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Paleo Tuna Salad with Homemade Pesto

If you’re like me, you like quick and easy no fuss lunches. This one is great for busy weekdays or even weeknights if you make a big batch at the beginning of the week. The recipe below is for one serving, but just double up on the ingredients to however many servings you want to make. If you have kids and they are fans of tuna, throw this on some cucumber slices for a healthy homemade lunch-able! That actually sounds good to me too right now 🙂

Traditionally tuna salad is made with mayo, but most mayo sold at the grocery store is made with poor quality oil and just not good for you. You can make your own, or buy some sold by Tessamae’s, but I decided to switch it up with a non-traditional pesto base. It turned out great!

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Paleo Tuna Salad with Homemade Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 can tuna ( I like this brand )
  • 2-3 T. homemade pesto (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1-2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place your eggs in a pot, cover them with water, place on the stove and bring to a boil
  2. Bring the heat back down to medium, low and let cook for 10-15 minutes
  3. While your eggs are cooking, chop and dice all your vegetables, drain your tuna, toss all in a mixing bowl and stir to combine
  4. Once your eggs are cooked, let them cool in ice cold water for another 10 minutes or so. Peel them and chop them and add to your bowl and stir to combine
  5. Stir in your homemade pesto and store in your fridge to enjoy throughout the week!

Homemade Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pine nuts or pistachios
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon

Directions:

  1. Process the nuts in a good blender ( I use a magic bullet )
  2. Add garlic cloves and basil and process
  3. Add the olive oil slowly until the pesto reaches your preference of thickness and then add lemon juice

My favorite way to eat this is with plantain chips! I use it as a cracker alternative for something salty to serve it on. They are sold at most wal-marts, which we actually have in Paris, Texas!

Hope you like it 🙂 Let me know what you think!

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