Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

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Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad Sandwich

Chickpea “Tuna” Salad Sandwich

This is what I had for lunch today – my ultimate Chickpea “Tuna” Salad! I used to love tuna salad as a kid, but it’s really not a safe option today given the mercury content in tuna fish. In fact, Health Canada has set consumption limits for tuna and other large ocean-going fish (read more from Health Canada).

chickpea salad ingredients

Ingredients for Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

So what’s a girl to do? Come up with a delicious, nutritious alternative that’s chock full of healthy fibre and plant-based nutrients! My kids love this as much as I do, so it’s a great addition to school lunches too. Serve it up as a filling for sandwiches or wraps, as a spread for crackers or a dip for raw veggies.

chickpea vegan tuna salad in food processor

It all goes in the food processor! Easy!

Please let me know how you like it and feel free to share it with your friends.

Chickpea “Tuna” Salad
Serves 3
A delicious, nutritious alternative to tuna salad that's chock full of healthy fiber and plant-based nutrients!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 – 14 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (be sure to choose a BPA-free brand such as Eden Organic) or 1 ¾ cups cooked chickpeas
  2. ¼ cup chopped celery
  3. ¼ cup chopped red onion
  4. 2 Tbsp capers, drained
  5. ¼ cup Vegenaise (or make your own mayo: http://www.theppk.com/2013/07/homemade-grapeseed-mayonnaise/)
  6. ½ tsp dried dill
  7. Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  8. Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas and set aside.
  2. Place celery, red onion and capers in bowl of food processor and pulse to chop coarsely.
  3. Add chickpeas, Vegenaise and dill and pulse to combine, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Season with lime juice, pepper and salt to taste and pulse 1-2 more times.
  4. Note: be careful not to over-process. There should still be some texture to the chickpeas (unless you want hummus!).
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Fresh Start Wellness by Calgary Holistic Culinary Nutrition Expert Erin Gionet http://www.freshstartwellness.ca/
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