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



Saturday Snack in a Second

Looking for a healthy snack that only takes seconds to prepare? A common misconception about eating healthy is that it’s a) expensive and b) time-consuming. While that can be true, it doesn’t HAVE to be.

Introducing Saturday Snack in a Second. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite snacks that you can whip up in no time and will not put a dent in your wallet.

Today’s snack is the Avocado Tomato Crisp.
Dietary information: vegan, gluten-free, nut-free

The ingredients:
– ¼ avocado
– 3 thin slices of a small/ medium-sized tomato
– 4-5 slices of sweet yellow onion
– 1 whole grain brown rice cake (try a flavored rice-cake for a twist! I used tamari sprinkled with seaweed)
– Pepper to taste

The preparation:
1) Scoop out the avocado and mash onto your rice cake
2) Place tomatoes on top of avocado
3) Layer onions on top of tomatoes
4) Sprinkle with pepper to taste