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Terrific tuna and tomato salad

A perfect way to use tomatoes, this refreshing salad is versatile enough to enjoy for lunch, on a picnic, or dinner on the patio with family and friends. Serve it over lettuce leaves for added colour and crunch.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: no cooking needed
Servings: 6

  • 1 L (2 pints) grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans (each 120 g drained weight) light flaked tuna in water, drained
  • 250 mL (1 cup) chopped cucumber
  • 45 mL (3 tbsp) red wine vinegar
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 75 mL (1/3 cup) chopped fresh basil
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) chopped fresh oregano
  1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, celery, tuna and cucumber.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, garlic and hot pepper flakes. Pour over tomato mixture along with basil and oregano and toss to coat well.


  • Older kids can help to slice tomatoes and celery, drain tuna and chop cucumber. Little chefs can whisk the dressing together.
  • For the best tasting tomatoes, store them at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Putting them in the fridge results in a mealy texture.
  • No grape tomatoes on hand? No worries. Dice up 4 tomatoes instead.
  • Try this salad using canned salmon instead of tuna, or use leftover cooked fish.
30 minutes or less