Vegan Lemon Dijon Chickpea “Tuna Salad” a.k.a. Creamy Savoury Citrusy Plant-Based Deliciousness!

Vegan Lemon Dijon Chickpea “Tuna Salad” a.k.a. Creamy Savoury Citrusy Plant-Based Deliciousness!

Ok, this creation makes me really freaking happy, because it’s so DANG delicious! Now, I’m not saying you’re going to give up tuna salad forever, especially if you’re making my recipe: Kelly’s Creamy-Yet-Crunchy Spicy Tuna Salad a.k.a. Lunch Goals, Snack Goals – Basically, Everything Goals! Plus, tuna is healthy in moderation & if chosen the right way (GROCERY TIP: What’s The Verdict on Canned Tuna?!).

But today, we’re talking about this CHICKPEA play on traditional tuna salad! Mashed chickpeas  create a texture very similar to canned flaked tuna. The diced veggies add a nice amount of crunch, hydration, antioxidants, vitamins & fibre!

You can eat this salad as is, in lettuce wraps, in a pita wrap or gluten-free bread sandwich, on rice cakes, crackers, or as a topping for bowls! You can even mix it into a salad to add some creaminess.

I replaced the mayo in traditional tuna salad with raw organic Dijon mustard!

Chickpeas are great for so many different reasons: 

  • they help control blood sugar levels
  • increase fullness & help with healthy weight maintenance
  • they improve digestion thanks to a high fibre content & boost gut health
  • they help protect against heart disease & certain types of cancer due to their antioxidant content
  • they provide tons of essential vitamins & minerals, such as iron (provide a good source of energy), manganese (important for energy production & antioxidant defence) & helps boost metabolism
  • they are an amazing source of plant-based protein
  • they detoxify the body of sulphites

Now, not only is this salad packed with all the benefits of chickpeas, but it’s also:

  • creamy & delicious!
  • crispy & crunchy!
  • vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free & gluten-free!
  • so flavourful – it contains just the right balance of citrus, garlic c& nutty deliciousness!
  • they’re a great way to change it up from animal-based protein, without feeling deprived!
  • it’s easy, simple & quick to make – no food processor necessary!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can of organic no-salt added chickpeas
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced finely
  • 2 green onions, chopped finely
  • 3/4 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 2 heaping tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • The juice of one lemon
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste

Now, for that HOW-TO?

  • Mash your chickpeas in a medium bowl using a fork. You don’t have to get them perfectly mashed – leave a few chickpea chunks in there!
  • Once mashed, add all your other ingredients to the bowl with the chickpeas & mix until fully combined & incorporated. You can mash the chickpeas a little more at this point if you wish!
  • ENJOY!

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