Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley

Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley is a tasty lunch or dinner option when it’s too hot to cook, especially if you use my favorite tuna packed in olive oil! Use Salad Recipes to find more tasty salads like this one!

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Spicy Tuna Salad with Tomatoes and Peperoncini

The weather is still way too hot in Utah, so this Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley was a perfect easy dinner on a day when cooking was just out of the question. This salad uses some of my very favorite summer ingredients like tuna packed in olive oil, grape tomatoes, Greek Peperoncini, and parsley, plus a spicy dressing that uses some of the Peperoncini juice and Green Tabasco Sauce to give it a definite kick.

This new salad recipe actually started out to be an update for Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley that’s back in the archives. But when I started to make that salad to take better photos, I realized I didn’t want the carbs from beans. And I loved how the salad turned out without beans (plus a few minor tweaks to the recipe) and I knew that my low-carb readers wouldn’t look twice at a salad with beans, even if I gave the suggestion of leaving them out.

So that’s how I ended up with two similar salads with these beloved ingredients; take your choice of beans or no beans for this tasty salad! And have fun seeing how my food photography has improved, at least I hope so even though this salad isn’t overly photogenic.

Of course I can’t see through the computer screen to see which brand of tuna you buy, but I do want to emphasize how good the tuna packed in olive oil is in a salad like this. I discovered Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) more than 10 years ago, and when my store stopped carrying it, I started buying it on Amazon! This tuna is something that’s always in my pantry and I like it so much I even have a collection of My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Tuna that spotlights this brand.

I’ve been raving about this delicious canned tuna for years, and (in case you’re wondering) this company has never paid me or given me free products to talk about their amazing tuna. But try the tuna packed in olive oil if you haven’t had it. I promise, you’ll be glad you did! And¬†check out My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Tuna Packed in Olive Oil for more treats with canned tuna!

Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley

How to Make Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley:

(This is just a summary of the steps shown in the photos; scroll down for complete recipe.)

  1. Drain tuna packed in olive oil into a colander placed in the sink. Break tuna apart with a fork.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Peperoncini juice, Green Tabasco Sauce, and Spike Seasoning to make the flavorful dressing.
  3. Slice green onions, chop parsley, and measure out the sliced Peperoncini (or cut off stems, drain, remove seeds, and slice if you’re starting with whole Peperoncini.)
  4. Cut enough cherry or grape tomatoes in half to make 2 cups tomatoes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, sliced Peperoncini, chopped parsley, and sliced green onions to a bowl and combine with dressing, stirring to thoroughly coat the ingredients with dressing.
  6. Add the chunks of tuna and gently combine. (Don’t over-mix, you want chunks of tuna in the finished salad.)

Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper. Serve right away and enjoy!

More Tasty Recipes with Tuna Packed in Olive Oil:

Tomato Salad with Tuna, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime
Low-Carb Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives
Cucumber Avocado Salad with Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime
Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil
Low-Carb Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps with Capers and Tomatoes

Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley

Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley uses some of my favorite summer ingredients.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (5 oz. each) tuna packed in olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced peperoncini peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (more or less to taste)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 4 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1 T Peperoncini brine (from the jar)
  • 1/2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (optional but good)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or use another all-purpose seasoning that you like)

Directions:

  1. Drain 2 cans tuna packed in olive oil into a colander placed in the sink. Break tuna apart with a fork.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, peperoncini brine, Green Tabasco Sauce, and Spike Seasoning to make the dressing.
  3. Slice enough green onion to make 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions.
  4. Wash parsley if needed and spin dry in salad spinner. Then chop parsley enough to make about 3/4 cup parsley (or less if you’re not much of a parsley fan.
  5. Measure out one cup of sliced peperoncini. (Or cut off stems, drain, remove seeds, and slice if you’re starting with whole peperoncini.)
  6. Cut enough cherry or grape tomatoes in half to make 2 cups tomatoes.
  7. Add the tomatoes, sliced peperoncini, chopped parsley, and sliced green onions to a bowl and combine with dressing, stirring to thoroughly coat the ingredients with dressing.
  8. Add the chunks of tuna to ingredients in the bowl and gently combine. (Don’t over-mix, you want chunks of tuna in the finished salad.)
  9. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper and serve.

Notes:

I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe.

Recipe Created by Kalyn and inspired by Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley.

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Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Spicy Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For Keto you may want to reduce the amount of tomatoes.

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