recently tchad, my husband, and i have been going out kayaking in casco bay. it’s fun to paddle around, look at other boats, and marvel at how much cooler it is on the water (must make a mental note for july, when the sun is pouring in through our gigantic and lovely wall of windows that face west… and mostly don’t open very much… and we are slowly cooking like ants under a magnifying glass…).
invariably, no matter how long we’re out on the water, when we get back, we are STARVING. i think it’s the whole sun + sea + physical activity thing at work. we haven’t even gone anywhere far from our house yet but by the time “we” get the boats back on the car and drive home, i basically want to be handed a bowl of something delicious and filling as soon as i walk in the door.
as a dedicated hater of mayonnaise, i’m always on the lookout for good summer salads that i can make in advance and then pile into a bowl on a moment’s notice/just as soon as i wash the sand off my feet. and as the weather warms up, lunches and dinners that i can eat chilled or at room temperature become more appealing. leafy salads are great, but i’m frequently hungry an hour later unless i put some filling ingredients in the salad. i don’t want the salad to be gloppy and heavy, however. this tuna and farro salad totally fits all of my (persnickety) criteria.
the farro, beans, and tuna contribute a ton of fiber and protein so that i’m not looking for a snack an hour after eating. the lemon juice, basil, oregano, and feta really brighten up the flavor so that i don’t feel like i’m eating a bland bowl of mush. and since the red onion and radish both contribute crunch, i am, in fact, not eating a bowl of mush (i also cook my farro so it’s just al dente and retains some chew). and there’s not a glop of mayo in sight.
i haven’t had a chance to field test this salad yet but i bet it would be excellent at a picnic or summer BBQ. there are a bunch of little islands in casco bay that tchad and i have talked about packing a lunch and exploring but so far we’ve been getting acclimated with shorter trips that don’t go quite so far out into the bay so i haven’t had a chance to bring the tuna and farro salad in the kayak yet.
well, i guess it’s not entirely true that i haven’t take this salad on any field trips: i did pack some in tupperware and eat it in my car between errands recently but that’s not exactly what i had in mind. i think there’s a good reason that there aren’t too many pins on pinterest depicting idyllic car picnics in the parking lots of big box stores… but i will say that my car did NOT smell like tuna, so i still consider my sad little field test a success.
hopefully you have a chance to get outside and enjoy the three-day weekend that we have coming up, and perhaps this tuna and farro salad can be part of your picnic or bbq or maybe even a kayak trip! happy weekending friends!