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Better "Tunafish" Sandwich

This better "tunafish" sandwich has all the great texture and taste of this classic sandwich without any animal products. Whether you're vegan or not, this combination of crisp onions and celery with coconut and chick peas makes for a delicious guilt-free lunch that I'd argue tastes better than the original tunafish sandwich.

Course Salad, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Nuts, Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 307 kcal


  • 1/2 cup dried shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 250 grams cooked chickpeas (drained)
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 75 grams celery (1 small rib, diced)
  • 40 grams red onion (1/4 small onion, minced)
  • 65 grams dill pickles (1 small pickle, chopped)
  • 9 grams flat-leaf parsley (a few sprigs, minced)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)


  1. Add the coconut to a pot along with a cup of water. Cook the coconut for 30-40 minutes, or until it is no longer tough and dry. Add more water if needed. Drain well.
  2. Add the cooked coconut and drained chickpeas to a food processor and pulse a few times until the chickpeas are chopped up into crumbles but not so long that it turns into a paste. You can also use a potato masher.
  3. Add the vegan mayonnaise, soy milk, tahini, nutritional yeast, mustard, celery, onions, pickle, parsley and black pepper. Stir to combine
  4. Serve between two slices of bread.
Nutrition Facts
Better "Tunafish" Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 372mg11%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.