Bistro Fresh Tuna Salad
By Erin Froehlich Serves 2
I'm a big fan of tuna, so when I see it being mixed to the point of paste consistency, it makes me a little sad. Treated gently and paired with fresh flavors, even humble canned tuna can be a truly decadent thing!
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- 1 Can Tuna Packed in Olive Oil
- ½ cup Grape or Cherry Tomatoes (organic if at all possible!)
- ½ Shallot Onion
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Dill
- 1 Tbsp Capers
- 1 Tpsp Honey Mustard
- 1 × Fresh Lemon Juice from 1/4 of Lemon
- Sea Salt to Taste
- 1 × Optional 4 Slices of Sour Dough Bread & Sprouts
You may also need:
Bowl, Kitchen Knife, Skillet, Spoon
Tuna packed in olive oil may be a more fattening choice, but the meat is far more tender and flavorful than tuna packed in water. Besides, because the fat is already there, you can skip the mayo in your tuna salad. Get out a small mixing bowl and gently remove the tuna from the can, breaking up chunks over an inch long, but otherwise doing your best to keep them intact.
On a cutting board, cut grape tomatoes into four slices lengthwise or cherry tomatoes in half. Mince half a shallot and 2 tbsp worth of fresh dill. Toss tomatoes, shallots, capers, and dill in with your tuna.
Top with honey mustard and fresh lemon juice and stir the mixture gently doing your best to keep chunks of tuna intact. Season with sea salt to your taste.
Making this ahead of time will allow the flavors to permeate the meat a bit more, but if you're hungry now, by all means eat it now. It's good on its own, topping a salad, or eaten with tortilla chips.
For A Sandwich: I'd suggest sour dough bread toasted in a skillet with a little spritz of cooking spray (we use olive oil) and a sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper. (Can't have a great sandwich without great bread!) Once it's nice and golden brown on each side, top it with tuna salad, and top your tuna salad with some sprouts. Enjoy!
Kyle McCarthy from SLN says:
I was just staring at my two cans of tuna in the pantry over the weekend thinking about how much I didn't want to eat them. Thanks for offering a fresh take on a once-boring seafood staple!
Erin Froehlich says:
A convert! :D Yeah, a lot of people get locked into this idea that the only use for canned tuna is sandwich mush. You can use tuna in most of the same ways you can use any other sort of sandwich meat.
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