Better than Tuna: Vegan Tuna Salad

Enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans, it is also much more affordable than tuna or chicken salad. A bonus for those “on-the-go” is sandwiches with Better Than Tuna chickpea salad can be unrefrigerated without fears about food born illnesses associated with unrefrigerated meats. Because it has a longer shelf life (in the fridge), it can be available for a weeks worth of lunches if prepared ahead. In our house, it never lasts that long!

This vegan tuna salad has been a go-to meal option in the Full of Beans household for quite a while. We have found that it doesn’t need to be restricted to sandwiches! It is wonderful as a topping for a plate of greens, on a rice cake, or straight out of the container with a fork! 

It’s Better Than Tuna
We refer to this recipe as “vegan tuna salad” but we aren’t trying to make a mimic of tunafish salad. Certainly there are ways to accomplish that by adding dulse or playing with the texture of the chickpeas. However, as far as we are concerned this is all around a replacement for the quick and easy, versatile food spot tuna salad occupies for most people. Something for lunches, snacks, on greens etc. Because this is cruelty-free, filled with nutrition, inexpensive, and easily made it is truly Better Than Tuna! We hope that you will agree!

Better than Tuna


(2) 15oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or 3 cups cooked chickpeas)
1 shredded carrot
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
Just Mayo or alternative vegan mayonaise, approximately 1/4 cup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
optional: extras like mustard, dill, etc


  • Roughly mash the chickpeas in a medium size bowl. I like to leave some chunks of the peas in the mash.
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