This Chickpea Kale Salad is healthy and packed with protein. The salad is easy to make and is filled with tuna, chickpeas, crunchy kale, and tangy lemon. It is so easy to make, tastes deliciously fresh and tangy, and will leave you full for hours!

A close up of a bowl of salad with kale, chickpeas, tuna, and lemon wedges.

pictures of white bowls of kale, chickpea and kale salad with lemon wedges.

I’ve recently been trying to eat healthier. In reality, that means me whining about how much I want chocolate, ice cream, donuts, and cake. I’ve been trying to limit my carb intake. That can feel so difficult because the carbs are what I fill up on. Bread, pasta, potatoes. Yum. So, when I try to give them up, I find it very difficult to get myself properly fed so that I’m not looking for a snack an hour later.

In comes my Chickpea Kale Salad, with all its protein-packed goodness. Many of my recipes are a result of a desperate attempt in the kitchen. This is one of them.

It was past lunchtime. I hadn’t eaten for hours. My stomach was grumbling.

I was desperate.

Since I was trying to eat better food, my usual solution when I’m in need of a fast lunch, top ramen (don’t judge), wasn’t an option. Nor was my husband’s go to of peanut butter and honey sandwiches (we sure eat top quality lunches).

Hands holding a bowl of chickpea kale salad with another bowl of salad and jug of water in the background.

So, with just a list of things I couldn’t make, I headed to the kitchen. Checked the fridge. Nah. Then, I came across the cans of tuna and chickpeas. I would be lying if I said that a light went off, angels sang, and I was inspired. No, I just saw protein. Figuring that this probably would be an unappetizing meal, I took them to the counter and looked for what could be added. Kale? Oh yay. Kale, tuna, and chickpeas.  This is going to be very exciting.

But then, spices and herbs always come to the rescue. A green onion, basil, and chives brightened it up, and the lemon-vinegar dressing brought everything together.


Three white bowls of chickpea kale salad with lemon wedges and white napkins.

This simple and healthy chickpea kale salad has become a regular go-to lunch for me. I love that it is healthy of course, that it has lots of protein, and is so easy to put together in a pinch. But most of all, this salad tastes to good and satisfying. I’ve been eating this salad several times a week recently, and have to stop myself from eating the entire bowl of crunchy, herby and lemony goodness because it’s just so good.

I’d love to hear what your go-to lunch is!

A white bowl with chickpeas, kale, and tuna with lemon wedges and a fork.

Healthy Chickpea Kale Salad

Yields: 2 servings


  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped chives (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red chili flakes


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until combined.
  2. Combine all of the salad ingredients into and bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and mix together.
  4. Enjoy!

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