Elle’s Pesto Tuna Salad

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I have to be honest, I’m not a fan of mayo-y tuna salad. I prefer an O&V tuna salad, or just a bit of mayo like I’ve used here. The addition of pesto really adds a sweet freshness to the tuna. This serves two, increase as necessary.

Elle’s Pesto Tuna Salad

2 cans of albacore tuna
2 ribs of celery, chopped small
1/2 a large tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp of mayo (I use one made with olive oil)
1 Tbsp of pesto
3 Tbsp (or more if nec) of Elle’s Light White Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 tsp dry mustard (or dijon)
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together everything except the first three ingredients. Mash that into the tuna, then add the celery and tomato. Serve over a bed of baby spinach with whole grain crackers.

Enjoy!

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Elle’s Almost Nicoise Salad

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This salad was so delicious. The only thing missing was olives. It seriously needed some fabulous pitted olives. The salty brininess would have completed the dish. Unfortch, I was out of olives. Including dressing, this salad comes in at only 424 calories, so in addition to being super easy and tasting great, it is guiltless. (I’d say serves two as a side or starter, one as an entree.)

I topped it off with my homemade Light White Balsamic Vinaigrette and a generous grinding of Trader Joe’s Flower Pepper (black peppercorns and dried flowers– so different and yummy).

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…but seriously, it needs olives…

xo,
Elle