Cheap Vegetarian Tuna Salad

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Many other vegetarian tuna salad uses tofu or other relatively expensive ingredients, but not this one! Just a can of chickpeas and a couple other ingredients you probably already have in the fridge. It has a pretty realistic texture - add whatever you like, and would normally put in tuna salad. The ingredient measurements are approximate - I have never actually measured how much to put in, just eyeballed it. Please put in as much or little as you want, or whatever you want.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mash the chickpeas or great northern beans with a potato masher or fork. NOTE: It does take some time to mash the beans. Please post suggestions if you have a good way to speed this up.
  2. Combine other ingredients and mix.
  3. Chill if desired.


Most Helpful

I just tried this with Great Northern beans and loved it! I used my Braun handmixer stick mixer, being sure to pulse so the beans did not get mushy. It took less time to make than than I would have thought and no fishy odor, which is a major plus in my book. I will be making this again and again. Thanks for the recipe.

Jamie6024 July 06, 2012

I made this last night. I used chick peas and put them in a food processor with the onion to chop it up and that worked perfectly. I added hot peppers (because I have to make everything spicy for some reason) and left out the carrots, celery and mustard. I only left them out because I didn't have them on hand. I then added Miracle Whip and pickle relish, which is how I would make a tuna sandwich anyway. I decided to throw this all in a tortilla with some lettuce and it was awesome! I am a vegetarian, and miss tuna sandwiches, but this satisfied my craving for sure. Even my meat-eating boyfriend liked it. Thanks for the recipe!

Lindseyjo22 June 02, 2011

Oh. My. Goodness. I loved this stuff! I followed the recipe exactly and then added a little bell pepper to the mix. This stuff is so great, It would please the staunchest tuna fan.

LieslDoggy May 08, 2011

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