Tuna salad with two secret ingredients that every restaurant knows about served in baby red lettuce leaves and garnished with pickled veggies and chives.
Ever notice when you're served tuna salad in a certain restaurants it just tastes better? I will let you in on a little restaurant secret. This is an official LFG hack. Read on for the secret ingredients that give tuna salad that restaurant flavor.
My parents owned a restaurant when I was teenage. We had the best tuna salad in town. Occasionally, I'll order tuna salad at country clubs or restaurants and after one bite, I can tell if they know the secret.
That's because often restaurants add two secret ingredients to their tuna salad -- bread crumbs and sugar. Oh, well, those are both off limits on a lectin free plan. But not to worry. We have LFG sourdough bread and other lectin free breads we can use! And we have honey! Adding bread crumbs stretches the tuna salad so it goes further, and it gives it makes it taste like a tuna sandwich. A tiny bit of honey just enhances all the flavors without being overpoweringly sweet. This tuna salad is something so special and it's lectin free. Here is the simple recipe for LFG Tuna Wraps!
Lectin Free Gourmet Tuna Wraps
1 Head Red Leaf Lettuce
1 Can Wild Caught Dolphin Safe Tuna, drained
2 T Lectin Free Bread Crumbs
1 T Mayo (homemade or Primal Kitchens with avocado oil)
1 T Lemon Juice
1 T Red Onion diced
1 Celery Rib diced
1 t Raw Local Honey
1/4 t Salt
1/4 t Pepper
Fresh Chives for garnish
Sweet Pickled Veggies* for garnish
*Sweet Pickled Vegetables
1 Carrot julienned
1 Daikon or Watermelon Radish julienned
1 Slice Red Onion sliced thin
1/2 Cucumber (peeled and seeds removed) julienned
1/2 C Rice Vinegar
1/2 C Water
1 T Xylitol
1/2 t Salt
Step 1: Marinade the Pickles
In a narrow deep jar, add all the cut veggies, vinegar, water, sweetener and salt. Let the veggies marinade in the brine as long as possible, preferably overnight, before serving.
Step 2: Prepare Lettuce Wraps
Wash and dry the red leaf lettuce and select the most attractive 10 - 12 leaves. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate in a circle with narrow stems in the center and wide leafy ends toward the edge of the plate as seen in the photo.
Step 3: Make the Tuna Salad
In a medium bowl, add drained tuna, bread crumbs, mayo, lemon juice, onion, celery, honey, salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated.
Step 4: Spoon into Lettuce Wraps
Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of tuna salad into each lettuce wrap. Pile pickled vegetable garnish into the center. Sprinkle the entire plate with fresh cut chives.
Serve tuna wraps for a light lunch or dinner. Or present them as a game snack. Watch these tuna wraps disappear before the first half.