Vegan ‘Tuna Salad’ Sandwich


A pastime that my husband and I share is binge watching fail videos on YouTube. I don’t know about my husband, but each time we laugh at another person’s misfortune I secretly say a little prayer that I don’t end up in one of those videos. Nevertheless, I keep on watching and laughing.

One particularly memorable fail was on Wheel of Fortune when a contestant, hesitant yet convinced that he had the correct answer, blurted out a very bizarre phrase. I found the contestant’s heartfelt conviction of his answer especially hilarious. I shed tears from laughing so hard. It’s now a phrase that my husband and I spontaneously blurt out to each other for kicks.

This textured and flavorful “tuna” sandwich is dedicated to that Wheel of Fortune contestant. Props to him for believing wholeheartedly that “Fish Love” is really a thing. Because it really is! No fish were harmed in the making of this sandwich. Accordingly, this dish is called, “Fish Love.”

Watch the video:

This incredibly versatile, quick and easy sandwich has a similar texture to tuna salad, sans the fishiness. Spread the mixture on your favorite bread slices or gobble it up straight from a bowl!


2 cans of garbanzo beans, drained

8 oz. Cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 small red onion, roughly chopped

Handful of grape tomatoes, halved (for topping)

Avocado, crumbled (for topping)

4 Tbsp of vegan mayonnaise

Juice of a lemon half

Salt and pepper, to taste

Paprika, to taste

((Recipe inspired by Madeleine Olivia))


Whirl the garbanzo beans, mushrooms, red onion, vegan mayo, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor to a texture and consistency of your preference. Season with salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

Spread the mixture onto bread slices and top with tomatoes and avocado. I recommend a few squirts of Sriracha for a delightful kick!