Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Greek Tuna Salad

Greek Tuna Salad

Have you ever tried to photograph tuna salad?  If no, then just leave it to others, like me, who will learn the hard way that tuna salad is NOT photogenic.  And when you are trying to photograph tuna salad in lettuce wraps, just turn and run the other direction.  Please.

I think these little wraps really just didn’t want to be photographed.  But regardless, I have to share the recipe with you.  Greek tuna salad is a r
ecipe idea that I have had on my “list” for a while…it was a thought that I had randomly and finally put it into action.  I love Greek & Mediterranean flavors (see: Balsamic Greek Veggies & Quick Israeli Couscous Salad) and I love tuna salad.  For a quick weekday lunch, it is one of my go-to choices.

And now I have some variety from the celery-hard-boiled-egg-pickle-relish variety because this Greek variety is out-of-this-world.  The banana peppers, tomatoes, oregano, capers and olives all mixed together creates an amazingly flavorful and savory combination and I used (why wouldn’t I?) Greek yogurt in place of mayo for a healthy twist.  This tuna salad will become a commonplace on our “quick and simple” menu!

By the way – when you finally make one of those “list” recipes, isn’t it the most gratifying thing to be able to cross it off?  Or am I the only list-geek around here?

Greek Tuna Salad

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Greek Tuna Salad Recipe

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 5 mintues

A simple and flavorful recipe for Greek Tuna Salad in lettuce wraps. Tomatoes, capers, banana peppers, and oregano add lots of flavor.

Ingredients:

1 can (12-ounce) albacore tuna packed in water, drained
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or mayonnaise
1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 green onion
2 Tbs. kalamata olives, chopped
2 Tbs. banana peppers, chopped
1 tsp. capers, drained
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Cavender’s seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste
Leaf lettuce
Feta cheese

Directions:

Mix the tuna, Greek yogurt, tomatoes, green onion, olives, banana pepper,s capers, oregano, garlic powder, and Cavender’s until combined. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Serve the salad on leaf lettuce for a low-carb option, or as a sandwich if you prefer, with feta cheese as a garnish.


Diabetes

Today is World Diabetes Day and Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food has worked so hard to put together a large group of bloggers to raise awareness of diabetes.  In honor of today, and this month as Diabetes Awareness Month, she is giving away a Blue KitchenAid mixer!

I don’t know many people who are deeply affected by diabetes.  I know, from my professional work, that many people are borderline diabetics and many will end up going down that road if we don’t change our habits.

Now, I know that I share a lot of sugar-filled goodness here.  But let’s talk serious for a moment: these treats should be enjoyed in moderation.  That is a philosophy I live by, believe in and hope to encourage people to do the same.

Type 2 diabetes has become more common than type 1 diabetes which means that WE and our choices are a big part of the problem.  We need to get moving, watch what we eat and make it a priority to take care of ourselves.  And we need to do it now!  Diabetes can lead to a whole host of other diseases and complications too, and most-likely, you or someone you know is affected by this disease.

So what can you do?  Be aware, learn, eat meals like Greek tuna salad once in a while and get your 30 minutes of activity (at least) per day.

Greek Tuna Salad
 

40 Responses to “Greek Tuna Salad”

  1. #
    Rachel Cooks — November 14, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    I’ve written a list or two in my day…but I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you. ;) I’m not a *huge* tuna fan but this still looks great, I bet it would be good with chicken too!

    And I think your pictures look great!

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    DessertForTwo — November 14, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Hah! Yes! I tried to photograph my tuna noodle casserole! It was difficult. BUT, it’s delicious and I’m positive this is too!

  3. #
    CJ at Food Stories — November 14, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    Just making my way through all the sites that are participating in Carolyn’s World Diabetes Day awareness campaign & wanted to say hello & thx (I’m a type 2, btw) :-)

  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 14, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I love Greek anything and love changing up a tuna salad – these look tasty!

  5. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 14, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    What a great way to change up tuna salad, love the flavors! It looks great! :)

  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 14, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I think your photo looks great! I love sandwiches when you can wrap them up in a big leaf of lettuce.

  7. #
    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — November 14, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Haha! I love this post, Cassie! Why is it that some of the tastiest foods are the hardest to photograph?! Looks delicious nonetheless :) Early happy Thanksgiving!

