Chickpea 'Tuna' Spread

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Spread

Here’s a family favourite, unfortunately for my fellow South Africans I’ve yet to find Ume Plum Vinegar locally, and no other vinegar comes close in delivering this tasty result!

I am pleased to have the local brand, B-Well, a mayo which is dairy and egg free!

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Spread
Recipe Type: Lunch or snack
Author: Slightly adjusted from
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 2 mins
Total time: 7 mins
Serves: 4
The secret to this ‘tuna’ lies in using Ume Plum Vinegar. Made with Japanese plums, it has a distinctive flavor, so I don’t recommend substituting a different vinegar. I buy the Eden brand of ume plum vinegar (When I travel to the USA). This ingredient adds the saltiness, so there is absolutely no added salt in the recipe.
  • 14-oz can of salt-free chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo (B-Well in South Africa)
  • 1 tsp dijon or whole grain mustard
  • 1½ tbsp ume plum vinegar (add a splash more if you are using avocado instead of mayo)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced green onion or red onion or shallot
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (more to taste) or smoked paprika
  1. Place the chickpeas, dairy-free mayo, mustard, ume vinegar, celery, onion, black pepper, and cayenne pepper into a food processor.
  2. Pulse a few times until incorporated and minced. Careful not to overblend. You shouldn’t be pulsing more than 20 seconds.
  3. Serve on toast with romaine lettuce and inside a halved avocado.



One thought on “Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Spread”

  1. You know, with summer here, I’m finding I have this in my fridge at all times – it makes such a tasty, nutritious, easy lunch. I highly recommend it.


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