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My Darling Vegan
Vegan Tuna Salad

Enjoy this vegan and gluten-free vegan Tuna Salad. Made with tempeh and filled with fresh vegetables and herbs for a light and refreshing any-time-of-day snack.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Salad
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
  • 8 ounces tempeh
  • 1/4 cup white onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp spicy mustard
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Boil the tempeh in a medium-sized pot for twenty minutes. Once the tempeh is tender, drain the water and let tempeh cool for 5 minutes.

  2. While tempeh is boiling, chopped all your vegetables and herbs. Set aside. 

  3. Place cooled tempeh in a medium bowl and smash it with a fork or other mashing utensil until tempeh is mostly broken apart with some larger pieces intact. Add the remaining ingredients and stir it together. 

  4. Serve on toast or with crackers and vegetables. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Recipe Notes

Serving and Storing - For best results, let the salad set in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before serving. This allows the tempeh to chill all the way through while letting the flavors absorb into it. Serve salad on toasted bread for a tuna salad sandwich, on crackers, or with vegetables. Store salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Tips - Don't skip the boiling step. Boiling removes the slightly bitter taste found in tempeh and helps soften and moisten the tempeh which allowing it to better absorb flavors.

Variations - For a soy-free option, I recommend trying chickpeas. To do this drain and rinse them thoroughly. Put them in a bowl and mash them until only a few large pieces remain. Add your remaining ingredients and you've got yourself a soy-free vegan tuna salad.

Nutrition Facts
Calories Per Serving: 141
% Daily Value
Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Protein 10g 20%
Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 185mg 8%
Potassium 264mg 8%
Vitamin A 55IU 1%
Vitamin C 1.7mg 2%
Calcium 69mg 7%
Iron 1.5mg 8%