Sometimes crazy things happen over here.
- sometimes I trip over my dog in my driveway and give myself a bloody knee
- sometimes I buy flowers to plant and forget to water them
- sometimes I have a to-do list a mile long and immediately throw it out the window when I see there is a Bridezilla marathon on TV
- sometimes I plan on making a big Italian pasta dinner for my favorite police officer for when he gets home from work and make lettuce wraps that he wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole instead
- sometimes I wonder how I even have a boyfriend…and one that actually wants to marry me
These wraps were born out of my hatred for mayonnaise and anything that slightly resembles it. That includes Miracle Whip and any generic jar that refers to the substance as ‘salad dressing’. Um, no thank you. I’ll eat plain yogurt, I’ll eat cottage cheese, I’ll eat cream cheese. Put mayonnaise or sour cream in front of me? I’ll head for the hills. Or maybe just into the other room.
I never make those cold salads that are a staple at summer picnics. You know. Like macaroni salad, egg salad, and tuna salad. I stick with pasta salads, quinoa salads, and couscous salads…with clear dressing. No creamy stuff, please.
This tuna salad? It’s healthy, it’s filling, and it doesn’t call for that crazy stuff called mayonnaise. I call it a win.
Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps
2 cans tuna, drained
1 ripe avocado
1/2 medium red pepper, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of half a lemon
salt and black pepper, to taste
2-3 iceberg lettuce leaves
shredded cheddar cheese for topping, if desired
In a medium mixing bowl, add tuna and avocado. Using a fork, mash the avocado and mix with the tuna. Add in celery and red pepper and mix until combined.
Add garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to tuna mixture and mix until desired consistency is reached.
Spoon tuna salad into lettuce leaves and top with shredded cheese, if desired.
Yield: 2-3 lettuce wraps, depending on the size of the leaves
Oh, and don’t worry. My police officer still got his Italian dinner.
We had a piece of leftover Stromboli in the fridge.
Again…I have no idea why he wants to marry me.
Do you like mayonnaise?
What is your favorite summer salad?