Mock Tuna Salad Recipe (Chickpea Based)

I wish I could take credit for this really awesome recipe, but I can't. My friend, Debbie, knowing about my site, my love of cooking, and my love of delicious frugal recipes, as well as my recommendation to use legumes as a frugal protein source thought I'd like this recipe, and she hit the nail on the head with her recommendation. This spread is so yummy, I eat it by the spoonful and haven't managed to save enough ever to have leftovers. Its also loved by my kids and all the guests I've served it to.
This recipe uses chickpeas to make a spread that tastes pretty similar to tuna salad. I don't know about with you, but where I live canned tuna fish ends up being pretty expensive per can and especially per pound; chickpeas are much cheaper, especially if you soak and cook your own dried chickpeas. Even if you're not a legume lover, there's a good chance you'd like this, as it doesn't taste very "beany", and really does taste like tuna salad, surprisingly!

Mock Tuna Salad Recipe

2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mmustard (optional)
1-2 tbsp dill
1 tsp sugar/honey (optional)
1-2 tsp salt
1-2 celery stalks, diced finely

1. Put the chickpeas, mayonnaise, and lemon in the food processor. Process until most of it is mashed up, but its ok if you have some larger chunks they add texture.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients, adjusting to taste.

3. Serve on bread or rice cakes or just eat by the spoonful as I do.

Do you like chickpeas? Do you eat tuna salad?
Do you think you might try out this recipe?

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  1. Love the addition of the mustard and fresh dill, mine usually just gets some sweet pickles! I am vegan now so this is my go to for when I am wanting some "tuna" :) ~Jenn~

  2. Penny, this is a terrific recipe, and we'll keep it in steady rotation for nights when we need a simple (and cheap) meal. I added some crumbled nori to give it a fishy flavor. Thank-you!

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