Tonight I’m going on a double-date picnic at a baseball game! Goodbye, summer!
I’m excited to squish my toes in the grass, see how much I actually know about baseball (I think I finally get it), and share vegan foods with good friends.
One of the dishes I’m bringing is a mock-tuna salad. I can’t take the credit for this one – it comes straight from one of my favorite cooks, authors, podcasters, and all-around inspirational people, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
It’s the first time I’m making this particular recipe, and I’m totally impressed by how healthy it is! Even with Vegenaise (which is an amazing animal-free mayo substitute, but not low calorie by any means) it’s so full of fresh, whole foods that one serving only gets a tiny portion of Vegenaise, so don’t feel bad about eating this!
Better-Than-Tuna Salad (from The Vegan Table)
- 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup Vegenaise
- 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
I used the food processor for everything, and did it in this order:
Cut the carrots into 1-inch thick chunks, to help them break up easier in the food processer. Throw them in and process until they’re in tiny pieces/shreds. Transfer to a LARGE mixing bowl. Cut the bell pepper and celery into 1-inch chunks, and do the same thing, transferring to the bowl.
Add walnuts and parsley to processor, mix until crumbly. Add to bowl. Add chickpeas to processor, mix until crumbly – consistency will be like a dry peanut butter, still film and crumbly, but really soft. Add to bowl.
Add Vegenaise, mustard and salt and pepper to bowl, mix everything together. THAT’S IT! *Note: You can add some sea vegetable flakes, like kelp or dulse, to the mix to make it taste “fishy” you’d like that.
This makes a TON of food! I filled two medium-sized tupperware containers with the salad. This is very inexpensive, and would be great for a large family, a potluck or party at which you need to feed a lot of people.
Some raw chopped onions would make a nice addition, but I didn’t want us all to have to breathe on each other with onion breath all night.
Spread on a sandwich, in a pita, or over some greens. ENJOY!