Tuna Bean Salad Recipe

Here’s Heather’s Gimme Recipes! Contest entry.  I love that she gives you an Italian dressing recipe in there as well, which I love because it avoids a common processed-food entry.  (Remember, just because it’s made to go on salad doesn’t mean it’s healthier.  Homemade takes some time, but it’s always better for you.  And it tastes better too!)

This is a very cheap easy recipe that is truly versatile, healthy and fullfilling. I am including the main ingrediaents but the recipe is one that can be changed to suit one’s own taste. I am someone who doesn’t write down recipes or follows them exactly. I just go with it depending what I’m in the mood for. I think this method makes cooking a lot more fun. Sometimes you mess up but a lot of times you end up with something great. Also this recipe includes tuna. I do not know if tuna counts as a “meat” because people seem to vary on this subject I hope it’s OK for the contest. So here it is I hope you enjoy.
 
Tuna Bean Salad base:
1 can garbonzo beans
1 can tuna
3 stalks celery
2 med tomatoes
4 green onion
1/4 cup Italian dressing
*the celery, tomatoes, green onion, and italian dressing amount really depends on one’s personal taste.
**one can also just use vinagar and oil or just vinagar instead of italian dressing.
*** or you can make your own italian dressing once again this can be made according to one’s taste here is a recipe I like: 
(This dressng recipe makes more spice than needed so one has extra for a later time)
Italian Dressing
1 tbls garlic salt
1 tbls onion powder
1/2 tsp stevia (sweet leaf used instead of sugar)
2 tbls dried organo
1 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbls sea salt
2 shakes ground red pepper
1/2 cup red wine vinagar
1/2 cup olive oil
-mix 2 tbls spices and vinagar first then add oil. Shake
*this recipe makes more spice so you can store the extra for later.
 
-This salad can be stuffed into a whole wheat pita pocket with sprouts.
-Served over spinach or other greens
-Eaten plain with crackers or soy chips.
The possiblities are endless. 
P.S. It also tastes better the next day after the flavors have blended more.

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