Mock Tuna Salad

I like to call this one the poor man’s dinner.  It’s my go-to on lazy evenings when I really don’t want to spend more than five minutes in the kitchen, and especially don’t want to turn on the oven on a hot, muggy Montreal summer night.  It’s also a meal that pretty much guarantees you have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.  It’s ready in minutes, kids love it, so do husbands and all you need to use is your food processor.  The best part is, the only ingredient from under the sea is the nori.

Mock Tuna Salad Recipe

Makes enough for 4-5 sandwiches


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried nori flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pickles, finely chopped


  • Place chickpeas, mayonnaise, nutritional yeast, nori, lemon, salt and pepper into your food processor.  Pulse a few times, keeping the chickpeas slightly chunky.
  • Place chickpea mixture into a large bowl and add celery, onion, and pickles.  Mix well to combine.


  • You can chill it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes first, or go ahead and serve it right away.  It’s awesome on a whole grain bun, with crackers, or as we had it here, on kamut toasted bread.

Vegan Mock Tuna

Vegan Mock Tuna


  1. Sounds awesome!

  2. I do something very similar, when I need a quick lunch. I will have to try your variation for a bit of a change up.

  3. Jenny says:

    This recipe is popping up everywhere! I make mine with a squirt of stone ground mustard and a tablespoon of vinegar as well as mayo or vegan mayo. Some days, I add in shaved and chopped carrots or other veggies. There are so many ways to change this up. No gluten for me so I eat it on a bed of greens.

    • Mustard, that sounds amazing! I will definitely add it next time I make it! There definitely are so many ways of doing it, I’ve seen many varieties. Even though I do not have a gluten intolerance, sounds great as a ‘tuna’ salad on a bed of greens.
      Thanks for sharing, Jenny!
      Sophia 🙂

  4. Hello! Was just wondering where to find nori flakes? I’ve looked in a few places (grocery stores, health stores) but I’m having trouble… maybe I’m looking in the wrong section! Thanks!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hello Jill! Since you’re from Montreal, I can definitely help. 🙂
      I usually buy mine at Marche Tau on the West Island, it’s also available at the Health Tree. I’ve never really looked for it at IGA or other conventional grocery stores…but I’m guessing it would be hard to find.
      It’s usually stocked with the soba noodles, etc.
      Hope this helps!

  5. Marissa says:

    Looks great!


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