Aug 21, 2013
Chickpea of the Sea “Tuna” Salad + Vegan Cashew Mayonnaise
Some people have never been big fans of tuna salad. I used to love it. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try a mock tuna salad. I made it for lunch and it’s delicious!
Using chickpeas (garbanzo beans) is also a great way to enjoy some plant-strong protein. And the chickpeas themselves have an uncanny similarity in smell to tuna! I never noticed it before I made this recipe. The finished dish is very similar (not identical) to tuna salad. It’s not as strong in that fishy-taste way. There’s just a light, hint of sea flavor from the sea vegetable that’s used. Fabulous.
Sea vegetables are a great vegan source of a broad array of minerals including iron and (in the brown varieties) iodine. They are an excellent source of vitamin K, a very good source of the B-vitamin folate, and magnesium, and a good source of iron and calcium, and the B-vitamins riboflavin and pantothenic acid. I always have a shaker container of mixed, dried sea vegetables on our table to sprinkle on our plates, ensuring we get enough iodine and other important nutrients that these foods offer.
You can use nori, dulse flakes, kelp powder or whatever you happen to have on hand for this salad. Just make sure that you get your sea vegetables from a clean, reputable source to avoid the possibility of contamination from ocean waters.
Chickpea of the Sea NoTuna Salad
A tasty alternative to tuna salad. You'll love it!
for the salad
- 1 can cooked chickpeas (Eden brand is best-no sodium added)
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1 tsp Spike salt-free seasoning
- 1 tsp dulse or kelp flakes/powder
- 1 tsp tamari or other low sodium soy sauce (optional)
- some chopped fresh herbs of your choice (I used dill)
for the mayonnaise
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup water
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 TBS mustard of your choice
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Mash up the chickpeas in a bowl using a fork or a potato masher.
- If using a nori sheet, tear it up and place it in a nut/seed grinder to grind.
- Add all remaining salad ingredients to the chickpeas and mix well.
- Place all mayonnaise ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Mix however much mayo you want to use into the salad.
- Serve on bread or with a salad or other fresh veggies.