This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is just like your favourite tuna sandwich, veganised! It’s loaded with so much flavour, is perfect for on the go meals and is SO delicious!

This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is just like your favourite tuna sandwich, veganised! It's loaded with so much flavour, is perfect for on the go meals and is SO delicious! via
In case you missed the news on Instagram, we’re going away next week for our anniversary vacation to our favourite destination! Notice I said vacation and NOT a trip because I actually plan to take some time off!! Now, I am beyond excited, but I gotta tell you friends – the week before trip week is always, always stressful.
If you own your own business, then you know that well, pretty much everything comes down to you, right? Usually on trips I just work right through it, and as a result usually get no sleep at all, then need a day to recover from the entire trip when I’m back home. This time? I want – no, need to take a real vacation. At least, what that means to me. I will be posting on Instagram and vlogging the entire trip (a millennial blogger never truly rests, do they?) but for the life of me I am doing my best to avoid what I call “computer work”. Sitting at my laptop for hours answering emails and all the works.
This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is just like your favourite tuna sandwich, veganised! It's loaded with so much flavour, is perfect for on the go meals and is SO delicious! via
That means that on week before trip, it’s a lot of scheduling out everything to avoid that and finishing every single deadline like two weeks early. It also means all the things – getting my hair done, every appointment to look fresh and nice, last minute shopping and anything else possible to cram into that week before trip. If you feel me let me know in the comments section!
I PROMISE there’s a connection between this banter and today’s recipe. On week before trip, I have no extra time to be doing anything elaborate. I’m making my veggie burgers in advance, I’m having the easiest breakfasts and I’m usually eating lunch on the go. This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is THE perfect on the go lunch. I’m talking add it to a sandwich and no matter what last minute errands you have, it is there for you. It’s incredibly reminiscent of high school, tastes so delicious, and packs a punch protein wise. Trust me – you’re going to me doubling this recipe and making several of these. Other things this Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is great for?
  • Long Road trips (no fridge needed)
  • Throw it in your bag for the plane to go with your other plane snacks  (it’s nowhere near as smelly as actually tuna)
  • On vacation (because sometimes we get peckish)
  • On crackers (because this makes a BOMB dip/spread)
This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is just like your favourite tuna sandwich, veganised! It's loaded with so much flavour, is perfect for on the go meals and is SO delicious! via


P.S. if you love quick lunches, you’ll also love my Smashed Avocado Chickpea Sandwich and my Asian Noodle Salad!

Chickpea Tuna Sandwich (Vegan)

Chickpea Tuna Sandwich (Vegan)

This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is just like your favourite tuna sandwich, veganised! It's loaded with so much flavour, is perfect for on the go meals and is SO delicious!
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Category: Lunch
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas or roughly 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas 
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or dill
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pickles or relish
  • Squeeze of a lime
  • ½ teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • Add all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse a few times until combined. You don’t want it too mushy but you want to break down the chickpeas and incorporate all the ingredients, so about 5 pulses (depending on your food processor - see video for reference).
  • Scrape down with your spatula and taste and adjust seasonings to your liking, pulsing again like once or twice to combine.
  • Serve in a lettuce wrap, or in a sandwich as above, or on crackers or however you desire. If you're making a sandwich, I like to serve it on toasted bread with lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Enjoy!


You can store this in your fridge for quite a few days – it’s never made it past two days in our house without finishing though! 🙂

Tags: chickpeas, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fall, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter chickpeas, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fall, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
by Jessica

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  1. TANEECE says:

    Currently making a shopping list so I can try this at home!
    Not so much a tuna sandwich fan, but I know what the flavor of chickpeas is like when it’s filled with the right ingredients, and this sounds TUNAriffic!!! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hahaha yay!! Same I wasn’t the largest tuna sandwich fan, but I LOVE this sandwich! I’m actually making it again tonight! I hope you enjoy so much – don’t forget the capers, they make such an amazing difference!!

  2. Judy says:

    Looks delicious hun!

  3. Andrea Friesen says:

    Excellent recipe! This was easy to make and I did as you suggested with toasted bread, cherry toms and lettuce as well I added sliced avocado because I had to use it up. My hubby and I had it for our supper and enough leftover for lunch.
    Thank you for such a delicious recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Andrea,

      Oh yay I am so happy that you guys enjoyed it so much!!! You’re so welcome and so happy you loved the suggestions!!

  4. Marie says:

    I have been following your blog for sometime now. I just love the recipes. This one I cant wait to try as it is quick, and great for me while studying for exams.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Marie,

      Aww thank you so much!! You’ll definitely love this one and yes it is SO quick! Good luck with your exams!!!

