This tuna waldorf salad is a healthy spin on the classic waldorf salad with tuna and an easy lunch made in minutes.
Tuna used to absolutely horrify me.
I have vivid memories of my dad making tuna melts in the toaster oven as a kid and that horrible stench wafting through the house. I was actually averse to all fish until somewhere around 8th or 9th grade when I finally got my act together. I once got myself so worked up over eating shrimp in a stir fry my mom made for dinner that I ended up having an asthma attack and then going the next 8 or 9 years thinking I was allergic to shellfish because of it. Fish still freak me out when I’m swimming among them (on our honeymoon in Tahiti, I screamed so loud through the snorkel when I came across an eel Ulysses heard it from the beach) but I’ll happily eat them when they’re not swimming around, congregating in groups and being all slimy. They’re one of the few things in life I guess I can say I prefer dead to alive.
So on that note…let’s talk tuna!
It still smells just as nasty as I remember, but there isn’t a time when I don’t keep a few of those super convenient packets on hand for a quick lunch. It’s protein that doesn’t need defrosting and with just a few add-ins can turn into a pretty decent meal in no time.
Grapes + tuna started sounding real good sometime in the late morning yesterday and eventually my thought process led to a healthified waldorf salad except with tuna instead of the usual chicken.
Here’s something I’d love to know…why do they make cans of both chicken and tuna but only packets of tuna and not chicken? Someone needs to get on that. Packets > watery cans.
My plans got slightly delayed when a certain someone came prancing back inside after deciding to indulge in her hunting roots.
The bright side of that is that tuna doesn’t smell so bad after you’ve spent 15 minutes washing deer shit off your dog.
The mayo to yogurt ratio in this is about 1:3 making it a pretty healthy version of a waldorf. Served over some chopped watercress (my newest green obsession), it’s practically the pinnacle of health.
Despite that rather unappetizing episode, I was still hungry and lunch tasted pretty darn good so I’m sure it will taste even better with a behaved pet next time.
- 5 oz. canned or packaged tuna, drained
- 3 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup grapes
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 small apple, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon pepitas
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- salt & pepper
- 1 bunch of watercress, chopped
- Combine all ingredients except grapes in a medium bowl and mash together.
- Fold in grapes.
- Serve atop a bed of watercress.