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Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad – Combined with delicious basil pesto and flavorful sun dried tomatoes, this tuna salad is about to become your next favorite salad recipe that is perfect for any summer barbeque or just for lunch!
Snack time!! No, wait. I mean picnic time. No. I mean all-the-time.
Maybe I need to add a couple more things to that title and have it read, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad Pita Pockets
Still too long.
Oh hi! I’m just adding a touch of lunch-picnic-bbq inspiration by stuffing it all in a pita pocket. It was also the only way to stop myself from spooning the whole bowl of tuna salad straight into my trap.
The good news is that I made us a big bowl of goodness! Better news? There’s like, 5-ish ingredients, and it comes together in like, minutes.
This tuna salad is actually from my local grocery store! Well, not like FROM the store. Not like I bought it from there and threw it in a bowl, snapped a pic and bam. No no. Not like that. But. The idea came from the grocery store. Get it? Okay good.
They make a killer tuna salad with pesto and sun dried tomatoes, but then they also add a whole lot of other things to it, like mayo + the croissants… yah, so good. Calories-overload, but STILL. It’s so damn good!!
Anyhew. When my besties from STAR Fine Foods sent me these jars of Cara Mia Sun Dried Tomatoes, it didn’t take much for me to get on that salad and make it for us.
Made with fresh ripe tomatoes dried under the sun, these sun dried tomatoes are julienne cut and packed with sunflower oil, olive oil and special herbs. And once combined with basil pesto, albacore tuna, and creamy yogurt? They make the most incredibly tasty tuna salad.
This salad is great to make in bulk for lunches throughout the week, or for your next get together, and even as a quick dinner. In other words, it’s a salad with super powers.
I love using albacore tuna because it has a mild flavor, is always available in practically every grocery store, and it’s budget-friendly. I also like to make my own basil pesto, but I realize that sometimes OUR super powers need to be used elsewhere, thus I reached for the little jar at the store and all was still well with the world.
Look at that. Stress free lunch/appetizer/dinner ready in 10 minutes. Stuff it in pita pockets and you get a hearty, perfectly Mediterranean tuna sandwich.
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TOOLS USED IN THIS RECIPE
- 2 cans (5-ounces each) albacore tuna in water, drained and chopped
- 1/4 cup basil pesto
- 1/3 cup Cara Mia Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
- whole wheat pita pockets , optional
Combine the tuna, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes in a salad bowl; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
Stir in yogurt until well combined.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
*Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
*Serve it as an appetizer, or you can stuff it inside pita pockets for a delicious lunch, or a quick dinner.