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Vegan tuna salad in a croissant with lettuce, tomato, and banana peppers

How to Make the Best Realistic Vegan Tuna Salad

Author Chef Summer Storm - garden grub
This vegan tuna salad looks, feels, and tastes extremely realistic. It's easy and quick to make and can be eaten in a sandwich or as a dip!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups



  • To a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the rice vinegar, lemon juice, miso paste, old bay seasoning, and dulse granules. Mash with a fork until smooth.
  • Now add the chickpeas into the bowl and smash them with a fork. You want to smash all of the chickpeas, so there are no whole chickpeas in the salad, but also avoid over-mashing them as you do NOT want this to turn into a puree.
  • Then, using your hands, break the hearts of the palm into the bowl. The pieces should resemble chunks of tuna meat, so aim for about 1-inch pieces.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Enjoy this salad in a sandwich, on slices of cucumber, or as a dip for crackers!
Keyword chickpeas tuna, faux tuna, meatless tuna, mock tuna, plant based tuna salad, vegan tuna, vegan tuna salad, vegetarian tuna salad, vegetarian tuna substitute
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