Delicious “Tonno” Salad

Yes, even in Autumn I eat Tuna Salad. My recipe came about with my incredible want to have some good tuna, which is hard to find in the USA. I was used to Italian Tonno. I never thought there would be such a difference. I’m not talking fresh, I’m talking canned. In olive oil, not in water. (Even in water would be great, as long as it tasted like tuna!) Italian canned tuna is pink , American is white. Anyway….

I mixed my Tuna with steamed cauliflower and some cappers and voila!, my fresh mayo recipe, and invented the most delicious version of Tuna Salad in this world! Even in Autumn!

Here’s my recipe:

  • 2 cups steamed cauliflower
  • 1 can Genova or Rio Mare Tonno/Tuna in olive oil, strained
  • 1/2 cup fresh mayonnaise (recipe here:
  • 1 tbls cappers
  • 1/2 stalk celery chopped finely (optional)

Flake the tonno, add all ingredients together and mix delicately with a wooden spoon.

Buon Appetito!

*I served my Tonno Salad on Butter leaf lettuce.


Since I was a child I  always loved blueberries, especially in pancakes and muffins. Pancakes soaked and drowning in maple flavored corn syrup and  muffins filled with some sort of terrible plastic based spread that didn’t even really taste like butter but I couldn’t get enough of. And then again, the  blueberries,  most likely canned, packed with artificial ingredients and loaded with sugar. This is all in the past for me, those “Old fashioned foods”. I now understand the continuous want for sugar and carbs and the lethargic effect it had on me, none the less the dormant feeling in my tongue and then the allergic reactions.  After being in the ER twice and seeing an Allergist I found out that I am allergic to “additives” in packaged food products. The Allergist gave me a strict clean diet to follow for 6 months to detox myself. I am anemic, IGA deficient and have Thalassemia, which leads me to  being more susceptible to the negative effects of unhealthy eating and that how I nourish myself is very important, both physically and mentally. That was the beginning…….

I am a “Clean Eater” I don’t eat refined sugars,  gluten,  red meat,  white meat,  fast food or junk food. I eat fish, eggs, nuts, fruits, vegetables and for now, only some dairy on special occasions or in special recipes. After cutting certain things out completely from my diet I feel so much better. I feel normal. I am free!  I love to cook, I love planning my meals for the week, trying new recipes and making my own. This is how I live and eat, Judifood 🙂