Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sophisticated Greek Tuna Salad

I know what you're thinking....

How can tuna fish be sophisticated?

Here's the back story:  

Since I was a wee young chef, I've been making tuna salad the same way.  Combine tuna with a tablespoon of mustard, mayo (I prefer Miracle Whip), and chopped pickles.  That's how everyone eats it, right?  

Well, my whole tuna world was turned upside down when I tasted the Greek tuna salad at Zoe's Kitchen.  Hello tuna heaven!  I've never been to Greece, but this is what I imagine eating in a little cafe by the water.  Yum.

{via Pinterest}

Mr. BMJ and I had a tuna cook-off (more like a tuna mix-off because there's really no cooking involved).  I made the recipe below that I came up with based on the Zoe's Kitchen recipe and he made it the old fashioned way.  Baby Girl was our judge and she preferred mine hands down.  

Yay hooray!  I won!

When Mr. BMJ tasted it, he said "well, it's definitely more sophisticated."  There you have it.  My Sophisticated Greek Tuna Salad was born!

Sophisticated Greek Tuna Salad

1 pack of white Albacore tuna in water
Handful of Kalamata olives, chopped
Approximately 2 Tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Dash of Italian seasoning or dried oregano
Salt and pepper

In a medium sized bowl, mix together all ingredients above.  I don't measure out any of the ingredients, I just add until it tastes right.  I would start out with about 2 Tbsp of olive oil and add as needed.  I like the "Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning", but if you don't have that on hand, dried oregano works fine.  The lemon juice adds a nice acidity. I like a ton of olives in mine but you can leave them out if you're not a fan.  Salt and pepper to taste.

It makes a perfect, healthy lunch served with bagel chips, cheese, and grapes.  Enjoy!

p.s.  Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice?  I'm coming down with Baby Girl's cold and it's quickly turning into a sinus infection and I don't like it.  Not one bit.  


  1. I'm not a canned tuna fan at all but my husband LOVES it so I will have to share this recipe with him! He will love it

  2. I like how there is no mayo involved in your version. I'll definitely have to try it!

  3. i really love that baby girl chose the sophisticated one. go her!

  4. don't get sick!! and this sounds so good! I do fancy tuna as well....I love adding raisins and almonds and chives. YUM! And I use yogurt instead of mayo.

  5. This sounds really good! I'll need to try this one day when we make tuna

  6. I wish I liked tuna from the can but I can't even handle the smell of it without gagging!! You need to book a trip to Greece. I did Athens, Mykonos and Santori. It was the trip of a lifetime and heaven on earth. :-)

  7. I love tuna since you can pop open a can whenever you need a quick lunch. I'm definitely going to be trying this out (kid tested, then I approve ;) !)


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