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May 10, 2014

Mediterranean Tuna and Bean Salad




Lying by omission. This has been the hard life lesson I have been trying to teach my oldest son the last couple of weeks. I think that as adults we do it all the time. Some lies we do to spare other people's feelings, but some lies by omission we do to make our selves feel better or avoid feeling uncomfortable. Instead of lying I have been trying to teach my son ways to be constructive with his criticism. If you don't like something don't lie about it, but don't make the other person feel bad about the situation. It's okay if you don't like dinner, just don't say it was horrible. Instead tell me what you liked about the dish and add a compliment at the end, "I liked the peppers in the meal even though the dish was spicy, it reminds me of that great recipe with peppers you made last week." You don't have to like everything and you shouldn't have to lie about it, just don't tell the truth in a way that hurts someone else. I would rather that someone told me something constructive than tell me that everything that I ever did was wonderful and great, nothing is learned or gained from never having anything negative told to you. It's all about balance in the end, both positive and negative comments help us to be well rounded individuals.

Since it has been hot for the last week in my area I have been trying to make cooler foods for dinner. It doesn't help that my oven broke and it wasn't until today that I finally got a new one. So cold salads have been on the menu in my house a lot lately. Last week I tried a new recipe for Mediterranean Tuna and Bean Salad from the Kroger home mailer. 



Now 99 percent of the time I don't copy recipes outright. The exception I have always made are recipes that are sent in coupon circulars and recipes on packages. I still change the steps to avoid copyright, but I view these recipes as advertisement for the product and company and not in the same category as other printed recipes. So here is the recipe from Kroger: 
  • 2 (5 ounce) cans solid white tuna in water, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 radishes, cleaned, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 2/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and mix. Serve over spinach or salad of your choice. Also great with crackers. 

That's it. I would suggest adding a small amount of fresh dill if you have it. I love fresh dill with tuna it gives it a nice fresh taste and during the summer dill is very easy to grow in a pot or in your garden. My dill is doing great right now and I look forward to many recipes using dill soon. 

14 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful and delicious salad, Ann. It has everything I love about a salad..fresh, seasonal and flavourful.
    Angie

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    1. I love seasonal salads too! I just used a bunch of my dill this weekend and thought about making this salad with the addition for lunch this week :)

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  2. I have tried to teach my oldest that sometimes keeping his mouth shut isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I don't think he fully understands yet.

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    1. I think it's a hard lesson for everyone. It's a fine art figuring out when to say nothing and when to speak up. I think we struggle with it our whole lives.

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  3. I have a 6-yr old who is blatantly honest. We're working on discretion. ;)

    Glad you got a new stove. I'm here to wish you a Happy Mother's Day.

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    1. A lot of adults need to work on that lesson too :) It's a hard lesson to teach our kids!

      Happy Mother's Day to you too!

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  4. This looks delicious, nice and light for summer. I hope you're having a happy Mother's Day!

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    1. It really is light, which is great for warm weather! Happy Mother's Day to you too :)

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  5. This looks really good! I bet it would be yummy in a wrap or sandwich too. Adding this to the list of things to try this week! Thanks for sharing :)

    Katie @ Being Dawson's Mom

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    1. It would work really well in a wrap or sandwich I agree. My youngest is a huge wrap fan, he loves them :) Tell me how the recipe turns out when you try it (good or bad)!

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  6. I bet radish goes well with beans...got to try it too! Thanks, Ann, yours looks beautiful!
    :)ela@GrayApron

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    1. The radishes work really well with the beans! Thanks for the nice comments :)

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  7. This is a beautiful salad. Glad the oven has been replaced and that your son is learning about the valuable lessons in the art of constructive cricitism.

    Velva

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    1. I am so happy that my oven has been replaced! Not having an oven is a pain when you love to cook and bake as much as I do :)

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