Calabrese Tuna Antipasto salad is a combination of tuna, pickles, olives and onions in a tomato sauce. It is delicious as a salad, whether you are serving pasta or not.
The Lalanne side of my family has always served this with the salad course for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. When I posted an ingredient shot with no caption on y personal FB feed recently, the whole clan knew what I was making.
A little research tells me this is also called a Calabrese Antipasto or Tuna Antipasto Salad.
Some similar recipes call for cauliflower and carrots, but our version has never had any fresh stuff in it. If you have some Giardiniera it would definitely be a delicious addition.
Antipasto literally means "before pasta", but as I said above we have it with the salad course before the turkey at Thanksgiving or ham at Christmas. It would also make a good appetizer on some crackers or crostini and I mixed some of this batch with some lettuce and other fresh ingredients to make a fabulous green salad.
Or just eat it straight out of the bowl like I do, ooops, uh, strike that last comment.
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Calabrese Tuna Antipasto
- 2 6.5 ounce cans solid water packed tuna
- 8 ounce jar cocktail onions
- 6 ounce jar tiny sour or dill pickles
- 6 ounce jar sweet midget pickles
- 6 ounce can small pitted ripe olives
- 5 ounce jar green olives stuffed with pimento
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
- 2 large cloves garlic, finely crushed
- 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
- ground pepper to taste
- Drain the liquid from tuna, olives, onions and pickles.
- Place tuna in a mixing bowl and flake slightly.
- Cut pickles in ½ inch pieces.
- Mix all ingredients. Chill for several hours to overnight.
Until next time, happy eating.
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What an interesting take on tuna salad. I love learning of other's traditions.
This is such an interesting idea with the tuna in with the antipasto ingredients. I've got to try it!
This sounds so unique! What a great family tradition.
Terri A Steffes
I do enjoy tuna, so I think this would be delicious as well. Thanks for sharing.
Such an interesting dish! I love that you added tuna!
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng
I love this as a unique holiday side! Plus great for picnic season too!
Sounds scrumptious! I have a jar of Tonneto tuna that would be perfect for this!
How long will this keep in fridge? Can it be frozen?
I have no idea. It never lasts more than a day or two around my house.
According to the interwebs, canned tuna lasts about 3 days covered in the fridge. As far as freezing goes, I suppose you can. The texture may be a little different when you defrost it and it could be a bit runnier than fresh.