Mediterranean Tuna Salad

First, I apologize for the picture. My poor little camera finally died and this was taken with my phone. New camera is on the way…

Now, THIS is a tuna salad. I’m typically not a fan of conventional tuna salad (I think it’s the goopy mayo with the fish…ew), but this is something I can get behind.

I’m trying to enjoy more salads as dinners, but I realized that I really hate lettuce. It’s just so boring. This tuna salad uses olive oil instead of goopy mayo and leafy celery hearts instead of lettuce. So good and perfect for summer.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
serves 2 / adapted from RR’s Everyday Magazine

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 lemon, half juiced, half cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 hot chili, sliced
  • 1/4 cup drained capers or caperberries
  • 1/2 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, leafy tops included, sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 pound yukon gold or fingerling potatoes (about half of a large potato)
  • 6 oz italian tuna (in oil)
  • salt, pepper
  • crusty bread

Here’s what I did:

  1. Slice up the potatoes and put in a small pot. Cover the potatoes with water and boil until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, garlic, and anchovy paste together. Whisk in the olive oil until it thickens slightly. Add the tomatoes, celery, red onion, potatoes, chili, olives, parsley, and capers and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the tuna and flake lightly with a fork. Squeeze the lemon wedges over top and stick your face in it.

2 thoughts on “Mediterranean Tuna Salad

  1. Anonymous says:

    mmm, looks delicious! i love your blog; mostly because we share the same passion for making good food for people we love. this salad reminds me of one an old friend from northern italy shared with me a long time ago; it's easy and tastes delicious, especially if you use the nice imported tuna fillets packed in olive oil in a jar, (which you can find at whole foods). here it is: tuna, olive oil, mozzarella cubes, 1/4" grape tomato slices, and chopped basil—yum. i hope you try it; happy cooking/eating!jg

  2. vanessa says:

    thanks! your recipe sounds so delicious too!~vanessa

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