Calling all tuna lovers! Lunch is about to get kind of awesome with this tuna sauerkraut salad. (Bonus: you'll get a helping of super healthy, natural probiotics in the sauerkraut.)
You know that jar of sauerkraut in the back of your fridge that you’ve been wanting to use but forgot all about? Go ahead and grab that out. 🙂 And if you don’t have any sauerkraut currently, this is one probiotic staple I highly recommend having on hand.
Tip: Most grocery stores readily stock fresh sauerkraut, but make sure it’s raw and says “live cultures” or similar. Real live sauerkraut will always be found in the refrigerated section. (You don’t want to buy sauerkraut that’s at room temperature and contains vinegar as a preservative. Shelf stable sauerkraut won’t contain any beneficial probiotic cultures.)
Simple sauerkraut salad
So, really, you could add a spoonful of sauerkraut to a bowl of greens and veggies and it would be delicious. Almost like a natural, crunchy, sour dressing full of probiotic fabulous-ness.
But it you want to take it up a notch and add some great protein and probiotics to make it a meal, this tuna sauerkraut salad is the ticket. It’s super easy to make, and super healthy. In fact, you can make the tuna salad ahead of time—it’ll keep for several days in the refrigerator—and then just assemble the salad in minutes.
Other protein ideas
Not a tuna fan? Not a problem!
Some other salad ideas that work well with greens and sauerkraut include chicken salad, egg salad (or tofu salad) salad or any kind of bean mixture. Even hummus works well! The idea is just to get some healthy protein in at lunch or whatever meal you prepare this at, in addition to the healthy veggies and sauerkraut.
Pair it with soup for a well-rounded lunch
While this salad could definitely be a light lunch on it's own, it's even more awesome alongside some crusty bread or a cup of soup. One of my favorite combos is a pairing of this salad with some creamy carrot soup; SO good. 🙂
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Tuna Sauerkraut Salad
- ¼ small onion any kind
- 2 medium stalks celery
- 5 ounces canned tuna (I like Wild Planet's canned tuna which is lower in mercury)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- sea salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup sauerkraut (see notes)
- 4 cups salad greens any variety
- Prep: Wash the salad greens if necessary, and set aside. Wash and finely chop the onion and celery and place in a medium mixing bowl. Drain the tuna and add to the bowl, flaking it with a fork into small pieces.
- Mix: Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper to the bowl and mix well to combine.
- Serve: Place an equal serving of salad greens, tuna salad and sauerkraut in each bowl. Serve immediately and enjoy!