Vegan ‘tuna’ salad – well, not really tuna of course!

Vegan tuna salad |

I saw this recipe on the Youtube channel of Bonny Rebecca, which, if you don’t know it yet is quite fun to watch plus she has some awesome vegan recipes that you might want to try. I didn’t use the exact same ingredients as Bonny. I didn’t have everything in house but I did have some carrots lying around and some other salad leaves so I used that. For the original recipe you can check the video below.

The recipe itself is super easy and super delicious. It doesn’t really taste of tuna of course but it does resemble it in some far away taste. Try it!

Vegan tuna salad |

Als try the vegan parmesan!

Vegan tuna salad


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and half mashed
  • 2 gherkins, in small cubes
  • 2 tomatoes, slices in small pieces
  • some grated carrot
  • handful of sunflower seeds, roasted


  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


  1. After you’ve mashed the chickpeas add the other chopped elements to it and mix well.
  2. Make the dressing by combining the ingredients well and pour over the salad.
  3. Take a good sandwich,  and spread the “tuna” salad on top. I added some greens to it as well, added the other half of my sandwich and dive in!
Recipe by Bonnie Rebecca

The original recipe and video:

How I took the photos

I normally don’t take photos handheld when I am in my living room. It is fairly dark there and if you do shoot handheld there is a big risk of movement. Especially when you’re as close as I was in this shot. I was kind of lazy though, so I decided to not get my tripod out anyway. In fact, now that I think about it, I might have left the tripod in the studio, so I didn’t have one at home.

Technical details: Canon EOS 5D mark IV. Lens 50mm f1.4

Shuterspeed 1/160s at f3.2. Iso 1600

I placed a few wooden planks on my dining table and setup there. The light was coming from the left side due to the window (few feet away) and I reflected some of the light back with a foamboard reflector on the right side.

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer

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