Tuna-Less Tuna Salad




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There are so many wonderful recipes I learned when taking the rouxbe.com course.  One of my favorites is their Tuna-Less Tuna Salad.  Who doesn’t love tuna fish?  Today, tuna is known to contain large amounts of mercury, which is terrible for our brains.  Rouxbe.com to the rescue! With this chickpea based tuna-less salad, you will not miss the tuna!  Garden of Eydie adjusted the original recipe, by eliminating the pickles, which provided way too much sodium. 


  • ½ cup Cashew Sour Cream (recipe below)…Make this first
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas (1-28oz can) or 1 cup dried and cooked fresh beans
  • 3 TB red onion, (or to taste), finely diced
  • 2-3 celery stalks, finely diced-about ½ cup
  • 2 TB Nori flakes (for that “from the sea” taste) (or grind up 1 or 2 sheets of Nori paper)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (Optional)
  • Bibb, butter or head lettuce, tomatoes (optional) bread for sandwiches (optional)*

Cashew Sour Cream

Makes 1 cup

  • 1 cup raw organic Cashews
  • 1 TB fresh lemon juice
  • ½-3/4 cup water, or as needed
  • 1-1/2 TB apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (optional)


Make the “Tuna” Salad

1- Using a potato masher or fork, mash the chickpeas to break them up.

2- Next, add the finely diced red onion, celery, and pickles, if using, to the chickpeas. 

3- Add the Nori flakes, black pepper and salt, if using.

4- Stir in ½ cup Cashew Cream

Make the Cashew “Sour” Cream:

1- Place the cashews into a bowl and cover with water.  Let soak for 2-3 hours, or overnight. 

2- Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. 

3- In a high speed blender, (which makes for a smoother cream), add cashews, lemon juice, ½ cup water and apple cider vinegar.  Blend until very smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl down, and continue to pulse until smooth.  Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired.

To Serve:

Place a large spoonful onto a lettuce leaf and serve with tomatoes, or use as a dip, served with endive or whole grain wraps, or toast some bread and make into sandwiches.  All delicious!

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