Jamie says: The great mayonnaise debate. This was one of the lunch time conversations at the house. Does mayonnaise deserve its bad rep? Is it as evil as it’s made out to be? What about mayonnaise made with extra virgin olive oil? To help solve this minor mystery, we pulled out two containers of mayo- Hellmann’s mayonnaise dressing with extra virgin olive oil and Hellmann’s real mayonnaise- and compared labels. My opinion? I wouldn’t write off mayo as an evil condiment. Everything can fit into a healthy diet. But the problem arrises when we don’t realize we’re adding ~100 additional calories to our sandwiches, etc everyday. Of the two choices, the mayo with extra virgin olive oil is a better choice nutritionally (see nutrition note below). And it tastes equally as good, too.
Grape Apple Tuna Salad with Crispy Carrots
- 1/2 cup Publix matchstick carrots
- 1 Tbsp Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 cups Publix romaine hearts
- 1/4 cup Treasure Cave gorgonzola cheese
- 1/2 can StarKist gourmet choice solid white albacore tuna fillet in water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Hellmann’s mayonnaise dressing with extra virgin olive oil
- 12 grapes
- 1/2 Fuji apple
- 1 slice onion
- In a small pan, heat olive oil. Add carrots, salt, and pepper. Cook until slightly brown.
- Wash lettuce and shred by cutting into thin strips.
- Drain tuna and add mayonnaise. Wash grapes and apple. Cut grapes in half and dice onion and apple; add to tuna.
- Put salad in a bowl and top with gorgonzola, carrots, and tuna salad. Serves: 1. Enjoy!
I enjoyed the combination of the fruit with the tuna and mayonnaise for a change. The bold taste of the gorgonzola paired well with the apples, too.
- Nutrition note: Compared to 1 Tbsp of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise (90 calories, 10 g fat, 1.5 g saturate fat), Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil has 40 fewer calories, 1/2 the fat, and 1/3 the saturated fat.