Chopping up the pickles!

Quite colorful and tasty too

Anticipating the time in the future of adding some fish into our diet (see ETHICAL EATING),  we have been adding more tuna to the menu.

Since turning vegetarian in the early 90s, we’ve occasionally eaten fish.  So fish we is what we are  used to,  but it’s been awhile since we went fishing!  Actually, on our 10 acre homestead in Florida, we had a fresh water pond filled with bass.  I used to fish “Huckleberry Finn” style with a simple pole.  Sometimes, I got lucky!    Grandpa loved to fish and  he would take us kids with him on his fishing trips to Tampa Bay.    And Grandma would make a mean snapper dish that was famous far and wide.

We aren’t fishing any time soon.   Canned tuna is cheap, so we figured we’d start with that.  We bought a couple cans of “dolphin safe”  from Trader Joes. I know there’s probably a better (fresh)  fish selection at Whole Foods (or ‘Whole Paycheck’ as one of our friend likes to call it) but we’ve committed not to shop at Whole Foods since it  admitted to selling GMO’s

Recently,  I decided I should make an easy peasy tuna pasta salad.  But, of course, my habit is tweaking recipes to fit what we have in our home canned pantry stock.

Opening up the cupboards,  I find sweet zucchini pickles and dilly carrots.   Hmmm, this could work!

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1 1/2 c. sm. pasta
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas, thawed  (substituted a two handfuls of homegrown celery)
1 1/2 c. chopped carrots  (substituted chopped dilly carrots & sweet zucchini pickles)
1/4 c. finely chopped onion  (substituted homegrown green onions)
2/3 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dill weed   (too early for fresh dill in the garden yet, substituted fennel)
1 tsp. salt  (I used ‘celery salt’)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 sm. can tuna

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Cool (rinse with cold water to cool quickly; drain well). Thaw peas completely; drain well. Combine cooled pasta, peas, carrots, onion and tuna in a large bowl; mix well. Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, dill weed, salt and pepper in a small bowl; blend well. Pour mayonnaise dressing over macaroni mixture; toss lightly. Chill. Garnish with paprika and serve on lettuce leaves if desired.

Happy to say, everyone enjoyed it!  Even Jordanne, who’s not too keen on tuna.


  1. bri says:

    Please don’t, the tuna is overfished. And the label Dolphin safe is not enough (all the other fish are thrown back and die), besides that, scientists have found that most of the time tuna meat is polluted with heavy metals. So, if you must eat it, then buy certified like MSC (marine stewardship council)if that is not known in USA then try the brands which state that the fish is caught by line fishing. Please read the articles on the internet about tuna fishing, there is enough written about it, and don’t trust the cheap brands.

    • Anais says:

      @bri: Thanks for pointing this out. I’m not to keen on buying meats/fish at the grocer. Having been vegetarian for almost 20 years, it’s rare occasion that we even EAT tuna. Our homegrown fish are almost ready to harvest. Just wanted to add a bit of fish in our diet before we harvest ours. 😉

  2. Dawn Mathews says:

    Anais, can we get the recipe for the sweet zuchini pickles and the dilly carrots? Both of those sound as good as the tuna salad:) Could you email them to me…please:)

    • Anais says:

      @Dawn Mathews: Sure Dilly Carrots,1636,152172-227199,00.html and Squash Pickles Enjoy!

      • Dawn Mathews says:

        @Anais, Anais, thanks for the recipes. Your family has been such an inspiration to our family. We now have chickens, dairy goats, rabbits, and will get some ducks next Monday. We are also raising some meat chickens now and started with some egg layers as day old chicks. We have put in several raised beds and hope to be much more self sufficient by the Fall. Keep up the good work, great to see the students coming to tour and eat, wish we lived closer, we are in beautiful mtns. of NC though:)

  3. elaine says:

    Your pasta tuna salad sounds and looks delicious. I love that you substitute ingredients that you have available at home. I also tend to make due with what I have in my pantry or fridge in my recipes. I also enjoyed your recipe for apple fritters. Yum! Thanks for the recipes and I will be looking forward to seeing more of them perhaps in the near future.

  4. Ayla says:

    Maybe don’t go for tuna, it’s endangered. Maybe research sustainable fishing?

    • Anais says:

      @Ayla: Good suggestion. Our homegrown fish are almost ready to harvest. Just wanted to add a bit of fish in our diet before we harvest ours.

    • Anais says:

      @Ayla: Good suggestion. Our homegrown fish are almost ready to harvest. Just wanted to add a bit of fish in our diet before we harvest ours. 😉

  5. Lina Petra says:

    There may be a smaller fish you could eat from a more sustainable fishery. Small local fish farms might be a good option, or anything caught in California at least! And if you don’t shop at Whole Paycheck because they admit to selling GMO but you shop at Trader Joes you are still buying GMO, TJ’s simply arent as honest!

    • Anais says:

      @Lina Petra: Good points, thanks!

  6. Joe says:

    Cool website! A lot of informative stuff on here! Just thought I’d comment on the Whole Foods business… I think it’s the case that all grocery stores in the US sell foods that may or may not contain GMO ingredients, so long as the store sells conventional stuff. In the US, it’s not necessary that conventional foods label themselves as having or not having GMO ingredients… I think Whole Food’s position is that if there’s a corn/soy/other common GMO crop ingredient in your conventional food, then that food probably has GMO ingredients, and this would also be the case for food from Trader Joe’s as long as it isn’t organic. Anyway, Whole Foods has some pretty cool policies… like, their seafood is now ranked so that the consumer can see what is the most/least sustainable. That’s a policy that might deter someone from buying a less sustainable product, something TJ’s hasn’t done, but they still do it, which is pretty cool I think.

    Anyway, I only bring all this up because I’m a college kid working at Whole Foods… it’s a good company to work for, and I know people sometimes love to hate the place and I can’t help but say something. 🙂

    • Joe says:


      Oops! I didn’t realize TJ’s actually doesn’t carry any GMO stuff (saw on their website). Neat!

    • Anais says:

      @Joe: Thanks for commenting, appreciate your POV. Thanks again for sharing. Always good to keep an open mind.

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