Ditch the tuna and embrace the flavor with this Tuna-LESS Pasta Salad! This vibrant vegan pasta salad bursts with protein-rich chickpeas, crunchy & zesty aromatics, and a creamy vegan dressing. Perfect for potlucks, side dishes, or an easy weeknight meal!

Tuna-Less Pasta Salad


Ditch the tuna, not the taste! We’ve packed this vibrant salad with mashed chickpeas that mimic the texture of tuna and Old Bay Seasoning to add a subtle seafood essence, creating a delightful vegan twist on a classic.


Dive into a world of creamy and crunchy! Tender pasta gets enveloped in a luscious vegan dressing, while vibrant red onion and celery bits lend a delightful textural contrast, making each mouthful a celebration.

Prepare Pasta Reducing Recommended Cook Time
Prepare Pasta Reducing Recommended Cook Time
Fork Mashed Chickpeas
Fork Mashed Chickpeas
Dice Red Onion & Celery
Dice Red Onion & Celery
Tuna-Less Pasta Salad Ingredients
Tuna-Less Pasta Salad Ingredients


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Tuna-LESS Pasta Salad

Ditch the tuna and embrace flavor! This vibrant vegan pasta salad bursts with protein-rich chickpeas, zesty aromatics, and a creamy vegan dressing. Perfect for potlucks or anytime!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 8



  • Prepare noodles: For perfectly al dente noodles in your pasta salad, cook them according to the package instructions, minus 1-2 minutes. This ensures they retain their shape and won't become mushy as they absorb the dressing. Rinse noodles under cold water until chilled, then set aside.
    1 Package Bow Tie/Farfalle Noodles
  • Mash chickpeas in the mixing bowl with a fork until large chunks are gone.
    1 Can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) (15 oz)
  • Dice onion and celery and add them to a mixing bowl.
    1 Small Red Onion, 3 Ribs Celery
  • Add vegan mayo, mustard, and all seasonings to the bowl and mix well until fully incorporated. Taste and add more mayo and spices as needed.
    1 C Vegan Mayo, ¼ C Nutritional Yeast, 1 tsp Dijon Mustard, 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, 1 tsp Morton Nature's Seasons (or Salt & Pepper)
  • Add pasta to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Gently thaw frozen peas in a colander under running water. Once thawed, add them to the bowl and gently fold together.
    1 C Frozen Peas
  • Allow salad to rest for at least 15 minutes to allow flavors to meld before eating.

To Serve

  • For the best flavor, let the pasta salad sit for at least 15 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  • Salt & pepper to taste (adjust to your preference)