Italian chickpea, tuna and parsley salad

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Italian Chickpea, Tuna and Parsley Salad

Adapted from TWO DISHES. Mother and Daughter. Two Cooks, Two Lifestyles, Two Takes.

Serves 4

Chickpeas, tuna and parsley. Who would have thought a salad so delicious could also be so healthy for you. Chickpeas are low in saturated fat and a good source of fibre, protein, folate and manganese. Tuna is a good source of protein and vitamin B12.

540 mL (19–oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

170 g (6–oz) can flaked water–packed tuna, drained

3 stalks celery, cut in 1/4–inch pieces

1/4 red onion, finely sliced in rings

45 ml (3 tbsp) lightly packed minced fresh parsley

60 ml (1/4 cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 medium)

30 ml (2 tbsp) extra–virgin olive oil

5 ml (1 tsp) kosher salt

2 ml (1/2 tsp) hot red pepper flakes

1 ml (1/4 tsp) freshly ground black pepper

Toss the chickpeas, tuna, celery, onion, parsley, lemon juice, oil, salt, hot pepper flakes and pepper together in a large bowl and allow to marinate for up to 30 minutes before serving.