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Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups

These fresh Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups stuff crisp bibb lettuce with flaky tender yellowfin tuna for a lunch that’s healthy, easy, and delicious.

Plate full of bibb lettuce cups stuffed with tuna and veggies.

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I’m a big fan of substantial salads, but these Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups are such a welcome change to lunch. Especially if you’re looking for something wholesome that still offers up excitement. Each bite is filled with flaky tender tuna, juicy tomatoes, briny olives, crunchy cucumbers, and toasted almonds. And dressing? Forget about it! A spritz of fresh lemon juice is all you need here. 

Tuna: a smart protein choice.

When it comes to quick and easy, canned tuna is the ideal heart-healthy lean protein. There’s no cooking involved, so it’s really just a matter of tossing your tuna with a few fresh ingredients like we did here. Canned tuna also comes with a great source of essential nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, and selenium. It also promotes brain health and development.

Hands placing a large plate of prepared lettuce cups onto a table.

Side shot of large plate of lettuce cups.

Shopping for tuna? Put Genova on your list.

Quality is essential when it comes to canned tuna; low quality variations will disappoint. In this house, we’re big fans of Genova. Their cuts are hand-filleted and offer up a rich and clean flavor that will really amp up your recipes. With that, using Genova’s Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil in these healthy Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups was a no-brainer.

Another important aspect of shopping for seafood is knowing where your seafood comes from. We’re big on that here and we’re thrilled to say that Genova’s tuna is sustainable and traceable. Each can of tuna has a unique code that allows consumers to track the origins of their wild-caught tuna.

Serving platter with fresh ingredients packed onto it.

Bowl full of fresh ingredients before being mixed.

Large plate of lettuce cups next to a couple of cans of Genova tuna.

How to make Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups.

This fresh and fab recipe takes 15 minutes to wrap up, which makes it perfect for a quick lunch at home or prep for lunch elsewhere.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bibb lettuce leaves (or lettuce leaves that can be used to cup ingredients well)
  • 2 cans of Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil, drained
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Olives (kalamata, green, or assorted)
  • Toasted slivered almonds
  • Mini cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Capers
  • Fresh lemon

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Prepare your lettuce cups by picking 10-12 of the largest leaves from your head of lettuce. Gently wash them and pat them dry with paper towels; put them aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the drained tuna, tomatoes, olives, toasted almonds, cucumbers, red onions, and capers. Spritz the juice of half of a lemon over the ingredients and gently toss the ingredients until well mixed.
  3. Spoon the tuna mixture into each lettuce cup, and serve with lemon wedges for extra spritzing

Tip: To toast your almonds, place them in a dry pan and place them over medium-low heat. Toast them until they are golden brown and aromatic, shaking the pan every so often to avoid burning.

Side shot of lettuce cups being spritzed with fresh lemon juice.

Hope you enjoy!

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Be sure to try these other lettuce cup recipes:

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups

These fresh Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Cups stuff crisp bibb lettuce with flaky tender yellowfin tuna for a lunch that's healthy, easy, and delicious.
Course Lunch, Main
Cuisine Mediterranean, Seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 lettuce cups
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

  • 12 large lettuce leaves, preferably bibb lettuce
  • 2 cans of Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil, drained
  • 3/4 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped olives (kalamata, green, or an assortment)
  • 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 mini cucumber, thinly sliced and halved (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 TBSP capers, drained
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Prepare your lettuce cups by picking 10-12 of the largest leaves from your head of lettuce. Gently wash them and pat them dry with paper towels; put them aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the drained tuna, tomatoes, olives, toasted almonds, cucumbers, red onions, and capers. Spritz the juice of half of a lemon over the ingredients and gently toss the ingredients until well mixed.
  • Spoon the tuna mixture into each lettuce cup, and serve with lemon wedges for extra spritzing.
  • Tip: To toast your almonds, place them in a dry pan and place them over medium-low heat. Toast them until they are golden brown and aromatic, shaking the pan every so often to avoid burning.

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