Spring Tuna Salad

Spring Tuna Salad

I love a quick and easy lunch. This tuna salad is my go to for days I need a quick lunch to throw together in the morning or during the daily hustle. The blend of balsamic dressing with tuna, berries, and beets is delicious! This recipe is gluten and paleo friendly.

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Salads are an easy lunch to throw together, and honestly for dinners as well. Mixing and matching the ingredients are so fun and offer an endless amount of options. I recently fell in love with beets. I will frequently buy a package of cooked beets when I am at the store, so I have them on hand for lunches during the week. Beets are a nutritious root vegetable that are used to treat constipation, restlessness, and irregular menstruation. Beets also have a subtle sweet flavor that compliment the strawberries in this salad.

The brand of tuna I use is Wild Planet. Be sure to find a quality source of tuna that is wild caught, water packed, and BPA free. The dressing here is so easy to make. Dressings in general need to be looked at carefully as there are inflammation causing oils that are often used and added sugars and fillers. All-in-all this salad is well balanced with protein, fiber, fat, and greens to keep you fueled for the day ahead. Enjoy!

Spring Tuna Salad

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly
Course Main Course, Salad
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 5 oz can of Tuna I use Wild Planet
  • 1/2 cup precooked beets
  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced radishes
  • 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar I use Primal Kitchen
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Mix all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until well combined
  • Arrange all of the salad ingredients into a bowl and top with the dressing. Enjoy!
Classic Antipasto Salad

Classic Antipasto Salad

If you are craving a quick and easy antipasto salad for when you’re wanting something Italian then you will appreciate this dish. You can dig into this for lunch, dinner, or multiply the recipe for a crowd pleasing appetizer.

I am always on the hunt for an easy but satisfying lunch recipe. This salad is easy to make the night before work or to be meal prepped on a Sunday. Sometimes I’ll make this to serve as a side to burgers or grilled chicken. The day this picture was taken I served it alongside my Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Burgers.

My husband’s family is from Italy, and at most family gatherings there is sure to be some kind of antipasto salad present. Typically, the salad goes alongside a plate of Aunt Glory’s meatballs or my husband’s perfectly made chicken cutlets. You should always eat light the day of an Arduini family party.

For this salad I can’t recommend Primal Kitchen’s Italian dressing enough. Pretty much everything Primal Kitchen creates is out of this world, and this dressing is no different. For the artichokes, I love the Whole Food’s marinated variety, but any kind is great here. The roasted red peppers is also a great touch with a soft texture to counteract the crunchy organic bell pepper.

The star of the show is the salami. For this you want to pick a quality meat that is free of nitrates and fillers. My favorite brands is Applegate which is Whole 30 compliant. To avoid cracking teeth I would get pitted green olives. If you are keto then I would throw some fresh mozzarella on top to really elevate the Italian vibe happening here.

Classic Antipasto Salad
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 4 slices of salami, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of jarred roasted red peppers
  • 6 pitted green olives
  • 4 pieces of artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoons of Primal Kitchen’s Italian Dressing
  • *Optional to top with freshly cut mozzarella as long as you aren’t following a strict paleo or Whole 30 diet

Directions:

  • Pile in the greens and top with the remaining ingredients. I am a fan of a pre-tossed salad, so I will gently toss and serve to ensure a coating of dressing is in every delicious bite!

Enjoy!