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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2. Three Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

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3. Back to School Vegan Breakfast Ideas

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7. Vegan French Toast Recipe

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The Ultimate Guide to Decadent Vegan Recipes

We’ve heard it a gazillion times: “It’s just too hard to go vegan…” and “I can’t live without…” Blah blah blah… Thankfully, the world is changing, and vegan chefs like the ones featured here are helping to make it happen. Here are some decadent vegan dishes to tempt you over to the V Side, and if you’re already here, enjoy the ride! Be sure to check out these superstar vegan chefs’ YouTube channels for more delicious recipe ideas. And we’ll be adding more here soon.

Vegan Main Courses

Double Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger by the Sweetest Vegan

The Sweetest Vegan is true to her name, offering irresistible vegan desserts and what we call “fast-food redemption” recipes. For those foodies who are on the fence about going vegan and don’t think they can give up their Big Macs and McDonald’s apple pies, think again! The Sweetest Vegan may very well be the chef who brings you over to the plant-based side!

Vegan Pizza by the Avant-Garde Vegan

Oh pizza! It’s one of those foods that stands between ‘I think I should go vegan, but I can’t live without…’ and ‘I have seen the light! I am now 100% vegan!!’ Never fear, Gaz is here. Gaz Oakley, aka the Avant-Garde Vegan, is truly a food artist – almost to the point of total intimidation. His cooking style and vegan creations look so amazing that you sit back in awe as you watch his videos. Then you realize – ‘I gotta have that!’ And you make your shopping list and run to the store.

Vegan Nachos by Hot for Food

How do these two make vegan cooking with your main squeeze look so fun and so easy? Maybe it’s because they’re constantly getting to each other’s hearts through their stomachs… However they do it, these nachos are the real deal!

Vegan Fried Chicken by Preacher Lawson

All we can say about this one is – we want mo’ Preacher Lawson vegan recipe videos! People used to think being vegan meant being deprived. Those of us on the inside (the vegans and the people who eat vegan food :o) know that eating plant-based can be – not only decadent, but hilarious!

Vegan Desserts

Vegan Chocolate Cake by Adilicious

Some people go vegan because they want to lose weight. For those of us who can’t be bothered, there is Adilicous… What happens when you cross a trained pastry chef with some vegan ingredients? You get a very dangerous and delicious cocktail of some uber decadent treats. (Adilicous does provide non-vegan recipes, but we’re sure they’ll be even better when you make them with your vegan substitutes!)

Vegan Apple Turnover by the Buddhist Chef

Trained in Quebec, the Buddhist Chef brings simplicity and ease into making delicious vegan meals and treats. He loves to teach the vegan curious and the vegan converts alike, and provides easy-to-follow videos for recreating his healthy recipes.

Raw Vegan Rocky Road Ice Cream by Fully Raw Kristina

Bella Kristina! The queen of positive vibes and raw vegan recipes that make you beam with vitality. You can’t go wrong with her rocky road vegan ice cream. And be sure to check out her other inspiring and sincere real-life videos on her YouTube channel.

Lime Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe

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I think I had margaritas on the brain yesterday because it was Cinco de Mayo, so I made this delicious smoothie as a stand-in. It’s sort of like a cross between a margarita and a piña colada, but without the alcohol. (But if you want to add in a little white rum or tequila and triple sec, who am I to say no?)

Ingredients: Lime Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe

2 cups of chopped ripe pineapple
1 ripe banana
2 limes – juiced
1/2 cup of coconut milk

Pop them in the blender and go!

If you don’t use frozen fruit, you can throw in some ice. You can also add greens, such as spinach, for nutrition and if you want more of a green color to go with the lime-theme.

I like a “limey” taste so the smoothie can be a little tart with the juice from 2 limes. You can add in some stevia to sweeten it up.

When I have bananas that are getting too ripe before I get a chance to eat them, I peel them, cut them up, and put them in the freezer. They’re great as frozen snacks by themselves or in smoothies, of course.

This will serve 1-2 people, depending on your appetite!

Enjoy!

