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Thursday, June 24, 2010

TUNA SALAD IN CUCUMBER CANOES (from Robin Miller Quick-Fix Meals)

THIS RECIPE IS MEANT TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THREE OTHER MEALS (please see CHICKEN CACCIATORE WITH WILD MUSHROOMS in the "Entrees" section).
SERVES 4

Just a bit of leftover cacciatore sauce lends loads of flavor to this simple salad. This salad is fancy enough for guests and it works with shrimp, lobster, and lump crabmeat, too.
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Four 6-ounce cans chunk white tuna in water, drained 
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup leftover Cacciatore Sauce (see CHICKEN CACCIATORE WITH WILD MUSHROOMS)
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 teaspoons hamburger relish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large cucumbers. cut in half lengthwise 

In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, celery, cacciatore sauce, mayonnaise, relish, and mustard and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (At this point, you can cover and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days in advance.)

Using a small spoon, remove the seeds from the center of the cucumber halves, making hollowed-out" canoes." Spoon the tuna mixture into the cucumbers just before serving.

Total Time: 10 to 15 minutes
PREP TIME: 10-15 MINUTES

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