Tuna Salad, for All Your Herby, Flavorful, Summer Palate Needs!

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We’re in for a treat. Spring is officially here (aka, we’ve made it through those April Showers to the other side of the May Flowers 🌻), and the sun is beaming bright! And with it comes a new array of fresh, delectable dishes that are perfect this time of year. Like low carb, super filling, tuna salad!

For-tuna-tely, you have options.

I am all for a fresh, herbaceous tuna salad in this lovely warm weather. But I’ll also be the first to admit: tuna has not always been a go-to staple of mine. It was actually a solid no 🙅‍♀️ for me before I had the really good stuff: straight-off-the-pole tuna by way of Ortiz. Yes, it is harder to come by and (disclaimer!) YES, it’s expensive. But it is worth it! If you’re like me, and you have a hard time stomaching the typical canned stuff (I’m lookin’ at you, Starkist), try Ortiz on for size. But don’t stop there – if you try it out and you’re not into it, keep looking. Once you find the right tuna for you, you’ll see why I am so into this stuff.

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Tunalicious: the recipe

Once you’ve figured out your tuna pallette, the hard part is over. Tuna is so easy, you can basically eat it right out of the jar or can! But, to add some color to your meal, this is my favorite way to dress up the protein for some tuna salad delight:

What you’ll need

❏ 2 cans Albacore tuna (chunk), packed in olive oil
❏ 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
❏ 1/2 c chopped fresh parsley
❏ 2 tablespoons capers
❏ 1/2 red onion, chopped
❏ 1 head of lettuce
❏ handful of grape tomatoes, sliced
❏ 1 lime, sliced
❏ freshly grated parmesan cheese
❏ extra virgin olive oil to taste
❏ 1/2 tsp salt
❏ dash pepper

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How it’s done

-Pour the tuna into a mixing bowl. Use a fork to break the tuna chunks into small pieces.
-Add all additional ingredients to the bowl. Stir until mixed well.
-Add extra virgin olive oil for texture. Season with salt, pepper, and lime to taste.
-Serve tuna over lettuce.

That’s it! It might just be the easiest recipe… ever! And what’s more, it is super healthy and nutritious. It’s the perfect combo of protein and fat that will leave you feeling satisfied, but not enough to make you feel that icky kind of full. And if you need that extra bit of “crunch” in your meal, serve your tuna medley on top of sliced cucumbers! 🥒

Give it a try, and let me know what you think (here, here, or here)!

Yield: 3-4 servings

Calories per serving: 209g

Fat per serving: 12g

Protein per serving: 21g

Carbs per serving: 1g

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Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth is a Marketing and Communications Manager at One Drop and has been living with T1D for over 20 years.