Friday, April 10, 2015

Simply Scrumptious Spring Salads!

Sick of the same old salad? Spring into spring with these exciting salad recipes from StarKist!

You’ll have an extra spring in your step if you keep your salad healthy!  Check out these simply scrumptious healthy salad tips:

  • Limit extras like croutons, bacon bits, and extra cheese

  • Use a variety of greens like spinach, leaf lettuce, arugula, dandelion greens, kale, watercress and basil leaves – full of flavor and nutrition!

  • Don’t pile on fried meat – use heart healthy tuna -- a quick, easy protein (much lower in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than many other protein choices) that works for lunch or dinner -- and you don’t even have to drain OR refrigerate StarKist Flavor Fresh Tuna Pouches before opening!

  • Try squeezing some fresh lemon and olive oil on your salad, or use salsa, instead of drenching your salad with dressing

Pasta Primavera Salad
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1 (6.4-oz.) pouch StarKist® Chunk Light or Albacore in water
2 cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and red pepper, steamed and chilled
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup creamy Italian or ranch dressing
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
2 cups penne pasta, cooked and chilled
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, or 1-1/2 tbsp. dried basil
2 tbsp. minced green onions
3 cups mixed salad greens
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except lettuce and cheese. Chill 1/2 hour. Divide salad greens among 4 salad plates. Spoon tuna mixture over salad greens. Garnish with cheese.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Tuna and White Bean Salad
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1 (4.5 oz.) pouch StarKist Tuna Creations®, Zesty Lemon Pepper
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 (16 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cubed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Fresh basil, chopped, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mince garlic and mash to a paste with the back of a spoon. Mix garlic paste with lemon juice, salt and pepper; slowly whisk in olive oil. Toss red pepper, onion, and beans together. Break apart Tuna Creations® and mix in to bean mixture. Add dressing and toss well. Just before serving, add basil. Serve at room temperature.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Southwest Tuna Salad
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1 (2.6-oz.) pouch StarKist Chunk Light or Albacore Tuna
1/2 cup Black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup Low-fat Ranch dressing
1/4 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded
2-1/2 cups (4-oz.) Lettuce, washed and torn
1/2 cup Whole kernel corn
1/4 cup Salsa
In a large salad bowl place lettuce, tuna, beans, corn, and ranch dressing. Top with salsa and cheese. For 2 small salads, divide all ingredients in half.
Prep Time: 5-8 minutes
Serves: 1

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