Not Tuna Salad & Tofu Press Review/Giveaway (closed)

Not Tuna Salad with Rye Crackers

Not Tuna Salad with Rye Crackers

Not Tuna Salad is a mock tuna salad, made with garbanzo beans, that I’ve been making for years. Obviously, it won’t taste like tuna but I think you’ll be surprised at how nicely it imitates the ubiquitous dish that we all know and love. The texture and color is so similar that sometimes I forget that I’m NOT eating tuna salad … hence the name.

Not Tuna Salad Sandwich on Rye Bread

Not Tuna Salad Sandwich on Rye Bread

This is a dish that’s great to have in the fridge, ready to go, whenever hunger strikes. It’s also pretty handy to take to work for a healthy, nutritious lunch on the job. Personally, I prefer to eat this with crackers or straight out of the bowl with a fork but the hubs loves a great sandwich that he can sink his teeth into. We love to use this lower glycemic rye bread that we make at home.

Not Tuna Salad on Rye Bread

Not Tuna Salad on Rye Bread

This recipe is so easy to make that we have it all the time. It’s one of the few dishes that we actually prefer canned chickpeas instead of dried/soaked garbanzo beans.

EZ Tofu Press

First thing you want to do is press the water out of your tofu for a great egg substitute. This EZ Tofu Press makes easy work out of this step and we’re giving one away at the end of the post so stay tuned :-)

Diced Tofu

After your tofu has the water pressed out then dice into small pieces.

Mashed Chickpeas & Diced Tofu

Add your diced tofu to your mashed chickpeas (that have been drained and rinsed).

Not Tuna Salad

Add all other ingredients and combine.

Not Tuna Salad


  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2/3 cup tofu, extra firm, pressed & diced
  • 1/8 cup onions, diced
  • 1/8 cup carrots, grated
  • 1/8 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup pickles, diced
  • 1/4 cup mayo (I use vegan)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp pickle juice
  • 1 tsp Sea Kelp Delight Seasoning


  1. Press the tofu to extract the water (I let mine sit about 20 minutes).
  2. While the tofu is pressing, drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  3. Prep & chop all the other veggies.
  4. Dice the extra firm tofu.
  5. Combine all ingredients and stir.
  6. Serve with crackers, as a sandwich or straight from the bowl with a fork.


Interested in knowing more about the EZ Tofu Press?


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I have been wanting a tofu press for years but just couldn’t bring myself to purchasing one because they just looked so complicated. Not to mention, the one’s I had seen were spring loaded and I could not even imagine how I was going to clean or store so I just never made the plunge. I was spending all my time pressing my tofu with plates and heavy objects and always making a mess. That was then but this is now. The EZ Press is fabulous …

Check out these great features:

  • Can be used with any size tofu brick, both small and large portions can be dried.
  • Provides better flavor absorption and texture and thus better tasting tofu.
  • No springs to replace, simply tension as needed
  • Better control of the time in which your tofu is press dried. Takes 5-15 minutes.
  • Less costly than other brands, best value on the market.
  • Easy to clean, place in the top rack of the dishwasher or just use hot soapy water.
  • Makes Tofu cooking quick and easy.
  • Press plates cut with automated CNC milling machine.
  • Comes with handy measurement tool and Instruction manual.
  • Made in the USA.

EZ Tofu Press is made of USDA approved HDPE, a BPA Free Plastic. All bolts, nuts, and washers are made of stainless steel. The EZ Tofu Press is dishwasher safe, top rack. Do not use in freezer or microwave. Use Firm and Extra Firm Tofu. Not for silken tofu varieties. For easy instructions and information, check out their video on YouTube or view this handy PDF document.

NOTE – I was provided with an EZ Tofu Press for review; however, comments are my own and there was no requirement for me to write a review or make positive comments about the product. I only post reviews for items that I genuinely like and use.


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And now for the fine print …

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  • Duration: Wednesday January 9th through Wednesday January 16th, 2012 at midnight, Pacific Standard Time.
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  • Prize description: One EZ Tofu Press with shipping included.
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  1. that looks wonderful. My favorite recipe for tofu is to marinate it in soy sauce with red pepper flakes and then fry it. I then put the fried tofu in my fried rice or in soups. I love it.

  2. wow it really looks like a tuna salad..and with all that protein, a great vegetarian option for snack :) love itt

  3. Craig Dalrymple says:

    My favorite tofu dish is spicy udon!

    I boil vegetable broth, cook udon noodles in the broth (with a metal strainer), and then add tofu, peppers, and other assorted vegetables to the broth. While this is all coming up to heat i add cayenne, salt, pepper, and hot sauce to give it a kick! After its all set I serve the veggies and tofu over the noodles in a bowl and cover with the broth based on taste.

    The tofu pulls in all the veggie and spicy flavor!!

  4. My favorite tofu dish is at a local restaurant — it’s lightly coated & deep fried and then served with a brown sugar sauce that has some savoriness to it as well. I’ve never been able to master making it on my own! I am hardly a tofu expert, so I had no idea a press existed — how handy!

  5. wow it really looks like a tuna salad..and with all that protein, a great vegetarian option for snack :) love itt
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  9. What a great salad! It does look like a tuna salad. :) that tofu press looks awesome! I usually go through several papertowels when I drain tofu.
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  10. Fun dish! I’ve always wanted a tofu press – I’ve been looking at a couple different ones but have yet to actually buy one!
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  11. Gosh, it really does look like tuna! I’m going to have to try this sometime – I’m fine with tuna, but I’m always looking for new ways to prepare tofu. Great stuff – thanks!
    john recently posted … Fennel Soup with Shrimp and BeansMy Profile

  12. Wow – the really looks like tuna. I think it would be a great dish to take to work for lunch. Those crackers look amazing!
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  13. cool idea! fooled me; looked like tuna!

  14. I’m such a lover of tofu…this looks fabulous =)

  15. My absolute favourite tofu dinner is my Honey Sesame Tofu.
    I can’t even imagine how much easier pressing tofu would be with one of those. Hope I win. :)
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