tuna salad, sort of: lemony tuna salad with kale, chickpeas & brown rice

lemony tuna salad with kale, chickpeas & brown rice | everybody likes sandwiches

Spring is here and I’m read to grab the sunshine with both hands and run around like a crazy person. At the same time, it’s April in Vancouver and that means rain. Lately, it means rain-rain-rain-sun-sun-rain, often in the same day. Wacky weather rules and I’m trying to go along with the flow. Last week we went to Ikea and bought a couple of chaise lounges and yesterday we bought some reed fencing for our balcony. All of this is in the hopes of making our tiny slice of outdoor space more comfortable for the summer. I’m thinking about carnival lights after loving how many homes in New Orleans were all decked out in pretty lights. And since we face north, an outdoor heater is probably also in the works too. I recently spent some time getting rid of all the brown, dead plants and cried small tears over the clematis that effectively drowned (oops – forgot to drill out holes in my outdoor plant pot!) At the same time I was excited to see all the perennials come up green and bright, many with flowers in full bloom too! Oh gardening, you are a tricky beast and I fear I’ll always be on the outside looking in. Spring you are amazing anyway.

lemony tuna salad with kale, chickpeas & brown rice | everybody likes sandwiches

And so is this salad, which is more than a plain ol’ salad. It’s filling and bulky and it tastes amazing. When I first made it, I knew it would be a keeper. After every bite I’d exclaim to Cornelius, “wow, this is so good. Isn’t it so good?”. And it is! It is soooo good.

lemony tuna salad with kale, chickpeas & brown rice | everybody likes sandwiches

Bright with lemon and kale and you can use brown rice like I did or leave it out. I use the fancy Italian tuna packed with oil, but I’m curious how this would work with plain ol’ water-packed tuna. If you do give it a try, please let me know! It keeps well the next day for a leftover lunch. And it’s fancy enough to serve for a casual supper or lunch with a good friend and some cold white riesling or a bitter ale.

lemony tuna salad with kale, chickpeas & brown rice | everybody likes sandwiches

Got Craft? Vancouver May 2014

Another sign of spring is the Got Craft? spring show on May 10 + 11th. I illlustrated & designed the cute postcard above! It’s at the Maritime Labour Hall in East Van which is nearby to some of this cities best craft nano breweries and restaurants. If you’re in town, please come by! I’ve got some super cute mother’s day & father’s day cards along with some new spring prints. It’s a great show and I’d love to meet you 🙂

14 comments to “tuna salad, sort of: lemony tuna salad with kale, chickpeas & brown rice”

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    Joanne   April 25, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Spring has definitely sprung here in NYC also!! It’s great. And it’s definitely been putting me in a salad-eating mood! This sounds delicious. So much good stuff in it.

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    Nicole   April 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This does sound good! I love all of the ingredients and it looks perfect for spring! Marc and I were in Ann Arbor the other day and it made us think of you guys 🙂 Good luck with all of your home projects!

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    cheri   April 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    What a great salad, I keep forgetting how good canned tuna is in a salad like this. Thanks! Good luck decorating your patio.

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    kickpleat   April 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks Joanne, it’s definitely a meal I’ll be making again & again!

    Awwww, thanks Nicole 🙂 I wish we could have stayed longer there!

    Yes, canned tuna is perfect here! Thanks Cheri.

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   April 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Perfect for a Saturday lunch… with a glass of Riesling? oh yeah…

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    Robert F   May 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I made this, it’s a tastier and healthier turn on my usual mayo/celery/tuna salad. Using a half cup of brown rice is smart, as you get the fuller mouth feel without the usual clumping and density that turns people away from brown rice. The only downside is that this salad doesn’t work on bread as it falls apart too easily. But as a main course salad, it’s a keeper.

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    JoanneM   May 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I do not want to discuss the spring weather here in TO (ahem, it sucks) so lets move along to talk plants and how terrible I am at their maintenance and survival. Don’t feel so bad because I really suck at keeping green things alive. One thing I don’t suck at is eating well and oh boy did I pack on the pounds on my recent trip to Greece. I ate way too many honey drenched desserts. So high protein salads, like your tuna, chickpea and kale, will be my go-to for a looong while.

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    kickpleat   May 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I like the way you think, RMW!

    Robert, so glad you enjoyed this – yeah, it’s not exactly the kind you make for sandwiches, but it is a wonderful main dish salad! I’ve already made it twice and will keep on it since it’s so simple and filling.

    haha, thanks Joanne 🙂

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    Cat   July 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Stumbled on your site and this recipe, took a week to convince myself I could do warm tuna, just made it, and it is. so. so. good. I took a bite and immediately started thinking of who to share the recipe with! What a great find! Thank you!!

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    kickpleat   July 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Cat, so happy you liked this recipe 🙂

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    Nikki   July 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I found this recipe through my yummly recipe app – thank you so much it was absolutely delicious! I used a mix of kale, spinach and rocket which worked really well. Can’t wait to make it again 🙂

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    Jennifer   August 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I just made this. Thank you so much for the recipe. We ended up taking out the lemon zest, it was a bit too much for the kids. But guess what?!?!? My 8 year old picky eater LOVES it! He has never had kale or gazbamo beans until now. I’m thrilled we have a new dish to make that doesn’t cost a lot.

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    kickpleat   August 17, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks Jennifer! I still make this all the time too so I’m glad that even your picky eater loves this recipe too!

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    Lisa   March 6, 2024 at 9:54 am

    Wow, I did not expect to love this salad as much as I do! I decided to make it because I had some leftover white rice plus everything else on hand. SO YUMMY! I’ll definitely be making this again!

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