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Baked Tuna Balls w/ Loaded Summer Salad

As the summer approaches, I tend to go for simple, fresh meals that require less cooking time. Tuna is one of those staples I always have in the pantry when I’m looking to make a quick meal. These baked tuna balls are a great addition to any dish, and my favorite part is that you can make them in advance for the week or freeze them and use whenever you want!⠀

 

Ingredients
For the tuna balls:
  • 4, 2.6 oz pouches of Starkist Tuna Creations® Ginger Sesame, 10.4oz total of tuna
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped⠀
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika⠀
  • 3 tablespoons flour, can add more as needed if mixture isn’t firm enough
  • 2 eggs⠀
For the salad
  • 1 1/2 cups baby kale⠀
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese⠀
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas⠀
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved⠀
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced⠀
For the dressing:
  • 1/2 avocado⠀
  • 1/2 jalapeno⠀
  • Juice of small lime⠀
  • 1 cup water⠀
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt⠀
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F⠀

  2. Add all the ingredients for the tuna balls in a bowl and whisk together⠀

  3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out tuna balls and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Should make 8-9 balls.⠀

  4. Spray the balls with oil, and bake for 15 minutes. Then transfer to broiler and cook an add’l 3-4 minutes, until the balls are golden.⠀

  5. While the balls are being cooked, let’s assemble the salad and make the dressing.⠀

  6. Add the kale to a serving bowl and top with the rest of the ingredients for the salad.⠀

  7. Blend the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.⠀

  8. Once the tuna balls are done, add them to the salad, and drizzle the dressing. Store the leftover dressing in the fridge. Enjoy!

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