An easy way to use that tuna you have sitting around and that weird quinoa stuff you got at the health food store. This is great if you want a tuna salad sandwich but don't or can't have bread, or also if you like sushi because it has a nice wasabi kick and a texture reminiscent of sticky rice. And, it has a good crunch and flavor with chopped celery and onion. Quinoa (KEEN-wa) is a 'grain that's not really a grain' used by the ancient Incas. It is especially good for people with wheat or gluten allergies, and can be doctored up with anything for every meal of the day. Try serving on a salad or lettuce leaves for a complete meal and presentation.

Caron

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
35 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir the quinoa and water together in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover; cook in the microwave on High until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 9 minutes. Uncover and place into the refrigerator to cool.

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  • Place the celery, onion, and mayonnaise together in a bowl. Season with wasabi, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; stir to mix. Fold in the tuna and chilled quinoa until evenly blended.

Nutrition Facts

293 calories; protein 22.5g 45% DV; carbohydrates 38.6g 12% DV; fat 5.1g 8% DV; cholesterol 18.9mg 6% DV; sodium 409.8mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2009
Great idea Thank you! - It never occurred to me to mix Quinoa with Tuna. Also- make sure to rinse the Quinoa a few times before cooking to ensure there is no bitter taste. It has to do with a protective coating/residue called saponin. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/15/2009
I followed the recipe exactly as written. Something about this just doesn't work - it might be the combination of lemon juice and the wasabi powder? It was a little better after sitting overnight but still tasted like something a very inexperienced cook might concoct with whatever is on hand. Read More
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52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2009
Great idea Thank you! - It never occurred to me to mix Quinoa with Tuna. Also- make sure to rinse the Quinoa a few times before cooking to ensure there is no bitter taste. It has to do with a protective coating/residue called saponin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2010
This is a great recipe to play with. I changed out several ingredients, except for the tuna, quinoa, lemon juice and mayonnaise. I didn't have any wasabi powder so I added grape tomatoes, shredded apple and carrots. I didn't have celery either so I used some celery seed, which was tasty. Then the best addition, I chopped a small handful of walnuts and threw that in. It all tasted wonderful together! I find that quinoa is becoming a staple in my kitchen and this is one more recipe I will add to my list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2009
Awesome delicious imaginative different flavorful...the list of adjectives goes on. This is truly a great tuna salad recipe. I cooked the quinoa traditionally boiling vs. microwave. Because hubby and I like bold flavor doubled the wasabi and upped the lemon a little. Absolutely incredible...makes me want to play with chicken salad with a dash of wasabi...etc. Many kudos and thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2011
HATE Wisabi...that aside this was an awsome idea. I added a few shakes or cayene pepper doubled the onion and celery added 1/2 c shredded carrot. Left the Mayo the same but used the juice from a whole lemon from my tree (would be awsome with lime too) Used this to stuff low cal pita halves for lunch. With the extra veg I get a bit healthier meal and stretch this to 3 or 4 servings rather than just 2. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2010
OMG this was so good. Didn't have Wasabi powder no celery and can't eat onions but I sauted julienned zucchini and chopped carrot adding in onion powder and the other ingredients. Served it hot not cold. Wow! Was soooo good and filling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2010
This was awesome... tastes like a great pasta salad but healthier!! I didn't change a thing and don't think it needs anything more or less. I always use the olive oil mayo as it is fairly low in fat but still has a good mayonnaise taste. Thanks Caron. I never would have thought to put this together! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2010
I thought this was a delicious recipe. I used double the tuna and a little more mayo to moisten. Plus I added some dill weed which I always use for tuna salad. It was fabulous and tasted just as good if not better after a couple of days. I used stuffed in a pita with sprouts and diced tomatoes. Yummy and very filling! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/15/2009
I followed the recipe exactly as written. Something about this just doesn't work - it might be the combination of lemon juice and the wasabi powder? It was a little better after sitting overnight but still tasted like something a very inexperienced cook might concoct with whatever is on hand. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2009
The wasabi was a BRILLIANT idea...I'm constantly looking for different quinoa recipes (this superfood is extremely understated)...thanks Caron I'm now able to add another great quinoa recipe to my arsenal! Read More
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