3 of the Best “Tuna” Salad Recipes Ever (They’re Vegan!)

Vegan Tuna Salad by Sweet Potato Soul
Photo: Sweet Potato Soul

Tuna salad is a favorite food for a lot of people, and as it’s packed with protein and omega 3 oils, many think of it as a healthy food. You don’t have to click too far to find a ton of recipes claiming to be the best tuna salad recipe ever. You can find traditional tuna salad sandwiches sold at virtually any mini market or sandwich shop in America. Tuna salad is a crowd-pleaser for sure, but is it really healthy? Read our blog post “Is Tuna Good for You?” and you’ll think twice about ever eating it again. This is why we set out to find the best vegan “tuna” salad recipes we could find. A lot of people love the taste of tuna salad, so we wanted to offer some delicious vegan alternatives that don’t have the many drawbacks that eating real tuna fish does.

I was a vegetarian for three decades before I became completely (and consistently) vegan a few years ago. When I was a vegetarian, I was pretty much vegan except that certain foods were really hard to resist – namely pizza and baked goods, like scones and cookies. But over the past few years, vegan foods have come into their own, and it’s not too hard to find delicious vegan pizzas and baked treats, whether they’re in the prepared food sections or the frozen food aisle at healthy grocery stores. Going back to when I was a vegetarian, there was one food that was also hard to resist – and that was tuna salad sandwiches. Thankfully, today’s vegan chefs are making it easier to replicate tuna salad with delicious plant-based alternatives that are far healthier for you and a lot more environmentally sustainable.

If you’re having trouble giving up eating fish, all I can ask is that you give at least one of these plant-based tuna salads a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.

1. Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad by Sweet Potato Soul

Vegan Chickpea "Tuna" Salad Recipe by Sweet Potato Soul
Photo: Sweet Potato Soul

Jenné Claiborne, the creator of Sweet Potato Soul, has so many delicious vegan recipes on her site that it’s hard to decide where to start. She’s got a cookbook out with 100 vegan recipes inspired by her southern roots: Sweet Potato Soul: for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul, which you can get on Amazon. And be sure to visit her site at SweetPotatoSoul.com.

Her Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad recipe is a classic that’s bound to win over any traditional tuna salad lover. She provides two versions, one of which has avocado in it. Why not make both? Yum!

Here’s her video on how to make it:

2. Mock Tuna Salad by Cooking with Plants

Vegan Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich by Cooking with Plants
Photo: Cooking with Plants

Anja Cass, founder of Cooking with Plants, could entice anyone to go vegan with her delicious and healthy vegan recipes, and she can inspire anyone too. Years ago, when dealing with low energy and health challenges, including a heart aneurysm, she sought out a healthier way of existing. She picked up a copy of The China Study and it changed her life. She says she went vegan almost “overnight,” and subsequently lost 50 pounds in four months.

Her Mock Vegan Tuna Salad recipe is easy to make and has a plant-based taste of the sea. It incorporates miso paste, sweet and sour pickle juice, and nori. Plus, it includes raw sunflower seeds and jackfruit. Check out Anja’s video, and be sure to visit her site for more recipes at CookingWithPlants.com.

3. Non-Tuna Tuna by Aqiyl

Non-Tuna Tuna Salad Recipe by Aqiyl
Photo: Aqiyl Anis

Aqiyl Aniys is the author of several books that focus on plant-based eating. He has a certificate from Cornell on plant-based nutrition and his alkaline Non-Tuna Tuna Salad recipe takes a different spin on vegan tuna salad. It incorporates walnuts, tomato, and key limes. Check out Aqiyl’s video, and you can find more info on his website AqiylAniys.com. You can find his books on plant-based eating on Amazon.

If these over-the-top delicious vegan tuna salad recipes haven’t distracted you yet, and you’re still thinking about the old kind of tuna salad, then do check out our post:

Is Tuna Good for You?

Hopefully it will bring you to the vegan side! Be well and enjoy!

By Kristen M. Stanton

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