Chickpea Tuna Salad


This chickpea tuna salad with capers, feta and cucumber makes for the perfect lunch to pack for work or school. You can prep the salad the night before (just be sure to keep the spinach separate and dress the salad right before serving).

Chickpea Tuna Salad
Photo: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon nonpareil capers, rinsed and chopped

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed

  • 1 (6.7 ounce) jar oil-packed tuna, drained

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 cups baby spinach


  1. Stir lemon juice, capers, shallot, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, toss chickpeas, tuna, tomatoes, cucumber, feta and dill together in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk oil into the lemon juice mixture until fully incorporated. Spoon about 5 tablespoons of the dressing into the chickpea mixture; toss to coat.

  4. Add spinach to the remaining dressing in the large bowl; toss to coat. Divide the spinach evenly among 4 plates; top each plate with 1 1/4 cups chickpea mixture. Serve immediately.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
19g Fat
23g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Vitamin A 1869IU 37%
Sodium 555mg 24%
Potassium 505mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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