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chickpea tuna sandwich

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This chickpea tuna sandwich was created as part of my back-to-school lunch ideas I posted to YouTube recently. I want to make sure you’re bringing healthy and tasty lunches to school, especially ones that don’t stink up the whole cafeteria! Remember when you would bring tuna to school? Thanks, Mom. Now you can feel good about what you’re packing and enjoy it, too. 

This is ridiculously easy to make, and can be used on sandwiches all week long! If you need variety in ya life, you could use different toppings on each chickpea tuna sandwich to keep things interesting. Looking for more lunch inspiration? Check out my 5 easy vegan back to school bento boxes

chickpea tuna sandwich_hot for food

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chickpea tuna sandwich

I guarantee you’ll love this simple and delicious vegan chickpea β€œtuna” better than the real thing!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chickpeas, lunch, sandwiches
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 1 x 15 oz can chickpeas
  • 1/3 C finely chopped dill pickle
  • 1/3 C finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 C finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 C vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Mash them in a bowl with a potato masher or fork.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days and make up sandwiches as you need for the week.
  3. I really like topping my chickpea tuna sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and avocado, but feel free to add whatever you like!


  • christine 4 years ago

    I believe you are from Toronto and was wondering where you found old bay seasoning as I have not seen it in Toronto. I am looking at the Chickpea tuna sandwich.
    Thank you

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      Hi Christine

      I know Loblaws carries it for sure. Either in the spice aisle or sometimes a little more hidden… in the seafood section!

    • Susan 4 years ago

      I didn’t think I could find the Old Bay Seasoning either – but it was right there in the spice area of my local Independent Grocer (connected to Loblaws) so I am SURE you can find it in Toronto. I’m in a small town in SW Ontario and lived in Toronto until 3 years ago.

    • Kim 4 years ago

      I bought some at Loblaws in Toronto

  • Zeynep 4 years ago

    What happens if we do not have and never will found old bay seasoning? Thanks, Zey.

    • Sabrina Czyszczon 4 years ago

      its essentialy equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, paprika, celery salt, white pepper, onion powder, ground ginger, cardamom, mace, dry mustard, ground bay leave, and ground mustard seed!!! a tiny dash of each in this recipe works out (-:

  • Heather 4 years ago

    Just made the chickpea tuna and OMG it is amazing! So good! Thanks for the greet recipe!

  • Elizabeth 4 years ago

    The chickpea tuna is amazing, such a tasty lunch. I will definitely be having it again…and again!

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      YAAY! Glad you liked it πŸ˜€

  • Julia 4 years ago

    Just made – this is amazing. Lauren you kill it every time.

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      THANK YOU <3

  • Sabrina Czyszczon 4 years ago

    decided to make this chickpea version while my mom was making herself tuna salad. made her try some of mine……… bad idea since she couldnt stop eating it all!!!!! truly delicous lauren :^)

  • Cecilia 4 years ago

    OMG I loved iti! taste wayy better than yuky tuna and smells even 100xbetter. Your both amazingamazing love all ur recipesrecipes.

  • Marika 4 years ago

    Just made it for my meat loving family! And they loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❀️ thank you so much for the recipe ❀️

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      AWESOME! SO HAPPY! Thank you πŸ˜€

  • Katy 4 years ago

    I love this recipe so much! one of the best sandwiches I’ve made and it’s so simple, which I also love.

  • Tiera 4 years ago

    This is the BEST chickpea tuna recipe I’ve found! It’s so delicious. The flavors are perfect. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Anna O. 4 years ago

    Holy sh-! I’m literally writing this comment as I’m chewing down these sandwiches. I knew it would be good as soon as I put it all together, but I had no idea that it would have that "tuna taste." I’m amazed. I came over to this blog after watching your vlogs on YouTube because I thought, "I’m tired of watching someone else eat bomb ass food; I should go make my own." This is the first recipe that I’ve tried and now I’m going to go try everything else.

