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How to Make a Delicious Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad Recipe with Fresh Herbs

Updated on August 25, 2020
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Crunchy curried tuna salad served on a bed of lettuce.
Crunchy curried tuna salad served on a bed of lettuce. | Source

Impromptu Lunch

My husband lovingly calls me a "dump cook." He does not intend for this to be an insult but rather a compliment on my ability to throw things together at the spur of the moment and come up with tasty and delicious food combinations that we enjoy eating.

Our computer was worked on today in our home by our "computer guru" who built it for us last year. He was doing some minor tune-ups for us, and we enjoy his company. It was getting on to lunchtime, and I invited him to join us.

Earlier in the morning, I had picked a handful of cherry tomatoes from our plants that are now over six feet in height. It is sure to be a bumper crop this year!

I had it in mind to make a salad and, with a quick look in our pantry, decided that I would use tuna as the source of protein, knowing that it would be easy enough to pull the rest of the ingredients together. Tuna is a heart-healthy choice as most people are aware, high in protein, and contains omega-3 fatty acids. We purposely buy the canned versions that are packed in water to reduce the calorie count.

Can of Albacore tuna
Can of Albacore tuna | Source

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1-inch piece daikon radish, slivered
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • handful (to taste) fresh parsley, chopped
  • small amount (to taste) fresh chives, chopped
  • small amount (to taste) fresh mint, chopped
  • 6 large leaves Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 to 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered & used as a garnish
  • 2 (7 oz.) cans tuna, drained

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Hidden valley ranch dressing, bottled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons curry powder, to taste
  • black pepper, fresh ground, to taste
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Daikon radishItalian-style parsley in our gardenChives in our gardenMint grown in our garden
Daikon radish
Daikon radish | Source
Italian-style parsley in our garden
Italian-style parsley in our garden | Source
Chives in our garden
Chives in our garden | Source
Mint grown in our garden
Mint grown in our garden | Source

Instructions

  1. After picking the fresh cherry tomatoes and herbs from the garden (or purchasing them), wash thoroughly and dry on paper towels.
  2. Drain the cans of tuna, adding the tuna to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the grated carrot, chopped and slivered vegetables, chopped apple, and chopped herbs to the bowl.
  4. Mix the mayonnaise with the ranch dressing (I use the dressing to thin the mayonnaise and cut the calorie count down) along with the curry powder and ground pepper.
  5. Add the dressing to the bowl with the tuna and other ingredients, and toss well to moisten the mixture.
  6. Line the plates with chopped lettuce and mound the curried tuna salad over the lettuce leaves.
  7. Use the quartered cherry tomatoes as a garnish.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 4 large servings
4.8 stars from 15 ratings of Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad
Our Cherry Tomatoes
Our Cherry Tomatoes | Source

Nutrition of Cherry Tomatoes

These little ripening beauties in our garden are not only delicious but are good for one's health as well. They add flavor to salads and other meals as well as providing a tasty snack. Each one has the following nutritional values:

  • Calories: 3
  • Total fat: 0 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg.
  • Sodium: 0 mg.
  • Potassium: 40 mg.
  • Total carbohydrates: 0.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g

Each cherry tomato of average size also provides a small percentage of vitamins. One would get about 3% of the daily value of Vitamin A, 4% of the daily value of Vitamin C, and about 1% of Magnesium and Niacin.

I love just munching on them and quite a few were on our kitchen windowsill just waiting to be used and enjoyed.

Health Benefits of Curry

Did you know that most curry powder also contains the spice turmeric? Eating foods containing curry or turmeric has been proven to have anti-inflammatory health benefits. So while it can spice up an ordinary meal, it might also be helping you in other ways.

Check out this YouTube video that I found. Always consult your health professional if you have any questions regarding using food as medicine.

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© 2012 Peggy Woods

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