Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil

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Ready for a home-grown salad recipe that’s as healthy to eat as it is delicious? This is the Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil, and it’s low-carb and gluten-free. You can make this yummy salad recipe with cucumbers and sweet basil from right out of your vegetable garden, or you can buy fresh, organic ingredients at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. This is a simple salad but it’s big on flavour, and it makes two meal servings – which means you can serve it as a full meal on its own, or you can also serve it as a side salad if need be.

As far as the nutritional content of cucumbers goes, a cup of chopped cucumber is only 16 calories, is very high in dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It’s also high in pantothenic acid, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin A. Cucumbers also contain iron. The nutritional content of sweet basil is even more substantial. Just a half a cup of sweet basil leaves, as this recipe calls for, is only two calories, is very high in calcium, dietary fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and zinc. It’s also high in niacin and riboflavin. And, as far as the canned tuna is concerned, it’s very high in protein, niacin, and vitamin B12; it’s also high in phosphorus and vitamin B6. So, with just these three ingredients, you are off to a winning start with this healthy tuna salad recipe.

Growing your own veggies at home isn’t as difficult as you think. Whether you live in a house and have a bit of land, or if you live in an apartment, you can still grow your own vegetables. If you’re a bit nervous about it, you can start by growing just one or two plants at a time. You can even start with a few potted veggies and expand from there. The best veggies to grow in pots are tomatoes, basil, sweet peppers, and zucchini. You can also grow a large variety of herbs in pots, like rosemary, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme – just put them in a window in your home. Fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, and even pineapple can also grow well in pots – indoors and out. Start with one plant, and just do a little research first to learn as much as you can about it – what kind of soil it likes, how often to water it, and whether it enjoys full sunlight, partial, or mostly shade. Once you succeed in growing one veggie plant, you’ll build your confidence to grow more, and before you know it, you’ll have a whole garden, and an abundance of veggies and fruits to eat whenever you like.

Nutrition Facts for: Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil from Kalyn's Kitchen

Ingredients: Canned tuna, cucumbers, basil, mayonnaise, vinaigrette dressing, salt, pepper.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 2 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 342, Calories from Fat 141, Total Fat 15.7g 24%, Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%, Cholesterol 35mg 12%, Sodium 895mg 37%, Potassium 1020mg 29%, Carbohydrates 21.9g 7%, Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%, Sugars 10.0g, Protein 29.6g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 23%, Calcium 9%, Iron 13%

Thanks so much to Kalyn over at “Kalyn’s Kitchen” for sharing this cucumber tuna and sweet basil recipe with us, and also for inspiring us to grow our own vegetable gardens. If you’re looking for more great healthy recipe ideas, you’ll want to check out Kalyn’s site. She lists lots of delicious vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes, gluten-free recipes, paleo recipes, and South Beach diet recipes, so there’s something over at Kalyn’s Kitchen waiting just for you.*

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