I will confess, though I’ve moved to a non-animal eating diet, I still miss the taste of tuna fish sandwiches. That is, until yesterday, when I discovered a recipe for fish-free tuna at the VegNews website. I was reluctant, a non-believer, you might say. After all, how the heck could chickpeas ever taste like tuna? It was only after I made this recipe that I realized that part of the reason that the tuna salad of yore tasted the way it did was because of all the other ingredients that went into the tuna salad. Long story short, ya’ gotta try this to believe it. Now, I can’t get enough of it.
The bread that you see lovingly wrapped around the faux tuna is a Breads From Anna Herb bread mix that I made in my bread machine – in one word – delicious. And it makes great croutons too. Trust me, you will not know this is anything other than wonderful bread. Gluten free, schmuten-free. It’s great. I’m a huge fan.
Chickpea Tastes-Like-Tuna Salad (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)
recipe from VegNews, adapted by Ellen Allard
15 oz can of chickpeas, drained
2 tbsp diced red onion
6 tbsp finely chopped celery
1/8 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp fresh snipped dill (if using dried, use less)
1 tsp celery seed
2 tbsp finely chopped dill pickle (or use pickle relish from a jar)
1 tbsp nori seaweed flakes, snipped into tiny pieces
1/4 – 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
The original recipe calls for mashing the chickpeas in a bowl using either a fork or potato masher. I found this very difficult so I used a food processor the second time I made this and it worked much better, pulsing it until it reached the desired consistency, being careful not to pulverize them.
Mix the remaining ingredients in with the chickpeas. Start with the smaller amount of vegan mayo – you can always add more.
Slather on two pieces of toasted bread, add lettuce & tomato if desired. Sliced avocado would be lovely. Couple of pickle slices. Some coleslaw. Handful of potato chips or crisp french fries. My picture above shows cold, roasted root vegetables leftover from last nights’ dinner. Yum, I’m 10 years old, back at Herme’s Deli in Lakewood, NJ, having tuna sandwiches with my mom and sisters. What a trip down memory lane!