This is one of my takes on tuna salad (and my personal favorite). I love cooking with fresh herbs. Garbanzo beans make a great substitute for tuna in many recipes. They are full of fiber and clean plant protein. Be sure to mash the beans just half way, so the salad will still have some texture. Fresh lemon juice is the secret ingredient in this recipe. It really brightens up the salad and brings out the flavors of all the fresh herbs. Kelp granules give the salad a “briny”, “oceany” taste, reminiscent of seafood and provide a generous dose of iodine. Be sure not to eat kelp everyday, though, as we can get too much iodine.
- 2 (14 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup fresh chives or scallions, minced
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
- 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon or basil, minced (or 1-2 tablespoons of each)
- 2 teaspoons kelp granules
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup Dreamy Oil-free Vegan Mayo or Reduced Fat Vegenaise
- ¼ cup unsweetened soy yogurt
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Partially mash beans with chives, dill, tarragon, kelp, lemon zest and juice and stir in just enough mayo and soy yogurt to moisten the beans. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve a scoop on top of a bed of baby mixed greens, stuff some salad into a whole wheat pita or on toasted marble rye or pumpernickel along with some lettuce and tomato or serve as part of a salad sampler plate with Eggless Tofu Salad and Sonoma Tempeh Salad. Drizzle salad with a few drops of extra red wine vinegar or lemon juice to moisten and brighten the greens.
Eco Facts: According to Ransom A. Myers and Boris Worm, researchers at the Biology Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 50 years between 1950 and 2000, nearly 90% of the Earth’s oceans were emptied of all the large predatory marine life due to overfishing and pollution[i]. If current trends continue, by 2048, the oceans will be empty.[ii] According to leading scientists, the only course of action is to stop removing all marine life from the sea and allow the sea to heal.
For more information, watch the documentary film, Sea the Truth http://www.seathetruth.nl/en/ Watch for free on vimeo or YouTube.
Recipe by Emily Honeycutt, 2012. © All Rights Reserved. www.emilyhoneycutt.com
[i] Nature 423, Rapid Worldwide Depletion of Predatory Fish Communities. Ransom A. Myers & Boris Worm. 280-283 (15 May 2003) doi:10.1038/nature01610; March 2003
[ii] Science 3 November 2006: Vol. 314 no. 5800 pp. 787-790, DOI: 10.1126/science.1132294, Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services
Boris Worm1,*, Edward B. Barbier2, Nicola Beaumont3, J. Emmett Duffy4, Carl Folke5,6, Benjamin S. Halpern7, Jeremy B. C. Jackson8,9, Heike K. Lotze1, Fiorenza Micheli10, Stephen R. Palumbi10, Enric Sala8, Kimberley A. Selkoe7, John J. Stachowicz11 and Reg Watson12