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Mock Tuna Salad (Chickpeas)

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Old 08-25-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Mock Tuna Salad (Chickpeas)

For the record, I love real tuna salad and it is completely legal on SB if made without sugar (not Grandma's way). But I found this recipe in the Vegetarian section of the forum and it is so good I thought it bore repeating here. No, it doesn't taste exactly like tuna salad, but it IS amazing how tuna salad-ey it does taste. If you are looking for a vegetarian option, or another way to get beans in your diet, give this a try.
Thanks to nelie for posting this great recipe and giving me permission to share.

Mock Tuna Salad

* 1 15-oz can garbanzo beans
* 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
* 1 green onion, finely chopped
* 2 tsp. mayonnaise or mustard
* 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar
* 1 tbsp sweet pickle relish (made with Splenda) or dill relish
* 1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
* sprinkle garlic powder (optional)

Mash the garbanzo beans with a fork or potato masher.
Leave some chunks.
Add the sliced celery, chopped onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice or vinegar, and relish.
Add salt and garlic powder to taste.

A hot/appetizer option: "I mixed/crushed them with little chunks of tomato, pickles, and red onion and added mustard and a tsp of olive oil. I baked it for about 10 minutes just to have it warm and it was fantastic!!! We had them with crackers and veggies."

Some options I want to try when I make it again:
Curry powder
Fish sauce to add a "fishy" taste

I just ate half of it so I would say makes two servings.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Yeah, I think the Old Bay is a great idea. Nice and spicy!
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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Since we can't get Old BAy up here as far as I know, I found a copycat recipe. I've got mace and cardamon on my shopping list now!
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I just noticed this recipe was posted here ... a few of us were making the Vegan Better Than Tuna Salad recipe recently; it is very similar and it is DELICIOUS! That one adds some seaweed flakes for "fishiness". It also includes some veggies (leave the carrots out to keep it Phase 1) and of course use SBD-compliant relish (I just chopped a dill pickle).
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