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Tuna quinoa salad
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Lemon, Tuna and Quinoa Salad

A simple, healthy side or light meal, this Lemon, Tuna and Quinoa Salad is really delicious. 
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 2


  • 130 g quinoa - or 2 cups cooked
  • 185 g can tuna -drained
  • 10 cherry tomatoes -halved
  • 25 g leafy greens (1 cup)
  • ¼ bunch/s fresh coriander or mint leaves -leaves picked off stems
  • 1 carrot/s (large) grated or julienned


  • ½ lemon/s -zest and juice
  • 60 ml olive oil extra virgin (or roughly double the quantity of oil to lemon juice) (¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika


  • Firstly rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve really well for at least 1 minute (this removes the bitter saponins from the quinoa). Cook the quinoa by placing it into a pot with cups of water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. This step gives the quinoa time to pop open and the little white spiral to appear. After 5 minutes, remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Allow to cool.
  • Place all of the dressing ingredients into a jar and shake well to combine.
  • In a large bowl mix together the quinoa and tuna.
  • Mix through the dressing, adding gradually until the quinoa and tuna are well coated but not drowning in dressing.
  • Now fold through the tomatoes, carrot, leafy greens and herbs. Enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Vegan and vegetarian 

Omit the tuna and add in thinly sliced tofu or tempeh and toasted nuts.

Don't like tuna

Replace it with another cooked meat like shredded or diced chicken, lamb or beef.

Add nuts, seeds or dukkah

This is lovely topped with toasted nuts, seeds or even dukkah to add in a nice crunch.

Add feta or goat feta

This is delicious with feta mixed through too.
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