The best all vegan jackfruit un-tuna salad recipe is also the easiest! Sorry Charlie…this is a lot better than tuna.
When I was a kid, I loved tuna salad sandwiches. In fact, I loved them so much, it was the only type of sandwich I would eat for lunch in second grade. Canned tuna with Miracle Whip on white Wonder Bread. Everyday. 5-days a week. The entire school year. Frankly, it’s a miracle I survived.
Recently, my husband the whiz-bang culinary artist he is, surprised me with a beautifully arranged plate that included a scoop of what appeared to be tuna salad. Having lived meat-free my entire adult life, I will admit that I have an aversion to anything that appears or tastes too similar to actual meat. My initial reaction was “It looks too much like tuna…I might not like it”, but I decided to at least give it a try, and boy am I glad I did. Very similar in texture, flavor, and oh-so satisfying, this vegan version of tuna salad is sure to please everyone.
The key ingredient in this recipe is the very versatile jackfruit.
What is jackfruit?
Available canned or fresh, this weirdly wonderful fruit comes from a species of tree in the breadfruit and fig family and is the largest tree fruit in the world. A single jackfruit can weigh as much as 100 lbs. or more! Mild in flavor, it lends itself to a wide-array of vegan dishes as it readily absorbs and takes on any spices and seasonings you combine with it and its texture allows it to be shredded or chopped, similar to most meats. It is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals, is high in fiber and contains no cholesterol or saturated fats.
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How to prepare jackfruit.
For this recipe, you will want to use canned jackfruit, packed in brine, not syrup. Syrup will make your salad sweet, which is not the flavor we are aiming for. Preparing fresh jackfruit is certainly doable, but rather messy & time consuming, so for sake of ease, I prefer using canned. When you open the can, you’ll first need to pour off the brine. The jackfruit will be precut into wedges or cubes. Sometimes there may be a few rather tough-skinned seed pods in the fruit. Use a small knife or your fingers to remove those before cutting up the fruit.
How to make vegan jackfruit tuna salad
This recipe is very simple and quick to prepare. In about 20 minutes you’ll be enjoying this flavorful and satisfying salad!
very vegan very good!🌱
Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Salad
- medium bowl
- small bowl
- small knife
- potato masher or spoon
- 2 qt. saucepan
- 1 20 oz can jackfruit packed in water or brine (not syrup) drained
- 1 15.5 oz can Great Northern beans drained
- 1/2 sweet onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic finely sliced
- 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
- 1/2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 C vegan mayo
- 3 Tbsp pickle relish
- 2 Tbsp mustard
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 tsp kelp granules optional (for a 'fishier' flavor)
- Cut jackfruit (along grain) into thin slices. Shred slices with a fork until flakey.
- Saute onion and garlic in a skillet with olive oil until slightly transparent, but not browned.
- Add jackfruit and tarragon and continue cooking on medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
- In a saucepan, heat butter and white beans, add sea salt. Simmer until beans are tender.
- Remove beans from heat and thoroughly mash with a spoon.
- In a large bowl, combine mashed beans with jackfruit and let cool for five minutes.
- Stir in diced celery.
- In a smaller bowl, combine mayo, relish, mustard and lemon.
- Pour over jackfruit and beans and mix thoroughly.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Simply delicious!