My Asian Zoodle Tuna Salad is a light, nutritious dish that’s packed with color and flavor- plus it requires no cooking!
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It’s hard to believe that summer is ending and fall is right around the corner! Soon, the lazy days of summer will transition to the busier, activity-packed days that accompany the start of the school year. The change will be especially hard for me this year, as I’ll be returning to work after being on maternity leave this summer. Balancing work and two kids will be a new challenge but I’m ready for it!
Since I work long shifts in the ER, it’s important that I eat well-balanced meals that fill me up and give me energy without leaving me feeling tired afterwards. I like dishes that pack in plenty of protein and veggies as well as some healthy fats. I always try to pack a lunch from home so that I have something nutritious to eat when I get a few minutes, rather than picking on the not-so-healthy snacks in the doctors lounge.
My Asian Zoodle Tuna Salad is my new favorite lunch! It’s simple, nutritious, and tastes darn good too. Plus, it’s so colorful and pretty to look at- don’t you just want to dive right in? To top my salad, I like to use StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna.
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I make the base of my Asian Zoodle Tuna Salad with zucchini noodles or as they’re otherwise known, “zoodles.” Zoodles are like a nutritious, low-carb version of spaghetti. You can make them with a spiralizer if you have one or you can just buy them at the grocery store. You can find them in the produce section or the freezer section.
I toss the zoodles with bell pepper, carrots, cabbage, and cilantro to add color as well as crunch. I like to use raw vegetables in this salad but if you prefer, you can sauté them quickly in a pan or steam them in the microwave for a few minutes. A light sesame ginger salad dressing coats all of the veggies and ties the whole dish together.
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Asian Zoodle Tuna Salad
nutritious dish that’s packed with color and flavor- plus it requires no
- 4 cups (12 ounces) zucchini noodles (“zoodles”)
- 1½ cups shredded purple cabbage
- 1 cup julienned or grated carrots
- ½ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- 4 packages StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna
- 1 ½ teaspoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil like safflower or grapeseed oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons honey or maple syrup
Optional garnish: sesame seeds
- Combine the zucchini noodles, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl.
- To make the dressing, whisk the soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, oil, sesame oil, and honey together in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to combine.
- Divide the salad between four bowls and top each with a packet of StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna. Garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.
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