Tuscan Tuna Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Summertime is salad time at our house. I love to use the fresh bounty from local farmers markets to create wonderfully fresh and delicious salads. What could be better on a hot evening than cool crisp greens covered with heirloom tomatoes then topped with Tuscan Tuna Salad. Just add fresh Italian bread, wine and fresh peaches for dessert. Now that says summertime!

Tuscan Tuna Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoon chopped basil leaves

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

2 (6-ounce) cans tuna in olive oil, drained  I use Genova

2 ribs celery chopped

1 bunch scallions, chopped, white only

1/4 cup chopped sweet grape tomatoes

1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed

1/2 head lettuce, or field greens

2 large heirloom tomatoes, one red, one yellow, sliced

Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, basil and thyme in small bowl. In a medium bowl lightly chunk tuna then add celery, scallions, grape tomatoes, olives and capers. Toss with most of the salad dressing. Reserve 2 tablespoons.

Line a plate with lettuce. Top with heirloom tomatoes, then drizzle with reserved salad dressing. Place Tuna Salad on top.

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