This healthy and easy to make protein-packed salad is filled with tuna and chickpeas, crunchy kale, and tangy lemon. It is so easy to make, tastes deliciously fresh and tangy, and will leave you full for hours!
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. I often find that difficult because the carbs are what I fill up on. Bread, pasta, potatoes. Yum. So when I 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 protein-packed salad packed with chickpeas and tuna. Many of my recipes are a result of a desperate attempt in the kitchen. This is one of them.
It was past lunch time. I hadn’t eaten for hours. I was hungry.
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).
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 sung, 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, 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.
This simple and healthy 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. 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 is just so good.
I’d love to hear what your go-to lunch is!
Chickpea, Tuna, and Kale SaladYields: 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
- In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until combined.
- Combine all of the salad ingredients into and bowl.
- Add the dressing and mix together.