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Quinoa, Tuna and Chickpea Salad

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Quinoa Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Quinoa Tuna and Chickpea Salad

S. Wongkaew

This tasty quinoa, tuna and chickpea salad is a firm favorite in my household.

Fluffy quinoa is tossed with tuna, chickpeas, baby spinach, cilantro, mint, celery, spring onions and baby tomatoes. The dressing is a combination of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. The flavors are wonderful and the salad easily makes a meal in itself.

Before cooking it, the quinoa first needs to be soaked in boiled water for 5 minutes and then washed thoroughly under cold running water. This helps to get rid of its sometimes bitter outer coating.

Ingredients:

  • ***SALAD***
  • 1 200 gram can of tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa -- plus 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 cups of loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro (coriander)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped mint
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 8 baby tomatoes, quartered
  • ***DRESSING***
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, grated
  • 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • A pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Add the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Place quinoa in a small, heat-proof bowl. Cover with 1 cup of boiling water and soak for 5 minutes. Use a sieve to drain it and then give the quinoa a good wash under cold, running water. Run your fingers though it while you wash it.
  3. Place quinoa in a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water and 1/2 tsp of sea salt. Bring to the boil then lower heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes with lid on.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the tuna, spinach, chickpeas, celery, cilantro, mint, spring onions and baby tomatoes.
  5. Fluff the quinoa gently with a fork and then add to the salad ingredients. Add the dressing and then stir well with to coat ingredients.
  6. Divide salad between 2 large bowls and serve.
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