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Rainbow Protein Salad

This salad has a full spectrum of colours making it as pretty as a rainbow and this also means it is a packed with phytonutrients, as well as vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fat and fibre for your most joyous health!
Aug 14, 2023 | Joy McCarthy

When you have fresh good quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong when assembling a salad. As long as you don’t overdo the dressing IMO, then a salad can be wonderful main that won’t weigh you down for any summer fun you have planned. Or if you’re working, this is a great salad to keep your blood sugar balanced and energy high.

This salad is absolutely delicious, full of fibre, protein and a good amount of crunch.

Chickpea Tuna Salad

We are in Austria right now and the other week my hubby whipped up this salad for everyone for lunch and we’ve had at least 3-4 times for lunch or dinner because it’s fulfilling and flavourful. I just knew it needed a home on the blog! We barely use the oven when we are here so this is why it was helpful to have some canned tuna and chickpeas on a hand.

As you can see, summer’s bounty is in this salad, but it’s one you can make anytime of year.

Chickpea Tuna Salad

This Rainbow Protein Salad is…

  • Gluten-free and dairy free (although, some feta would be lovely!)
  • Kid-approved and crowd-pleasing (a great salad to serve family and friends)
  • Packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals such a vitamin A, C, folate, magnesium, potassium, tons of antioxidants
  • Rich in soluble and insoluble fibre for a healthy digestive system
  • Excellent source of animal and plant-based protein from tuna and chickpeas giving you a wide variety of amino acids for excellent health

Chickpea Tuna Salad

Whether we are on vacation or at home, we eat salads daily. Some of our other favourite salads to enjoy are:

Here’s the recipe.

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  • 1 radicchio, chopped
  • 1-2 hearts romaine lettuce
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes on the vine, chopped
  • Half cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can flaked tuna or wild salmon, drained
  • Juice from 1-2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt + pepper to taste
  1. Combine salad ingredients including radicchio, romaine, sweet yellow pepper, tomatoes, cucumber and carrots into a large bowl. Toss in chickpeas and tuna.
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and olive oil. Pour dressing ingredients over top of salad. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
  3. Store any leftovers in the fridge. Keeps for one day.


Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main

Chickpea Tuna Salad

I hope you enjoy this!

Joy xo

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