Tuna, Chick Pea and Broccoli Salad with Yogurt

Thank you, Martha Rose Shulman — you rock!

I love a good salad with tuna fish — and this one, with veggie and extra protein — is destined to become a favorite. Now all I need to do is wait for April…when we once again have goat yogurt:)

Tuna, Chickpeas and Broccoli Salad With Yogurt Dressing

This is inspired by that great Italian combination, tuna and beans. It’s a salad that keeps well in the refrigerator. The broccoli will not retain its pretty green color once in contact with the acid in the dressing, so for best results keep the broccoli separate, along with a tablespoon of the dressing. Just before you want to eat, toss in the broccoli and extra dressing; or eat the broccoli separately with the dressing.

1 can water-packed light tuna, drained

1/2 can chickpeas, (3/4 cup) drained and rinsed

1 stalk celery, cut in small (1/4-inch) dice

1/2 red bell pepper, cut in small (1/4-inch) dice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (optional)

1 broccoli crown, steamed for 4 to 5 minutes and broken into florets

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon vinegar (red wine, sherry or white wine)

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt, or if you are lucky enough to have access to it, goat yogurt.

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the tuna, chickpeas, celery, bell pepper, parsley and chives. Keep the broccoli separate.

2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and Dijon mustard. Whisk in the olive oil and yogurt, and toss with the tuna and chickpea mixture. Refrigerate in a bowl or in containers until ready to take to work or eat. Add the broccoli just before serving.

Yield: 2 1/2 servings.

Advance preparation: This keeps for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.

Nutritional information per serving: 240 calories; 1 gram saturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 4 grams monounsaturated fat; 22 milligrams cholesterol; 19 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 492 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 24 grams protein


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