A Vegan "Tuna Salad" Sandwich That Won't Stink Up The Office

Tuna salad is a ubiquitous lunch option, usually sandwiched between two soggy pieces of bread, or scooped on top of some wilted lettuce. This no-fish recipe turns tuna salad on its head, giving you the same great zingy taste you’d expect from your old school favorite, without any of the mercury issues found in most of our canned tuna supply. Almonds and sunflower seeds provide a surprising stand-in for tuna here, and supply plenty of mercury- and hormone-free protein and vitamin E. You’ll also avoid wayward stares when you take out your non-fishy-smelling sandwich at lunchtime. Enjoy!

Yield: About 3 cups

Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup celery, minced
  • 1/3 cup pickles, minced
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. pickle juice
  • 1 Tbsp. vegan mayonnaise

To Serve

  • Your favorite bread, toasted
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Hemp seeds
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Sprouts


1. In a bowl, combine your raw almonds and sunflower seeds, and cover with hot water to soak while you get on with the rest of the recipe.

2. In another bowl, combine your celery, pickles, red onion, lemon juice, pickle juice, and mayo. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and set aside.

3. In a food processor or blender, blitz the drained nuts and seeds until they're as minced and finely chopped as possible. If they get stuck, add a bit of pickle juice or water, and scrape down the sides till you have a good texture.

4. Add the nut-seed mix to the bowl with the remaining ingredients, and mix everything well to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, adding a bit more lemon juice or pickle juice if you want more tang. Serve on toasted bread with lettuce and tomato, and whatever toppings you like, or over a salad, or with your favorite crackers or crudités for dipping. Enjoy!

Adapted from a recipe by Kris Carr.

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