Low-Carb Tuna Nicoise Salad

Low Carb Tuna NicoiseThis is the perfect recipe for a light but satisfying low-carb meal—Low Carb Tuna Nicoise Salad. It’s a classic summer salad that is easy to prepare and one that the whole family will enjoy. Our weight loss doctor recommends it because it’s filling but very nutritious. It’s great as a side or an entrée and will only take you a few minutes to make.

Tuna is loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids that reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, make your skin glow and help satiate your appetite. It is an excellent source of protein, as are the eggs, which are actually considered a “complete” protein, which means they have all the amino acids our body needs to function properly. Our weight loss doctor recommends striving to incorporate lean protein into every meal, as it helps us build lean muscle mass, promotes healthy digestion and keeps us fuller for longer periods of time.

The vegetables in this recipe are packed with dietary fiber, which also helps fill us up and boasts spectacular nutrients, as well as an array of beneficial antioxidants. Keep in mind that you can add whatever other vegetables you and your family enjoy! Mix it up with colorful summer produce such as cucumber, red and green peppers, artichoke hearts, white onions, shallots, beets, radishes and whatever you can think of. This recipe makes about two servings.

1 can of tuna steak in spring water, drained or 8 oz. seared tuna
½ cup scallions, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs
1 small tomato, chopped
1 cup spinach of butter lettuce
1 tbsp capers
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Himalayan sea salt to taste

2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp Extra Virgin olive oil

Quarter or chop the hardboiled eggs and set aside. Rinse the capers and drain. Lay out the salad greens and add the tuna to them. Toss the tomato, scallions and capers together and then add to the salad greens. Add some Himalayan sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and then drizzle over the salad greens. Enjoy!

image: bbcgoodfood.com

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