Bean Salad Sandwich

Carol » September 17, 2009 » In Recipes » 3 Comments

Mock Tuna Sandwich

Bean Salad Sandwich

This was one of the first vegan recipes that Tom and I tried on our Grand August 2009 Experiment. It’s called “Mock Tuna Salad“, but I think you should call a bean a bean! Plus I listened to Rachel Ray the other day and used an idea of hers to ratchet this recipe up a level!

I think home-cooked beans are always best, but organic canned are next best (says Lorna Sass, my favorite pressure cooker author). When I pressure cook beans, I make as many as I can and freeze them in 1 and 2-cup portions. Then I thaw them quickly in the microwave, so I’m always ready to go.


  • 1 1/2 cups home-cooked garbanzo beans (or 1-15 oz. can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 stalk celery, small-dice
  • 1/4 C. onion, small-dice
  • 1/2 C. Italian Mix Giardiniera, small-dice (pickled vegetables in a jar, near the pickles in the grocery store)
  • 1/4 C. sweet pickle relish
  • 1 TBS. lemon juice (optional)
  • Season with salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions: (click on pictures to enlarge)

Williams-Sonoma Multi-ChopperSmall-Dice CeleryAll Small-DicedAll Ingredients Mixed

Smash the beans (a potato masher works great).

There is a lot of small-dicing in this recipe. I HIGHLY recommend Williams-Sonoma’s Multi-Chopper. I use the small-dice blade all the time and the results are wonderful. I think there are a lot of people who don’t like the texture or mouth-feel of big pieces of certain vegetables; small-dicing can really help with that.

Add remaining ingredients and mix together.

This goes great in a pita bread. Add whatever you would normally add to a tuna-salad sandwich: lettuce, chopped tomatoes, etc.  Suit this to your tastes. (Just leave out the tuna and the mayonnaise.)

Note: If you can wait, the flavors and textures in the bean salad improve overnight in the refrigerator!

Credit and thanks to for the original recipe.

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3 Comments on "Bean Salad Sandwich"

  1. admin
    18/09/2009 at 11:38 am Permalink

    That looks very good. I know there is another bean salad sandwich filling made with chickpeas… I will have to see if can find it. Thanks for posting all your photographs too.

  2. admin
    18/09/2009 at 11:48 am Permalink

    This one’s great, Soda. And if you can plan-ahead, it really tastes even better the next day…!

  3. admin
    19/09/2009 at 3:59 pm Permalink

    I’m looking forward to giving this one a try! I just need to gather the pickled ingredients and soak the beans….. :)

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