Salsa Ranch Tuna Salad (mayo-free; made with Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing)

Salsa Ranch Tuna Salad (mayo-free; made with Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing)

I’m beginning to think each summer is hotter than the last in Florida. I wish the picture below was a joke, but it’s not.

It was about 93 degrees Fahrenheit in St. Pete last week, but the humidity made it feel like a whopping 112 degrees. In other words, youre drowning in sweat with one step out the door.

When it’s painfully hot, I don’t feel like cooking at all, which is why I eat a TON of salads and smoothies during the summer.

Photos by Brianna Kolota

Recipes clockwise starting with the top left corner: Apple Cheddar Grape Salad, Berry Cheesecake Smoothie, Chocolate PB & J Smoothie, Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

Speaking of salads, you’ve probably heard me mention Bolthouse Farms on Hungry Gator Gal if you’re a longtime reader. I’ve been topping my salads with the brand’s wide selection of yogurt dressings since I started the blog.

Although I’ve tried almost every kind, my family and I LOVE the Salsa Ranch flavor. We use a whole bottle EVERY week.

@BolthouseFarms Salsa Ranch yogurt dressing

Photo by Brianna Kolota

Given the humidity, I decided to make a tuna salad with the Salsa Ranch Yogurt Dressing. I knew the cold, creamy yogurt dressing would hit the spot. Not to mentinon, it’s only 45 calories and three grams of fat for 2 tablespoons.

To make the salad, I chopped some veggies and put them in a large bowl with  the dressing, ground flax seed, Dijon mustard and some spices.

Salsa Ranch Tuna Salad on Hungry Gator Gal (mayo-free; made with @BolthouseFarms yogurt dressing)

Photo by Brianna Kolota

Then, I added some tuna. . .

Bumble Bee Chunk Lite Tuna

Photo by Brianna Kolota

. . . and stirred away until I had a light but filling salad.

Salsa Ranch Tuna Salad (mayo-free; made with @BolthouseFarms yogurt dressing)

Photo by Brianna Kolota

The salad makes about eight 1/2-cup servings, which will feed six to eight people or one extremely hungry teenage boy for two days (a.k.a. my brother). You could also make this recipe and have enough lunches for a week.

Salsa Ranch Tuna Salad on Hungry Gator Gal (mayo-free; made with @BolthouseFarms yogurt dressing)

Photo by Brianna Kolota

You can serve the tuna salad as an open-faced sandwich with cheese like I did here. I used Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread and placed Havarti on one half and Swiss on the other.

You could also eat the tuna as a salad with some lettuce, veggies and additional Salsa Ranch Yogurt Dressing. Maybe even some lettuce wraps? I would imagine this tuna also tastes good with Triscuits or some other cracker-turned-dipping-device.

Did I mention this recipe only takes 10 minutes to make? πŸ™‚

P.S. You can find cooking tips, recipes that Bolthouse Farms products and more on the Bolthouse Farms blog. I thought the grilled fruit recipe and trending food article were pretty interesting.

Salsa Ranch Tuna Salad (mayo-free; made with Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing)

Makes about eight 1/2-cup servings

Difficulty: Easy

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 20 ounces canned tuna (drain the water)
  • 3/4 cup Bolthouse Farms Salsa Ranch Yogurt Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh; if canned, drain juice)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Steps:

  1. Chop veggies.
  2. Add veggies and all other ingredients to a large bowl. I recommend making the salad in a large bowl with a lid so you can easily store leftovers.
  3. Eat on a bed of lettuce, as a sandwich, with crackers or all by itself.

Let me know if you try the recipe. I’d love to know what you think! πŸ™‚

Note: I was not compensated for writing this post or creating this recipe. However, Bolthouse Farms did send me four coupons for one free Bolthouse Farms product after I sent an email saying how much I loved the company’s dressings. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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