Trader Joe’s Tuna Pesto Salad

Happy Take Your Child to Work Day!



In honor of take your child to work day I thought I would share a lunch-friendly recipe.  Let me start by saying, I love tuna. Tuna salad is one of the few quick meals that both my husband and I really enjoy. When I worked in the corporate world I had the unfortunate pleasure of sitting near a woman who also LOVED tuna. She would crack open a can, any time of the day, with no warning! We all know it, no matter how much you like tuna, it can definitely stink up an area. But my co-worker had the right idea, tuna can be a great lunch option. It is a lean source of protein and high in Omega-3 fatty acids (the healthy fats). My pesto tuna salad recipe is definitely lunchbox-worthy but please be kind to your coworkers and enjoy it in a well-ventilated area.


On a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s I spotted their new (or at least it was new to me) Pesto and Quinoa spread. The price was right, so I decided to give it a try.  After successfully trying it as a meat marinade I decided it was time to venture out, so I created this Pesto Tuna Salad.

Pesto Tuna Salad
Pesto Tuna Salad

Pesto Tuna Salad

1          can chunk light tuna, canned in water, drained

2          Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (or mayonnaise)

2          Tablespoons Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Pesto

1          Tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese (optional)

1          teaspoon olive oil ( I recommend a flavored olive oil, I used a Tuscan infused oil and it was perfect!)


Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Serve warm or chilled.


Tip: You can also make this with pasta for a tuna pesto pasta salad (say that five times fast). Add 2 cups cooked whole wheat pasta and add an extra tablespoon of both the greek yogurt and pesto.

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