Light and Healthy Tuna and Chickpea Salad (courtesy of Gwynnie)

I just can’t quit Gwyneth Paltrow, you guys. I see an old movie of hers and her pouty/frowny face annoys me. I read about something cool she’s doing for fat kids somewhere and I love her again. I hear that she makes her bodyguards block the entrance to restaurant restrooms so that she can use it without anyone else being in there and it sets my teeth on edge. I see her in an episode of Glee and I’m back into her. I read about her perfect eating habits and perfect workout routine….and….you get the drift.

And then a while ago I got her cookbook, It’s All Good, and then this weekend I made one of her super tasty recipes. And now I’m totally back into her. Dang it.


This book got great reviews. I’ve leafed my way through it and everything looks delicious and really, really good for you.



The recipe calls for the zest of half a lemon. Don’t skimp on this. It gives a nice kick of flavor.



Simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon and red wine vinegar.



Canned organic chickpeas make putting this together a cinch.



The double dose of scallions and minced red onion make this salad pop.



A handful or arugula adds a bit of peppery bite.





 I’m sure you could use tuna in water but why would you when there is this fabulous italian tuna in olive oil available. This is my favorite brand. Not cheap, but worth it.



Tell me this doesn’t look delicious?



A not so pretty “plated” shot. I really need to work on my food staging skills.


Italian Tuna & Chickpea Salad (From It’s All Good.)

Serves 4

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar (play with this though — you may want a bit more acidity depending on how much oil stays from the tuna)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 8ish oz italian tuna packed in olive oil (drained well)
  • 14 oz can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tbsp finely diced red onion
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 oz of arugula, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and red wine vinegar. Add all of the remaining ingredients, mix, and then add as much salt and pepper as you need to suit your taste. (Just watch the salt as you know too much is never a good thing.)

That’s it! Super easy right?

Make this whenever you want a clean, protein-packed lunch. Just warm up some whole wheat pita halves and stuff with this salad. It’s actually better the next day, so make a double batch and you’re golden Pony Boy.

Let me know how it turns out!


Categories: Clean(ish) Living, Yummy

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3 replies

  1. LOVE this recipe! Had fun reading you write about it too 🙂


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