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    Vicki Bensinger — November 14, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    This sounds wonderful and healthy. I love that you used Greek yogurt as the dressing – I love the stuff. What a great way to make it even healthier! I’ve never heard of cavenders seasoning, I’ll have to read about it online to see what it’s all about. Nice recipe!

    • Cassie replied: — November 14th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

      We love it and use it on everything (eggs, roasted veggies, pasta, etc.) I buy it at the regular grocery store in the spice section, the container is yellow.

  9. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 14, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I love tuna salad and I love this Greek version!

  10. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — November 14, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Haha, I’m impressed by your photos – the colours are gorgeous, even if the tuna itself is not cooperating :) Great idea!

  11. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 14, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Cute cute cute!

  12. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — November 14, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I’m thinking this is going to be my lunch today!

  13. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 14, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I LoVe tuna salad – such a fun twist on the classic version!

  14. #
    Erin — November 14, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    I think it looks great! Anything Greek is always better too :)

  15. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 14, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I love tuna salad! Lunch!!

  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Love these little bundles, a healthy and delish lunch!

  17. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Beautiful! So perfect for Diabetes awareness day!

  18. #
    Sarah G — November 14, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    This looks awesome!! I’m going to send to my Mother-in-law. WE both dig tuna salad and this one is amazing!

  19. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 14, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I love tuna..what a great change up to plain ol’ tuna salad!

  20. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 14, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Excellent recipe! My husband & I love tuna salad, can’t wait to try this!!

  21. #
    Carlas Confections — November 14, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Tuna salad is one of my favorite lunchtime dishes too. It is so easy and really tasteful. And I think these pictures turned out amazing! But I do hate those dishes that like to fight with us and our cameras. Not fun at all!

  22. #
    Cookin' Canuck — November 14, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    There are some recipes that are just so darn hard to photograph, but I think you did a great job! I love the Greek spin on this tuna salad.

  23. #
    Sarah G — November 14, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Oh yes, what is Cavender’s seasoning and where can you get it?

  24. #
    Tracey — November 14, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    I think you did a great job photographing this Cassie! It sounds awesome, I haven’t had tuna in forever.

  25. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — November 14, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    I have to admit I am ridiculously fond of tuna salad.

  26. #
    diabeticFoodie — November 14, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    I love the idea of a Greek-inspired tuna salad. Banana peppers too? Yes please!

  27. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 14, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    I think you photos look just fine and I can just imagine how great this tastes!

  28. #
    Catherine H. — November 15, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I’m visiting all the sites participating in the Diabetes awareness event to say thank you for doing this. I’ve had gestational diabetes and my sister is a Type I, so I’m happy someone like Carolyn is trying to get the word out about low-carb eating. This tuna looks great–I’m so tired of the old way of doing tuna!

  29. #
    Shari-Tickled Red — November 15, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I just love this salad Cassie!! Greek flavors make me sing. What a wonderful cause as well!

  30. #
    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie — November 15, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    This tuna salad looks delicious Cassie! I am a huge fan of tuna salad (most of my friends think it’s weird…) and I adore Greek flavors :) I sense that this might become a new favorite lunch..

    PS- I can see how photographing it would be challenging but your photos came out lovely!

  31. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — November 15, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    You are right, some food is just camera shy. Like brown soup. These look lovely, you did a fabulous job.

  32. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — November 15, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Mushy foods can be so difficult to photograph. A tip I learnt from trial and errors and from photography workshops — do not mix cream/yogurt/mayo or any dressing completely with the chunky component. Keep it very very light and just “dot” the dressing on top and around it.

    Have a great week!

    • Cassie replied: — November 15th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

      Ooo, thanks! That is a great tip!

  33. #
    Angie — November 16, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    What a great idea for ordinary tuna salad, and I love the lettuce wrap too! pretty and healthy.

  34. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — November 17, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    What a unique twist on tuna salad and I think your photos look gorgeous Cassie! It is funny how difficult some photos can be to capture!

  35. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 18, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    I hate unphotogenic foods! It’s like no matter how hard you try, it just won’t work out! But I’ll be honest with you, your photos here are amazing! And this is definitely a must try. It would be perfect for a light work lunch.

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