Chickpea “Tuna” Recipe

I don’t like sandwiches. I never have and I probably never will. I still have nightmares of the sandwiches my mum would pack in my lunch as a child and how I would “accidentally” drop them into the trash during lunch program at school. I’ve never been a fan of deli meat and processed cheese isn’t my thing. It’s for that very reason that lunch has always been a struggle for me. I’m way too picky for my own good.

In my recent quest to investigate a more vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, I’ve been hard at work looking for ways to replace the animal foods I love the most but don’t want to eat anymore. One of them is tuna. I know, the girl that won’t eat deli meat loves stinky fish. It’s true.

My first venture was to scour the internet and look for recipes. I found tons! And lots of interesting names for them (Funa, Tu-No, Tofuna for example). Then I looked through the ingredient lists and prep to try and find something that would work for me. Namely, have flavour, decent texture and minimal ingredients to make prep as quick as possible. I didn’t find one single recipe that I liked but after about looking at about a dozen or so I got the general idea of what I wanted and what seemed to work. I didn’t want to recreate the texture of tuna (or the smell), I just wanted something that would remind me of it and be tasty.

Here’s my take: (un)creatively called: Chickpea “Tuna”

All stuff I already had in my house. Bonus points!
Add to food processor
Pulse to incorporate

Scoop and enjoy! I know I did!

Chickpea "Tuna"



  • 1 1/4 cups chickpeas, cooked and cooled (or 1 15oz can)
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 2 Tbsp Veganaise
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sweet dill relish
  • Herbamere to taste (or salt and pepper if you don't have this on hand)


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until mixed and desired consistency is achieved. Alternatively, you can mash the chickpeas together with a fork and stir in the other ingredients
  • Scoop half the mixture into a pita or onto a bowl of mixed greens and enjoy!

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

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