Chickpea Salad AKA Vegan Tuna Salad

This is a recipe I promised ages ago in my post about Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia, but I didn’t get around to making it until now. Blackbird Pizzeria’s Chickpea Salad is really tasty, so I had to try replicating it at home.

Oftentimes, vegans refer to Chickpea Salad as Vegan Tuna Salad, or Chickpea “Tuna” Salad. It does taste surprisingly like tuna salad, so if you’re missing that, this is a great substitute. Even if you aren’t vegan, I would recommend this as another yummy alternative for lunch. If you’re ever in Philly, be sure to make a stop at Blackbird Pizzeria. It’s one of my favorite vegan restaurants and I go there pretty much every time I find myself in Philly.


1 can of chickpeas
1/4 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 sprigs of fresh dill
1 very small yellow onion or 1/4 of a large yellow onion
3 chopped artichoke hearts
2 stalks of celery
garlic powder
black pepper
dried oregano
dried basil
1 tomato
your favorite bread


  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place them in a mixing bowl and mash them well. There can be small chunks, it doesn’t have to be as creamy as hummus.
  • Add mayonnaise and sweet relish to the mashed chickpeas and stir well.
  • Chop the leaves of two sprigs of fresh dill. Finely chop the onion, celery, and artichoke hearts. Stir into the chickpea mixture.
  • Add garlic powder, black pepper, dried oregano, dried basil, and salt to taste and stir well.
  • Spread the Chickpea Salad on your favorite bread or a roll. Add lettuce and tomato and enjoy!

19 thoughts on “Chickpea Salad AKA Vegan Tuna Salad

  1. About 5 years ago, my Mom said there was a recipe in the local newspaper for a chickpea “tuna” salad. I was shocked that I had never thought of it myself, the chickpeas make a great sandwich salad filler.

  2. YUM! This looks delicious! I’ve always used almonds for my vegan “tuna” and have actually never thought of using chick peas, but this just might have changed my mind!

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    • It’s good in a sandwich, as a salad topping, or even on its own. I hope you enjoy it! There are a lot of variations on this basic idea too so it’s fun to try out different ones.

  4. I made mine with dill pickle relish and could not believe how delicious this was. In my 3rd week as a re-vegetarian, I was craving tuna salad, but do not want to eat fish; I do so much better on a vegetarian diet. When I found the recipe for the chick peas I was hooked as soon as I opened the can, even smells like tuna!!!!!!

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