Foodie Friday: Chickpea “Tuna” Pasta Salad

Foodie Friday: Chickpea “Tuna” Pasta Salad

Wow, I don’t know about you but this week was DRAGGING! I am thrilled that it’s finally Friday. This weekend I’m attending a dear friend’s wedding and I’m so looking forward to celebrating in her special day. Today’s Chickpea Tuna Pasta Salad is gluten free, 100% vegan, and 100% delicious. I  hope you’ll whip it up this weekend and give yourself a little taste of deliciousness.

Chickpea “Tuna” Pasta Salad (V+GF)

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 1 can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups of cooked gluten free pasta (I used brown rice pasta)
  • 4 Celery stalks cut in to small pieces
  • 2-3 small tomatoes chopped
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 Small white onion diced
  • 1/3 cup each chopped banana pepper and chopped dill pickles (or relish)
  • 1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Place chickpeas in a food processor and pulse until resembles the texture of tuna. You could also use a potato masher if you don’t have a food processor but it will take twice as long. 

  • Place chickpea “tuna” in a large mixing bowl and combine all ingredients minus the pasta. Stir until well combined.
  • Add in cooked pasta and toss to combine.
  • Top with salt and cracked pepper and serve! This recipe is even more delicious if it’s made a bit in advance and sits a while in the fridge.
  • I enjoyed mine over a bed of fresh spinach! You could also enjoy this mixture without pasta and simply have it over top greens for a salad or on bread for a fancy sandwich!

I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend! Until Monday, happy pasta salad making!

Favorite pasta salad mix-ins? Are you a pickle fan? Weekend plans?

Tell me in the comments below!

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19 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Chickpea “Tuna” Pasta Salad

  1. I think pasta salad has to be one of my favorite side dishes, especially at the summer barbecues. I also love pickles; my favorite are dill pickles.

    I hope you have an awesome time at the wedding!

  2. Yum! I love combining one egg and one quarter cup chickpeas for a sandwich–but I never would have thought to put it in pasta salad. My all-time favorite thing…like, in general, but including in pasta salad…is mayonnaise. Makes everything better!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Heather!

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