Simple Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

There are lots of recipes out there for vegan tuna salad. I’ve tried many of them: the ones with sunflower seeds and the ones with chickpeas and the ones with veggies and the ones with tons of (vegan) mayonnaise.

But recently I tried something much simpler: just chickpeas, Vegenaise, pickle relish and salt and pepper. This is how I used to make tuna salad before I was vegan, and it’s about as easy as it gets. I like to serve it on toasted whole grain bread, but it would also be delicious on crackers or just eaten out of a bowl.

Cost of this meal: $.20 for just the salad, $.91 including two slices of whole-grain bread

Simple Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

Serves 2


1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas (equivalent of 1 can)

1.5 tbsp of Vegenaise or another vegan mayonnaise

2-3 tbsp of pickle relish (sweet or dill relish both work well here)

Salt and pepper to taste


In a small bowl, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher or a fork. Do your best to leave few whole chickpeas.

Add the mayonnaise, relish, a pinch of salt and some fresh ground black pepper. Taste and adjust the amount of relish, salt and pepper to your liking.

Serve on toasted bread or crackers.

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