I have a confession. When I was a meat eater, I never liked tuna salad. It would either have too much mayo, not enough salt, or worse yet - taste and smell too 'fishy'. After I became a vegetarian, and later vegan, I found myself craving foods that reminded me of my childhood and for some reason wanted something that was similar to a tuna sandwich. Weird I know.
Enter chickpeas, stage right. What can I say about chickpeas, or garbanzo beans as they are otherwise known? I love these little guys. Not only are they cheap and versatile, they are packed with protein (five grams a serving), fiber and iron, all things a busy vegan needs.
You can make pretty sophisticated dishes with these legumes, but when I'm feeling lazy (as I often am) I make a quick salad that comes together in under 10 minutes, depending on how fast you chop, and can be tweaked to suit all tastes. It tastes kind of like tuna, in a good way, and you can eat it guilt-free knowing no animal had to die for this dish.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Yummy Chickpea Salad
One 15oz can of chickpeas, drainedTwo tablespoons of vegan mayo (I use Follow Your Heart)
Half a small onion, dicedTwo tablespoons of sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil, diced (optional)
1/4 cup of apple, diced (optional)
One teaspoon nutritional yeastSalt and pepper to taste