Recipe // Rustic Summer Tuna Salad

July 31, 2012

Delicious veggie & protein-filled dish for one, coming right up!

I eat some version of this tasty meal almost every day that I’m home for lunch, and because you can sub in virtually any type of raw veggies, It’s always a little different and I never get sick of it.  To make, simply toss all of the ingredients below in a bowl, and you’ve got yourself some serious yum.  No cooking/heating necessary and since everything comes straight from the fridge, it’s sure to chill you out in no time.

The Goods:
+ One 5 oz. can of all-white albacore in water, drained (I like Bumble Bee because it’s dolphin safe!)
+ 1/2 cucumber, chopped, peel left on
+ Handful of jalapeno and garlic stuffed green olives (you can use any variety you like!)
+ One stalk (plus leaves) of chopped celery
+ One handful of garbanzo beans/cooked chickpeas
+ Quick drizzle of balsamic vinegar (in love with the fig-infused flavor we buy from our farmer’s market)
+ A few generous pinches of freshly grated parmesan cheese
+ A few shakes each of salt, pepper, garlic powder and of course my beloved crushed red peppers (last one obviously optional)

Added bonus: It travels well so it makes a great take-to-work option, and on the days that I need to serve up two portions, I just split it up and pile each half-serving on a bed of raw spinach or steamed kale. 

I used to love coming up with yummy things to bring with me when I worked at an office, but sometimes feel challenged to actually sit down and enjoy a meal when I’m home.  I’m always so much more satisfied when I do though, and my little Rustic Summer Salad creation has given me reason to look forward to a nice nutritious meal instead of just grazing on snacks throughout the afternoon…
I’d love to know – What do you guys normally eat for lunch?  Are you cool with last night’s leftovers, or are you a make-from-scratch kinda gal?

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  • Reply Natasha Fatah July 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

    That looks so great Jessie!
    Yup, if leftovers are around I’m happy to have ’em for lunch. But honestly, most of the time at work, lunch is usually just a coffee. The shame.

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    • Reply Jessie Artigue August 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Just coffee??! Girl, when I read this, I could hear your little tummy grumbling all the way from here! We gotta get you some grub! ;)

  • Reply April July 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!

  • Reply christin July 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Um this IS the perfect lunch. I need to make this on the asap!

  • Reply Courtney July 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This looks awesome! I love light, healthy lunches that pack a lot of flavor and good stuff to fuel me into the afternoon. I hate tossing food, so I definitely pack a lot of leftovers, but on days when there aren’t any, I throw some lettuce and all the veggies I can find into my lunch bag for a big salad at the office. I’ll definitely be working this one into the lunch rotation. Thanks!

    • Reply Jessie Artigue August 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Totally with you on the not-wasting-food thing… G affectionately calls me his “Katniss” (only makes sense if you’ve read The Hunger Games) because of my ability to make a meal out of a very random assortment of things from the fridge/pantry!

  • Reply Christina July 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! Thx for sharing Jessie!

  • Reply ellen. July 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    YUM! this looks amazing!

  • Reply Kristin and Lindsay: Passport To Style August 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    looks yummy! i’ll have to try!

    -Passport to Style Team

  • Reply Shoe August 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    This looks great! I make a very similar version of this that I call Tuscan tuna and white bean salad, with canned tuna, grape tomatoes, cucumber, cannellini beans, lemon juice, olive oil, s&p and chopped parsley. It’s definitely my go to lunch that’s super easy to throw together in a pinch, and I never get sick of it! I love the idea of a “tuna salad” without all the mayonaise-ness, so I’m excited to try your version!

    • Reply Jessie Artigue August 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Oooh, love the idea of adding the tomatoes… Will try the lemon juice next time I make it, as well! Thanks for the ideas, and happy to swap-salads with someone that has such great taste! ;)

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