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Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats

Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers. Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers ~ The Complete Savorist Happy New Year everyone! How are you doing with all your health goals for 2015?

I am happy with the progress I am making.  I recently shared with you some of my goals or resolutions.
One of which was to get back to following my gastric bypass dietary protocol. For those that may be new here, I am to eat a diet consisting of lean protein and veggies, and I am to limit my carbs.  Now before you start pointing out I have a hearty carb section on blog, I am only human.

It’s a New Year, New You (or me). As part of getting back on track, I needed to find a way to enjoy the foods I love but in healthier ways. I love my grandma’s tuna salad.  Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers ~ The Complete Savorist


Man, I can close my eyes and just taste it. Growing up, I hated seafood of any kind other than a fish stick slathered in ketchup or my grandma’s tuna sandwich made with Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in Water. Don’t get her started about using anything other than this specific brand and type.  Gratefully my palate has matured and I now enjoy many different sea meats.

Since my surgery, tuna has been one of my go-to meal options.  Available in can or pouch, each Bumble Bee® product is an easy and delicious way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet, including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers ~ The Complete Savorist Saving Grandma’s tuna salad for one of those special splurge days, I wanted to continue to enjoy Bumble Bee® Tuna in a leaner way and with a fresh twist on the classic salad sandwich.  And to stick with my dietary protocol, I had to ditch the bread and the mayo.

But I did it. And now Grandma’s classic tuna salad sandwich has a bona fide rival. Using asian flavors that I love so much, I amped up this Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water with rice vinegar, sesame oil and Sriracha.  For additional crunch, I added fresh vegetables.

I enjoyed my tuna boat for lunch, however, it can be sliced into pieces and be served as a delicious appetizer for any party or gathering. However you chose to enjoy this dish, you know you are eating something highly nutritious, and utterly satisfying. I didn’t even miss the mayo! Now that I have a new favorite way to eat my Bumble Bee®, what’s your favorite way to enjoy Bumble Bee®?Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers ~ The Complete Savorist

Asian Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats

Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers
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Ingredients

  • 1-28 oz . can Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water
  • 1/4 cup purple cabbage; chopped
  • 2 tbsp . carrots; finely chopped
  • 2 large green onions; diced
  • 2 tbsp . red bell pepper; finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp . cilantro; chopped
  • 3 cucumbers

Dressing

  • 2 garlic cloves; minced/grated
  • 2 1/2 tbsp . sesame oil
  • 4 1/2 tbsp . rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp . sugar
  • 1 tsp . Sriracha
  • 2 1/2 tsp . ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp . salt; +/- to taste
  • 1/8 tsp . black pepper; +/- to taste
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  • 1 green onion; diced for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Open and drain tuna, allow it to continue to drain for at least an hour, removing as much of the water as possible.
  2. While the tuna drains, prep all the vegetables.
  3. Once the tuna has sufficiently drained, toss the tuna with carrots, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and cabbage by fork, breaking up any large chunks of tuna. Set aside once well combined.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk all the dressing ingredients together except the salt and pepper.
  5. Taste the dressing and add the salt and pepper according to taste.
  6. Pour dressing over tuna and vegetables, toss well by fork.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing the flavors to combine.
  8. Before serving, slice the cucumbers in half, lengthwise.
  9. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the center, removing all the seeds and soft flesh.
  10. Fill each half of cucumber with 1/3 cup of Asian tuna salad.
  11. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.

Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers ~ The Complete Savorist I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.Asian Tuna Salad in Cucumber Boats ~ An Asian twist and an updated taste for the classic tuna salad, served in hollowed cucumbers ~ The Complete Savorist

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Chicago Jogger
    January 17, 2015 at 7:02 am

    This looks delicious – I love the Asian flavors you added!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you C.J. They were really good with the Asian twist.

  • Reply
    pam (Sidewalk Shoes)
    January 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

    This looks so good and healthy! Tuna is my easy go to lunch – this is definitely going on the menu!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you Pam, hope you enjoy them.

  • Reply
    Dan from Pltter Talk
    January 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

    5 stars
    Bumble Bee is a favorite tuna of ours; thanks for this fantastic post!

  • Reply
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
    January 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Absolutely brilliant use of flavors Michelle! I’m always looking for ways to jazz up our ordinary tuna salads!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you Alisa, the Asian flavors really worked well with the tuna. Felt almost sushi like.

