Raw Not-Tuna Salad

I do not miss eating fish. Truly.  I haven’t eaten fish since 2006 and, frankly, the smell sort of grosses me out.  But I can see why you might think so, as I made a Not-Tuna Noodle Casserole just last week and now this, a Raw Not-Tuna Salad

I sprouted chickpeas a few weeks ago and came up with this Sprouted Chickpea Humus (Raw).  I immediately started thinking about other dishes I could make with the sprouted chickpea.  Earlier this year I made Lindsay’s fabulous Mock-Tuna Salad when reviewing her cookbook and I loved it.  That was it!  A raw version of the Happy Herbivore Mock-Tuna Salad!

JL’s Raw Not-Tuna Salad, adapted from The Happy Herbivore
Makes 3 cups


  • 1 cup sprouted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 t nutritional yeast (omit if you want to go 100% raw as this is not raw—though many raw foodies use it)
  • 1 T coconut aminos
  • 4 T Ani Phyo’s Vegan Aioli (from Raw Food Essentials)
  • 1/2 t dulse flakes
  • 1/4 t dill
  • 1/4 t salt
  • Juice of one lemon


Begin by lightly pulsing the sprouted chickpeas in the food processor (because the chickpeas are raw and they are not easy to “mash” with a fork).  Transfer the lightly chopped chickpeas to a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients.  Mix well and place in the refrigerator, ideally in a glass, airtight container, for at least one hour before serving.

For a 100% raw meal enjoy as a sandwich on raw bread, serve over a salad or wrapped up in your favorite green leaf.

For a high-raw meal enjoy this salad in a tortilla wrap or on a toasted sprouted English muffin.

I enjoyed it both ways but preferred it on a toasted sandwich on day one and on a raw wrap on day two—I think the flavors settled in well overnight and it tasted a bit less “sprouty.” Both ways are tasty!

I know some of you are new to sprouting. How’s it going?

JL is a food and fitness writer. She blogs at JL goes Vegan:  Food & Fitness with a side of Kale.  You can follow JL on Twitter.