This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm (without chickpeas) and includes all the classic ingredients of traditional tuna salad. Vegan, plant-based and full of flavor, this healthy flavorful salad can be turned into wraps or sandwiches! 

This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm (without chickpeas) and includes all the classic ingredients of traditional tuna salad. Vegan, plant-based and full of flavor, this healthy flavorful salad can be turned into wraps or sandwiches!

Every day you play with the light of the universe.~ Pablo Neruda

Need a quick, healthy lunch? This Vegan Tuna Salad is full of amazing flavor and can be made in 15 minutes flat- and the best part? It’s totally plant-based. Don’t have hearts of palm? Feel free to swap out jackfruit, or use a mix of both if you like! The salad keeps 3-4 days in the fridge and makes enough for 3-4 hearty sandwiches or wraps.

Going low carb? Mound it in an avocado- always a delicious option!

ingredients in hearts of palm tuna salad

What is Hearts of Palm?

Hearts of Palm is harvested from the core of the buds of various types of palm trees, depending on the location. In Southeast Asia, they are often harvested from coconut trees, and in Central and South America, they are harvested from juçara palms and açaí palms. Once harvested, they are canned and preserved in a brine. They are tender, mild in taste,  and can be found in the grocery store aisle near the jarred artichoke hearts.

Health Benefits of Heart of Palm

  • high in fiber
  • high in vitamins and minerals
  • good source of protein
  • low in calories

Vegan Tuna Salad Ingredients:

This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm, red onion, pickle & fresh herbs. A delicious vegan alternative, and made without chickpeas.

How to make Vegan Tuna Salad:

  1. Drain the Hearts of Palm and cut them into small pieces.

hearts of palm in a strainer

2. Place the hearts of palm along with the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.

place all ingredients in a bowl

3. Season with salt and pepper.

This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm, red onion, pickle & fresh herbs. A delicious vegan alternative, and made without chickpeas.

The Hearts of Palm Tuna Salad is herby, fresh and full of so much flavor. To elevate add dusle flakes or lemon zest!

 

Build your sandwiches or make wraps!

Toast your bread- here I’m using a seeded wholegrain sourdough loaf which I will share soon!

seeded sourdough loaf

Mound the toasted bread with a scoop of  Vegan Tuna Salad.

This recipe makes 3-4 sandwiches or wraps.

This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm, red onion, pickle & fresh herbs. A delicious vegan alternative, and made without chickpeas.

Top with avocado slices if you like and fresh homemade microgreens.

cutting microgreens

Keep it open-faced or add the top-up to you!

This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm, red onion, pickle & fresh herbs. A delicious vegan alternative, and made without chickpeas.

This Hearts of Palm Tuna Salad is such a delicious alternative to traditional tuna salad- made without chickpeas and you won’t even miss the fish!

Hope you are having a fun, light-filled week.

xoxo

Sylvia

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This Hearts of Palm Tuna Salad with vegan and made without chickpeas! Flavorful, easy and fast, it can be made in under 15 minutes.

Hearts of Palm Tuna Salad

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: vegan, salad, sandwich, wrap
  • Method: mixed
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Vegan Tuna Salad is made with hearts of palm (without chickpeas) and includes all the classic ingredients of traditional tuna salad. Vegan, plant-based and full of flavor, this healthy flavorful salad can be turned into wraps or sandwiches!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 can of hearts of palm, drained, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) or sub jackfruit
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced (or sub green onion)
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped (or sub fennel bulb)
  • 1/4 cup diced pickle (or sub 12 tablespoons capers)
  • 1/41/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (Italian Parsley, dill, cilantro or a combo)
  • 12 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo, or mayo (or see notes)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar (optional)
  • optional additions: dulse flakes, lemon zest,

Serve with toasted whole-grain bread, avocado and microgreens.


Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl- chopped hearts of palm, onion, celery, pickle or capers, fresh herbs, mustard, vegan mayo and mix well. Taste and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar.
  2. Most hearts of palm are canned with water, salt and citric or ascorbic acid- so there is an element of tanginess already here, but if you want to add more,  feel free to add lemon zest, or a few drops of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
  3. Other ways to elevate this is to add a sprinkling of dulse flakes, a little caper juice or pickle juice, a pinch of cayenne, few drops of Braggs liquid amino acid- all optional here, but fun to play with.
  4. Serve over toasted bread, top with sliced avocado (season with salt and pepper) and microgreens. Or turn this into a hearty wrap.

Notes

Salad will last 3 days in the fridge.

Feel free to create “tuna melts” out of this- spoon some vegan tuna salad on a piece of bread, top with cheese or vegan cheese, place in a toaster oven or 375F oven until warm, toasty and cheese has melted.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ¾ cup (just the salad)
  • Calories: 97
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Sodium: 617.6 mg
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: hearts of palm tuna salad, vegan tuna salad, vegan tuna salad no chickpeas, vegan tuna salad hearts of palm, vegan tuna salad jackfruit

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  1. I can’t wait to make this! What kind/brand of bread did you use? It looks delicious!

    1. Hi Veronica- I used my sourdough bread recipe, added a bunch of seeds and baked it in a loaf pan.

  2. Hearts of palm is not available to buy in Ireland, is there a replacement you would recommend or maybe a different recipe that is similar in taste, nutritional value etc

  3. So good!!! I made this for lunch this week. Served with avocado in a whole wheat pita. The flavors and textures are perfect! Love the brightness of the dill and lemon to balance out the whole grain mustard. The red onion crunch works nicely against the softer hearts of palm. Never would have thought to substitute tuna for hearts of palm! So easy and quick to make, would def make again!!

  4. I made this today for lunch today. It was outstanding. I served it as shown above,open faced on some toasted seeded bread with avocado and sprouts. It was the most perfect lunch, I felt quite special eating it. Thank you!

  5. Made this for lunch yesterday couldn’t have been more pleased. Flavors were surprisingly bright and herbaceous. Who knew hearts of palm could taste so good! Delicious.

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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