03 April 2009

Fishy Fridays: Warm tuna and potato salad

Even though my mind still feels winter's chill, my gullet says warm weather is coming.

I'm still grabbing for my wool coat and pashmina every few days but my little plaid trenchcoat is getting more and more wear. I'm still drawn towards roast chicken and beef with loads of gratin potatoes and veggies. The idea of leafy salad meals just hasn't taken hold of my imagination...yet.

But today my tummy decided that perhaps it would only be sated by a salad. Not a leafy salad with frissée this and hand-torn that. It wanted a hearty and warm salad. The kind of salad that doesn't wilt in the heat. The kind of salad that those who pretend to eat won't go near (because those who pretend to eat wouldn't have the combined tensile and compressive strengths necessary to lift a forkful of food). The kind of salad that that make my tummy feel both full and happy.

This salad is based on my love of warm potato salad, akin to the kind put together by Jamie Oliver in his series where he cooked in his garden--hot potatoes slurping up olive oil and lemon juice--along with a not-so-latent and constant desire to be near the Medeterranean Sea. It's relatively quick to put together and quite satsifying on its own or with a piece of bruschetta.

Warm tuna and potato salad

One boiled potato, cubed
olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
half a onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
two sundried tomatoes, chopped finely
1 tsp capers,
1 roasted pepper, chopped
2-3 Tbsp chopped black olives
.5c canned chickpeas, drained
1 tin chunked tuna, drained


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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Yum -- a kind of warm salad nicoise. Would be very comforting for a rainy Friday dinner.

NKP said...

Yum, just the thing to give us strength not to be blown away this weekend! I really like Jamie's new garden based show too.

Mickle in NZ said...

Great for the weather and my appetite here too. What a wonderful combination of ingredients - comfort and flavour with added yummo protein. And easy to assemble then devour. I might have to battle with Zebbycat over the tinned tuna.

Hope you and your dear kittycats are well, and your springtime warmth arrives soon.

Autumn here is fickle, as usual. 21C temp today with blustery wind and a few horizontal rain showers. On Thursday we can expect hail, then all sunny again for Friday. I understand your woollen coat and pashmina vs. trench coat situation.

Sending care and huggles, Michelle in Wellington

(Zebbycat too flat out snoozling to purr a greeting - what a life!)