Five Ingredient Lunch: Tuna Salad and Dried Fruit Wrap

Cooked up on September 14, 2011

Filed under: frugal, lunch, pantry, six ingredients or less, summer

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I’ve been eating tuna salad and chicken salad forever, and I love then in their simplest and purest forms. But it’s also really easy to jazz them up just a tiny bit. When it comes to tuna, it’s as simple as adding a little bit of dried fruit. And did I mention it’s made of ingredients you probably already have?

Delicious. Ok, I cheated on adding the salad greens, because I have them and they are zero calories, so why not? But if you really want just the five, here’s what you need:

This will actually make two lunches.

  • One can of tuna in water
  • One stalk of celery
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Raisins or Craisins
  • Mayo

The most important thing here is getting your ratios right. Volume-wise, you could almost use the tuna can, or eyeball about 2/3 of that volume when you grab your handful of raisins and chop up your celery (that’s 2/3 of the can of each). Then, add 2 Tbsp. of mayo – just enough to give everything a really light coating.

Like so. Tuna is so delicious. I’m such a sucker for any kind of fish.

Sort-of related: Has anyone tried Vegenaise? I am reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook and she apparently loves it and is a carnivore. The thought of it kind of scares me, but really the ingredients aren’t very scary.

So this is what I’m having for lunch today. Last night I CANNED SOME SALSA, and all five of my pints sealed! And then I was dead tired. More on canning adventures another day.


  1. My mother in law adds a bit of chopped up pickle to her chicken salad, and it’s very good. I usually also add Mrs. Dash to give it a little kick and maybe even a splash of lemon juice. The last time we made it together, we went scrounging, and we threw in bell peppers – very colorful!

    I officially want chicken salad sandwiches now…

    Comment by Rachael — September 14, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  2. I think my mom does pickles in her egg salad… Now it sounds really good. Hmm.

    Comment by bekky — September 18, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

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