The Elegance of Canned Tuna Salad

StarKist and Chicken of the Sea may be the most popular brands of canned tuna fish, but any resemblance between them and really good tuna is purely coincidental. If you want to make a truly delicious tuna salad, then I suggest doing what I did today for lunch.

Start with a small tin of Luças brand Ventresca Tuna from Portugalia. (I wrote about this a year ago:

Additional ingredients can include almost anything you want. Here was my list today:

  • julienned purple daikon radish
  • diced red onion
  • finely-chopped garlic cloves
  • chopped arugula
  • chopped plum tomato
  • chopped scallions
  • chopped pitted niçoise olives
  • extra virgin olive oil (Greek or Portuguese preferred)
  • lemon juice
  • salt, fresh ground black pepper

Toss it all together, and put on the plate. Toast a few pieces of sourdough bread, drizzle with olive oil. Pour a glass of red wine, and dig in.


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