Asian Style Tuna Salad

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My Dad and I have a lot of things in common.  For starter’s, we’re always right.  We’re both super duper hypochondriacs (though he’s way worse than me).  We enjoy buying gifts for others.  And last but not least, we love, love, love tuna salad.  My Mom on the other hand, wouldn’t touch a tuna salad sandwich unless forced.  In fact, recently my Mom was out of town and my Dad called me just to tell me all about the tuna salad he was making at home.  Yup…tuna salad it is!

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The classic tuna salad is delicious.  Especially with some thinly sliced red onion…yum!  I love the creamy texture with little hits of onion or celery.  It’s a true classic.  But for a while, I’ve been thinking about an Asian style tuna salad.  How good would that be?  Nice and fresh, packed with flavor.  Sounded like a recipe that needed further exploration.

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For my Asian inspired tuna salad, I swapped out the traditional mayo for soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic and cilantro.  What a huge hit of flavor!  Then I added diced scallions, red pepper, sesame seeds and a fresh cucumber to the tuna.  I loved all those crunchy, raw veggies tossed in.  Really added a nice bright layer to this salad which the classic tuna salad doesn’t typically have.

If you’re a tuna salad fan, you’ll love this twist on the classic!  A perfect quick dinner and even better for the next day lunch box!

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Ingredients:

  • 2, 5 oz cans light tuna canned in water, drained
  • 3 ” slice of an English cucumber, chopped into 1/4″ pieces
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 of a large red pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light mayo
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Optional:  1 tsp siracha hot sauce and 1/2 cup bean sprouts for toppings
  • 3-4 whole wheat wraps or 3-4 iceberg lettuce leaves for lettuce wraps

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the dressing ingredients – ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, rice vinegar, mayo, cilantro and siracha hot sauce if using.  Whisk together to ensure all the ingredients are combined.  Allow to sit for about 30 minutes to allow flavors to marry.
  2. While the dressing sits, mix together the tuna, cucumber, scallion, red pepper and sesame seeds in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the tuna salad mixture – use enough until you reach desired consistency.  Spoon tuna salad into whole wheat wraps or for a lighter take, use iceberg lettuce leaves for a crunchy and refreshing lettuce wrap!  Top with bean sprouts and extra siracha if desired.

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