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3.7.13

Wheat Berry & Tuna Salad (my version: Tuna Quinoa Salad) #French Friday's with Dorie

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Tuna Quinoa Salad

I seem to have a mild allergy to wheat, so no wheat berries for me. I decided to substitute wheat berries with everyone's favorite seed that poses as a grain: quinoa. Yes, this salad is gluten free and quinoa contains all the amino acids, it's high in iron and magnesium,... so yes, it is super healthy.


Tuna Quinoa Salad

I made this salad the day before to be eaten as a packed lunch. The original recipe called for the salad to be laid over tomatoes, avocados, and eggs in a bed of lettuce. Instead I minced everything up except the lettuce and mixed it into the salad. I also used Tonno tuna and felt that one can, instead the two recommend by Dorie, gave it enough tuna flavor without over powering the rest of the ingredients.


I really think mincing all the ingredients helps to blend the flavors in a salad, and I find myself and my family like salads made this way a lot more.


dog in salad

Chilled over night and eaten cold for lunch this salad was a big hit, even my vegetable hating teen son loved it. 

dog on picnic table

We even had a surprise lover of this salad: our dog!


Tuna Quinoa Salad

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Wheat Berry & Tuna Salad found in: Around my French Table

Preparation: 45 minutes                                 Serves:  4 - 6

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:

1 1/2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
4 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste
1 dash red pepper flakes


Salad:

1 cup cooked quinoa
2 celery stalks minced
1 small red onion minced
1 apple minced (I use a Golden Delicious)
1 avocado minced
2 hard boiled eggs minced
1 can of drained Tonno tuna


Directions: 

1) While the quinoa and boil the eggs are cooking, whisk vinaigrette ingredients together and put it aside.

2) Mince salad ingredients and mix them together in a large bowl.

3) When quiona and eggs are cooked mix them with the vinaigrette and salad ingredients. Serve warm or refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve chilled over a bed of lettuce. Note: Make sure you cook the quiona until it is light and fluffy on the dry side is best for this salad.

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Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


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28 comments:

  1. Diane, So glad to know this was well received…I plan on making it today to serve for my Fourth of July barbecue. Looks yummy! Happy Fourth!

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    1. Happy 4th to you Kathy... very delicious. Your guests will love it.

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  2. I like your version - I have a funny feeling that we will be seeing many variations on this week's recipe.

    We ended up using spelt berries, since that is what was in the house...

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    1. I didn't even know there are spelt berries. I can eat spelt. Good to know.

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  3. This looks great for summer, nice and light!

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    1. Super light and super healthy all in one meal.

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  4. your salad looks very nice. I am making it today. think i'll follow you and mince and mix everything together.

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  5. Sounds delicious. I love quinoa and it's a heck of a lot quicker to cook than wheat berries so I make it much more often.

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    1. Maybe you can make wheat berries in a rice cooker? But it is wonderful how quickly quinoa cooks up.

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  6. I love the photos with the dog. I enjoyed this one also. It's good to know this works well with other "grains" and also with everything just fixed on in.

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  7. What? Dogs like wheat berries? Why am I always the last to know these things? I love your pup!!

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    1. I'm not sure it was the grain that attracted my dog, more likely it was the tuna and eggs... she loves her proteins.

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  8. LOL - I love the fact that the dog enjoyed it. Quinoa is a good sub in.

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    1. My dog like everyone else in the family has a fine palate... LOL.

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  9. I just adore those last two pictures. Dorie would enjoy seeing those, especially the next to the last one. I couldn't find wheat berries and had both quinoa and Israeli couscous in my pantry. I went with the couscous so am glad you tried guinoa. What I especially enjoyed was the mustard vinaigrette. I squirted a little lemon on the top of my salad also. That seemed to bring out the flavor more. Will add capers next time. I think my version would mix together well also. Good idea. Thanks for your e-mail. I am sending you an e-mail when I finished with all my comments.

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    1. I was worried Dorie might think her recipes are going to the dogs... So glad you tried a different starch than I did. Good to know that there are other alternatives. Yes, I agree Mary the vinaigrette was fantastic. I am already pondering what to to do with it next. Lemon sounds great, and both my daughter and I love capers. Glad to see you are around this week. I was in the woods this weekend. Will get over to your post probably tomorrow.

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  10. This looks really good! We love tuna and quinoa! Visiting from This Gal Cooks.
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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    1. It is a great combination. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  11. This is genius. I eat quinoa all the time, but never thought to add it to tuna. Great idea!!

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    1. Thank you Elsa... you are going to love it. It works so well.

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  12. I am always stumped when it comes to cooking things with Quinoa. I got a nice pack and its been sitting in the pantry waiting.. :) Thanks for this post. i am definitely trying this out!
    -Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

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    1. Definitely don't be intimidated by it. Quinoa cooks really quickly and can be substituted for any recipe that calls for rice.

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  13. Diane,
    Your little dog is precious and that salad looks great! Hope you are having a great summer weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you... she would love your sweet dog too.

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  14. What a lovely looking salad, Diane, and I like all the delicious fresh ingredients you have used. I've pinned this to my Salads board on Pinterest. It's perfect for the warmer weather :)

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    1. From the types of recipes you post I would guess you would love this salad. I hope you try it soon. Any grain is good with it.

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