Vegan Tuna Salad is an easy and affordable back-to-school lunch. You can make a batch for the week and enjoy it on a bed of greens, with brown rice cakes, or on a sandwich. It's vegan and gluten-free.
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Do you ever struggle with what to pack for healthy lunches that won't cost a fortune?
I know I do.
Fortunately I've discovered how to stay on budget by shopping at the 99 Cents Only Store.
They make eating healthy nutritious meals affordable for everyone.
I saved so much money by shopping at the 99 compared to other markets.
It inspired me to share with you how to save money on your favorite name brands and enjoy healthy back-to-school lunches, like vegan tuna salad.
Check out all the delicious bargains I found!
Everything you see here from the 99 cost 99 cents (or 99 cents a pound for the grapes).
Even that jar of fancy capers was only 99 cents!
And did you notice all the organic products?
That's right! You don't have to be wealthy to eat healthy.
I used what I bought to make a delicious vegan tuna salad.
It really resembles the tuna salad I grew up on using only a few ingredients.
I like to eat it on a bed of organic spring mix or with brown rice cakes.
Also I picked up some snacks to go with it: radishes, red grapes, mango, walnuts, and pistachios.
So by making the vegan tuna salad one day, you can enjoy a healthy lunch plus snacks every day of the week!
I even got these great divided BPA-free lunch containers there, two for 99 cents!
What a great way to #99yourschoolyear.
In addition, I enjoyed walking down each aisle discovering all the foods I purchase at other stores for a lot more.
I was very impressed by the selection at the 99.
In fact, I can get all the ingredients I need for these dishes when I do the 99!
And look at these other staples I found!
For those giant containers of Organic Spring Mix or Organic Baby Spinach, I normally pay at least 5 times as much!
And at least 3 times as much for the non-GMO soy milk.
So now I know where to go to buy ingredients for healthy lunches which I'm excited to share with you!
Even if you don't have children who go to school, you can still enjoy this vegan tuna salad at home.
It's so convenient to make a batch of vegan tuna salad and have it ready to enjoy when it's time for lunch.
And it couldn't be easier to make.
Just mash up the chickpeas with some vegan mayo and mustard, and stir in the pickle relish, chopped capers, and celery.
The capers really give it a seafood-like taste without being overly "fishy".
Then choose if you want to eat the "tuna" chickpea salad on a bed of greens like I did here, or as a sandwich on your favorite bread.
Food for thought (please leave a comment!):
- What are your favorite make-ahead lunches?
- What are your experiences finding affordable healthy foods?
- Would you like to learn more about eating nutritious plant-based meals on a budget?
Now let's make Vegan Tuna Salad!
Vegan Tuna Salad
- 2 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), (3 cups) rinsed and drained
- 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise (vegan)
- 1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
- 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 Tablespoon jarred capers, chopped
- ½ cup celery, chopped
- In a medium bowl, add the garbanzo beans (chickpeas), vegan mayo, and mustard. Mash with a potato masher or the back of a fork until the bean mixture is partially smooth with some chucks. (Or use a food processor and the pulse function.)
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until combined.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.