10 Minute Chickpea Tuna Salad

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Enjoy this 10 Minute Chickpea Tuna Salad for a wholesome, make-ahead lunch or satisfying snack. Easy to make and filled with protein-rich ingredients, this tuna and chickpea salad will bring freshness and variety to your healthy meal routine. Tuna and chickpea salad in a tan bowl topped with lemon wedges

Why You’ll Love this Chickpea Tuna Salad

Meet my new go-to lunch! This simple salad leans on pantry staples such as chickpeas and canned tuna for a speedy weekday meal. Chickpeas are also super affordable, high in protein and fiber, and an ideal choice for meal prep lunches because of how long they keep. 

The pantry ingredients are tied together with a light, lemony dressing and fresh herbs for brightness and crave-worthy flavor. I love adding chopped red onion and dill, however the add-ins are super versatile. You can also add red bell pepper, chives, and/or celery for crunch.

Thanks to its high-protein ingredients, this salad is filling enough to stand on its own for a lunch you’ll look forward to all morning. And just like my Fiesta Mango Quinoa Salad, it lasts for 3 days refrigerated, meaning you prep it today, and enjoy leftovers on repeat.

Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions:Recipe ingredients in separate bowls on a white board with green labels

  • Chickpeas: Rich in protein and fiber, plus super affordable, chickpeas are a star in this salad. You can choose to peel off the loose “skin” surrounding the chickpeas, if desired, however I don’t mind leaving them on.
  • Canned Tuna: When purchasing canned tuna, look for the words “pole-and-line caught” on the label for the more sustainably-caught fish. My personal favorite is Wild Planet brand, which you can find at most well-stocked supermarkets. You can either use skipjack or albacore here–just make sure it’s packed in water and not oil. 
  • Mayo: I use avocado oil-based mayo, such as Chosen Foods brand. Alternatively, you can use plain, full-fat Greek yogurt. 
  • Mustard: I spoonful of Dijon mustard adds zesty bite to the salad. You can also use a whole-grain mustard, or any other variety you have on hand. 
  • Herbs: I love using chopped fresh dill for light notes of anise. Other options for this salad are parsley, tarragon, or chives.
  • Onion: Red onion adds zippy bite and crunch to the salad. I also love throwing in some chopped red bell pepper and/or celery for extra crunch. 
  • Lemon: A one-two punch of lemon zest and juice adds bright, fresh flavor. 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare Dressing

Combine mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; whisk to combine.Lemon dressing being whisked in a gold bowl

Step 2: Combine Tuna, Chickpeas, and Dressing

Drain and rinse chickpeas, and dry with a clean kitchen towel. If desired, discard loose skins, and transfer chickpeas to a medium bowl. Add tuna, dressing, celery, onion, capers (or olives), and fresh dill; stir to combine.Dressing being poured over chickpeas, tuna, and vegetables in a large bowl

How to Serve Chickpea Tuna Salad:

  • Right out of the Bowl: This salad is plenty filling on its own, or served with whole-grain crackers or pita chips.
  • Chickpea Salad with Avocado: Add chunks of fresh avocado and halved cherry tomatoes for additional servings of healthy fats and pops of color.
  • Chickpea Salad Sandwich: Stuff tuna and chickpea salad inside a halved pita or whole-grain roll for a chickpea salad sandwich.
  • With Fresh Greens: Served over a bowl of fresh spinach, arugula, or romaine and drizzle with your favorite dressing for a satiating salad.
  • Chickpea Salad Wrap: Tuck salad into a flour tortilla, fill with greens and mashed avocado, roll up, and enjoy!

What Can I Substitute for Mayo in Tuna?

I typically use an avocado oil based mayo in tuna and chickpea salad, such as Chosen Foods brand. However, if you’re not a mayo fan, here are a few alternatives

  • Plain, Full-Fat Greek Yogurt: Ultra-creamy and delightfully tangy, Greek yogurt is arguably the best mayo substitute. 
  • Mashed Avocado: A newly popular alternative, avocado has a mild flavor and creamy consistency when mashed. 
  • Hummus: A spoonful of plan or garlic hummus is also a great option!
  • Pesto: For a jolt of herbaceous flavor, add a scoop of classic pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto

A spoonful of chickpea salad being taken out of a tan bowl

Make Ahead and Storage Tips:

  • To Make Ahead: Add everything except the tuna to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate up to 2 days ahead. 
  • To Store: Store leftover salad in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

More Healthy Salad Recipes to Try:

Honey-Roasted Chickpea and Avocado Salad

Quinoa Southwest Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing

Easy Lemon Artichoke Orzo Salad

Thai Butternut Quinoa SaladLemony garbanzo bean salad being mixed with herbs in a bowl

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5 from 46 votes

10 Minute Chickpea Tuna Salad

Enjoy this 10 Minute Chickpea Tuna Salad for a wholesome, make-ahead lunch or satiating snack. Easy to make and filled with protein-rich ingredients, this tuna and chickpea salad will bring freshness and variety to your healthy meal routine. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients  

  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt and black pepper
  • A few dashes of hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Cholula) optional
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas
  • 1 (5-oz.) can tuna (packed in water), drained
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped celery
  • 2 Tbsp. minced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp. roughly chopped capers, green olives, or relish

For serving

  • Serve over arugula with a drizzle of olive oil, or spread on whole-grain bread for a sandwich, or simply enjoy with whole-grain crackers or pita chips.
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Instructions 

  • Combine mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and hot sauce (if using) in a small bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas, and dry with a clean kitchen towel. If desired, peel and discard loose skins, and transfer chickpeas to a medium bowl. (I like to mash some of the chickpeas with a fork to help the salad better stick together, however this is optional.)
    Add tuna, celery, onion, capers (or olives), fresh dill, and dressing; stir to combine. Serve in a sandwich or wrap, over a bed of arugula, or with crackers.

Notes

To Make Ahead: Add everything except the tuna to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate up to 2 days ahead. 
To Store: Store leftover salad in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 860mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

I calculate these values by hand to ensure accuracy, however expect up to a 10% variable depending on food brands.

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38 Comments

  1. Carla @ Foodie Digital says:

    5 stars
    You had me at “10 minutes”! I love a lunch I can throw together during a busy work day and these are all ingredients I always have on hand in my pantry/fridge. Tangy and delicious! I ate out of a bowl but can’t wait to try this on toasted sourdough.

  2. Erin says:

    5 stars
    Yummy recipe!

    1. Lucy says:

      5 stars
      Delicious! I make this often.

  3. Jennifer Bell says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe. I made it with the yogert instead of mayo and it’s delicious and creamy. I ate it as is on a plate but think it’d be great with a lettuce wrap or tortilla too. This one is a keeper.

  4. Susan says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! I just canned several pints of Chickpeas, and this is a great use. This will be on heavy rotation at our house now! Thank you so much for a wonderful meal!

  5. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    So tasty! I didn’t have a lemon and only had dried dill and it came out beautifully. Definitely mash at least half of the chickpeas. Had it in a whole wheat wrap with spinach.

    1. Miss E says:

      5 stars
      Seriously tasty!