Mock Tuna Salad (Chickpea Salad)

"Made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), this is a wonderful sandwich filling, especially for vegetarians who miss tuna salad. I liked it more oniony so I added a little extra minced onion, but it's still wonderful without it. I enjoyed this the most stuffed in pita bread with slices of ripe plum tomatoes, and also would serve it often on crackers as a snack or appetizer."
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  • In a medium bowl, combine mashed chickpeas, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, chopped green onions, salt, pepper, and yellow onion (if desired).
  • Mix well.

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  1. Kira Z.
    I made this with a few tweaks and it was so delicious I made three batches this weekend! I used red onion instead of yellow onion and used more red onion than green onion. I used just about a tsp. or less or green onion. I also added celery for crunch, which made it absolutely delicious. I filled half of a whole wheat pita with the salad for a great sandwich. This recipe will be one I make often because it's easy and quick to make!
  2. The Veganista
    This is the best mock tuna I've tried. As is and with my modifications, it's delicious! I don't change anything other than add shredded carrots, garlic and paprika. People can really get creative with this recipe. Love it!
  3. love4culinary
    WOOOOOOO!! This is FABULOUS stuff! I must admit, I am NOT a relish fan, so by bumblebee's suggestion, I decided to dice up some cucumber, soaked in some italian dressing, and added a pinch of sugar as well. I used a bit more onion, and it was absolutely FABULOUS! The italian dressing really added a lovely zing to the recipe, which I believe was a taste I would prefer over the relish flavor ;) and I love the addition of the mustard! Thanks! Served in a pita with the tomato as suggested above. This is a fabulous lunch! I will have this again ;)
  4. Cindi M Bauer
    Made this several times served on toasted bread, also on Ritz Crackers. This does not taste anything like tuna, but after letting it chill overnight in the fridge, I found the next day, that this did smell a bit like tuna. When I assembled the ingredients together, first I used a potato masher to mash the chick peas, but I only used 1-(15.8 oz.) can of the chick peas. I then added 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1-1/ 2 teaspoons of the spicy brown mustard, as I thought the 2 teaspoons was a bit too much, plus I added 3 tablespoons of the sweet pickle relish. I didn't have any green onions, so I just added 1 tablespoon of yellow minced onion, and I thought that was plenty of onion. I did add a dash of salt and pepper as well. This a good replacement for tuna, and this does keep well for days in the refrigerator.
  5. Dizzyfreedom
    I only had red onions, Dijon mustard and whole sweet gherkins that I chopped up and it was YUMMY. Loved it! The garbanzos were difficult to mash but it was so worth it!


  1. Storm Serpent
    Had to make some edits due to missing ingredients, but still awesome!<br/><br/>Decided to try this cause I got sick of biting into the missed fish bones in regular canned tuna.<br/>The subs I made were Honey Dijon instead of Spicy Brown Mustard, and Dill Relish (Dunno if that's considered a 'sweet' pickle or not) and a sprinkle of onion powder in place of the onions themselves. Delicious!
  2. Coraniaid
    Very enjoyable. I added a ripped up sheet of nori to increase the 'tuna' flavor, plopped my beans and nori in the blender and whirred away vs. mashing. For relish I used some pickled peppers that I made almost a year ago that were languishing in my pantry. Also, I subbed onion powder for the onions since I wanted that to be a more subtle flavor. <br/><br/>My apologies that this isn't a review of your exact recipe. It was, however, simple to adjust to my own tastes (I don't think I truly measured anything) and it's something I think anyone could make and enjoy.
  3. Kree
    Phew, those chickpeas were not easy to mash... but this recipe was definitely worth the effort! I'm not even vegetarian and I think I like it better than tuna salad. The relish makes it nice and sweet and the mustard gives it a great zip. The only change I made was to use onion powder in place of the onions because my mom can't eat them raw. Thanks for a great recipe!


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