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suck it, whole foods

Posted on: 16 November 2009

have you guys tried the cranberry tuna salad from whole foods?  it is freaking amazing.  my boss introduced some of us at work to it like a year ago, and we’re all now obsessed.

however, said cranberry tuna salad unfortunately costs like $9.99 a pound.  not especially journalist-salary-friendly.  but when i looked at the ingredients, i thought it would be insanely easy to duplicate at home.  and i’m pleased to report…i was right!  so behold, this super-simple yet fabulous cranberry tuna recipe:

Whole Foods Cranberry Tuna Salad — Rachel’s Ripoff Version
(this makes enough for one person, or two side-dish servings)

  • one can tuna (whole foods uses yellowfin, i like solid light in olive oil, solid white albacore would work too — just don’t use that chunk light crap)
  • 1/2 cup or so dried cranberries (you can use fresh, but you’ll have to chop them up)
  • half a lemon
  • 1/4-1/3 cup yellow or white onion (not sweet, adjust amount based on how much you like onion)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or 3-4, if you really like mayo — i hate it)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar, ONLY if your dried cranberries are unsweetened or you’re using fresh

dump the cranberries into a bowl and squeeze the lemon over them.  let them sit for a minute to absorb some of the juice.  then drain the tuna and flake it into the bowl (size of the chunks/flakes is up to you — whole foods makes them pretty small). mix that around with the lemon juice and cranberries.  chop or mince the onion (depending on how you like it) and toss that in.  then add your 2 or so tablespoons mayo — you really just need enough to bind it all together (i use as little as possible since i can’t stand the stuff, and i use the olive oil kind — but you can use whatever).  add your pinch of salt and pinch of sugar if your cranberries are unsweetened.  mix it up, and you’re done!  YUM.

whole foods, i still love you.  but i now have a pantry full of canned tuna and dried cranberries, and i won’t be buying your expensive-yet-delightful tuna salad again anytime soon.  i’m so pleased.

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