Monday, June 27, 2011

#14 Mediterranean Tuna Salad

If you want to go further than the greasy tuna and sweetcorn salad in mayonnaise sauce, then this recipe is just for you.

Cold Spaghetti and Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Using lots fresh herbs is one my favourite styles of cooking as it adds great flavour and perfume to dishes and is also beneficial for the health.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Healthwise, it seems that canned tuna is one of the fish better to be avoided during pregnancy because of high mercury contamination levels, that if eaten excessively could harm the baby. But still it is OK to eat occasionally during pregnancy according to obstetricians.
On the other hand tuna is a source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Moderation is the key!


Recipe:
serves 4:

1 can tuna steak in olive oil
1 can tuna steak in spring water

1/2 cup finely cut Greek basil leaves
1/2 cup finely sliced chives

1 red onion - finely chopped
1 shallot - finely sliced
3 fresh spring onions - finely cut to rounds
2 medium-sized tomatoes - copped to small cubes

the juice of 1/2 lemon

salt, pepper to taste

Method:

Drain the tuna and place in a bowl. Add the finely copped and sliced ingredients and mix well. Dress with the lemon juice, salt and pepper, mix again and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
It is OK to eat straight away but the flavours will develop and merge better after 3-4 to 8 hours.

You can enjoy this salad as wrap filler or you can make a cold spaghetti salad with it. For the spaghetti salad I use a dollop of Caesar sauce/dressing.

Cold Spaghetti and Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Everything Mediterranean as olive tapenade or just olives will go perfectly with it.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad





5 comments:

B@cookingsimplechineseathome said...

it looks irresistible!!!
And as always, I LOVE your photos!!!

bakingdevils said...

Even though I am a vegetarian...still, I couldn't help but read through the entire post...amazing pictures!

-Shilpa

Dzoli said...

I am so fortunate we have big Asian population here and therefore always fresh tuna available.Tuna is so healthy and tasty as well as you have shown here:)

Sophia said...

I came across your blog via foodgawker and I have to say, your photos are beautiful and all the recipes look so delicious!

Sneige said...

Aw, thank you Shibin!

@Shilpa - I one was vegetarian for 3 years but couldn't give up completely on fish! Thank you!

@Dzoli - Thank you! Oh yes, fresh tuna is much much better, although I used canned tuna here. You are lucky!

@Sophia - Thank you very much! I'm happy you found useful recipes!

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