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Chickpea Salad (Vegetarian Tuna Salad)UPDATED

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Ready In: 25 minutes
Serves: 2
Low Added SugarDairy-freeGluten-freeVegetarianLow Sodium

What you'll need

Sharp knife
Cutting board
Large bowl
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Potato masher


Serves 2
15 ounces Chickpeas canned
1 stalk Celery finely chopped
1/2 Jalapeño Pepper minced
2 tablespoons Cilantro chopped
1/4 cup Red Onion finely diced
1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice or 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
3 tablespoons Chickpeas liquid from can
2 cloves Garlic minced
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Honey or or 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
of Salt to taste
of Pepper to taste



Chickpeas drained

Prep salad:

Drain 1 can of chickpeas, and reserve 3 Tbsp of chickpea can liquid ​​​​​.


Chickpeas mixed

Place chickpeas into a wide bowl, and begin to mash them. Add up to 2 Tbsp chickpea can liquid to help the consistency resemble a chunky tuna salad. Set aside.


Ingredients chopped

Prep vegetables: finely chop celery into small pieces, dice red onion, chop cilantro, mince jalapeno pepper. Add them to the mashed chickpeas.


Chickpea dressing

Make vinaigrette:

add 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper, 1 Tbsp chickpea can liquid, olive oil, honey, and two garlic cloves to small blender OR mince garlic and whisk all ingredients together. If vegan, omit or substitute maple syrup for honey.


Ingredients combined

Add half the vinaigrette to chickpeas and veggies, mix well and taste. Adjust flavor to your liking with more vinaigrette or salt, pepper, and lime.


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Eat as you would tuna salad! Over sliced toast or a tostada.

Chef's Tips

Chef Kevin loves to eat his with hot sauce and sliced avocado.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1.00 cup

Serving Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5 g6%
Saturated Fat 1 g5%
Sodium 35 mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 49 g18%
Dietary Fiber 13 g46%
Protein 17 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

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