Chickpea Tuna Salad

This is a protein rich meal or side dish.

Also, I’m not a HUGE fan of tuna without mayonnaise or sandwich spread mixed with it…too “fishy” for me.  But this didn’t leave me feeling fishy after eating it. The lemon juice, dill and other flavors made the un-mayonized tuna totally edible.  And I actually ended up kinda liking it. (Perhaps I’m turning over a new tuna leaf.)

And P.S. I’m almost done with the manuscript…I look forward to pulling my head out of the sand and reconnecting with everyone!

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Chickpea Tuna Salad

Yield – 2 adult servings or 4 side dish servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 2-15 ounce cans chickpeas ($.80)
  • 1  cup cherry tomatoes, halved ($1)
  • 2 – 6 ounce cans of tuna ($1) On sale this past week for $.50 each
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.20)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice ($.20)
  • 1 tsp dill ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the chickpeas if you need to.  Drain and rinse completely if using canned chickpeas.
  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve.
  • Simple as that!

Cost $3.25

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  1. Laura says

    This is a very healthy recipe but chickpeas do have carbs in them, about 45 grams in one cup. They are also high in fiber though.

  2. says

    Now I cant say that I have ever used chick pea. May be an interesting adventure.
    Keeping up good work girl on this blog. Oh the time and thought that you put into it.
    Just wanted to tell you it is admirable.

  3. says

    So did your kids eat this? Mine wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole! I love chickpeas but I’m not a huge tuna fan either. I can see where it wouldn’t be as “fishy” in something like this but I would still rather do chicken. Tuna’s cheaper though!!

  4. says

    I expected this would be the vegetarian “tuna salad” – mash chickpeas, use some lemon juice and mayo if you like – can adjust and add to your preference.

  5. says

    I didn’t have lemon juice on hand so I used a few tsp of apple cider vinegar and Udo’s oil instead of olive and everyone here loved it, 9yr old,2 yr old and Mom and Dad. Gluten free (dd) and Paleo diet (dh) Thank you for another quick option! We always have these ingredients on hand so this will be a quick go to when dinner or lunch is not planned and we are all “starving” :)

  6. Dana says

    Hello! First time posting a comment. Love your site! As a registered dietitian, I love how you show how we can eat healthy on the cheap. But as I work mainly with folks with diabetes, I do feel the need to state that chickpeas have lots of carbs (healthy ones though!) at about 23gm of total carbohydrates per 1/2 cup. Can still fit nicely into a diabetic diet.

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