Mock Tuna Salad

Mock Tuna Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

I never like to spend a lot of time preparing lunch, which can make it difficult to come up with something. Not only is this easy to throw together, but it makes plenty for a few lunches. The recipe is adapted from 1000 Vegan Recipes. If you’re not a fan of garbanzo beans, I suggest trying white beans instead. I also added chopped cashews, but sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, or pepitas would also be great. Cucumber can be subbed in for the celery as well and a tablespoon of nutritional yeast wouldn’t hurt either. Miss the omegas? Toss in some flax seeds! The recipe calls for 1 tsp of kelp powder and of course, the only amount I could buy was a pound. A pound of kelp powder?! Sure! I put that on . . . and . . .What do you use kelp powder for? (besides mock tuna salads)? Well first of all, it helps to know that kelp powder is loaded with health benefits. According to Livestrong.com it helps lower LDL cholesterol, lowers breast cancer risk, lowers blood sugar, and is a great source of iodine. After some research, I found it’s great to throw it in  your smoothie, sprinkle it on your veggie sushi rice, add it to bread dough, and even use it as a seasoning—in place of salt. What do you use kelp powder for? 

Organic Kelp Powder -- Epicurean Vegan

INGREDIENTS:

2 cans garbanzo or white beans
2 stalks celery or 1/2 C cucumber, chopped small
1/4 C minced onion
1/2 C cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, or pepitas, chopped
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 tsp capers, drained and chopped
1/2 C Vegenaise (or other vegan mayo)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp kelp powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Lettuce leaves
Tomato slices
8 slices of bread

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium bowl, coarsely mash the beans, or chopped them up on a cutting board. Add the celery (or cucumber), onions, nuts, capers, mayo, lemon juice, mustard, nutritional yeast, and kelp powder. Season with salt and pepper if you’d like. Combine thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve on bread with the lettuce and tomato and enjoy!

Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean VeganI got this recipe from Luminous Vegans who called it “Chick-Peace Salad.” Great name—I didn’t want to steal it, so mine’s just plain old Chickpea Salad. Regardless of the name, it’s a delicious vegan version of tuna salad. LV added crumbled up nori to the mix to give it that tuna taste, but I didn’t have any. I still think it had amazing flavor without it. I did add some carrots and parsley. Just because. I also used Earth Balance’s vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free mayo that my good friend, Angela of The Veracious Vegan turned me on to. It’s fabulous!

I also served the salad on Food For Life’s brown rice tortillas.

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

I have to say, they’re ok. Heated up, they’re better, but you have to eat it fast before it gets crispy and falls apart. I’m wondering if steaming them would be better, or make it worse. The taste is chewy, but crunchy at the same time. Is that possible? Apparently so. Anyway, they’re not horrible, but they made eating this sandwich a bit tough because they tend to crack and split.

INGREDIENTS:
1 15-oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1-2 Tbs fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
2 Tbs vegan mayo
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Veggies, crackers, tortilla, etc

DIRECTIONS:
Mash the chickpeas. I used a pastry blender. You can also pulse them in the food processor.

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Stir in all of the other ingredients and combine well. I layered the salad on some lettuce inside one of the tortillas and added some sliced cucumber and tomato.

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

This salad would also be great on crackers, or sliced veggies. Enjoy!

Chickpea Salad -- Epicurean Vegan