Vegan ‘tuna’ pasta salad

Vegan Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

I love pasta – who doesn’t love pasta? Since starting a vegan diet my pasta dishes have mostly been tomato based, but I used to enjoy a salad with tuna, mayonnaise and sweetcorn. When I heard that there was an alternative to this, I thought I’d try to make a vegan version. The secret ingredient? It’s that magical multipurpose gem again – chickpeas!

I was planning on adding vegan mayonnaise to this recipe, but I found with the creaminess from the mashed chickpeas and the avocado, that it really didn’t need it.

Vegan Tuna Salad


  • 400g can of chickpeas
  • 200g wholegrain pasta
  • 1 Small can of sweetcorn
  • Half a small cucumber, finely chopped
  • Four small pickled gherkins, finely chopped (optional, I’m just a huge fan of pickled gerkhins!)
  • Half an avocado
  • A handful of baby spinach leaves

Vegan Tuna Pasta Salad


  • Put the 200g of pasta on to cook in simmering water for 8-10 minutes, or according to the packet instructions. When cooked, drain and leave to cool.
  • While the pasta is cooking, drain the can of chickpeas and rinse well. Then, pop the chickpeas into a bowl and mash them using a hand blender, or a potato masher.
  • Add the cucumber, pickles and sweetcorn to the chickpea mix.
  • Add your cooled pasta and mix it all together.
  • Serve on your spinach leaves with some slices of avocado.

I put my remaining pasta mix into the fridge and it served me well for three delicious and filling lunches, I can see this becoming a regular lunch at The Sparkle Nest!

I hope you enjoy it too.

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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Life Loving | 20th Jan 16

    This looks a really great way to use chickpeas and create something that is one of my favourites but in a different way. Yummy!

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  2. Alison | 20th Jan 16

    I’ve never liked the combo of tuna and pasta, but your alternative of chick peas sounds good! Looks delicious too Becky.
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    • thesparklenest | 27th Jan 16

      Hi Ali, thank you. It works really well as an alternative, full of goodness too! x

  3. Charlotte | 20th Jan 16

    ooo, my husband would love this! what a lovely light lunch!
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    • thesparklenest | 27th Jan 16

      Thank you Charlotte, it makes a great lunch especially as you can quickly make a batch and keep if for a few days in the fridge :-) x

  4. Nikki Frank-Hamilton | 21st Jan 16

    Rebecca, this looks so good! My daughter is vegetarian and I’m always looking for ways to add more protein to her diet. This sounds perfect with the chickpeas and the avocado! And it sounds great for all of us, we’ve been eating a lot more meatless and I have to make sure that I’m fitting all our preferences, this is perfect!
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    • thesparklenest | 27th Jan 16

      Thank you Nikki! Chickpeas and avocados are wonderful ingredients especially if you’re not eating meat, they’re so full of goodness. It’s amazing what you can do with a can of chickpeas! xx

  5. Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers | 26th Jan 16

    This looks yummy!I love pasta and I would probably still add the tuna because I love tuna and I think it would go quite nicely in this (aside from the ‘vegan’ part! Haha). Popping over to visit from a post you left on my blog for #WAYWOW :)
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    • thesparklenest | 27th Jan 16

      Thank you Haidee!

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