Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tahini Tuna Salad

I'm pretty careful about how often I feed my family tuna (or other high mercury fish), but I have to admit that ever since I came up with this recipe, I've eaten more tuna than recommended. Okay, it has only been a month. I'm sure my craving for the perfect mix of creamy and tangy flavors in this recipe will subside. Or not :)

I do buy light tuna, since it's lower in mercury. I also buy a brand that is packed only in water and salt. Believe it or not, most cans that say 'water' are actually packed in chicken broth and other ingredients. Since I have to stay away from gluten, onions, garlic and other foods, I stick with simple. I also recommend that you stir the tahini (sesame seed paste) until smooth before using. Some brands chunk up at the bottom, leaving nothing but oil on top. Apart from that, I hope you enjoy this high protein, gluten/dairy free and 'healthy fat' version of tuna salad.

Rula's Tahini Tuna Salad


3 cans light tuna in water
1/2 can of chick peas (drained)
2 roma tomatoes diced small
2 large celery stalks diced small
1/4 red bell pepper diced small
2 TBS white vinegar
2 TBS spicy brown mustard
1 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
1/2 cup tahini
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

Just mix it all up in a bowl and serve it straight up (my favorite way), on a bed of lettuce, as a sandwich with gluten free bread (try Rudi's multigrain GF bread toasted) or with a side of quinoa. It's a quick and easy meal that stores well in the fridge. Hope you enjoy!


  1. This sounds nice and healthy. Amazing the stuff we're consuming without knowing the harm we're doing to our bodies.

  2. Sounds yummy. I usually buy tuna in the packages with no liquid.

  3. This is right up my alley. I never would've thought to use chickpeas.


  4. I used to eat a lot of tuna. I haven't eaten it in years. Since before being pregnant with my first child. He is now twelve.

  5. J.L. - Seriously, right? I'm a label reader try to stay away from all the chemical additives. They're everywhere though.

    Carol - I've had those before too :)

    Maria - I'd never tried chickpeas with tuna before, but I was rummaging through my pantry for ingredients and figured why not...and it turned out tasty :)

    Stina - That's funny, because I don't think I ate any either from my first pregnancy and for a long time after my third. Partly smell/taste issues with my hormones and partly bc of the mercury (I was really strict with pregnancy foods). I'm back to eating it now though...

  6. I love tahini and tuna, so I NEED to try this recipe!

  7. Hey Jennifer - Let me know what you think!