Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuna Salad with Tangy Zip

The husband and I were watching Breaking Bad the other day.

Do you watch Breaking Bad, by the way? I think it's on AMC. (All I really know is that it's on the TiVo, and that's what matters.) I have a theory about Breaking Bad: You're either a Skylar fan or a Walt fan. I think Walt is cuckoo, and Skylar should kick him to the curb. The husband thinks Skylar is a nagging jerkface and Walt should ditch her. So, I'm curious. If you watch Breaking Bad, let me know in the comment section if you're on Team Skylar or Team Walt. Thank you.

Back to the matter at hand...

We were watching Breaking Bad, and for some reason one of the characters (Hank, I believe) mentioned Miracle Whip. The Miracle Whip comment was not instrumental to the plot at all, but he said it. And I could not stop thinking about Miracle Whip. Specifically, tuna noodle salad made with Miracle Whip. Thanks for that, Hank.

So I made Tuna Salad with Tangy Zip. It was all I hoped and more.

Tuna Salad with Tangy Zip
Serves: 4 as a main dish

1.5 cups uncooked small pasta (I used rotini.)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup carrots sliced 1/8" thick
1 cup cucumbers quartered and sliced 1/8" thick
7 ounce can tuna, drained and flaked
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup Miracle Whip
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Once it's finished cooking, rinse the pasta under cold water until it's cooled. (If I'm serving the tuna salad right away, I like to put the pasta in the fridge while I'm chopping the veggies so it can keep cooling down. Warm-ish pasta in tuna salad creeps me out.)

In a large bowl, combine the cooled, cooked pasta with peas, carrots, cucumbers, tuna, and basil. Stir in the Miracle Whip and mayonnaise. If it seems too dry, stir in a little bit more Miracle Whip and mayonnaise until it feels right to you. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: If you make Tuna Salad with Tangy Zip the night before you serve it, you might need to add more Miracle Whip and mayo right before serving. Sometimes pasta soaks up the dressing while it sits in the fridge.

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