Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mostly Spinach, Some Tuna

Heat wave food should be easy to prepare, light and tasty and ---keep the kitchen cool.  This Tuna Spinach Salad wrap is all that and made from ingredients in the pantry and in most refrigerators right now so it keeps life simple.  If you don’t have all the ingredients below, there is a list of other things that taste good with a base of spinach and tuna.  Mix all the ingredients together and roll it into whole wheat tortilla with lettuce, tomato and avocado.  Or serve it as a salad with pita bread or a roll.

Tuna Spinach Salad Wrap
 Serves 2

3 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 3.5 oz can water packed tuna
8 black olives, chopped
1 celery stalk, sliced thinly
1/4 roasted red pepper, chopped
1/2 Bermuda onion, chopped*
Juice of 1/2 lemon (or 1 tablespoon rice vinegar)
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon each dill and thyme (use more if you have fresh herbs)
2 whole wheat flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato, avocado, etc.

  • In a medium bowl, combine spinach, tuna, olives, celery and onion with a fork until nicely blended.  
  • Add lemon juice, olive oil and herbs and remix.  
  • Lay out tortillas and lay lettuce and other add-ins onto bottom third.  Scoop half of spinach-tuna mixture on top and roll bottom up and over filling.  
  • Bring in both sides and continue rolling to form the wrap.  Slice in half to serve.   Optional: add toothpicks to keep wrap closed.   

*You can use a freshly chopped red Bermuda onion or try marinating sliced or chopped onion in 1 part apple cider vinegar/3 parts cold water for a few hours.  The water-vinegar soak will cut any sharpness from this mild onion and infuse it with a slightly pickled taste that adds depth to this salad.  The marinated onion keeps well in its bath for up to a week, refrigerated.  Use it as a condiment on hot dogs and hamburgers or in a Greek salad, 

Artichoke hearts
White beans
Chopped hard boiled egg
Pine nuts
Sliced mushrooms
Chopped water chestnuts
Parsley, cilantro, basil, oregano

Here's a variation on the sweeter side:
Tuna-spinach- raisins-apple chunks-lemon juice-mayonnaise or plain yogurt