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The No-Tuna Salad (from Forks Over Knives)

I love chickpeas. They are so versatile. You can even use the liquid.

Have you ever heard of aquafaba? That’s the liquid resulting from the chickpeas. You probably dump it down the sink. You can use it for many things. It can be whipped up like a meringue. It’s also a good egg substitute. But that’s a story for another day.

Do you like a good tuna salad sandwich? Here is a healthy vegan alternative that tastes pretty close to the real deal. I really like it and you might also. And it’s made with, you guessed it…chickpeas. Check it out.

Depending on how aggressively you mash the chickpeas, it could end up being a very flavorful hummus. Either way, it’s quite tasty.

Not Tuna Salad (Adapted from Forks Over Knives)

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack


  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced pickle
  • 1 tsp capers drained and chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, mash chickpeas with a fork
  • add remaining ingredients and mix
  • can be used as you would on a sandwich or over a crisp green salad
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  1. Kimberly W. on April 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I love me a good chickpea salad! I’ll definitely give this one a try, thanks for sharing!

    • Karen on April 6, 2022 at 9:38 pm

      I really love it and once you chop everything up, it’s easy to make. Enjoy!

  2. Bing on April 6, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Hi, Karen. I was recently diagnosed as diabetic. Aside from the diet plan the nutritionist gave me, I am looking for alternatives.

    Would love to try this salad. Can I use a food processor instead of mashing the chick peas? Is there a difference using chick peas you buy from the market other than the canned ones?

    • Karen on April 7, 2022 at 8:38 am

      Bing…I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis. If you use a food processor, it comes out more like the consistency of hummus. I often do that and use butter lettuce to make little wraps with it. I love that. Butter lettuce has a cup shape to the leaves making it easier to roll it up and pop it in your mouth.

      I am happy to extend you a free consultation if you’re interested. I work with people who are living with chronic illness like diabetes. I’ve had clients get their diabetes under control allowing them (with doctor’s permission) to lower their meds. Please let me know if you would like to chat.

  3. Anna Junus on April 6, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I have never heard of using chickpeas to replace tuna. I’ll have to try it sometime.

    • Karen on April 7, 2022 at 8:33 am

      I do a lot of vegan food prep and found this to be a tasty and healthy substitute for a non-vegan food.

  4. Lily Leung on April 6, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    I love chickpeas. I haven’t eaten tuna for a very long time. Reminds me of university days . Room and boarding our lunches were always tuna sandwiches. So I don’t miss them.

    • Karen on April 7, 2022 at 8:32 am

      Lily you may still like this. It doesn’t taste exactly like tuna but is very flavorful.

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