Despite the fact that it is the end of January, we have had some pretty spectacular weather this week. For us folks in Virginia, it is has been in the seventies with some heavy winds and sunshine; almost whimsical. I’ll take it! I was feeling a little inspired by the weather and thought I would pull together something fun and easy, reminiscent of the summer time sunshine and eating an outdoor lunch. My mind turned to lettuce wraps, which are a huge favorite of mine and my family as well. Plus I had everything in house, so we were all set to go.
I prepared my usual tuna salad and I encourage you to do utilize your preferred style. I know my husband who grew up in the south was used to having sweet relish in his tuna, but he has become accustomed to my more northern style of cooking and enjoys it or at least he says. Occasionally, we still add sweet relish. This recipe makes 8-10 large wraps or 15-20 mini wraps. You will need the following ingredients:
-one head of lettuce
-16 oz. of chunk light tuna in water, drained and rinsed
-1/2 c. mayo
-one onion, diced
-1 tsp. granulated garlic
-1/4 tsp. celery salt
-1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
-1 tbsp. brown mustard (optional)
-two large celery stems, diced
-two large tomatoes, diced
-2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-1.5 cups chopped or whole walnuts
If you are interested, here is my typical tuna salad recipe:
-16 oz. chunk light tuna in water
-1 c. diced sweet onion
-1 c. diced celery
-1/2 c. mayonnaise
-1 tsp granulated garlic
-1/4 tsp celery salt
Blend all ingredients and mix well. NOTE: This time around I went a little light on the mayo and added a tablespoon of brown mustard and one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce to add some uniqueness and flavor to the wraps.
Layer tuna salad first into the lettuce wraps, top with fresh, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar and walnuts. It is that easy, but it’s also fun, delicious and refreshing. These wraps would be great for a lunch outside paired up with some fresh strawberries, crispy potato wedges and sparkling water or wine.
Nutritional Impact: High in protein, fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron. Plus you are getting a double dose of healthy omega 3 oil from the walnuts and the fish.Pin It