High-Protein Lunch: Another Take on Tuna Salad

My friend Erica told me this about motherhood:

“The days are long.  The years are short.”

She is so right.

For example:

The day seems long when I’ve been awake since 5:30 in the morning and now it’s 5:30 in the evening and we are all hungry and sister is fussing and then, a bunny hops in.

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And the bunny has a LOT of energy.

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And the bunny has no concept of personal space.

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And the bunny won’t stop TALKING.

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Yes, that’s when the days seem long.

How do you keep going on long days like this?  I thought these were good ideas.

And also:  Eat well!

Along those lines, I try to eat protein at every meal.  This is one of my favorite high-protein recipes for lunch — a dish my dad served to us growing up.  I use Wild Planet Skipjack Tuna, which is a little bit pricey but worth it because it’s lower in mercury than most other brands.

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Another Take on Tuna Salad

Serves 2

Canned tuna is a great choice for lunch.  It’s economical, easy to store and serve, and packed with protein.  The problem is that most recipes for canned tuna include either a lot of mayonnaise or the word “casserole.”  Those recipes are fine, but they get old fast.  This simple green salad topped with tuna is a tasty alternative.  You can add other things to the salad … maybe walnuts, dried cranberries, garbanzo beans, marinated artichoke hearts, avocado chunks, bell pepper pieces, red onion slices, or bacon crumbles.

3 ounces spinach or mixed greens

8 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 mushrooms, sliced

8 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

1 baby cucumber, peeled and sliced thin

1 carrot, peeled and sliced very thin (I use a veggie peeler to shave off thin strips)

2 leaves fresh basil, chopped

1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

1 can (5 ounces) tuna fish in water, drained

4-6 tablespoons of your favorite vinaigrette

Divide mixed greens evenly between 2 plates or large, shallow bowls.  Top with equal amounts of tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, cucumber, carrots, basil, and feta.

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Add ½ can tuna to each salad.

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Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons vinaigrette over each salad.

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Toss and serve immediately.  You’ll be satisfied all afternoon, I promise!

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3 Responses to High-Protein Lunch: Another Take on Tuna Salad

  1. Roselind Hejl January 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful dish! Must buy some of that good tuna.

  2. Patty@homemakersdaily.com January 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. Yes, protein definitely makes a difference! Now if I only liked tuna!

    • Marie H. Saba January 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Sure Patty! Thanks for inspiring me with that article! Maybe try chicken :)

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