Monday, May 21, 2012

Tuscan Tuna Salad

I thought I'd hit the ground running when I got back from NJ, and have lots of posts to show you. 
Instead, I'm pigging out.


Today, I started working on a tablescape, using my newly found PB rooster plates, and ended up making a Tuscan tuna salad instead. 


Now, don't let the tuna salad part make you turn up your nose. It's not the tuna and mayonnaise  tuna salad.


Most of the time I make it without pasta, and serve it with a few crackers.  But this time, I had a pasta craving.


Here's what's in it...


1 can albacore tuna, drained
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 
Sometimes I use leftover cooked green beans instead of the cannellini...less calories. :)
1 can artichoke hearts, quartered, drained and rinsed
1/2 can of pitted ripe olives, drained of course
1/2 box of cooked pasta...sometimes I omit this if I'm watching my carbs.
Oh.. I forgot to show you the other things...


1 chopped tomato, or a handful of cherry tomatoes, halved, if you have those.
1 sliced green onion
and a couple of leaves of basil cut into little strips.


Mix everything together, and add a dressing made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning and sea salt, in the amounts that you like.
Refrigerate for a little while, or serve right away if you're hungry.


 I finally gave up on the tablescape and grabbed a fork...


...move over rooster plate...


I need a BIG plate! 
Oh, what the heck!  I'll start watching my carbs tomorrow.


Hope y'all had a great Monday.
Hugs,
Babs


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18 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I'd need a big plate for that salad too Babs, it looks so good!! I love your table setting!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love those plates and the napkins. Sure the tuna is good, too.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

A large plate for me please Babs, don't bother with refrigerating I'm a hungry boy I need somma that Tuscan Tuna Salad right away...
Paul

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The salad looks yummy and the plates are perfect for the meal!!....

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Perfect summer salad! Looks soooo yummy. I'll be right over! :D
And your rooster plate - it's pretty cute too!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Babs! Glad you made it back safe & sound. I'm one of those weird people who still likes the old tuna and Miracle Whip and relish combo for a sandwich, but this could easily take its place for a salad! It looks beautiful, and all of the ingredients are tasty...can't lose! The tablescape you created in spite of yourself is beautiful! I really, really like the natural centerpiece. Way to go! Welcome home!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I eat like this everyday, if that's pigging out...I've lost weight that way, lol!! I love this salad! Now I'm hungry too! I'm glad you made it back all well and fine. Love the rooster plates and yeah, that salad must be eaten in style and you did a great job with your table too. Hugs,
FABBY

Marigene said...

Yummy looking salad...love the rooster plates...guess I wasn't the only one thinking fowl this week!

Sue said...

that salad looks delish....might be something good for me to make for the Boss since we have decided to diet again.....sure that will last about a week before we have a DQ craving :)
and I love those plates

Sarah said...

Oh goodie, we get to see your new plates. Love the, Babs. The salad looks delicious. I'm going to make this. Thanks!

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
YuMMy! I'm not a HUGE fan of mayo ~ based salads! This looks to be a keeper, indeed! Liking the prospects of your tablescape, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat

Mary said...

Babs~ Love your rooster plates and your salad looks delicious and healthy too!

The French Hutch said...

Babs, I would have a hard time working on a tablescape with that tuna salad made up and in the refrigerator! Love those rooster plates, and the woven place mats are perfect for the season. Great flatware and love those frenchy knives. I'm going to have to try this recipe, look delicious! Look forward to your next post and pics from you trip. I'm already ready for another trip to the beach. I love this time of year……..
Hope you are having a great week.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Suzy said...

Yummers - this looks delicious. Love the new roo plates! I actually need a BIG bowl for salad. ;)

Kelly said...

I love tuna salad! I've never had it the way you did it. Yours looks delicious. I only buy albacore tuna (like you used) and I love artichoke hearts. Hmmmm....may need to give this recipe a try! Your rooster plates look gorgeous. They look like they're from Vietri!

Judy Bigg said...

Love the rooster plates Babs. I would love to eat the tuna salad with you and may need the big plate too.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I also love the rooster plates and I could eat some of that carb pasta salad right now

Debbie said...

I will absolutely be trying this salad, probably next week. My daughter and I are on a quest to try as many salads as possible this summer. We both love tuna so we'll try this one when Dad's out of town. it looks yummy.