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How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel

By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not only edible but also delicious and good for you and your family. There are many recipes from which to choose but some are time-tested and proven. MyOutdoorBuddy will be posting a series of these provided to us by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and other fishing industry sources. “Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel” is just the first you can expect to see here at MyOutdoorBuddy.com in the weeks ahead. If you have a favorite ocean-fish recipe, please send to frank@myoutdoorbuddy.com so we can share it with our readers.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbspns chopped tarragon (or 2 tspn dried)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna (preferably West Coast albacore)*, drained
  • 1 small head fennel, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound mixed greens (romaine, butter lettuce, radicchio, and arugula) or spring mix
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
Directions
Using a whisk or a blender, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, tarragon, and parsley. Lightly chunk the tuna, then toss it with the fennel, celery, onion, and most of the dressing. Reserve.

If you’re using mixed greens, trim, wash, dry, and slice them cross-wise into 1-inch-wide strips. Toss the mixed greens or spring mix with the remaining dressing. Arrange on serving plates. Top with the tuna salad, and garnish with the bell peppers and olives.

*Some sources of locally caught canned albacore are listed at pacificalbacore.com/products

Adapted from Epicurious.com.



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