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Tuna Salad With Black-Eyed Beans and Apples

Posted Feb 19 2009 6:08pm
Mindy and I just returned from a walk through Swarthmore Forest after a nice breakfast at the Coffee Corner in Morton.  This morning we both woke up early, but felt completely rested.  Sleep deprivation has been the norm lately, so having a couple nights of good sleep over the weekend are necessary for survival.  Last night I locked our cat Loki in the basement (along with his food and water) so that he wouldn't wake us up throughout the night with constant reports on who knows what?!  I felt a little bad, but our basement is fully carpeted and has everything he needs.  I'm glad I did though, since I feel more rested today than I have in weeks.  

In just a few hours we are going to our much anticipated, deep-tissue massage appointment.  We both love going to the massage therapist.  I just wish it wasn't so expensive.  When we lived in China, massage was so cheap that you could go twice a week and think nothing of it. Things are a bit different here in the US. Although massage has tons of health benefits, it's considered a luxury. In China, it's viewed as an important path to being healthy.  I can't wait for my trip to Chongqing, I'll be getting foot rubs every other day!:)

So.... completely switching gears.  This tuna salad was the first dish I served to my friends, Joy and Jason, when they came to visit last Friday evening.  When I found this recipe in the book: PORTUGUESE FOOD & COOKING, I thought the mix of ingredients were a bit bizarre.  I never thought of mixing apples with beans and tuna before.  In fact, I was a bit hesitant to make it since I couldn't imagine such an eclectic mix of flavors working well.  Boy was I wrong!  This salad was a big hit!  We all loved it.  It tasted fresh, earthy, and completely healthy.  The best thing about this recipe is how easy it was to make.  I guarantee you'll be surprised at how good this is:)

Ingredients
  • 1 apple (cored and thinly sliced)
  • 8 1/2 oz. of tuna, drained
  • 1 can of black-eyed beans (peas), drained and rinsed well
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 6 tbsp. quality olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Preparation
  1. Mix the sliced apple, tuna, beans, onion and parsley in a salad bowl and mix gently.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, then pour over the salad. Toss and serve.
  3. I told you it was easy! Get ready for some good eating!

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