  • Reply
    Betty
    January 17, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Bumblebee tuna is my favorite tuna and has been for many years. This looks so good and easy to make.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you Betty. It’s a favorite here too.

  • Reply
    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    January 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I love the cucumber boat idea…this is a perfect paleo light lunch idea!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Yes, Paleo and GF…Thanks Sandi.

  • Reply
    Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen
    January 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I absolutely love Tuna salad! I too used to hate seafood (tuna included) but my palette has definitely grown up with me! (thankfully…)
    I will be making this because this sounds and looks better than any tuna salad that I have ever had! Love the asian flavours 🙂 Pinned and Shared!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much Dini! I appreciate all the love!
      If you’re a fan of Asian flavors, you will enjoy this. Adjust the sriarcha to your own liking.

  • Reply
    Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    January 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    So healthy, colorful, creative and fun! Love these Michelle!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much Linda!

  • Reply
    Laura
    January 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I have often wished for a good tuna recipe that was more my family’s style for weekend lunches, etc. I am not a huge fan of the may based recipes. This looks perfect for my family! Now I just need to actually buy some tuna lol…

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      I think your family might enjoy this, knowing how you all like your spice. But you will want to add a bit more sriracha to fit The Spiced Life way of doing things. 😉

  • Reply
    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    January 18, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I bet that dressing would be amazing on just about anything! 🙂 This is such a tasty looking twist on classic tuna salad. I will absolutely be making it for myself soon. I can keep it in the refrigerator for easy lunches!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

      It’s keeps well, the cabbage does soften a bit, and the flavors will intensify.

  • Reply
    lizzy
    January 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    5 stars
    This looks super healthy and tasty – I am on a new years diet so looking for great recipes that are healthy but still so yummy and this is def. a keeper!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you Lizzy. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Sandra - The Foodie Affair
    January 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delicious and a perfect meal to take to work for lunch! I’ll be making it this week. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you Sandra. Super easy and really delicious, perfect for lunches.

  • Reply
    Rachel Cooks
    January 19, 2015 at 5:38 am

    My husband would adore these!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 19, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Hope he enjoys them Rachel.

  • Reply
    Christie
    January 19, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Lunch is always my issue. This is going to be perfect. I like to have lunch that is loaded in veggies and lean portein. Putting this on my lunch menu.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I know exactly what you mean about lunch Christie. Hope you enjoy this.

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    January 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    These little tuna boats are so pretty!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you. I thought they were pretty too but then thought, can food be pretty? But you said it, so it can be.

  • Reply
    Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]
    January 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    These look so light & healthy! Yumming and stumbling!

  • Reply
    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    January 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I am in love with these! Both because of the phenomenal Asian flavor profile, and because of all the wonderfully healthy ingredients! Oh – and also because they are just flat-out gorgeous with all those beautiful colors! Yum – so excited to pin this and share with my followers, too! 😀

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you Shelley! I love the colors as well. The Asian flavors really worked well with the tuna. It’s my new favorite.

  • Reply
    Melanie
    January 23, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I love tuna! This looks like a great way to change it up!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Melanie, it really was a delicious change from the standard.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    January 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    5 stars
    Your cucumber boats look so great. Your pics are great with the new DSLR

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Oh thank you, I still have so much to learn.

  • Reply
    kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor
    January 23, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    These look so fresh and delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Thank you Kristi, they were delicious.

  • Reply
    Elena
    January 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    5 stars
    This recipe looks easy and tasty! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Thanks for stopping by Elena.

  • Reply
    Angela
    January 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    How fantastic do these look! The colors alone make me want to devour them! YUM!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      They are very vibrant, and delicious.

  • Reply
    Debi @ Life Currents
    January 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    You are making me so hungry! I love these little boats filled with goodness. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Debi.

  • Reply
    Lori Who Needs A Cape?
    January 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Now this is finger food! Great presentation, they look delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Lori, they were really good, the Asian flavors worked so well with the tuna.

  • Reply
    Geraldine Saucier
    February 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Love this recipe. Tuna is my go to food. Thanks for sharing I’ll be making this recipe soon:)

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you Geraldine, It’s a nice change from the normal, but still delicious tuna salad.

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