Looking for the perfect sandwich filler, a topping to your favorite salad, or a dinner side? This tuna (free) salad has it all. It’s super easy to make and keeps well when refrigerated.


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Tuna(Free) Salad Sandwiches

Recipe by Allison Rivers Samson, from her award-winning column, “Veganize It!” in VegNews Magazine.

Serves 6
2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
1/4 cup red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup dill pickle, finely chopped
2 tablespoons nori seaweed flakes
1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
12 slices of bread, lightly toasted
6 large, crisp lettuce leaves
12 fresh tomato slices

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1. In a large bowl, mash the garbanzo beans with a potato masher or the back of a fork.

2. Fold the onion, celery, garlic, pickle, nori, mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper into the garbanzo beans. Combine thoroughly.

3. Lightly toast the bread. Spread the salad on one slice and stack with a lettuce leaf, two tomato slices, and another slice of bread. Cut sandwiches in half and serve.







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