This raw almond mock tuna salad is a great option for a plant based meal. Make yourself a protein packed “tunaless” tasty sandwich, wrap, or snack. Eat it alone on a bed of lettuce, on top of a cracker, or on a thick slice of crispy cucumber. Any way you eat it, you won’t be disappointed. The finely chopped soaked almonds gives a nice texture, (just like a tuna salad) and are packed with nutrition.
What is the purpose of soaking almonds and seeds before eating?
In addition to changing the texture of the almonds, soaking helps make them more digestible. Softer almonds are easier to digest, which increases the amount of nutrients your body can absorb from the nut.
If you want to amp up the nutritional value of raw nuts and seeds, sprout them. Robyn Openshaw, one of my most favorite mentors on food and nutrition has a great video that explains the why and how to sprout almonds. You will LOVE her. I have been following her for many, many years.
Back to the mock tuna recipe. Once the almonds are soaked, it will only take you about 10 minutes to whip this up.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Plus 4-8 hours soak
Here is what you will need:
- Food processor or high speed blender
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- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seed (optional)
- 1-2 celery stalks – finely chopped
- 1/2 clove garlic clove – minced (optional)
- 1 green onion – finely chopped
- 3-4 Tablespoons mayo of your choice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- fresh ground pepper (to taste)
1- Soak almonds and sunflower seeds for 3 – 8 hours in water.