Emma’s Tuna and Quinoa Salad


First of all, I want to explain that I know canned tuna is not a totally ‘clean’ food. It contains mercury and comes in tins which contain BPA, so it’s not a food I eat regularly. I see it as an emergency food when I don’t have time to cook a protein source myself. This salad is from my friend Emma, who I used to work with at a local gym. She brought this salad into work for lunch for literally two months straight! I thought, “Wow. This must be an amazing salad!’ So I asked her for the recipe. (I have tweaked it a little, so it’s just the way I like it!) 🙂

This salad does involve a little effort – cooking the quinoa and doing quite a bit of chopping. I’m a very basic cook so this salad is a bit more time-consuming for me; however, it tastes really nice with the tangy Moroccan dressing and I think it’s worth the effort when you feel like something a bit different and more flavoursome than your usual lunch time salad.

Serves 1


1/4 cup cooked quinoa
6 cherry tomatoes
1/2 lebanese cucumber, diced
1/4 red capsicum, diced
1 tbs red onion, diced
6 pitted green olives
3 whole / 10g walnuts, crumbled
2 tbs parsley, chopped
1x 95g tin of tuna in spring water, drained

2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Moroccan seasoning


  1. Combine all ingredients for the salad in a bowl.
  2. In a small jar, shake together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Stir through.

If you’re not eating the salad immediately, leave the tuna and dressing out and add it just before eating. If you love the taste of the Moroccan seasoning you should also try my recipe for crispy skin moroccan salmon.

Nutritional info per serve:

Calories Carbohydrates Fat Protein  
309 23.2g 14.5g 29.3g
2017-07-10T19:32:52+00:00 11 May 2015|Categories: EAT|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments


  1. Whisked Away 11 May 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Healthy and delicious, it’s a win win!

  2. Rose 11 May 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Yum, this looks great! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Holly Brownlie 26 May 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

      It would be a great one for you to make in bulk on the weekend for work. I often make 4 of these up at once. I’d love to hear how you go if you make it 🙂

  3. mummaknows 3 June 2015 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Looks delish!

  4. Amy Daniels 15 September 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    just made this in bulk as my lunch for the week and tried my first day it is amazing and found it so easy to make !

    • Holly Brownlie 16 September 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      It is so delicious isn’t it! I’m glad you found it really easy to make. Maybe you’ll ‘do an Emma’ and make it for two months straight 😛 xx

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