Carrot and Tuna Salad Recipe

A delicious, healthy, and slightly Asian recipe straight from Harumi's Japanese cooking. Harumi is basically the Martha Stewart of Japan. Literally, it's super fast, has pretty basic ingredients, and is really healthy. Oh and did I mention highly tasty? I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. In fact, I thought reheating it as leftovers the next couple days made it even better. This Carrot and Tuna Salad Recipe is one of the easiest recipes to take somewhere like a potluck, family reunion, dinner party. It doesn't need to stay hot, it has a fresh flavor that will spark conversation. And it is one of the most inexpensive recipes I've tried. A bag of shredded carrots and a pouch of tuna together cost roughly $3. And the other ingredients are staples I always keep around. I'd love to see comments if you try it out for your family and friends.

Carrot and Tuna Salad recipe, Harumi's Japanese Home Cooking

 

Carrot and Tuna Salad Recipe

"Everyone enjoys a salad, and this one can be served either as a starter or with a main course. Carrots are often used in stews and in non-Japanese dished. This carrot recipe has proved to be one of my most popular. I think it is because carrots and tuna just work so well together. The other reason is that carrots are better if they are lightly cooked -- even for a salad. I recommend using a microwave to cook the carrots as they leave the carrots still very crispy and tasty -- difficult to achieve if you boil them." 200g carrots, peeled (about 3.5 cups) 90g tinned tuna 50g finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon sunflower or vegetable oil

Dressing: 2 tablespoons while wine vinegar 1 tablespoon mustard (preferably French grain mustard) salt and pepper to taste soy sauce to taste

1. First cut the carrots into lengths of 5-6 cm thin juliennes. 2. Put them into a bowl suitable for the microwave and mix in the onions, garlic and sunflower oil. Cover and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes (600w). 3. Once the carrots are lightly cooked add the drained tuna and then the dressing and mix well. 4. Serve chilled. 5. Please note you can increase the amounts for this recipe, but when you microwave the carrots I find it is better to only do this amount at any one time.

This is one of the best cookbooks I've seen to practice Japanese cooking. Along with Just One Cookbook which is another amazing resource, you can really go far with your cooking skills. It's on my bucket list to someday attend a live cooking class with Harumi. I better keep practicing my Carrot Tuna Salad! Carrot and Tuna Salad recipe, Harumi's Japanese Home Cooking

Carrot & Tuna Salad

"Everyone enjoys a salad, and this one can be served either as a starter or with a main course. Carrots are often used in stews and in non-Japanese dished. This carrot recipe has proved to be one of my most popular. I think it is because carrots and tuna just work so well together. The other reason is that carrots are better if they are lightly cooked -- even for a salad. I recommend using a microwave to cook the carrots as they leave the carrots still very crispy and tasty -- difficult to achieve if you boil them."

  • 200 g carrots (peeled (about 3.5 cups))
  • 90 g tinned tuna
  • 50 g finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower or vegetable oil

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons while wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (preferably French grain mustard)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • soy sauce (to taste)
  1. First cut the carrots into lengths of 5-6 cm thin juliennes.
  2. Put them into a bowl suitable for the microwave and mix in the onions, garlic and sunflower oil. Cover and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes (600w).
  3. Once the carrots are lightly cooked add the drained tuna and then the dressing and mix well.
  4. Serve hot or cold. (I preferred it chilled)
  5. Please note you can increase the amounts for this recipe, but when you microwave the carrots I find it is better to only do this amount at any one time.

For best presentation, serve atop a lettuce leaf.

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