Garbanzo beans are an ideal substitute for canned tuna when it comes to creating a health-promoting tuna salad. You can serve this by itself or atop a green or spinach salad, spooned into romaine leaves, or as a filling in steamed corn tortillas.
- For the salad:
- 2 cans cooked garbanzo beans (15 ounces each; about 3 cups total), drained and rinsed
- 3 ribs celery, sliced or chopped (about 1 cup)
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil
- 1 medium, ripe avocado, chopped (optional)
- Cashew-Mustard Dressing:
- ½ cup water
- 2 ounces raw, unsalted cashews (about ½ cup)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons mustard (I like Dijon or stone ground)
- 2 teaspoons vinegar (I like apple cider)
- 1 medium clove garlic, sliced
- 2 to 3 teaspoons kelp granules (optional; see Notes)
- Place all of the dressing ingredients (water, cashews, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, garlic, and kelp, if using) into a blender, and set aside for at least 15 minutes (so the cashews can soften).
- Place the garbanzo beans into a food processor and pulse until the beans are broken but still flaky (do not overblend). Transfer the beans to a large bowl and add the celery, red onion, basil, and avocado (if using).
- Blend the dressing ingredients until smooth. Stir the dressing into the salad. Serve as is or see the serving suggestions above.
For a lower-fat dressing, substitute a little over ½ cup cooked white beans (any type; drained and rinsed) for the cashews.
Above: I have served the salad in warmed corn tortillas as well as wrapped in steamed collard greens, with avocado as a garnish.
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