Greek Style Tuna Salad

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Adding quinoa to salad makes it an extra filling meal, and the Greek style sauce makes it delicious. Try this Greek style tuna salad today!

Greek Style Tuna Salad

Julian and I have been loving this salad recently.  It is a twist on a traditional Greek salad and includes quinoa, chickpeas, and canned tuna.  I love the dressing I used for this salad, which is an easy and healthy version of a traditional Greek salad dressing.  The protein in the quinoa, tuna, and chickpeas make this salad super satisfying while remaining low in calories!  

Greek Style Tuna Salad

How to Make the Best Greek Style Tuna Salad

While the full recipe details are available below, here are some tips for making the best Greek style salad:

  • Quinoa: use 1 cup of dried quinoa.  Make sure you have rinsed the quinoa prior to cooking it.  This is important because removes the quinoa's natural coating which can cause a bitter taste.  Check the package of your quinoa, since it may be pre-rinsed.  I also recommend to split the liquid that you use in cooking your quinoa half and half broth and water.  This helps to add flavor to the quinoa.  I generally prefer to use chicken broth, but you can also use vegetable broth if you want to make this vegetarian.
  • Chickpeas: be sure to rinse and drain your chickpeas before adding them to your salad.  This is important because it reduces the starch content of the chickpeas, which makes it easier for you to digest.
  • Cheese: I generally prefer to use goat's cheese, as it contains a lower level of lactose.  I have found a great version of feta cheese that is made using goat's cheese that I love.  If you cannot find goat's cheese feta, this salad is still delicious using regular feta!  Because feta has a strong, salty flavor, be careful when adding salt to your dressing and use sparingly.  
  • Dressing: the key ingredients to this dressing include, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and oregano.  These combined with olive oil and lemon juice create a delightfully tangy taste that complements the salad ingredients perfectly!
Greek Style Tuna Salad

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Greek Style Tuna Salad

Adding quinoa to salad makes it an extra filling meal, and the Greek style sauce makes it delicious. Try this Greek style tuna salad today!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth (use vegetable to make this vegetarian)
  • 200 ml canned sliced black olives, drained
  • 540 ml can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly and quartered
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese feta

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add quinoa, water and broth.  Cook according to package directions.  Allow to cool until lukewarm, approximately 15 minutes.
  2. To make the dressing, add the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, oregano, crushed garlic and salt and pepper to a small mixing bowl.  whisk together until well combined.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add cooled quinoa, olives, chickpeas, cucumber, grape tomatoes, tuna, goat’s cheese feta, and dressing.  Toss until well combined and serve.

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