Lightened Up Tuna + Garbanzo Salad

I'm all about bowl meals. Hot or cold. I love the idea of just throwing a whole bunch of ingredients together and making them taste delicious.

It's been hot in San Diego and meal prep is slowly evolving from crock pot meals to entree salads. I have always loved tuna salad but I have stirred away from it in the past since I feared mayonnaise for the longest time. I would NOT eat mayo even if someone paid me to. 

With my recovery came a challenging exercise. No more labeling food as good or bad. No more labeling food as fattening vs allowed. No more restricting. Some foods were reincorporated to my diet fairly quickly after treatment but with mayo, it took a while. I actually always just said that I "didn't like" mayo just so that I didn't have to give any other explanation. 

I eat mayo now. Not on a regular basis but I no longer avoid it like a mad person. In fact sometimes I crave it, especially served with tuna. I am definitely conscious of the type of mayo that we buy at home, I buy olive oil mayonnaise. It's a fat. Maybe not the healthiest fat out there but it's not evil and it's not the enemy. Use it in moderation and enjoy! 

Lightened Up Tuna + Garbanzo Salad


  • 1 can of drained tuna
  • 1/2 cup of drained garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted sweet corn
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 pickled jalapeños, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil mayonnaise 
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix well in a bowl and enjoy on a slice of bread or with some corn chips (ceviche style)!