Vegan Tuna Salad

Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

Fishless Tuna Salad tastes just like the real thing.  In fact, one of my friends argued with me and insisted that this recipe wasn’t vegan. She was adamant that I was cheating, and she didn’t relent until I showed her the empty can.  We love tuna around here, so figuring out how to make a good tasting vegan version of fishless tuna salad was very important.

For this recipe, I used a can of Loma Linda Blue Fishless Tuna that I picked up at the vegetarian market in preparation for our 30 days of vegan adventure.  Vegan Tuna SaladI was impressed by both the look and texture of the fishless tuna when I opened the can.    This had a much different texture than the pouch of tuna that I used in my Asian “Tuna” Salad recipe earlier in the month.  Vegan Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is very versatile.  It can be placed atop a green salad, eaten in a sandwich, or heaped onto crackers.   It’s a great school, or work, lunch, and it makes a great meal during summer when it’s too hot to turn on the stove.  This vegan fishless tuna salad  is also just as versatile.

Vegan Tuna Salad

What will you need to make this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • canned fishless tuna
  • dill weed
  • celery salt

From the Root Cellar:

  • red onion

From the Refrigerator:

  • lime or lime juice
  • vegan mayonnaise
  • pimento stuffed green olives
  • dill relish
  • celery

I usually make my tuna salad with sweet relish, and I don’t usually add olives, or lime juice, but otherwise this recipe isn’t all that different.  I began by chopping all of my vegetables and arranging them in a bowl, and drained the fishless tuna.  Finally, I mixed up the dressing in a 1 quart bowl, and added all of the other ingredients

A funny thing about tuna in our house.  Whenever my cat sees me with a tuna shaped can, she gets excited and rubs around my leg, meowing.  When I opened this can of fishless tuna, she began her usual routine.  I told her that it wasn’t real tuna.  She didn’t stop.  I tried to explain that it was vegan.  (I know.  I sound like a crazy cat lady.)  She persisted and began to attempt to climb up my legs.  Annoyed, I relented and poured the “tuna” juice into her bowl.   She drank it greedily, and cats are obligate carnivores.  Given her reaction, it’s obviously that fishless tuna salad is something that can definitely fool the carnivores in your life.  Vegan Tuna Salad

Of course, you can use the fishless tuna in your favorite tuna salad recipe, but I suggest that you give our recipe for Fishless Tuna Salad a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)
Recipe type: Salad, Sandwich filling
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3
This vegan "tuna" salad tastes just like the real thing. Even my cat greedily drank the "tuna" juice drained from the can, and she's a definite carnivore. Cook's Note: I prefer lots of vegetables in my tuna salad. If you prefer more tuna to your vegetables, consider adding a second can of fishless tuna or cut the vegetables in half. We think it's perfect just the way it is. The total cost of this recipe is $2.81 or about $0.94 per serving.
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise (vegan) ($0.34)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill weed ($0.02)
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt ($0.01)
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice (0.02)
  • 1 (5 ounce) can Loma Linda brand fishless tuna, well drained ($1.95)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion ($0.09)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped celery ($0.08)
  • 2 large pimento stuffed olives finely chopped (2 - 3 Tbl) ($0.15)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons dill relish ($0.15)
  1. Mix together mayonnaise, dill, celery salt, and lime juice in the bottom of a 1 quart bowl.
  2. Add drained tuna, onion, celery, olives and dill relish.
  3. Mix well to combine.
  4. Server on top of a salad, on rolls, with crackers, or just eat it with a spoon.

Fishless Vegan Tuna Salad

Nutrition information is for 1/3 of the recipe prepared according to directions above.  This measures approximately 1/2 cup per serving,

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113.9
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.1g
Saturated Fat 0.1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 843.3mg
Total Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
Sugars 3.8g
Protein 9.4g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 6%
Iron 20%

5 thoughts on “Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

    1. Leslie, that was exactly what I was thinking when I was shopping in the vegetarian store. I wasn’t sure, but once I tasted it, I was a convert.

    1. It’s a grocery store that sells only vegetarian foods. There is no meat for sale in this store, but there are many meat alternatives. It’s not a vegan store, but it is vegetarian. It’s near a large Adventist hospital.

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