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August 28, 2007

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad

I love tuna, but I don't eat it that often due to mercury concerns. Every once in a while I grab some a tuna roll, grill a tuna steak or make some tuna salad. Yesterday was one of those days that started on a bad note and unfortunately when you start on that path you get caught up in a negative feedback loop and it's hard to snap out of it and it was just a sour day all over. Tuna salad is one of those ultimate comfort foods for me, so I whipped up a batch.

Tuna salad is usually heavy, but it doesn't have to be bad for you. In fact it can be good for you, though as I mentioned above with mercury concerns it's not something you want to eat everyday, but it is possible to make a lighter version of the heavily mayonnaised versions you might get in a deli or even grandma might have made. You can make it into sandwiches, serve it in a bell pepper or tomato or even just eat it plain. The possibilities are endless and it's quick and easy to mix up. What's better than that?

What You'll Need:
2 - 8 ounce cans of tuna packed in water, drained
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 eggs, boiled and chopped
1/4 cup of sweet pickle relish
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise
A pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl to incorporate. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes: I sometimes add in chopped bell pepper and/or chopped cucumbers to the mix as well. I also sometimes omit the pickle relish. I always use light mayo because it has half the calories and fat, but still tastes like the full fledged equivalent.

Posted by Dianne at August 28, 2007 1:41 PM

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yummy! I love Tuna Salad. This looks very healthy and delicious. I think I will try it.

Posted by: Monica at August 28, 2007 4:22 PM

This sounds light and delicious, Dianne. Regarding mercury, you really can eat tuna more often than you might think. Consumer Reports suggests it's safe for adults to eat up to three cans of light tuna [not the albacore, which generally has higher mercury levels] a week. They do say that pregnant women should avoid eating any and give guidelines for how much children should be allowed to eat, since fetuses and young children are at greatest risk. They also balance the report with reasons why you SHOULD eat tuna and other fish, the main one being that it contains heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Fish in general is also a good source of protein that's low in saturated fat. Here's a link to the Consumer Reports info:

http://www-erights.prod.consumerreports.org/cro/food/tuna-safety/overview/0607_tuna_ov.htm

Posted by: Terry B at August 29, 2007 12:43 PM

Thanks for the info!

I eat a lot of fish from the good fish list. I also eat a lot of flax and flax seed.

Great blog by the way! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at August 29, 2007 12:54 PM

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