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Mercury & Tuna-Free Sandwiches That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Published on September 9, 2009 by   ·   108 Comments Pin It

Tuna-Free Sandwiches

Maybe you are pregs and aren’t doing fish.. maybe you are vegan and don’t want to partake in the mass killing of beautiful fishies and the eradication of our oceans.. or maybe you simply think tuna is icky. Perfect for picnics, lunchboxes, late-night snacks, and pretty much any other time you might need a sandwich, these fish-free hand-holds are delicious, or, if you’re feeling punny, de-fish-ious. (And, let’s be honest, when are we not feeling punny?) Just remember, if you’re making these for a date-night entree, nothing says “I love you” like a diagonal cut.   Oh, and in case you didn’t know already… chicken and fish don’t grow on trees.

Serves 6

What You Need:

30 ounces (2 cans) garbanzo beans, drained
1/4 cup red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup dill pickle, finely chopped
2 tablespoons nori seaweed flakes
1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
12 slices bread, lightly toasted
6 large, crisp lettuce leaves
12 fresh tomato slices

Bonus: Slices of fake bacon! We love tempeh bacon on the inside with a bunch of sprouts and tomatoes!!

What You Do:

1. In a large bowl, mash the garbanzo beans with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Fold the onion, celery, garlic, pickle, nori, mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper into the garbanzo beans. Combine thoroughly.

2. Lightly toast the bread. Spread the salad on one slice and stack with a lettuce leaf, two tomato slices, and another slice of bread. Cut sandwiches in half and serve.

Courtesy of Allison Rivers Samson’s (Allison’s Gourmet) “Veganize It!” column in  VegNews Magazine.   If you don’t have a subscription yet, you are missing out on some serious food porn.

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Readers Comments (108)

  1. MARY TONDEN says:

    OMG! THey serve a sandwich like this at “Pure Luck” in Los Angeles. Better than any tuna salad sammy I;ve ever had :)

  2. Rhea says:

    Sounds delish. I’m going to make this and try it. Usually I make tempeh salad to sub for tuna but this sounds really good.

  3. brook says:

    i know what i’ll be packing for lunch soon. thanks cj! xox

  4. karmalily says:

    Dried dulse would be a good substitute for the nori, though I imagine any seaweed would work.

  5. Ariela says:

    Yum yum! This will be perfect for lunches now that I’m on the back to school grind. :) thanks!

  6. That sounds delish! :)

    My husband would LOVE it!

    Cheers XOXO,

  7. DeAnna says:

    though I just ate breakfast, this makes me hungry for lunch already! and no tuna free sandwich is complete without sprouts!

  8. kimsy says:

    I first saw this recipe on VegNews a while is absolutely delicious! And cheap! And it doesn’t leave that disgusting aftertaste (and ramifications) that real tuna leaves.

  9. Hi Everyone,

    Thrilled that you’re enjoying my recipe. Thanks for sharing it, Chloe!! Watch for more in my column, Veganize It! which is published in every other issue of VegNews Magazine. My current recipe is Vegetable Pot Pie. All recipes will be shown on our gorgeously redesigned website, which we expect to be live some time in the month of October. Yippeeee!! Come visit!


  10. kathy says:

    Looks SO SO YUMMY!

    ..and anything with vegan mayo is usually irresistible. (funny because I never really liked real mayo in my pre-vegan days as a kid)


  11. John Joseph says:

    This recipe rocks! Especially since overfishing is destroying the ocean’s ecological system. Veganism makes sense on so many levels.

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  13. If you like this recipe, you’ll be happy to know that VegNews has invited me to pen a column in EVERY issue! And as promised, all of my “Veganize It!” recipes can be found here: Enjoy!!

  14. Laura says:

    Delish! Allison, your VegNews column is my absolute favorite column in that magazine. (And since teh mag is all around awesome, that says a LOT.) I’ve been following your recipes (not to mention your wonderful cookies and chocolates — My dad bought me a huge order for Christmas, you may recall) for years. Funny… I made a sandwich like this for dinner the past two nights… I made a “tuna” melt — Daiya Cheddar and my new Panini Press (inspired my new NYC vegan sandwich shop Terri)! Also, I like a little lemon zest or lemon pepper with my “tuna” salad.

  15. dre says:

    What can I substitute for nori seaweed flakes?

  16. @Laura: So glad to hear that you enjoy my column and our goodies so!! I do remember that huge order for you from your dad. Good dads know what their daughters like! =)

    @dre: The nori is what gives the “fish-like” taste without the dead fish ingredient. If it’s specifically nori you’re wanting to sub, try dulse. If it’s the seaweed taste you want to avoid, just leave it out, but it won’t be as much like tuna and you’ll be missing out on all the fabulous minerals contained within seaweed.

  17. Bambi Weavil says:

    Oh wow………incredible!

  18. […] like to thank Mrs.  Chloe Jo Davis, Founder of Girlie Girl Army, for referencing Allison’s tuna-free sandwich recipe on her Facebook page. Thanks Chloe! Also, a special thank-you goes out to Paige Newman for writing […]

  19. […] This chickpea salad sandwich makes a wonderful alternative to egg salad or tuna salad (sans cholesterol or mercury).   We also live for our vegan tuna-sammies! […]

  20. Zizi says:

    try it with fake chicken too YUM!! now i gotta go make a samich and i just read that Follow Your Heart has vegan thousand island dressing, i think i just died and went to heaven!

  21. […] In the spirit of my fishy friends, I’d say the best ever untuna salad that my friend Allison (Allisons Gourmet) veganized.  It’s just divine.  That on a really […]

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