Crunchy Tuna Salad with Apples

By • September 30, 2010 2 Comments

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Author Notes: When I was in optometry school, my best friend Nancy and I shared a bedroom at the dean's house. (Yes, we were insane. We only did it for a year. It was a long year.) We weren't allowed to cook, but we had a small refrigerator outside the bedroom and a shelf where we could store cereal, bread and staples like canned tuna. We ate a lot of tuna that year, and managed to make it palatable by adding flavorful and crunchy ingredients. I still bring tuna salad to work occasionally for lunch, and this is one version that I really like.drbabs


Serves 2

  • 1 6 ounce can tuna packed in olive oil, flaked and broken up into small pieces
  • 1/2 honeycrisp (or other crisp sweet apple) cut into small dice
  • 1/2 Granny Smith (or other crisp tart apple), cut into small dice
  • 1/4 sweet or hot pepper, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 fennel heart, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1 small stalk celery heart, cut into tiny pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • zest of one small lemon
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 1 cup finely chopped baby arugula
  • olive oil as needed
  • 2 teaspoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 cup cooked wheat berries, farro or freekeh, optional; increases number of portions or portion sizes
  1. In a large bowl, mix together tuna, apple, pepper, fennel and celery. Taste and add salt, pepper and lemon juice as needed. Toss with baby arugula. Stir in grains if using. Taste again and adjust seasoning. You might need more olive oil or lemon juice, or it might be fine.
  2. Toss with toasted pine nuts and serve immediately.

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