Lentil, Chickpea and Tuna Salad

My hubby likes for me to keep things in the fridge that are easy to take out and eat when he gets home from work.  He's not big on pasta anymore, so pasta salads aren't the best choice right now.  I decided to make this one because it has lots of protein and fiber from the different beans.  The red onions, tomato and spinach add nutrients and color.  And the tuna adds more protein and healthy fats.

2 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup green lentils
1/4 cup Yellow Split Peas
1 bay leaf

1 5 oz. can tuna in water
1 15 oz. can chickpeas

1 roma tomato, diced
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1 cup baby spinach, chopped

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Put lentils , split yellow peas and water in medium saucepan with bay leaf.  Bring to a boil, then turn to low and cover with a lid that is slightly askew.  Cook for 25 minutes.  When 25 minutes is done, drain lentils and peas and rinse with cold water.  We wanted ours kind of firm still and didn't want to overcook them.

While lentils are cooking, place tomatoes, onions, chickpeas, spinach and tuna in a bowl and combine well.

Combine olive oil, vinegar, water, lemon juice, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.

Add the lentils and peas to the tuna and vegetables in the bowl and mix again until thoroughly combined.

Poor dressing over vegetables and tuna and mix again.

It can be eaten immediately or chilled in the refrigerator.


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  1. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  2. I sure wish I could actually make myself eat stuff like this. I would weigh a lot less. It does LOOK really good though. #mommymeetup

    1. LOL, Crystal! Sometimes all it takes is the first bite. Some of the healthier foods are an acquired taste, but the more you eat them, the more you crave them! Thanks for hosting the #mommymeetup. Have a great weekend!

  3. This is great! Nutritious and healthy and just the kind of recipe I like. I'll be sharing on my #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook group. Thanks for linking up with us at #Overthemoon.

  4. I love this healthy lunch idea! I am TOTALLY making it :) Thanks!

    1. Thank you Sammi! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  5. Hi there! Congratulations! Your post was in my top two picks for this week's Over the Moon link up. I love healthy recipes so totally enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing and see you at next week's link up. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Sue!!! Thank you so much for hosting and thank you also for sharing on your #couchpotatofabfit FB group! Glad you liked the recipe. :)

  6. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I'm not a fan of tuna, but I have a feeling canned chicken would work just as well! I'll definitely be making this soon!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  7. Your recipe is making me hungry right now! I love everything that involves lentils and garbanzo beans, we eat a lot of pulses here in Spain.
    I am featuring your recipe next Tuesday at #2usestuesday so don't forget to stop by and grab a button.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  8. This looks so yummy. I have to go right now and dig into my cupboard for some chickpeas. I'm sure I have them! Love the idea of combining them with tuna. Thanks for the recipe. I am pinning!


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