When it’s cold and snowy out, and pandemic-related travel restrictions mean you can’t visit warmer climes, why not enjoy a touch of summer with Tuna Salad Two Ways? These two ideas to jazz up a can of tuna create a staycation on a plate.
Okay, you don’t really need me to give you a recipe for salad, people, but I do want to talk a bit about why it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a crisp and bright salad when it’s so c-c-c-cold out. It’s simple: sometimes when it’s dismal and snowing and a temperature of zero degrees Celsius is something to look forward to, we just need something summery on our plate. And this year, when pandemic-related travel restrictions are keeping us within our borders, that’s more important than ever.
Staycation on a Plate
Yes, I have lots of recipes and ideas for winter salads, with roasted vegetables and hardy greens like kale that cause you to work up some heat while you’re chewing (and chewing). Yes, they’re tasty and perfectly suitable for this time of year. But don’t you think that eating the salad pictured above will transport you, at least for a while, to your imaginary summer place?
Think of it as a staycation on a plate. Just imagine your (also imaginary) guests’ exclamations of delight if you placed this before them while the gales of winter howl outside the window.
Tuna Salad Two Ways
Tuna, Tomato & Beet Salad
Since I like to have tuna or salmon on my summer dinner salads, I thought it would be fitting for a summery winter salad. On the plate above, the tuna is nestled on a bed of romaine and baby spinach, surrounded by cherry tomatoes, shredded beets and yellow and orange carrots. A good drizzling of a simple vinaigrette, like this one without the basil and garlic, adds just the right touch
Tuna, Tomato & Avocado Salad
The next day, I used the rest of the tuna on romaine with tomatoes and creamy, rich avocado pieces doused in fresh lime juice and seasoned with pepper and salt, plus the vinaigrette, of course.
So there you go, two salads to make you feel like you’ve escaped the dead cold of winter. Enjoy your staycation on a plate.
Looking for More Winter Salad Ideas?
Here are a few salads that don’t rely on leafy greens, making them suitable for winter: Brussels Sprouts Salad, Middle Eastern-Inspired Lentil Salad, and Simple Quinoa Salad.
First Published 2015 01 15
Republished 2021 02 18
I could really use one of your staycations! Looks delicious! (Hold the tuna, I’m a veggie).
Hold the tuna – done! How about some nice braised lentils dressed in the that vinaigrette instead? Enjoy your staycation!
Thank you for this delicious looking salad and the pictures.:3
You’re welcome, Suzanne!
Too right, Mar, it’s great to have a sunny plate of healthy to sit down to in these early dark winter days!! This looks perfectly cheery!!
Thanks Barb! Here’s to some cheeriness on your plate too!
Beautiful! Caned Tuna belly is also really good on salads, I think it comes from Italy. Your salads are beautiful, and why not eat salads in the winter time!!!
Thank you, Mimi! I’ve never tried tuna belly, so I’m happy to take your recommendation for it. Here’s to bright salads in winter!
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