Easy, Quick and Delicious Vegan "Tuna" Mayo Salad - Tastes Better Than

4 servings
5 min

Bought vegan "tuna" is a pretty miserable experience but if you find that you're at a loss for delicious vegan sandwich fillings, try my delicious vegan chickpea-tuna mayo salad!

Chickpea Tuna Salad

A delightfully textured sandwich filling, Chickpea (not Tuna) Mayo salad tastes unusually reminiscent of its fishy counterpart but without the cruelty.

Inspired by my super fast hot and sour soup and my easy chilli crisp noodles, I love to create dishes that can be prepped in less than 10 minutes!

I like to make a double batch of this on the weekend. This is the kind of simple sandwich filling that encourages numerous repeat visits to the fridge on a Saturday afternoon. Two slices of soft bread, a leaf of lettuce, and a sneaky pickle straight out of the jar with no plates required make this a perfect lunch while watching re-runs of Flipper.

Easy Vegan Chickpea Tuna Mayo

I also like to serve this as a healthy vegan game-night dip alongside by cauliflower buffalo wings. I simply add a little more mayo it, to make it a more scoopable, and serve it with saltines or your favourite chips!

Aside from chopping a bit of onion and celery, this really has only two steps: mashing the chickpeas (which seems to take longer than it should) and stirring in the other ingredients. My super fast, super easy vegan tuna mayo is a dream to make!

Ingredients for Chickpea Tuna
  • tinned chick peas, drained
  • finely chopped celery and onion
  • nutritional yeast
  • mustard
  • vegan mayo
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Adding onions and celery to mashed chickpeas

Using a fork, mash up the chickpeas, then mix in the celery and onion

Stirring mayo in chickpea tuna

Stir in the other ingredients and taste for seasoning and that's it!

Hint: If I have it, a little powdered seaweed adds a nice flavour to the tuna, but it is just as good without it!


  • Chickpeas - you could use cannellini beans instead but they might be a slightly mushier texture, but I know that some people can't tolerate chickpeas, so give these a go!
  • Celery - if you hate celery, just omit it, or perhaps use some finely chopped cucumber instead


  • Spicy - add chili pepper flakes or fresh chopped chilli to the chickpeas if you like it a bit spicy!
  • Deluxe - add some finely chopped olives and a chopped gherkin (but reduce the amount of salt)


Store the prepared chickpea-tuna in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You can't freeze this mixture.

Top tip

Try serving this in a baked potato instead of your usual baked beans!


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Easy, Quick and Delicious Vegan "Tuna" Mayo Salad - Tastes Better Than
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  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 16 oz Chickpeas 400g can, drained
  • 1/2 stick Celery finely chopped
  • 1 Spring Onion minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kelp Powder optional
  • 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Dash Pepper
  • Lemon Juice to taste

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and mash up until they are coarse but not pureed. You are after a nubbly texture.
Now stir in all the other ingredients until well combined.
Taste for seasoning and add a spritz of lemon to brighten the flavours.
Freya Erickson
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