Potato salad with tuna, chickpeas and balsamic vinaigrette


Potato salads are real crowd-pleasers aren’t they? It is time however, to rethink the creamy, mayo-laden version and turn it into a balanced, healthful and delicious version of the old favourite.

This particular recipe is no side dish; it is a complete meal on its own and one of my personal lunchtime favourites.  First, most of the necessary ingredients are pantry staples. Also, I enjoy that it can be made ahead of time;  I usually prepare all of the necessary ingredients at night, layer them into a container and drizzle with dressing at the office the next day. Isn’t it motivating to have a delicious, healthy meal to look forward to on your lunch break?


Serves 3 to 4


  • 1 pound small potatoes approx. 16 with skins on
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 140 g chunk light tuna approx 1 can or small jar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fennel tops, minced  (green herb on top of the bulb)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, with their juice



1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add potatoes and cook 15 minutes, they should fall off the fork when pricked. Drain, slice in half and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, place potatoes, chickpeas, tuna, tomatoes, fennel, fennel tops and capers.

4. Drizzle with dressing, toss gently and serve warm or cold.


Per serving

The facts:      Calories: 400   Total fat: 14g    Protein: 17g   Fibre: 8g

The goods:  Source of  vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc.

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4 Responses to Potato salad with tuna, chickpeas and balsamic vinaigrette

  1. Wow! I’ve tried this last night and it was delicious! It was the first time I tried the fennel. Thanks for the recipe and nice blog by the way!

    • So glad you enjoyed it! Fennel is one of my favourites, so refreshing. It’s really good roasted or grilled too 🙂

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