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This Quick Curried Tuna and Chickpea Salad with Tarragon is a perfect way to spruce up your lunch and invite flavor into your day.
It struck me that we’re only weeks (maybe by the time the post is live, days) away from a new year. Most of us may want to vehemently deny this year ever even happened, but of course, it did. And I can’t speak for anyone else, but I felt the challenges in every fiber of my being. Much has been and still is uncomfortable. There is a stubborn aura of agitation and nervousness that enveloped me and has yet to lift.
But somehow when reflecting on this unnerving year, I can’t help but think that some growth has to come as a result despite the indelible mark it will leave. I may not know what this growth is yet, but as with all things in life, one day I’ll look back and it will all make sense. Life is just like that.
Though for me the biggest takeaway from 2020 thus far has been human resilience. I’ve had to hold back tears seeing how my small children adjusted to life among a pandemic, how nearly everyone did their part in order to keep a stranger safe. I’ve come to respect all the business small and big for doing what they had to and bending this way and that in order to make things work while keeping us safe.
So my last post for the year will feature one of my all-time favorite companies – St. Jude Tuna, which is a Seattle-based, remarkable tuna company that makes the best canned tuna I’ve tasted. Honestly, I have yet to try anything that comes remotely close to the quality and taste. And frankly, when I don’t have it on hand, I feel slightly cheated. Simply nothing else compares.
To honor this exquisite tuna, I wanted to bring in some complimentary flavors and shake things up a little. Curry, chickpeas, tarragon, apple, and radicchio mix wonderfully with the hearty tuna, creating a flavorful salad that’s perfect on its own, over greens, in sandwiches, or wraps.
I’ll be honest, I gravitate towards recipes that can be made on a whim, that taste good, and can be easily incorporated into my day. I find this recipe to be just that. Perfect for when you want something quick, but with flavors that will leave you saying…ooooh. Practical and flavorful don’t have to be mutually exclusive after all, don’t you think?
With that said, let’s get to today’s Quick Curried Tuna And Chickpea Salad With Tarragon.
Quick Curried Tuna And Chickpea Salad With Tarragon
- Nutritious, easy to make, and full of flavor
- Gluten, grain, and dairy-free
- Low carb, satisfying, and filling
- Ready in minutes
- A different take on the classic tuna salad
Why Good Tuna Matters
Because tuna is the most important ingredient in this salad, I like starting with the best quality I can find. This is where St. Jude Tuna comes in. The Olive Oil Mediterranean Packed Tuna adds unmatched quality and taste making it perfect for this curried tuna and chickpea salad.
Canned or Fresh Chickpeas
That’s entirely up to you and your preference. What I do recommend, however is always peeling the chickpeas before mashing them. The skin is easy to peel and because we’re only adding about 1/4 cup, it’s a small commitment.
Quality Curry Powder Makes A Difference
Because we’re not cooking the curry, you want the freshest possible curry powder for this salad. Fresh and good quality really do make a big difference.
Do You Need Radicchio
I love the hint of bitterness in the salad and find radicchio to be an underestimated ingredient. A little bit goes a long way in balancing all the flavors.
What Apple Variety Is Best In this Curried Tuna And Chickpea Salad
I like sweet, crunchy apples in the salad and find Fuji, Honeycrisp or Gala to work best. But of course, once you make this recipe, it’s yours for experimenting and you can try whatever variety of apple you prefer.https://deaceb8791fdcca98fb65c4aba1cd4cd.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
What If No Fresh Tarragon Is Available
Tarragon is not available all year long though some markets do carry it. If that’s the case, you can use a good quality dried tarragon instead.
Ingredients For Quick Curried Tuna And Chickpea Salad With Tarragon
- St. Jude Mediterranean Tuna
- Cooked or Canned Chickpeas
- Curry Powder
- Ground Coriander
- Chopped Apple
- Chopped Celery
- Fresh Tarragon
Making Quick Curried Tuna And Chickpea Salad With Tarragon
Step 1. Finely chop about a 1/4 of an apple so you end up with roughly 2 tbsp. Do the same with a stalk or two of celery ending with about 2 tbsp. Slice a leaf of radicchio (or more if you’d like) and set aside.
Step 2. In a large bowl, break up the tuna completely until you have small chunks.
Step 3. In a small bowl mash chickpeas with a fork and set aside.
Step 4. Combine all ingredients with the tuna and mix very well. Top the salad with additional radicchio.
Quick Curried Tuna and Chickpea Salad with Tarragon
- 1 can St. Jude Mediterranean tuna, drained
- 1/4 cup cooked and peeled chickpeas
- 1 tsp good curry powder
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tbsp finely chopped apple
- 2 tbsp finely chopped celery
- 1-2 tsp freshly chopped tarragon or 1/4-1/2 tsp dried
- 2 tbsp good mayo
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2-3 tbsp freshly chopped radicchio
1. Finely chop about a 1/4 of an apple so you end up with roughly 2 tbsp. Do the same with a stalk or two of celery ending with about 2 tbsp. Slice a leaf of radicchio (or more if you’d like and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, break up the tuna completely until you have small chunks.
3. In a small bowl mash chickpeas with a fork and set aside.