Mediterranean Tuna Salad (Low-Carb, Keto, Paleo)

Mediterranean Tuna Salad (Low-Carb, Keto, Paleo)

DID YOU KNOW? Tuna fish is right up there with other healthy types of fish, such as salmon, when it comes to nutrition — it packs a good amount of protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Tuna’s high protein content makes it an excellent addition to a weight loss diet since it can help reduce your appetite, prevent cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

In addition, protein makes up the foundation of your hair, skin, nails and muscles; is crucial for the synthesis of certain enzymes and hormones; and is used for the growth and repair of tissues. So, including more tuna fish in your diet can help provide your body with the protein that you need.

Lastly, tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (a.k.a. fish oil), which may be able to alleviate inflammation and reduce the risk of disease. Fish oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and multiple studies have shown that it could be therapeutic for autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

NOTE: Stick to wild types of tuna that are caught using the Pacific troll or pole and line methods. Also, avoid Atlantic bluefin tuna, which may have a negative impact on both the environment and your health because it is over-fished and often farm-raised.

Looking for more canned tuna recipes? Check out my Raspberry Tuna Salad, Tuna & Sauerkraut Wrap, and Mediterranean Tuna Pizza

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 can wild skipjack tuna, drained
3-4 cups mixed greens
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. In a bowl or container, add greens, tuna, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper.

2. If you’re eating right away, drizzle with olive oil and vinegar and toss. If you’re taking it to go in a container, drizzle with olive oil and vinegar then shake container right before you eat to coat ingredients.

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Paleo Tuna Pizza Mediterranean Style (Gluten, Grain & Dairy Free)

Paleo Tuna Pizza Mediterranean Style (Gluten, Grain & Dairy Free)

This paleo tuna pizza is absolutely delicious and the perfect recipe for your next pizza night! It’s gluten, grain & dairy free, making it the ideal pizza for anyone following a paleo diet.

The health benefits of paleo tuna pizza with cassava flour crust

DID YOU KNOW? Cassava is high in resistant starch, a type of starch that bypasses digestion and feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which can support digestive health.

There are hundreds of different species of bacteria in your intestine. In fact, the bacteria in your intestine outnumber the body’s cells 10 to 1 — WOW! Science has discovered that the number and type of bacteria can have a profound impact on your health.

Whereas most foods feed only 10% of your cells, fermentable fibers and resistant starches feed the other 90%. Resistant starch not only feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestine, but it MAY bind to & expel “bad” bacteria, having a positive effect on the type of bacteria as well as their number.

In addition, resistant starch has also been studied to for its ability to contribute to better metabolic health and reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This is due to its potential to improve blood sugar control, in addition to its role in promoting fullness and reducing appetite.

NOTE: Products made from cassava, such as flour, do contain resistant starch, but the levels are lower than in cassava root that has been cooked and then cooled in its whole form.

The best cassava flour pizza crust

This cassava flour pizza crust was created by Otto’s Naturals, one of the leading suppliers of cassava flour. You can get the original recipe here or check out the recipe below.

The texture and taste truly resembles regular pizza crust. The BF and I have been super excited to come up with different toppings for this awesome crust. We created this Paleo Tuna Pizza Mediterranean Style this past weekend and absolutely loved it! Let us know what you think in the comments section below 🙂

Love this recipe?! Then you’ve got to try my Margherita Pizza & Sausage & Rapini Pizza with cassava flour crust!

Paleo Tuna Pizza Mediterranean Style

Paleo Tuna Pizza Mediterranean Style

This paleo tuna pizza is absolutely delicious and the perfect recipe for your next pizza night! It's gluten, grain & dairy free, making it the ideal pizza for anyone following a paleo diet. The texture and taste of cassava flour pizza crust truly resembles regular pizza crust, so you won't be disappointed by yet another gluten free pizza.
Prep Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo
Servings: 3

Ingredients
 

For cassava flour crust

  • ½ cup warm water, roughly 105-110 F
  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 5 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, optional
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup avocado oil

Toppings

  • 1 14-ounce can plum tomatoes, drained and crushed
  • 1 can wild skipjack tuna, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • ½ red pepper, sliced thin
  • Hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Prepare yeast mix: In a small bowl, add warm water and honey. Mix to dissolve. Sprinkle yeast in. Mix to dissolve. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to activate. It will get foamy on top.
  • Mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl to combine.
  • Lightly whisk eggs and olive oil together in a small bowl.
  • Add egg mixture and activated yeast to the dry ingredients.
  • Mix to form a dough ball. Transfer ball to an oiled bowl, cover with dish towel and set aside in a warm place (70-80 F is ideal) to rise for 1 hour. It will not double in size, but it will rise a little.
  • Once dough has risen, preheat oven to 550 F. Preheat pizza stone, baking sheet or metal pan.
  • Place the dough on parchment paper. Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough (if necessary) and shape dough with your hands by pushing down (on top of parchment, so it doesn’t stick) and roll with rolling pin. Flatten your pizza about 1/8-1/4 inch thin. Roll the crust thick or thin (to your liking) by shaping with your fingers and rolling the edges. Use extra cassava flour if dough is sticking. NOTE: Split the dough in half before rolling it out to make two smaller pizzas.
  • Season tomatoes with half the garlic and sea salt then spread over the rolled out dough.
  • Break up the tuna in a bowl then add 1 tbsp olive oil, remaining garlic and thyme & rosemary. Combine ingredients then spread over the tomatoes. Add hot pepper flakes, capers, and strips of red pepper. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the entire pizza.
  • Lift the whole piece of parchment paper with pizza on top and transfer to the preheated baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes until dough is firm and slightly golden, pulling out halfway and removing parchment paper. For a crispier golden crust, allow a few more minutes. Allow more time if cooking at lower temperature.

Paleo Tuna Pizza Mediterranean Style