Jackfruit Tuna-Less Salad! It has the texture and the taste of tuna, without the actual fish. Delicious!
One of the most charming and wonderful little wine and cheese shops you’ll ever visit just happens to be in my quaint little town. Might I be a bit biased? Yes, but I’m not playing favorites when I tell you how delicious their mayo-less tuna salad is. Before I went vegan I craved those sandwiches, and ate at least two a month. If I’m honest, which I always am, it’s the one food that I’ve missed over the past three years. I made a “tuna” salad that was close in taste, this one, but the texture wasn’t spot on. Why it took me so long to use jackfruit to make my favorite sandwich salad, I’ll never know. But I finally got a clue, and believe me when I say, I thought I was eating the real deal.
If you’ve never tried jackfruit, you’re missing out. I’ll admit, it’s kind of odd on its own, but when it’s prepared like a pulled “pork” or a chikn’ chili, or, this delicious “tuna” salad, it’s incredibly, eerily, close to what I remember from my meat eating days.
This recipe is mayonnaise free because my husband loathes it. He literally breaks out in a sweat and turns as white as a ghost, or mayo, if a food that’s coated in it is put in front of him. He’d argue that with me, but it’s true. After we got married I stopped eating it too, because I could never go through a jar of it on my own. That’s when tuna salad and I parted ways for a while, until I discovered the amazing salad at my local wine and cheese shop. Instead of using mayo to bind the ingredients together, they used Dijon mustard. Not only does it give the salad the creaminess that’s needed for this dish, it gives it a nice tanginess.
How to Make Tuna Salad Without Tuna
Rinse and drain the jackfruit, then shred it in a food processor until it resembles canned tuna fish.
Add finely chopped celery, red onion, and parsley leaves.
Stir in some Dijon mustard, unsweetened plain plant-based yogurt (I used Kite Hill’s almond yogurt), paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.
That’s it, an easy to make, 7 ingredient, dairy-free and gluten-free tuna-less salad.
You can serve this mock tuna salad as a sandwich, on a lettuce leaf, in a scooped out avocado or tomato, or just eat it straight out of the bowl.
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- 1 14 oz [440 g] can of young jackfruit (we order it on Amazon.com)
- 1 stalk of celery finely chopped
- 1 small red onion ¼ cup 38 g, finely chopped
- 1 heaping tbsp. 3 g fresh chopped parsley leaves
- 3 tbsp 47 g Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp 30 g unsweetened plain plant-based yogurt (I used Kite Hill almond)
- ½ tsp paprika
- Ground sea salt and pepper to taste
Drain and rinse the jackfruit and pulse in a food processor until it’s shredded and resembles canned tuna. If you don’t have a food processor you can chop it with a knife.
Put the jackfruit in a medium mixing bowl and add the celery, onion, parsley mustard, yogurt, paprika, and salt and pepper and stir until it’s fully combined.
Serve as is or as a sandwich.
If you prefer your salad with mayonnaise you can add 3 tbsp (45 g) of vegan mayo and 1 tbsp (15 g) of Dijon mustard.
The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.