Better-Than-Tuna Chickpeas (Vegan)

Well, I have never exactly loved tuna salad sandwiches. The taste of sea foods are not usually my favorite, so it makes sense that when I was served sandwiches as a youngin, I never chose tuna for its flavor.

Even though I never liked the taste, I fondly remember the texture of tuna salad sandwiches I ate. It was uniquely soft and crunchy, unlike peanut-butter-and-jelly’s strictly soft or club sandwiches’ strictly crunchy texture. It held itself together; the pieces didn’t fall out or slide around. And I have always been one to mix my foods together to achieve that perfect blend of textures and tastes, so the tuna sandwich certainly had potential. I just needed to tweak that flavor a bit. Who is with me there?



With improved taste, I have found that perfect tuna-sandwich texture! The chickpeas and vegenaise bind together the salty, nutty combination of olives and seasonings. Truly yum.

For reference, I like to eat mine with:

♥ Crunchy, salty potato chips

♥ Brothy vegetable soup for sipping and dipping

♥ More olives

♥ An earthy, creamy side of hummus

Better-Than-Tuna Chickpea Sandwich (Vegan)
Serves 5
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
For Chickpea Salad
  1. ♥ 2 cups cooled chickpeas
  2. ♥ 1/4 cup vegenaise
  3. ♥ 1/4 cup minced green olives
  4. ♥ 1/4 cup minced black olives
  5. ♥ 1 tsp. black pepper
  6. ♥ 1/4 tsp. cumin
  7. ♥ 1/4 tsp. paprika
  8. ♥ 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  9. ♥ 1/4 tsp. onion powder
For Each Sandwich
  1. ♥ 2 tablespoons vegenaise or hummus
  2. ♥ 2 pieces of lettuce
  3. ♥ 1/4 cup fresh spinach
  4. ♥ 1/2 cup chickpea salad
  5. ♥ 1/4 cup tomatoes
  6. ♥ 1/4 avocado, sliced
  1. Mash the roasted chickpeas until they form a chunky paste (certainly not as smooth as hummus).
  2. Add veganaise, black olives, green olives, and seasonings, and mix in.
  3. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Stack it on top of some lettuce, spinach, tomato, and avocado, plate it up, and devour.
  5. Was it yummy? Did it remind you of tuna-filled childhood memories? Let me know on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!



(The nutritional value will fluctuate quite a bit based on the type of bread, the choice of toppings, and the amount of salad you put on each sandwich.  I will outline here the nutritional information for only the salad.)


Yield: 4-5 cups chickpea salad

Serves: 5


Calories: 220

Fat: 13.7 g

Saturated Fat: 2 g

Trans Fat: 0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.9 g

Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 297 mg

Potassium: 252.8 mg

Carbohydrate: 18.4 g

Fiber: 6 g

Sugar: 2.6 g

Protein: 6 g

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