Lockdown Recipe of the Day: Tuna, Chickpea & Avocado Salad

Lockdown Recipe of the Day: Tuna, Chickpea & Avocado Salad
(Photo: Tony Jackman)

Tuna in cans rivals tinned chopped tomatoes in popularity in South Africa. The time is right for a good old-fashioned tuna salad, with a bit of added zing.


1 x 400 g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed under cold water

2 cans tuna in brine or water, drained

2 ripe, firm avocados

Half or a third of a cucumber (depending on size or how much you need), halved lengthwise and sliced thinly (peeled if you prefer, but the green rind adds colour and crunch)

½ a small red onion, sliced very thinly

1 red capsicum/ bell pepper, sliced julienne

1 or 2 red chillies, chopped finely

3 or 4 Tbsps mayonnaise

Extra lemon juice for the avocado

Dressing for the chickpeas:

3 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1 Tbsp peanut oil

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp chilli oil

1 Tbsp balsamic reduction or similar

Salt and pepper

Dressing for the salad ingredients:

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp soy sauce

3 Tbsps olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

3 Tbsp mint sprigs, finely chopped

Salt and pepper


Mix the first dressing ingredients together in a bowl and toss the chickpeas in it. Scoop out the chickpeas to another bowl using a slotted spoon. Leave the remnants of the dressing in the bowl.

To the same bowl, add the ingredients for the second dressing and combine. Toss the cucumber, red onion and red peppers in this, remove to a serving plate with a slotted spoon. Again, leave the remnants of the dressing in the bowl.

To the same bowl add more lemon juice, then diced avocado, coat, and scoop out to the serving plate.

Again, to the same bowl, add the flaked tuna and the mayonnaise, stir and spoon onto the serving plate. Garnish with parsley. DM/TGIFood

Our Thank God It’s Food newsletter is sent to subscribers every Friday at 6pm, and published on the TGIFood platform on Daily Maverick. It’s all about great reads on the themes of food and life. Subscribe here.

Send your Lockdown Recipes to [email protected] with a hi-resolution horizontal (landscape) photo.

Thank God It’s Food is sponsored by Pick n Pay.


Comments - Please in order to comment.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Daily Maverick Elections Toolbox

Feeling powerless in politics?

Equip yourself with the tools you need for an informed decision this election. Get the Elections Toolbox with shareable party manifesto guide.