Friday, December 11, 2009

Creamy tuna and chickpea salad

Creamy tuna and chickpea salad / Salada cremosa de atum e grão-de-bico

During the holidays we tend to go a little over with all the eating and drinking: I know I get carried away with making the food and end up eating more than I should. And kudos to those who can control themselves – God knows I’ve tried to be one of them, but got to the conclusion that it’s never gonna happen. :)

Lucky me I also love salads and they are perfect for our tropical Xmas – this is a very quick and simple idea, from DH's website.

Creamy tuna and chickpea salad / Salada cremosa de atum e grão-de-bico

Creamy tuna and chickpea salad
from Donna Hay magazine

¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and cracked black pepper
1 x 400g can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed*
2 x 185 g cans tuna in olive oil, drained
1 spring onion, finely sliced
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped if too large
80g arugula leaves
olive oil
flatbread, to serve

Place the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the chickpeas, tuna, spring onion and parsley and toss to combine. Drizzle the arugula with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place it by the creamy salad.
Serve with crispy flat bread or toasted sourdough croutons. Alternatively, wrap in flatbread or lavash for a portable meal.

* I soaked 1 cup dried chickpeas overnight and cooked them for 40 minutes

Serves 2


Anonymous said...

Yum..wondefful with a pita!

Zoë said...

This looks yummy and a great way to sneak chickpeas past a reluctant boyf... I'm also having a tropical xmas (in the bahamas) and one of my favourite salads is tuna, finely chopped celery with a little paprika and a mixture of mayonnaise and yoghurt to bind. Delicious with chopped tomatoes and flatbread.

Andrea said...

What a wonderful idea.
I love chickpeas and I love tuna, I'm sure they taste grate together.
I also love your photos. :)

Nic said...

I adore chickpeas, never thought of putting them with tuna, how delicious!

Cynthia said...

I am not a big tuna fan though I know the fish is very good health-wise. I am definitely going to try it as a salad with my favourite beans which you have used here. Thank you!

Katie said...

I love this idea! I'm always looking for new sandwich ideas, and I think this would be great.

Alexa said...

Tuna and chickpeas together sound so good. Will have to try that on the family. Have a nice weekend!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

It's interesting to see these 2 together since I often see chickpeas used as a substitute in vegetarian "tuna" salad. Definitely looking forward to trying this combination.

Abby said...

I really enjoy chickpeas more now that I'm an adult. I hope I can encourage The Boy to love them, too!

Kana said...

Another way to enjoy chickpeas!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I must make this immediately! Two of my family's favorites. Yum!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Ronelle, thank you!

Zoë, thank you for visiting! Have fun in the Bahamas and thank you for sharing your recipe with me!

Andrea, thank you!
You're too kind. ;)

Nic, thank you! It worked really well.

Cynthia, really, darling? I love tuna, but what really got me here was mixing it with chickpeas, yum!
Thank you!

Katie, this can be a great portable and quick lunch.

Alexa, thank you! Have a wonderful week.

Xiaolu, they are really good paired.
Thank you!

Abby, I hope you can convince the boy. ;)

Maya, yes! :)

Cookbook Apprentice, hope you like it!

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