Soy-Ginger Dinner Salad with Tuna

Serves 4. Prep time: 15 minutes.
Ingredients: 

Dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, preferably low-sodium
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Salad:
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 pound fresh spinach
1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained
1 can water-packed tuna, drained

Preparation: 

Place all dressing ingredients in a small- to medium-sized mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the cucumber and the tomato, and gently stir to coat the vegetables with dressing. Allow this mixture to sit, marinating the vegetables a bit, while preparing the rest of the salad.

Next, place spinach, garbanzo beans, and tuna in a very large salad bowl or large stainless-steel mixing bowl. Add the dressing and veggie mixture and toss thoroughly but gently to combine.

Tips: This salad wows diners with its seemingly complicated flavor profile. Packed with protein and fiber, it can easily be incorporated into your meal plan to get you out of a dinner rut. Add nuts on top for extra substance, crunch and pizazz.