Tangy Chickpea Tuna-less Sandwich

Tangy Chickpea Tuna-less Sandwich recipe

A light, versatile filling makes this sandwich perfect for daily lunches or picnics, or for cutting into dainty tea sandwiches. The optional addition of nori sheets give it that salty, briny flavour of the sea!

Preparation time Prep: 10 mins
Skill level Easy Peasy

You will need:

  • 8–12 slices of fresh wholegrain bread
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce, to serve
  • Fresh herbs (optional), to serve
Chickpea filling
  • 400 g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup egg-free mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon dijon or wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 chives, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons baby capers, drained
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 toasted nori sushi sheets, shredded (optional)


  • 1Place all the filling ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse for no longer than 30 seconds in total, checking intermittently that the mixture isn't turning into a paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2You're aiming for a rough mash, so it's fine if some chickpeas remain almost whole. (You could also do this the old-fashioned way and squash all the ingredients together with a potato masher.)
  • 3Spread the mixture over half the bread slices. Top with shredded lettuce, and some fresh herbs if using, sandwich the other bread slices on top and serve straight away.

Variation: Make a melt by layering the filling with a few slices of dairy-free cheese. Pop the sandwich in a panini press, or fry in a frying pan with a dash of oil over medium heat until golden brown.
Add some mashed avocado, grated carrot or a sprinkling of pine nuts or sunflower seeds to the mixture for extra flavour and nutrition.

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