I don’t think there’s ANY way to make this look appetizing…

I make a version of tuna salad that E really likes. It’s one of her favorite meals that I make – and one that she requests ALL.THE.TIME.

We’re big fans of using food coloring in this house. Rainbow pasta, dyed ice cubes in our water…fun fun fun!

I asked E if she wanted to have anything special in honor of today being St. Patrick’s Day – “Green Tuna Please!” was the response. “You got it kiddo,” I replied.

And so – here you go: Green Tuna.

This stuff is seriously unappetizing in appearance. And yet – can you hear the 7-year old applauding?

*shrugging shoulders*

I don't think there's ANY way to make this look appetizing...

I don’t think there’s ANY way to make this look appetizing…

Green Tuna by Sara Meyer

Printable Recipe HERE

Dairy-FREE, 7 Year Old APPROVED

Ingredients:

2 cans Tuna packed in Water, drained and then dried on a layer of paper towels – this TOTALLY makes a difference. It’s an extra step but I highly recommend it.

1 heaping Tablespoon Mayo **I use Hellmans.

1 heaping teaspoon Sweet Relish **I buy whatever is on sale. E calls it ‘That Green Stuff.’ She likes it when I add ‘That Green Stuff’ to my tuna salad.

1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

3-5 drops Tabasco

Salt and Pepper to taste

**If you’re not feeding a finicky 7 year old, feel free to add in some minced sweet onion (vidalia or red) for some crunch. Also, a rib or two of minced celery adds a nice crunch. If you’ve got it on hand.

10-15 drops Green Food Coloring

How To:

1- Drain tuna, dry it on a double layer of paper towels to remove excess moisture. I usually use a spatula or a spoon to mash the tuna into the paper towels so it dries faster. I also tend to walk away and leave it sitting in the aforementioned paper towels for at least 20 minutes. Feel free to do the same.

2 – Dump everything into a bowl and stir. If you’re making this ahead of time you should choose a bowl that has a lid so you can shove everything into the fridge for later.

I don't think there's ANY way to make this look appetizing...

I don’t think there’s ANY way to make this look appetizing…

Today we’re gonna eat this on bread dyed with green food coloring too. I usually paint the food coloring on the slices of bread with a food safe paint brush (I bought mine at a crafts store). If you have a shpritzer available or wanna dip your bread in a shallow filled with food coloring, those are other ways to go about this. Then again, you could just make drop-colored bread or use the finger-painting method…. Up to you.

Green sandwich and fingers

Green sandwich and fingers

Be forewarned: the food coloring won’t dry on your bread so this is a potentially messy meal.

Cut in a grid and flip over every other one

Cut in a grid and flip over every other one

E and I agreed: gloves will be necessary at dinner tonight.

The Gloved One

The Gloved One

 

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