Food Friday: Tuna Combinations

26 04 2013

The other day, it seemed I had nothing in the pantry but cereal and some canned tuna. Rather than head out to the market on an empty stomach, I pulled out one of my favorite “cookbooks” that’s really not a cookbook at all. The Flavor Bible is a great encyclopedia for pulling together ingredients when you don’t have a recipe on hand to follow.

Some of my favorite dinners have come out of this Flavor Bible so I whipped up a little tuna salad sandwich with what I had on hand, inspired from some of the suggested ingredients, and it was the best tuna sandwich I’d ever had. There’s nothing like the classic combination of Duke’s mayo and tuna on white bread, but the more complex flavors meticulously researched and compiled by authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg really hit the spot.

Image via Ina Garten's Tuna Salad

Image via Ina Garten’s Tuna Salad

So in case you’re looking for a light summer lunch this weekend, here’s a list of some of my favorite suggestions to hopefully inspire your own tuna salad.

  • anchovies
  • white beans
  • mustard
  • soy sauce
  • wasabi
  • sesame
  • lemon
  • basil
  • chives
  • scallions
  • cilantro
  • coriander
  • parsley
  • bell peppers
  • jalapeno chili peppers
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • fennel
  • shallots
  • radishes
  • radicchio
  • arugula
  • watercress
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