  5. Amanda says:

    LOVE chickpea “tuna” sandwiches! Can’t wait to try yours!

  6. Marie says:

    I just had to come back and say, this recipe is awesome. Love, love, love !

  7. Elizabeth Holman says:


    About how many servings does this recipe make?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Elizabeth this recipe makes about 4-6 servings. I hope this helps!

  8. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I’m in love! When I saw the Old Bay seasoning in the ingredients list, I knew I had to try it…and you did not disappoint.

  9. Ulandy Vaughn says:

    I made this tonight 08/24/18 and it was DELICIOUS!! Thank you!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Ulandy, I’m so happy to hear!! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Aww I’m so happy to hear that!! So glad you enjoyed – you’re so welcome!

  10. Cynthia S Harrod says:

    I made this today, and even though I didn’t have any Old Bay Seasoning, it was still wonderful! Thanks for the recipe; it will be repeated numerous times in my future.

  11. Erin says:

    We make this every week now, it’s so good!

  12. Sharon says:

    I made this for lunch today. We still have some fresh tomatoes in the garden to put on them. The sandwiches were very good. My husband enjoyed them too. It was quick and easy to make. I followed the recipe and added about a half teaspoon of kelp granules. Thought it might help give it more of a “tuna” taste. Not sure if it changed the taste or not, but I’m sure they would be good with or without the addition. Will make again! Thank you for the good recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sharon,

      So happy to hear that!! I love the addition of the kelp granules and I bet your fresh tomatoes really took them up a level! You’re so welcome and thanks for your feedback!

  13. Lynnisha says:

    The recipe was delicious, definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Shameka Forbes says:

    I just made this and it’s absolutely delicious. I am transitioning to a plant based lifestyle and this is a huge hit. Thank you for sharing

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much for sharing with me Shameka and so glad you enjoyed!! You’re so very welcome!

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  16. Felicia says:

    I made the chickpea tuna last night and it was soooooo freaking delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Felicia! We’re so happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

  17. Bo says:

    I like adding curry powder to my “tuna” mixture, but this pickle or relish style sounds really tasty. I will definitely try out this recipe! Thank you for having it post on Live Kindly – which I subscribe too and get emails from. Have a wonderful vegan day!

  18. Alyce says:

    Has anyone frozen it for later use

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Alyce. It can be frozen but because of the mixture of oils and water you might have some separation give it a quick re mixing when it is completely thawed and you’ll be good to go! I hope this was helpful and thank you for reading our blog!

      • alyce says:

        Thanks for answering! I will definitely freeze it next weekened. My daughter is coming to visit she is vegan – I like to make things ahead of time to be free to spend more time with her! I love cooking and eating vegan as well!

        • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

          No problem Alice. I hope that your weekend will be filled with happy memories!

  19. Constance says:

    Just made the recipe – it tastes wonderful! I added 1 celery branch, finely chopped, as well as 0.5 bell pepper, finely chopped as well, to add a bit of texture and color. 2 thumbs up!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Constance,

      So happy to hear you enjoyed so much and love your additions!! Thanks so much for your comment!

  20. Sue says:

    I just discovered your site (thank you facebook) and i made this on the weekend. OMG its soo good. While I am not a vegetarian, I am a hindu and as such some times we need some vegetarian meals . I love your recipes, simple and easy to make. I will definitely be trying others. Keep up the good work

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Sue welcome! Thank you for taking the time to try our recipes. We’re so happy that you find the site helpful! Thanks so much for your kind words.

  21. LaRhonda says:

    I’m gonna make this and serve it on Bruschetta! Serve it with a nice crisp white wine and sit back and get the compliments!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome that’s an excellent idea LaRhonda! Thank you for reading! I hope you and everyone else enjoys.

  22. Heather says:

    I am so thankful I ran across this recipe! Someone made me a similar recipe for my bridal shower since I am practically the only vegetarian in my husbands family and I’ve been looking for it to remake! I’ve found some similar, but this is the closest! I think it’s the Old Bay seasoning that was missing 🙂

    Rating: 5
    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Heather! We’re always happy to help! Thanks for reading!!

  23. Katey M Powell says:

    I have made this so many times I cant count. I work at a teaching kitchen and this is loved by all ageas! I tell them to find a good low sodium garbanzo bean! And to always rinse them good! I leave out the bay seasoning. It’s SO delicious! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow thank you so much Katey! We’re so happy that you enjoyed it and also that you took the time to leave such a nice comment!

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