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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuna Salad In Cantaloupe- It's Summer!


I have made this dish and featured it before, but there are some new people that visit since I posted this last. Chicken salad and shrimp salad works well like this also!
My tuna fish salad recipe is simple and straightforward:
1. High quality tuna, either fresh cooked or canned Albacore in water, 12-16 oz.
2. Two hard cooked eggs, peeled and cooled
3. 2 stalks of celery
4. 1 medium onion
Chop all above ingredients into bite sized pieces
5. Add real Mayo (Miracle Whip and low fat mayo both have too much water in them!) to taste.
6. Add mustard, lemon pepper, and dried dill- all to taste.
Mix all above until blended thoroughly.
Cut a medium sized ripe cantaloupe in half, cleaned of all seeds. Fill cavity with tuna salad, and enjoy!
This is a good summer meal, eaten cold. It is filling and refreshing..
My melon could have been riper, but it was still OK..the salad was great!
Last night our area got clobbered with high winds, thunderstorms, and a lot of rain..Tornado warning were out, and the sirens were going for an hour!
Hard to get any sleep with a dog going crazy, and sirens blaring!

37 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i remember this from last time...but a good reminder...thinking we might try this with the shrimp salad. despite me best intentions we dont always get to try your ideas, but this one we did and it was great.

The Good Cook said...

I can't wait until the melons are ripe in this neck of the woods. Then, one a day is my motto!

Stay away from those tornedos! I remember one summer while visiting my in-laws, every night, around midnight those sirens would go off.. being a Nor'easter girl, I herded my children down into the basement EVERY time... the rest of the family thought I was nuts!

buffalodick said...

Brian- It has become a regular in the summer for us!
Good Cook- I had to wake up my wife to get her downstairs..woman sleeps like she's dead!

Kate said...

We had wicked storms on Sunday night and they're forecasting them for tonight, too. Weird and wild weather so far this spring. Guess it's on par with the wicked winter we had. I STILL think about those dark days of February and shiver a little in my soul.

buffalodick said...

Kate- We are supposed to get it Wed. Today is hot and humid...

Pam said...

This was my favorite lunch to get at a cute little cafe that I used to live by, many moons ago.

buffalodick said...

Pam- I've never seen it in a restaurant around here!

jules said...

I was excited at the idea of tuna salad in cantaloupe. I'm even more intrigued that you put egg in your salad. Sounds great! I'm totally going to do this!

doggybloggy said...

I have had vanilla ice cream and cottage cheese (not together) in a cantaloupe but never any kind of meat - hmmmmmm, sounds different.

buffalodick said...

Jules- Refreshing and light for summer!
DogB- You will think of the possibilities- I know you!

Vickie said...

Love the addition of dill to tuna salad . . . I'm going to try this. The weather has just been hella-nasty for some lately. Ours is just rainy and chilly for the past few days. Quack, quack.

buffalodick said...

Vick- Dill weed is integral to the salmon, tuna, and most fish I broil! With butter and lemon, it is simple and has a great flavor... A restaurant here used to to this, and I learned from them, the taste was perfect with broiled fish!

Heff said...

That sounds oddly refreshing !

buffalodick said...

Heff-It works, trust me! I come up with stuff from right field that is odd, but good!

Sook said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! Looks perfect for lunch! :)

buffalodick said...

Sook- You will love the flavors as they go together well!

John McElveen said...

Wife is out picking up ingredients as I typed....she mentioned today we had not had that in a while--and BOOM--here's this post!

Awesome Buddy!

John

intuitive eggplant said...

This sounds like such a refreshing summer dish, b.d.! Now how do we get you to show us larger photos of your terrific food? :)

Jeff B said...

I'll have to take a leap of faith and give this a try. I like both components, but have never considered them together.

JihadGene said...

Sounds great! Healthy too! Sorry about the bad weather out your way.

LaDivaCucina said...

Very yummy! I like the chicken salad with the melon too. But with leftover tuna, that would rock!

When is tornado season ending? I thought it was all over now?

Akelamalu said...

Tuna salad in a melon sounds heavenly to me. :)

Intense Guy said...

Sounds like the perfect "its too stinkin'" hot out meal.

The melons should be getting better as the summer rolls on..

buffalodick said...

John- I hope you enjoy it!
Eggplant- Put cursor on photo, and it gets bigger..push again on enlarged photo, and it gets bigger yet!
Jeff- They go well together- you'll see!
Gene- Got clobbered again this morning with thunder and heavy rains..
Diva- We were surprised too!
Ake- Better than lettuce anyday!
I.G.- Exactly!

Gloria said...

Really love cantaloupe!! but normally we eat like a dessert, chopped or with Ice Cream and fruits!! look awesome! huggs, gloria

buffalodick said...

Gloria- It makes an excellent salad without the usual lettuce!

Barbara said...

Oops! Tuna again. I know you won't mind if I make this chicken. Love a good chicken salad in a fruit bowl!

Marjie said...

I'll take my tuna salad on the side, and just eat the cantaloupe for dessert. I don't like to mix my food. Odd, I know. And, hey, your Airehead is smaller than Thor, so when she crawls under your feet, she doesn't knock you over!

buffalodick said...

Barb- Both work well!
Marjie- 80lbs. of muscle bound dog can knock you over easily!

A Year on the Grill said...

love the classics

The Blonde Duck said...

I would have never thought of that.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Tis the season for weather! Same thing up here - flooding, unbelievable flooding. I just feel so lucky to not be flooded out. Looks great! I won't be finding any good tuna but will try it with your other suggestions. We have great chicken.

jolie-jordan said...
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jolie-jordan said...

I had so many words spelt wrong in my first comment that I decided to delete it and try again. Too early morning for me, I guess.

That's one thing that is so wonderful about summer. Fresh fruit and produce tastes so good and makes for a quick, cool one dish meal. I could make a pot of corn on the cob or a pot of fresh beets with some butter (well these days it's margarine) and call it a meal. Or have tomato and sweet onion sandwiches. Your tuna/melon salad sounds delicious...I usually use shrimp, crab or chicken in my melon salads but I so love fresh tuna that I know I'd love your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

And isn’t it grand not to have dishes to clean up either.

I too, use lots of dill and fresh lemon in many of my recipes and always with seafood or fish.

Storms and tornados are one of the things that I don’t enjoy about summer. Stay safe Buff. J-

buffalodick said...

Grilller- Some people have never heard of this...
BlondeD- I think you'd like it..
Fingers- Missed us last night, but south of us got it!
J.J.- Dill weed on seafood is really great..

Ally said...

What an interesting twist on sweet and salty! I've only ever seen this inside a tomato really. Clever!

buffalodick said...

Ally- You have to try this, as I think you will enjoy!