By Kristen M. Stanton

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Arugula Salad

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This recipe is from Big Ed from Texas.

It’s well known that many people dislike Brussels sprouts. Maybe it’s the smell, maybe the texture, but most likely – it’s the bitter taste, especially if they’re not prepared properly. But when Brussels sprouts are prepared well, they can win people over. And they’re worth eating because of their extraordinary health benefits: they help lower cholesterol, they’re high in fiber, and they’re known to be cancer fighters and DNA protectors. Here’s a recipe I pulled together that’s always been popular with family and friends.

Ingredients: Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Arugula Salad

12-15 Brussels sprouts, stems cut, and first layer of leaves peeled

2 cups of arugula, chopped

1 cup roasted pine nuts

2 shallots, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tbs. of butter  (vegans and those cutting down on animal fat can skip this one!)

Directions:

  1. Blanch sprouts in boiling water for 2 minutes, remove, drain, and place in ice bath to stop cooking. Drain again.
  2. Push Brussels sprouts and arugula through a food processor with slicing attachment.  Do not puree.
  3. Sear pine nuts in dry skillet, stir occasionally until golden, then set aside.
  4. Sauté shallots in olive oil and butter until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  Do not brown.
  5. Mix Brussels sprouts and arugula mixture with shallots. Add couple tbs. of water, salt, and pepper.
  6. Cook about 1 minute until tender but not soft.
  7. Add pine nuts, mix and serve.

Enjoy!

About Big Ed from Texas

12 Super Powered, Delicious Vegan Smoothie Recipe Videos

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There’s nothing like a good smoothie to get some serious nutrition into your hard working body–fast. And you can mix in a lot of vegetables with the fruit for a tasty way to get your greens for the day. Even though anything goes when it comes to making a smoothie, it doesn’t hurt to follow guidelines from the pros on what makes the ideal blend.

Here Are 12 of Our Favorite Vegan Smoothie Recipe Videos

Bon appétit!

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Jazzy Farro, Couscous, and Kale Delight

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I really enjoy cooking and eating nuts and grains. And I especially like this vegetarian dish as a way to satisfy meat lovers because it’s substantive and really tasty. I prefer it warm, but you can also serve it cold as a salad. I call it “Jazzy” because it invites improvisation–you can get creative with all sorts of additions or alternatives to the ingredients below, such as sun-dried tomatoes, figs, walnuts, flaxseed, grapes, quinoa, spinach, and sweet corn–you get the idea!

This recipe is from Big Ed from Texas.

Ingredients:

3 cups vegetable stock and 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1 cup farro
½ cup Israeli / pearl couscous
½ cup toasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 celery stalks, cut on ½ inch diagonals
3 cups kale (I recommend Tuscan kale), torn in pieces, stems removed
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly-sliced
2 garlic cloves diced
8-10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper
Serves 4-6

Directions:

  1. Combine stock, bouillon, 1 tablespoon salt and farro in a pot, bring to a low boil, cover and cook for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally.  When tender but still crunchy, remove and drain. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine 2 cups of water, couscous and 1 teaspoon of salt, bring to boil, and cook for 10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat pine nuts in a dry skillet, stirring frequently until golden.  Be careful not to burn them.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, combine celery and onion.  Stir and cook until onion and celery are tender, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the kale, ½ of the tomatoes, and garlic.
  5. When kale is tender (about 5 minutes), remove from heat.  In a serving bowl, combine all ingredients with farro and couscous.  Sprinkle with parsley and remaining tomatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

About Big Ed from Texas

9 Delicious Vegan Mexican Recipe Videos

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Here are some delicious vegan Mexican dishes from some of our favorite YouTube chefs. (These recipes were originally shared on Cinco de Mayo, hence the cool dude above.) Mexican food is great food for vegetarians, vegans, and even those who are just trying to get a little more plant-based protein into their life because of the combination of beans and rice, plus tons of vegetables!

Que comience la fiesta! ¡Buen provecho!

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3. Mexican Sweet Corn Salad Recipe

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4. Vegan Taco Salad Recipe

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