Vegan Tuna. Oh, how I love you. You’ve been on the scene for a long time, and while others think that you’re old news, you’re always going to be number one to me. When I first experimented veganism, one thing I still ate was fish. Truthfully, I wasn’t ready to give up my love affair with tuna melts. Until the day I made this.
I’ve tried many vegan tuna recipes and this one is by far the best. It’s delicious hot or cold and tastes very fresh. It gets its slight fishy taste from chopped nori and a tad of sweetness from agave nectar and raisins. Like most vegan tuna salads, the main ingredients are chickpeas and veggies (carrot, celery, and onion). The onions and celery pack a great crunch, but the carrots steal the show when it comes to texture. This recipe is extremely high in fiber and protein, and low in fat, especially if you use low or no-fat mayo.
I like to triple this recipe with the intention of it getting me through my work week. I make it on Sunday morning and when I pack my lunch on Tuesday morning, I end up looking down at my belly wondering how I annihilated practically all of it in two and a half days. Oh well. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. If you have an addictive personality, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- Chickpeas - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Carrots - 1/3 cup, grated
- Celery - 1/3 cup, diced
- Onion - 1/8 cup, diced
- Raisins - 1 tablespoon, chopped
- Nori - 1 teaspoon, chopped
- Vegan mayo - 3 tablespoons
- Relish - 1 tablespoon
- Tamari/Soy Sauce - 1 1/2 teaspoons
- Mustard - 1 teaspoon
- Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon
- Agave Nectar - 1 teaspoon
1. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and mash with a fork. Or, if you have a food processor, pulse several times until they are coarsely chopped, but not smooth.
2. Add all other ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly for 1-2 minutes, ensuring that that they are mixed evenly.
*TIP: Chopping nori can be annoying. To save some time, just use a piece that is about 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches and rip off small pieces. No need to be meticulous about size, but I would recommend 1/2 inch pieces.