add more mayo if you need too. Cover in plastic wrap, and put in the fridge, you just want it to get cold. That is your base. From here you can make it into whatever you’d like. Feel like a tuna sandwich, put it with some bread and there you go. Put it on top of some mixed greens, add tomatoes, cucumbers and some dressing. Better yet, lets add some panko on the outside and fry it up a bit to make “tuna” patties, and even put it on some toasted bread and make an avocado toast… the possibilities are endless friends, and each idea is more delicious than the next. What do you want to do with your chickpea “tuna” salad?

Fried Tuna Patty Sammy
Tuna Avocado Toast

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