I’m not sure why folks like to call this mock tuna, or faux tuna, when it isn’t tuna at all, and most vegans and vegetarians don’t need the association “tuna” to make us think of good food. Apparently carnivores need to be fooled into trying a meat-less dish by claiming “surprise this tastes like the real thing”, not sure why… But, with this flavor profile, it does remind me of a really good tuna salad, dill, little bits of onion, a little squeeze of lemon freshness and a little bite from the dijon. This is a winner, even if I wasn’t trying to follow a plant-based diet. Low in fat and high in fiber, a good protein source and it tastes great!
I especially like this open-faced on pumpernickel; a bread that is more old school, made with rye flour, it is dense but a bit crumbly, so it’s best served as a foundation and not a topper – hence the open face choice. And, it cuts out an additional 80 calories that I don’t need.
I topped this with a late-season tomato, it’s been so darn hot here that all my tomatoes stopped producing. I was just at the point of ripping them out when the weather broke, so I fertilized them with some epsom salts and organic fertilizer and BAM, I have three tomatoes covered in flowers. Happy dance! My other tomatoes are beginning to show some flowering signs also, so I’m hoping to get a couple, ok, a few more months of production out of them.
Mock Tuna Sandwich
Makes filling for 2 sandwiches
- 1 -14oz Can Garbanzo Beans, Drained
- 1 Large Celery Stalk, Minced
- 1 Tbsp Onion, Minced
- 2 Tbsp Vegan Mayo (or regular if not vegan)
- 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- Juice of ½ Small Lemon
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Dill
- Fresh Ground Pepper
Rinse the garbanzo beans, drain, and in a medium bowl mash them with a fork to your desired consistency. I like to leave it a little bit chunky. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well. I served this open-faced on pumpernickel and topped it with a homegrown tomato and finished it off with some freshly ground black pepper. Consider topping with slices of fresh tomato, cucumber, avocado and sprouts if desired.