Recipe: Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches

  • Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches
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Like many bloggers, I like to check out my traffic stats on a regular basis, just to see where people are coming from and what has led them to PGEW.  I find it both fascinating & humbling to know that there are people in Spain or Germany or the UK who somehow end up stumbling upon my little blog and stay awhile to read what I have to say.
Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches
The most interesting data for me comes from the types of searches that lead people here.  Most searches are pretty straightforward: specific recipes uses for certain ingredients and the like.  But sometimes the Google searches that bring people to PGEW can be a little… different.  Some are disturbing, others a little confusing, but in general they’re just amusing.  “Who is the patron saint of burritos?” is pretty much my all-time favorite odd search, but this week I came across another interesting/amusing search: someone came looking for “unconscious tuna salad”.
Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches

After giggling for a little bit (I couldn’t help myself), I realized that this wasn’t such a bad search after all.  It reminded me that I hadn’t had a good tuna salad in ages, and with spring finally showing its face around here, it seemed like a perfect time to whip up a new batch.

In Tuna Salad Land, there are two distinct camps: the sweet tuna lovers and the savory tuna fans.  For most of my life, I’ve been a part of the latter, primarily because I grew up with my mom’s completely kickass tuna & scallion salad.  After having something so crisp and refreshing, it was almost depressing to have to take a bite of the sweet pickle relish kind.

Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches

While that version has grown on me over the years, I’m still a bigger fan of more savory tuna salads, my favorite being the fabulous Mediterranean Style Tuna Salad I posted a couple of years back.  Unfortunately, I only had tuna and baby spinach to play with, so that salad was out of the question.  But once I’m stuck with a craving, I cannot let the idea go until I’ve satisfied that crazy need.  I was going to come up with something else. 

It looked like the ingredients in my pantry were conspiring to make sure I had something sweet thrown into my tuna because the only things that seemed to work well were dried cranberries and slivered roasted almonds.  Luckily, tuna’s one of those uber-versatile ingredients that can go in a million different directions depending on what you pair it with, so once it was mixed together with the fruit & nuts and a couple of other key ingredients, I ended up with a pretty nice little salad.

Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches
With some dried herbs and crisp red onion, I was able to have my savory craving satisfied, but the dried cranberries also lent a sweet-tart kick that was a welcome change to my standard tuna fare.  The slivered roasted almonds also added a fun, crunchy texture to the mix.  This easy-to-prepare salad is great on its own with some fresh greens, or in a sandwich, as I’ve done here.  It would also make a fantastic pita filling if you prefer that kind of sandwich.  I’m pretty sure the kids will like it, too!  Let’s check it out.

Details Recipe Information

  • Prepare: 10 Mins
  • Cook: 15 Mins
  • Difficult: Easy
  • Serving: 2 sandwiches
  • Cost per serving: ~ $1.75
  • Nutrition: for each serving
  • Calories: 302.8
  • Fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 14.3mg
  • Sodium: 419.1mg
  • Potassium: 463.7mg
  • Carbohydrates: 33.7g
  • Protein: 11.1g

Ingredients

  • 1 can of water-packed tuna, drained
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp slivered roasted almonds
  • 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise (you can use more or less depending on personal taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp herbes de Provence*
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • 4 slices whole grain, whole wheat bread
  • A small handful of baby spinach or spring mix

Method

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix together until completely combined.  Check for flavor and add salt & pepper to taste.
Toast or grill the bread to the desired doneness.
Add half the tuna salad mixture on one side of each sandwich and spread a tiny amount of mayo on the other side.
Top with greens put the sandwiches together, grab some napkins, and enjoy!
*Can’t find herbes de Provence at your store?  Make your own version with equal amounts of dried thyme, basil, savory, and marjoram, a couple of small pinches of fennel seed and rosemary, and if you have it, a tiny amount of dried lavender (yes, lavender!).  Mix together until thoroughly combined, store in an airtight container, and voila!  Your very own jar of herbes de Provence. 🙂
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