    For anyone without Old Bay seasoning (although, forreal, try to find it because it’s fantastic on popcorn), I used a little bit of cayenne and paprika, and it was also good. (I also used dried marjoram leaves, but I can’t tell you why; I put that in/on everything.)

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      YAY. so glad you found them to be "realistic". We were SHOCKED too when we tasted it haha πŸ˜€

  • Mishael W. 4 years ago

    I LOVE this recipe! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this. It’s become a staple. Thank you!

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ˜€

  • Zina 3 years ago

    Made this yesterday for a quick little lunch. Super easy & yum!

  • Erin 3 years ago

    I’m not vegan but I am looking to eat more healthy. Made your recipe for chickpea tuna and my mind exploded!! It’s so good and really easy to make. Making it into a wrap for lunch tomorrow!

  • Jacquie 3 years ago

    Chickpea tuna has it going on <]:-D!!! Thanks for the super easy and scrumptious recipe.

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      awesome! thank you!

  • Celine 3 years ago

    Wow!!! So delicious!!! I tripled the recipe and used exact measurements and ingredients. This is one of very few recipes that is absolutely perfect!
    My 2 kids and my husband all loved these Sandwhiches! This made my day finding something new and vegan to make!
    Had never heard of Old Bay Spice. I live in California and they had it at Whole Foods Market. It’s awesome!
    Thank you for sharing this spectacular recipe with us online! You totally rock!!!

  • Alexis G. 3 years ago

    Wow! Tasted great! First recipe I’ve ever made from you (although I watch you on youtube all the time.) Will make again and test out your other recipes.

  • K Patel 3 years ago

    Is it okay to substitute lemon juice with lime juice?

  • Laura Lee 3 years ago

    I’ve seen Chickpea Tuna recipes around the net for years, but I never tried any of them. I was just so skeptical that they would actually taste like real tuna. I don’t know why because I make crabless cakes and they do taste like seafood. When I saw you had a recipe for it I just had to try it because I’ve enjoyed so many of your recipes.

    I did make some changes, the important one is for a real seafood taste add 1 tsp ground dulse seaweed (I just grind a sheet of dulse seaweed in a coffee grinder) The others are very minor changes….added chopped green onions instead of red onions. My husband has a sensitive stomach so green onions are more mild. 1 1/2 Tbsp relish instead of chopped dill pickle. Don’t normally have dill pickles on hand. 1/2 tsp celery seed instead of chopped celery because I’m not a fan of celery stalks .

    With the seaweed added to this recipe you will be blown away by the fact that it really does taste like TUNA. Thanks to you….I see a tuna melt in my future.

  • Maria Tamayo 3 years ago

    I use to love eating tuna sandwiches back in the day when I ate meat so when I finally made this sandwich because of Lauren’s video vlog it did not disappoint! I didn’t use the old bay seasoning because I never used it but the other ingredients I did have in my kitchen so I gave it a go at it. I really does have the taste of tuna but without the guilt. I love it, even, in the winter time ;). This recipe is a keeper.

  • Lily 3 years ago

    Love this recipe! I like eating this with crackers and cucumber chips.

  • Tami 3 years ago

    I used to LOVE tuna when I wasn’t vegan and I just made this for the first time and it rocked my world! Even my non-vegan mom loved it. Your blog has taught me how to make vegan food so much fun! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Sean 3 years ago

    I absolutely love this! I tried adding in some Sriracha to the mix and it gives it a nice bite!

  • Rebecca 7 months ago

    I’ve been making this for years, specifically Lauren’s recipe. This sandwich is just so good. It has that tuna salad vibe without any fishy taste/smell. Also, this is perfect to bring on beach days, picnics, school lunches, anything because it keeps so well. I like to make my sandwich with toasted sourdough bread and lots of iceberg lettuce on top and bottom (this will keep the bread from getting soggy and therefore it will last longer) enjoy!!

  • nikki 7 months ago

    made this without the all spice and it was still delicious. I also added mushroom “bacon” from the VBLTA grain bowl recipe to my sandwich, SO excited for lunch tomorrow πŸ˜€

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