It's sunny outside; you are chilling in the shade of a big oak tree with your family and friends, gazing at the blue sky, strewn with fluffy clouds. In your hands, a bowl of healthy Mediterranean pasta-salad, emanating a mouth-watering scent of freshly grated lemons, grilled zucchini and vegan tuna. Sweet day-dreaming, right? We can't guarantee the beautiful weather, but we can promise you a wholesome vegan tuna pasta salad ready in less than 30 minutes.
When we were working on our onigiri recipe, we found a healthy vegan alternative to tuna, made only with chickpeas, soy sauce and nori - the seaweed used in sushi. After we shredded and mixed everything, we couldn't believe just how delicious and indeed fishy this blend tasted.
The seaweed in our vegan tuna is the secret to the recipe. Without it, you'd just be eating some chickpeas. But add a few shredded bits of nori, and instantly bring the alluring scent and flavour of the sea into the dish. Nori does more than adding taste to our vegan tuna; it also fills it with precious antioxidants and nutrients .
What we love about this cold pasta salad is how healthy it is. Even though the tuna is "fake", the nourishment it gives you is real. All good vegan alternatives shouldn't just emulate looks and taste, but nutrients as well. Tuna is rich in proteins, and so we ensured our vegan replacement is as well.
By combining the proteins from wholegrain pasta and chickpeas, we get back all the nine amino acids that form complete proteins, that we lost from real tuna.
Moreover, our pasta doesn't have mayo nor any other harmful fats. Instead, we got back the healthy fats from fish by using wholesome extra virgin olive oil - a blessing for a healthy heart.
Overall, a portion of this healthy summer pasta salad has under 500 calories and will contribute to almost half of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of fibres and proteins. If you want to make this gluten-free and low-carbs, read the tips at the bottom of the page.
Follow our simple recipe below and get it done! Take it with you to a picnic or pack it in a lunch box.