Let it be known that I’m not a huge tuna salad sandwich lover. I think the last time I had one was when the sub shop I used to frequent in college was out of turkey and it was the next best option, or something. It’s not that I don’t like tuna, but the thought of it combined with globs of mayonnaise, pickles, and celery just doesn’t really do it for me.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad though? Totally slaying the tuna salad game!
Mediterranean Tuna Salad is flaky tuna is combined with bright, fresh flavors including kalamata olives, red onion, basil, fire-roasted red peppers, and tons of tangy capers. They are without a doubt my favorite part of the mix. I kept the mayo but used it sparingly. Just enough to keep the salad together, plus added a drizzle of fresh lemon juice to really brighten things up.
Tuna salad is a fantastic lunch choice because it’s packed with protein to keep you full all afternoon, and super portable. Serve it in a fresh tomato like I’m showing here, pack it in a container then dip into it with crunchy crackers, spread it between two slices of bread, stuff it into a pita pocket, or scoop onto fresh greens. Quick, easy, fresh, healthy, and absolutely delicious!
For two lunches you’ll need 2, 5oz cans tuna packed in water. Drain the tuna then add it to a big bowl.
Next add all the goodies including 1/4 cup chopped kalamata or mixed olives, 2 Tablespoons minced red onion, 2 Tablespoons chopped fire roasted red peppers (I don’t even know what inspired me to add them but I loved the addition!!) 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil, and 1 Tablespoon capers. Three cheers for only needing to clean a bowl, cutting board, and Tablespoon after making this dish!
Finally add 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, salt, and pepper then mix to combine.
To serve the Mediterranean Tuna Salad in a tomato cup, choose a large ripe tomato then slice it into sixths without cutting all the way through. Gently pry it open then scoop the salad into the center and serve!
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Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Mediterranean Tuna Salad is fresh and light - serve in a tomato, on a salad, between two slices of bread, or with crackers!
- 2, 5oz cans tuna packed in water, drained
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup chopped kalamata or mixed olives
- 2 Tablespoons minced red onion
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fire roasted red peppers
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 Tablespoon capers
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes
- Add all ingredients except tomatoes in a large bowl then stir to combine. Slice tomatoes into sixths, without cutting all the way through, then gently pry open. Scoop Mediterranean Tuna Salad mixture into the center then serve.
- Could also serve tuna salad as a sandwich, in a pita pocket, on a bed of greens, or with crackers.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.