If you follow me on Facebook you probably saw me rave about the release of Sophie’s Kitchen’s latest product Vegan Toona. Sophie’s Kitchen is one of my favorite cruelty-free products. All their products are gluten-free and some are soy-free. Plus they are Kosher certified, Non-GMO verified, and they don’t use artificial ingredients. You couldn’t ask for a better convenience product. Visit their site to learn more about their company and to look at all of the different products they make.
The weekend after I saw their announcement of Vegan Toona hitting the shelves I had to pick some up and try it. I thought it was going to be difficult to find. Fortunately, the first store I chose to look for it in had it stocked. Just so you know they have two varieties of Vegan Toona. They offer sea salt and black pepper. I love anything with black pepper, but I had to settle for the sea salt since the black pepper is not soy-free.
About the toona, I think it’s wonderful like all of their other products. It’s not quite like tuna (obviously and a good thing) so don’t expect it to be. When I first opened the can I was a little shocked. I hope this doesn’t turn anyone off, but I don’t know how else to describe it. It had the appearance of cat food. It was dark and packed in oil. It wasn’t the white meat I was used to seeing and I always bought tuna packed in water so that was different. The look wasn’t going to stop me from trying it out. I drained the oil and took a tidbit to taste. The texture was a bit tougher than I remember. Almost as if it was cured like smoked salmon. The taste was familiar though. It’s been a while since I’ve had canned tuna, but it’s hard to forget that taste.
I could have been super creative with this toona. More than anything I was craving an old-fashioned tuna salad. However, the version I made does have a few additions to my original. For the dressing I used Just Mayo. You can make it with as little or as much dressing as you’d like. I’ve always liked my salads with a lot of dressing so I used more. This was a wonderful quick and satisfying lunch. I can’t wait to get more Vegan Toona to see what else I can make.
Toona Lentil Salad
vegan, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free
makes 4 servings
- 1 can Sophie’s Kitchen Sea Salt Vegan Toona, drained
- 1 cup cooked green lentils
- 1/2 small yellow onion, diced small
- 1 tablespoon chopped capers
- 2 to 3 diced pepperoncini peppers
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne OR sweet paprika
- 2 to 4 tablespoons vegan soy-free mayo
- Combine all ingredients, except mayo, in a medium bowl.
- Add desired amount of mayo and stir until well mixed.
- Serve on top of a salad like I did or in a sandwich. Enjoy!
I was not compensated for this review or even asked to do it. I am not affiliated with the company in any way. Sophie’s Kitchen has no idea who I am!
Picture of can taken from Sophie’s Kitchen Facebook page