Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad Recipe (High-Protein & Fish-Free)

Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad Recipe (High-Protein & Fish-Free)

Chickpea vegan tuna salad is the best fish-free, plant-based balanced meal perfect as a lunch, dinner, or side dish. This quick and easy 1 bowl recipe idea is perfect when you need something hearty, filling, and delicious.

Isn’t it wonderful that our God gave us a variety of clean food options and meat alternatives for us to enjoy and stay nourished? Yet they are inexpensive and so good for you.

This egg-free, meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free salad is the perfect example of that.

Meatless vegan chickpea tuna salad made from weight-loss friendly veggies. Best no oil side dish.

I know, you’ve never had a tuna salad like this before 🙂

Once served, I’m pretty sure that vegans and non-vegans alike will happily gobble it down!

Wait, do you know what’s the best part? This simple veggie-loaded meal-prep requires no cooking at all. We don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, right?

Vegan Tuna Salad with Chickpeas

Delicious vegan tuna salad with chickpeas and avocado. Easy fish-free, oil-free, egg-free, dairy-free, meat-free side dish, dinner, lunch, snack or appetizer.

Searching for high-protein healthy meatless recipes that actually taste good?

If you need a tasty, wholesome dish ready in 15 minutes or less then this recipe is just for you.

In fact, this protein-rich garbanzo bean spread is not only nutritious but will also take your clean eating to new heights. Win-win!

Loaded with plant protein, healthy fats, and fiber, this super flavorful chickpea vegan tuna salad with avocado makes a great light lunch for work, school, road trips, or picnics. Make a double batch and you’ll have a unique last-minute salad for guests or family gatherings. I’m sure its creamy texture and incredibly rich flavor will impress anyone!

This fast and fresh salad recipe is a must for tonight. And now, let’s make it!

Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need a few whole foods to prepare this effortless vegetarian salad. They are all budget-friendly pantry staples you may already have at home. Here they are:

Wholesome, simple, and cheap plant-based ingredients for making homemade meatless vegan chickpea tuna salad recipe.
  • Chickpeas (canned or home-cooked)
  • Homemade vegan ranch dressing (or vegan mayo/vegan sour cream)
  • Avocado
  • Red onion (or yellow onion)
  • Scallions (spring onions)
  • Corn (frozen or canned)
  • Pickles
  • Mustard
  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Salt, dried garlic, ground black pepper

As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to make the best vegan tuna with chickpeas?

  1. Mash the chickpeas

    First, mash the chickpeas with a strong fork, potato masher, or pulse it a few times with a blender (food processor). Leave a few beans whole for texture.

    Mashing canned or home-cooked chickpeas with a fork for quick and easy vegetarian meal prep

  2. Add other ingredients

    Next, add diced avocado, finely chopped scallions, diced onion, pickles, corn, mustard, lemon juice, and spices.

    Fresh, budget-friendly, simple veggies in a bowl for a healthy and hearty high-protein meal prep

  3. Mix to combine, serve and enjoy

    Finally, mix everything together until all ingredients are well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings and lemon juice per taste.
    Serve immediately with freshly baked flatbreads, refreshing salad, spread it on crunchy leafy greens, or use it as a dip for chopped vegetables.
    Keep any leftovers refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 3 days for a quick weekday work/school lunch or lazy dinner.

    Tasty, protein-packed vegan tuna salad with chickpeas and avocado with creamy and rich texture.

What goes best with vegan tuna

Best and simple high-protein chickpea spread  used as a filling for lettuce wraps topped with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and black seeds.

Because this vegan salad without oil is so versatile, you can serve it with so many dishes or eat it plain, on its own. Here are some ideas on how to use it:

How to store this easy vegan tuna salad?

Store any leftovers refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Make sure you stir it well before serving. This no-oil salad isn’t freezer-friendly. Since it’s not complicated at all, you can make it whenever you needed it. In my opinion, it’s even better when left for a few hours or the next day, so the flavors may develop and blend together nicely.

I’m sure you are going to love this vegan protein-packed salad. It’s:

Hearty vegan tuna in a bowl on dark table with chickpeas served as a delicious cold salad, side-dish, or light meal for lunch or dinner.
  • A crowd pleaser recipe
  • Better than the classic tuna salad
  • Weight loss-friendly
  • Eggless
  • Soy-free
  • Savory
  • Affordable
  • Meditteranean-inspired
  • Effortless
  • Portable
  • So pleasing and appetizing!

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Chickpea vegan tuna salad with avocado and healthy vegetables spread on a homemade sandwich with fresh lettuce and tomato

Chickpea Vegan Tuna Salad (Easy High-Protein Fish-Free Recipe)

Marinela
Chickpea vegan tuna salad is the best fish-free, plant-based balanced meal perfect as a lunch, dinner, or side dish. This quick and easy 1 bowl recipe idea is perfect when you need something hearty, filling, and delicious.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Brunch, dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine dairy-free, Gluten-free, Mediterranean-inspired, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 444 kcal

Equipment

  • Fork, potato masher or blender
  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans) canned or home-cooked, rinsed, drained, mashed
  • 1/3 cup homemade vegan ranch dressing or vegan mayo
  • 1 ripe avocado medium-sized, diced
  • 1 red onion small, finely diced
  • 2 spring onions (scallions) finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup corn frozen or canned
  • 2 small pickles finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • salt, dried garlic, ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, mash the chickpeas with a strong fork, potato masher, or pulse it a few times with a blender (food processor). Leave a few beans whole for texture.
    Mashing canned or home-cooked chickpeas with a fork for quick and easy vegetarian meal prep
  • Next, add diced avocado, finely chopped scallions, diced onion, pickles, corn, mustard, lemon juice, and spices.
    Fresh, budget-friendly, simple veggies in a bowl for a healthy and hearty high-protein meal prep
  • Finally, mix everything together until all ingredients are well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings and lemon juice per taste. Serve immediately with freshly baked flatbreads, refreshing salad, spread it on crunchy leafy greens, or use it as a dip for chopped vegetables. Keep any leftovers refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 3 days for a quick weekday work/school lunch or lazy dinner.
    Tasty, protein-packed vegan tuna salad with chickpeas and avocado with creamy and rich texture.

Notes

  • This recipe is easily customizable, you can use yellow onion instead of red, celery instead of scallions, or substitute vegan ranch dressing with hummus, vegan mayo, or vegan sour cream.
  • You can even add thinly sliced olives or capers for a more tangy flavor.
  • You can spice up your meatless salad with your favorite seasonings, as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 19gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 331mgPotassium: 1094mgFiber: 18gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 279IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 6mg
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