By Sarah, Contributing Writer
A miracle happened in my household today.
After lunch my seafood-hating, red meat-loving husband got up and helped himself to a second serving of tuna.
The heavens parted and light shone down as a chorus of angels sang. OK, not really, but I did try really hard not to gawk.
Never in our seven years of marriage has this happened with a tuna dish.
I made a mental note to file this recipe in the “budget friendly lunch that the whole family will eat” file. With 8 simple ingredients, I easily threw this lunch together in under ten minutes. It probably would have been under five minutes, except I had to find a missing puzzle piece, locate a missing shoe, and switch over a load of laundry.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m always looking for budget-conscious, nutritious meals I can throw together for a simple, yet hearty lunch. I love that this recipe does not contain mayonnaise because that seems to be one ingredient I never have on hand for long. I can’t promise the miraculous results that we achieved with this recipe, but I still hope you try it!
Simple Mayo-less Tuna Salad
- 2 4.5 oz cans of tuna in olive oil
- 1/2 cup of grated carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1 cup full-fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Scoop tuna and olive oil out of the cans and into a medium-sized bowl. Gently break apart with a fork.
- Add remaining ingredients, except pepper, and use the fork to combine evenly.
- Add pepper to taste.
- Serve on sandwich bread, flat bread, tortillas, or lettuce wraps.
Does your family enjoy tuna?
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That sounds delicious! I appreciate that it’s egg-free as my youngest is allergic to eggs and it’s helpful to have things that he can enjoy with the whole family. I’ve never seen cottage cheese in a tuna recipe – excellent idea!
Loved this, Sarah! How fun to learn about your hubby’s reaction to this recipe. And I love the touch of fresh thyme and parsley.
Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health
Tuna and cottage cheese! Sounds like a great idea. I am pinning this to try it later. I have a go-to tuna noodle casserole recipe but I do not have a go-to tuna salad recipe. Perhaps this could be it!
I have been meaning to try cottage cheese and your recipe was the perfect excuse. This was very light, delicious and very filling. I mixed it with lettuce and added extra seasonings. Was a great salad! Thank you for the recipe!
Do you think that this would work using tuna in water? That’s what I have on hand.
I frequently make this recipe with tuna in water and it turns out great. 🙂