This Vegan Chickpea Tuna is a great plant-based version for the traditional tuna from a can. This is the closest to real tuna salad I’ve ever been when recreating it and had to share this quick recipe! 

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Lately, I’ve been wanting to share quick, not as styled recipes with you. I cook daily at home and sometimes come up with recipes that I quickly snap with my iPhone and jot down the ingredients on my planner before I forget. Less styling, more recipes is my goal this year. Going back to a more organic food blog, one where the lead time isn’t 2 months to create, test, photograph, style, write, and promote a specific recipe.

That’s where this Vegan Chickpea Tuna comes in. I had seen a few recipes online and have even tried a couple, nothing giving me that “canned” tuna texture and flavor until this recipe. I am 100% honest when I say this tastes EXACTLY like canned tuna salad, so much so I tricked my husband into eating the entire batch and then telling him the truth – it’s made with chickpeas, no animals were harmed in the making, and it’s a healthier version of a classic!

Vegan Chickpea Tuna

Replace canned tuna with chickpeas for this realistic and protein rich tuna salad made with heart healthy chickpeas!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes


  • ½ nori sheet
  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Finely chop the half sheet of nori and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, smash the chickpeas. You can do this a few ways: with a fork, by hand; slowly pulsing with an immersion blender; or a few pulses in the food processor. You still want to leave some texture to it, it shouldn't be as creamy as hummus.
  • Once mashed, add the rest of the ingredients, including the minced nori sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Chill and serve with crackers, as a sandwich, or on a salad.
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Marnely Murrray

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  1. 5 stars
    This is amazing! Thank you!

  2. That’s my exact mentality about blogging! The recipe reminds me of a vegan cafe in Charleston called Gnome which had a very similar “tuna” salad and was delicious!!