Delicious Tuna salad…Without The Tuna!

If you’re like me, you are constantly trying to find healthier ways to eat your favorite food. Whether it is by replacing meat with soy, sugar with honey/maple syrup, or replacing pasta with Zeroodles, eating healthy is always a little bit of a challenge. And lets be honest here, not always as good.

Luckily I’ve recently stumbled upon a great little recipe from  It’s tuna salad…but without any tuna! Trust me when I say that almonds, yes almonds replace the tuna perfectly and you won’t feel like you are compromising taste for health here. Though there are worst things in life than canned tuna, the great thing about this recipe is it’s vegetarian, it’s vegan, it’s gluten-free…it’s for absolutely everyone.



1 cup raw almonds
2 celery stick, finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons vegan mayo
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, to taste
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Soak the almonds in water for 2-8 hours until soft. Drain and rinse well.
2. Add the almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. You’ll notice it looks a bit like flaked tuna!
3. Put the almonds in a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients: celery, green onions, garlic, mayo, mustard, and lemon. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

How to serve:

1. For the perfect appetizer, add a little bit of salad on slices of cucumbers, gluten-free crackers or even slices of apples.
2. Make yourself a nice little tuna salad sandwich. Perfect for your lunch!
3. Simply eat it as a salad. (yes, it’s that good!)
4. Get creative! Add some cranberries, parsley, dill or jalapeno.

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About Caroline Royer

NUMTL Founder and Editor-in-chief, Caroline is an Ottawa-born Montrealer who has spent the better part of her life playing and listening to music. Otherwise, she is a diehard Sens fan, freakishly into architecture and industrial design and terrible at staying put for more than 5 minutes.



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