Chickpea Tuna-Free Salad

This chickpea tuna-free salad sandwich has the taste and texture of tuna salad but is completely vegan. It also has tasty mix-ins like onions, celery, parsley, and a slightly sweet secret ingredient!

Chickpea Tuna Free Salad

This recipe is a food pun-loving writer’s playground  — “chickpea of the sea,” un-tuna, or my favorite rhyming variation: Chickpea “Tuna-Free” Salad.

Whatever you call it, it’s genius and delicious.

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Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the ingenuity of this vegan tuna salad rift. I’ve seen many versions online and discovered an incredibly scrumptious store-bought chickpea salad recently, which is what spurred my desire to try making it at home.

Chickpea Tuna Free Salad

What I can offer is a #whitskitch take, which incorporates a hint of sweetness thanks to my special ingredient — apples. Don’t knock it till you try it. And seriously, you have to try it. This tuna-free salad is so good!

My husband discovered it in the fridge over the weekend and without knowing the contents, whipped himself up a sandwich that he described in one word as, “unbelievable.” I’ll take it.

My version also skips the veganaise. I’m not against it, but my thoughts are: if you can use something less processed, why not? I found that vegan yogurt. I used Forager’s plain cashew yogurt, which I scooped up on Milk & Eggs. It’s essentially just cashews and probiotics and it works magic for the moisture in this recipe.

Chickpea Tuna Free Salad

It also incorporates onions, celery, parsley, spicy mustard, and apple cider vinegar for crunch and flavor — far from the boring tuna salad your mom used to pack for your lunch.

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Chickpea Tuna-Free Salad
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Serves: 3
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • ¼ cup apple, diced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Mash chickpeas in a medium bowl.
  2. Add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

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chickpea tuna-free salad sandwich

Looking for more easy, delicious vegan lunch recipes? Try these:

Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich

Easy Veggie Burgers

Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Weigh In: Have you tried chickpea salad? What do you think of the secret ingredient? 

*This post is sponsored by Milk & Eggs but all opinions are my own. If you’re in the LA area, and want to try Milk & Eggs farm to doorstep delivery, use my code “whitneyerd” for $20 off your order of $40 or more!


  1. Chickpea of the sea is hilarious! This recipe looks perfect and very filling. And that bread….spot on!

  2. After I watched your YT channel I made it 😮 sooo good!

  3. LOVE this because I loathe tuna!! LOL! But I like the traditional flavors in a tuna salad, so this is perfect!

  4. Looks so good. I like tuna but I also like variety! Great idea.
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  5. I have a similar recipe but I MUST try this one! Yum!
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  6. This would be a great lunch option at my house! I want to dive into it right now!
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  7. With apple and celery – what refreshing crunchy twists! This reminds me of classic (un)chicken salad 🙂
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  8. This looks SO good! Already obsessed with chickpeas, so I can only imagine how delicious this recipe would be. Perfect for an easy and healthy lunch!

  9. I love that this incorporates the flavors of regular tuna salad, sans the tuna. The perfect plant-based option! Need to try.

  10. This looks great! Such a neat way to turn this into a meatless option!
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  11. I don’t know if I love this recipe or the video you did more! Can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  12. I can’t wait to try this

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