Mother’s Day Recipe: Mediterranean Tuna Chickpea Salad (Dairy & Gluten-Free!)


What does tuna have to do with Mother’s Day?  Nothing. On Mother’s Day we thank our moms for everything they do,  for the women they are and the people they raised us to be. It was my mom who instilled in me my interest for healthy foods and holistic nutrition. She may make a mean veggie loaf, but my mom is not vegan and, as the name semi-vegan would suggest, neither am I. In honor of my mom, I’m sharing one of HER favorite recipes that I introduced her to.  It is not vegan, but it’s healthy, delicious, high in protein, low in fat, gluten-free and dairy free!


Mediterranean Tuna Chickpea Salad (Dairy & Gluten-Free!)


1 (7 ounce) can tuna, drained

1 (12 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 small tomatoes, chopped

1/4 pepper (you can use any color, I chose orange), chopped

¼ cup chopped onion

1 small dill pickle, chopped

Juice from ½ lemon

1 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


  1. Using a fork, mash tuna in a mixing bowl
  2. Stir in chickpeas
  3. Add celery, tomatoes, pepper, onion, pickle
  4. Chop all vegetables into small cubes
  5. Stir in lemon juice, EVOO and red wine vinegar
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste