Tuna Salad with a Twist

tuna salad with a twist

Dinner, Quick | March 30, 2016 | By

It’s springtime in Vancouver. The cherry blossoms are out in full bloom and walking down the street their smell is almost intoxicating. Crocuses and daffodils are peeking out in the garden and even some tulips are considering blooming soon. I’m itching to plant vegetables and longing for fresh greens.
Inspired by: yearning for fresh veggies
And this morning I had to scrape the frost off my car before heading to work. Brrr. The seedlings will have to stay inside for a few more weeks.
 
While I love root vegetables and trying out which ones enhance the taste of others, I admit to really wanting fresh tomatoes, the ultimate taste of Summer.
 
We can find local hot house tomatoes in the stores already, but the rest are imported from further south and just don’t have that right feeling — or taste.
 
I still crave salad. Fresh greens. Crunchy leaves. Veggies just out of the ground, not having lingered on a shelf for too long. 
 
Well, it’s still March and we’ll have to wait a bit longer in our climate, so here’s a salad that fulfills my cravings and hopefully will satisfy yours as well.
 
The recipe is based on suggestions from another transplanted Norwegian, M who lives in Germany with her Italian husband and her two boys. Thanks for sharing, hope I did it justice!
 

Tuna Salad

(printable recipe below)
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into .5 inch pieces
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1-2 cans of tuna in olive oil
  • EVO
  • white balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley
tuna salad ingredients
Slice the leeks and then rinse them in a colander. The dirt comes off easier than if you wash before slicing.
tuna-salad-slice-cucumber
I was lucky enough to receive a mandolin for Christmas which makes slicing lightning-fast. A Norwegian cheese slicer works too, especially for thin slices. But it’s not necessary. You can always practice your knife skills, right?
tuna-salad_mise
La mise en place for the tuna salad.
tuna salad cucumber
Isn’t this pretty? Layer the cucumber slices so they cover the entire inside of the salad bowl.
tuna-salad_mixing
Mix all the other ingredients, then add to the cucumber bowl.
tuna-salad_bowle
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve!
 
Tuna Salad with a Twist
Quick satisfying salad for dinner
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Ingredients
  1. 1 English cucumber, sliced thinly
  2. 3 carrots, shredded
  3. 1 orange, peeled and cut into .5 inch pieces
  4. 2 leeks, sliced
  5. 1-2 cans of tuna in olive oil
  6. EVO
  7. white balsamic vinegar
  8. salt
  9. pepper
  10. parsley
Instructions
  1. Slice the leeks and then rinse them in a colander. The dirt comes off easier than if you wash before slicing.
  2. Layer the cucumber slices so they cover the entire inside of the salad bowl.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients, then add to the cucumber bowl.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve!
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