This is a quick and easy Foodie Friday recipe post: a simple, refreshing and delicious summer salad made from ripe tomatoes, tuna fish, capers and red onions.
I was first introduced to the dish in Tuscany, at the farmer’s house next door. I’d never been a huge fan of canned tuna. In fact, it remained one of the only foods I had a real aversion to. This is the dish that completely changed my mind. The mixture of sweet red onions, salty capers and fresh, pink Italian tuna fish is a winning combination. I loved the salad so much, I went home and made it the very next day for lunch. Since then, this dish has become a staple of my summer diet.
- 1 can Italian Tuna (or any high quality tuna, packed in olive oil)
- 1/2 Red Onion
You can use any type of tomato for this salad. Today I’m using ripe cherry tomatoes, because that’s what I have in the house. Cut your tomatoes into small-medium sized chunks and place into a salad bowl. Slice the red onion as finely as possible, mix in with the tomatoes. Add a generous amount of capers. I use a larger size caper, and add 3-4 tablespoons into the salad. Open the can of tuna and drain the oil. Add the tuna to the salad and mix. I don’t use any additional olive oil because there’s already enough on the tuna fish. Add salt to your liking.
This is a perfect, light salad for summer picnics and gatherings. Even though the recipe is simple, it never ceases to impress. Close your eyes, take a bite and imagine yourself sitting poolside, in the hills of Tuscany. Enjoy!