Santa Fe Tuna Salad

Santa Fe Tuna Salad - An easy cold salad for lunch or a light dinner in the summer.

While it’s only 70-ish degrees this week in Michigan (seriously, the most beautiful weather ever!), I’m already anticipating a hot July. I can just feel it coming. I thought I would start getting ready with some cold salad recipes, for lunches and light dinners.

This tuna salad is actually tasty all year ’round, but it’s best in the summer, with fresh in-season corn, juicy cucumbers, and from-the-garden (errr…flower pot) basil. There’s a few ways to eat it, besides just on its own. You could shove it in a tortilla or pita. Or, you could serve it on top of spinach, lettuce, or mixed greens for a salad-on-top-of-salad effect.

If you’re not a big fan of tuna, you can substitute shredded rotisserie chicken or some grilled shrimp. Or, feel free to be all vegetarian about it. Just get ready. Because those days where it’s so hot that you wonder if you can just eat three Popsicles for dinner will be here before you know it.

For some other cold salad ideas, check out out my Gazpacho Chopped Salad and Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Israeli Couscous.

Santa Fe Tuna Salad - An easy cold salad for lunch or a light dinner in the summer.

Santa Fe Tuna Salad

Yield: 2 servings

Santa Fe Tuna Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can (5 ounces) solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
  • 1 cup black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 ear)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lime juice and zest, vinegar, cumin and salt. In a medium bowl, flake tuna with fork. Add remaining ingredients to tuna. Pour dressing over everything; toss to combine.
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  • http://www.thewellflouredkitchen.com/ The Well Floured Kitchen

    This looks delicious and perfect for the warm weather. I’ve never added cumin to a vinaigrette before, I’m curious to try.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thank you! A little cumin goes a long way in a vinaigrette, so you have to be a little careful. But it’s really tasty!

  • http://www.thewellflouredkitchen.com/ The Well Floured Kitchen

    This looks delicious and perfect for the warm weather. I’ve never added cumin to a vinaigrette before, I’m curious to try.

  • Suzanne

    I love your salads, this gorgeous. I automatically love any salad with corn, looks fresh, crunchy and delicious!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Suzanne! I can’t wait for sweet corn season around here. It can’t come soon enough.

  • Suzanne

    I love your salads, this gorgeous. I automatically love any salad with corn, looks fresh, crunchy and delicious!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thank you! A little cumin goes a long way in a vinaigrette, so you have to be a little careful. But it’s really tasty!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Suzanne! I can’t wait for sweet corn season around here. It can’t come soon enough.

  • Amanda

    This is so delicious! I’ve made it several times in the last couple of weeks, I’m hooked! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I’m so glad you like it, Amanda! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know.

  • Katy

    Tried this tonight with grilled chicken instead of tuna (had some on hand), and it was delicious!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Yay! Thanks Katy :)

  • Katy

    Tried this tonight with grilled chicken instead of tuna (had some on hand), and it was delicious!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Yay! Thanks Katy :)

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    I’m so glad you like it, Amanda! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know.

  • Amanda

    This is so delicious! I’ve made it several times in the last couple of weeks, I’m hooked! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reyes Janice

    It’s so perfect this salad I make this tonight my madam as me if what is the ingredient. Hehehe