tuna nicoise lettuce cups recipe

This summery dish offers a fresh take on the ordinary garden salad. We love this heart-healthy version, courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Ingredients for Tuna Niçoise in Lettuce Cups

  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (lowest sodium available)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed, crumbled 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 5-ounce can very low sodium chunk light tuna, packed in water, drained and flaked
  • 16 large Bibb lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped black olives, drained
  • 2 large eggs, hard-boiled, yolks discarded and whites chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced

How to Make Tuna Niçoise in Lettuce Cups

Prep in a small bowl. Stir together the onion, vinegar, mustard, oil, dill weed, sugar, and pepper.

Stir in the tuna. Spoon 1 tablespoon of spread onto each lettuce leaf. Top, in order, with the olives, egg whites, and cherry tomatoes.

To eat as a wrap, fold the left and right sides of the lettuce leaf toward the center. Starting from the unfolded side closest to you, roll the wrap towards the remaining unfolded side to enclose the filling.

Cook’s Tip: To hard-boil eggs, place them in a small saucepan. Cover with cold water by 1 to 2 inches. Bring to a full boil, turn heat to medium and boil for 9 minutes. Remove from heat. Place eggs into an ice bath for 3 minutes. Remove eggs. Tap the egg and/or roll it on a flat surface to crack the shell. Peel the eggs. Run under cool water to release any shell clinging to the white.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 40
  • Total Fat 1.5 grams
  • Saturated Fat 0 grams
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0 grams
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 grams
  • Cholesterol 8 milligrams
  • Sodium 68 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates 2 grams
  • Fiber 1 gram
  • Sugars 1 gram
  • Protein 6 gram

Learn more about eating healthy and taking care of your heart. Visit the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute website.

Editor's Note: This recipe was originally published on , and was last reviewed on .

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