Spicy Thai Tuna & Fennel Salad

Apr 16, 2012 by

I’ve been doing a lot of eating over the past week. I think its time to slow it down and get back into my usual eating habits. I was looking through my recipes and realized that I really don’t post enough salads. That is not to say that I don’t eat salads ~I just haven’t posted. I made a dressing that I adapted from Everyday Food over a year ago. I don’t fancy store bought dressings that much. Generally I have my salad naked – sans dressing. I adore crunchy romaine with garden vegetables. But I also like warm salads that include Quinoa, Zucchini and other root vegetables.

Today’s recipe is a quick and easy, nutritious salad. I usually serve the dressing on the side so that I pour what I desire. For the Tuna, I added only to the plate because it was too spicy for my son so I could not mix it into the main bowl. I find regular tuna to be one of my least favourite things when its plain, so the Spicy Thai version is the one I prefer. It is quite spicy for me, so I don’t eat more than half a can at a time. A little goes a very long way for me. Regular tuna can certainly be substituted and you can use as much as you would like from the can. You can also choose to omit the tuna and serve the salad along with dinner. I am also using Fennel for the first time in a very long time. I forgot how much I liked it. I’m happy I was able to incorporate it in this freestyle salad. I believe the Fennel and Tuna are the unusual suspects and so, I named the salad for them :-)


Spicy Thai Tuna and Fennel Salad


Spicy Thai Tuna & Fennel Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Lyn of The Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 2
A quick salad with Spicy Thai Tuna and Fennel
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tsp Honey Mustard Dijon
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce, chopped and washed
  • 2 Baby Cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 85g Can Spicy Thai Tuna (or any tuna you like)
  1. Add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette into a jar. Shake and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, add romaine, tomatoes, fennel and cucumbers
  3. Toss to combine
  4. Add tuna and dressing, toss to coat or serve dressing on the side, serve Tuna in individual plates


The dressing before I shook it. Not sure why, but it looked like a flower to me. I see beauty in weird places, I guess. OK, don’t stare at it! lol


Salad Dressing


I almost omitted the tuna when I saw how attractive the salad looked. Way to go tomatoes!


Tossed salad!


So here was my turning point. Do I add the Tuna? Or have it on its own, this gorgeous salad.


Fennel, Romaine, Cucumbers & Tomatoes


I added the dressing to the salad, followed by the tuna.


Spicy Thai Tuna and Fennel Salad


I feel much better about all that eating during Easter. Much better.



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  1. that salad looks gorgeous Lyn! Such a creative blend of flavors!

    • Thanks Jenn! I love crunchy salads and everything seemed to work here. And yes, gorgeous. I give thanks to the tomatoes that I’m appreciating more and more.

  2. This looks so refreshing! And this is just what I need – I’ve been eating a lot lately too. Lots of late night snacks have been involved.

    • The only way for me to cut out the late night snacks is to go to bed early. See my dilemma? Lets have a salad together Chung-Ah!

  3. This is just my kind of salad, Lyn – light, crunchy and full of flavor!

  4. Yum, so light, nutritious and soo colourful!

  5. I am a true salad lover..
    This looks lovely… so vibrant, full of lovely flavors and textures….

    • Thanks Reem!!! I believe Salads must have a variety of colours and textures to make it more appealing. :-)

  6. I Lovvvveeee me some salad … especially when they are colourful and delish (of course)…. Can I make a request? I would love for you to do a fruit-based dressing, maybe blueberries or strawberries or mangoes. One of the best salads I have ever eaten had a pomegranate dressing … YUMMY!! Btw, what’s fennel? I’ve never heard of it *embarrassed look on face* ..

    • Stick with me baby… I’ll show you some things! LOL
      Fruit based dressing… sounds interesting. I’ll look into something seasonal/local.


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