A vegan/vegetarian tuna substitute made with chickpeas.

Chickpea Tu-Nah

A quick and easy tuna replacement made from chickpeas. Perfect on its own, or in any recipe that would normally call for tuna.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Snack
Keyword Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Cheryl (Eat What You Sow) .


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained (1 1/2 cups, cooked)
  • 1 sheet roasted nori, roughly a 6 x 7" sheet (use multiple small sheets if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp ume plum vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp olive oil (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (or to taste)


  1. Crumble nori sheet(s) into the bowl of a food processor. Process until as fine as you can get it.

  2. Add chickpeas, vinegar, tahini, olive oil, and salt. Process briefly. Stir to ensure an even distribution of ingredients, and pulse again until coarsely chopped, but well mixed. You want to chickpeas to still have some texture, we're not making hummus here.

  3. Remove from the bowl of the food processor, stir to mix.

  4. Use as desired.