Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad

protein-filled salad
Protein-filled salad
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For the dressing
1 clove Garlic grated
2 tbsp Olive oil extra-virgin
2 tbsp Lemon juice freshly squeezed
pinch Sea salt
For the salad
½ cup Quinoa
2 cups Water divided
½ tsp Sea salt
1 (7 oz) Can of tuna water-packed, drained
2 cups Baby spinach loosely packed
1 (14 oz) can Chickpeas rinsed & drained
⅓ cup Celery finely chopped
⅓ cup Cilantro leaves, chopped
⅓ cup Fresh mint chopped
2 Spring onions finely sliced
8 Cherry tomatoes quarted

Nutritional information

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  • For the salad

Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad


I have been working from home a couple of days a week for the last few years and I find that this Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad puts in an appearance in my WFH kitchen at least once every two weeks. It is protein-filled which means that it fills me up and keeps me feeling full for longer than most other salads do.

Start by making the dressing from garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. As your quinoa is cooking, assemble the salad in a large bowl by combining tuna with spinach, chickpeas, celery, cilantro, mint, spring onions, and cherry tomatoes. Once quinoa is cooked, fluff it and add it to the salad bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and stir well.

To make my version of Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad

Steps to make Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad


Make dressing


Mix 1 medium grated garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.


Start to cook quinoa


Place ½ a cup of quinoa in a small bowl. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the quinoa and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Drain the quinoa using a sieve and wash well while running your fingers through it under cold, running water.


Cook quinoa through


Place the washed quinoa in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water and ½ a teaspoon of sea salt. Bring the contents to a boil, before reducing heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the water has been absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to sit for about 5 minutes with the lid still on.


Assemble the salad


As the quinoa is cooking, mix 1 drained can of tuna with 2 cups of baby spinach, a can of chickpeas, ⅓ cup of celery, ⅓ cup cilantro, ⅓ cup mint, 2 spring onions and 8 cherry tomatoes in a large mixing bowl.


Add quinoa and dressing


Use a fork to fluff up and separate the quinoa before adding to the salad ingredients in the bowl. Pour over the dressing and stir well to coat all ingredients.



Serve immediately and enjoy.

This Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad is a nutritious and filling working from home lunch! Try it out next time you work from home and come back to leave a review below with your thoughts.

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Total Reviews: 11

Refreshing and perfect for my current diet I brought some to my work for lunch and it filled me up for sure.

Natalya Longo

Really flavorful and tasty salad, didn't add any tuna in it though because not a fish person but i put some in my hubbys and he was drooling lol!

Wren Soscia

Didn't really like the tuna and chickpea together but I'll play around with this recipe for sure.

Chanel Gungor

My kids actually ate all of it first thing I've ever gotten them to eat that was healthy lol totally bookmarking this page.

Ailani Zenker

Toss some vinegar in this and you got yourself a 5 star meal!!

Seraphina Skowronski

Quinoa and tuna salad..mm-mm my favorite.

Dorothy Balbach

Not gonna lie, I liked the grape salad a lot more until I decided to squeeze some lemon in this salad..really makes the flavor pop because tuna and lemon are the perfect combination.


Salad is usually my enemy but today I felt the strong urge to taste some green! So made this and honestly have no regrets it was crunchy and delish.


Fantastic simple and affordable recipe exactly what I was looking for thanks so much.

Cara Plescia

Most delicious chickpea filled salad and tuna i've ever had the pleasure of eating.


Healthiest salad I've made ever! Thanks!

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