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Gorgeous Recipes That Save Canned Tuna's Reputation

Why you should give this pantry staple another try.
05/28/2013 08:54am ET | Updated March 31, 2014

Canned tuna gets a bad rap, and understandably so. It's fish that comes in a can, it often appears with way too much mayonnaise and it can be reminiscent of cat food. While not quite as bad as canned chicken -- yes, this is a thing -- canned tuna can often be pretty frightening. Even just one bad experience with a tuna casserole or mayo-drowned tuna salad can ruin the stuff forever. We understand, we've been there.

It's not all bad, however. Paired with the right ingredients, canned tuna can actually go from suspect to seriously delicious, and the best part about it is how easy it is. If you arm yourself some reliable partners -- like lemon, olive oil, onion, fresh herbs or cucumbers -- you'll be in good shape. And if you haven't realized the glory of the tuna melt yet, you've got a great surprise in store.

All it takes is one good canned tuna recipe, and this dubious fish will regain your respect. As long as you take it easy on the mayonnaise and opt for a higher quality tuna, you can expect something delicious from this pantry staple.

Here are 18 recipes that will actually make you crave canned tuna.

1
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Nicholas from Food52
Get the Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna recipe by Nicholas from Food52
2
Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich
Waverly
3
Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon
Kristy Mucci via Food52
Get the Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon recipe by Kristy Mucci from Food52
4
Provençal Tuna Melt
boulangere from Food52
Get the Provençal Tuna Melt recipe boulangere from Food52
5
Tuna and White Bean Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
Constrained Cook from Food52
Get the Tuna and White Bean Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes recipe by Constrained Cook from Food52
6
Pasta with Tuna, Arugula, and Hot Pepper
Simply Recipes
Get the Pasta with Tuna, Arugula, and Hot Pepper recipe from Simply Recipes
7
Open-Face Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Alexandra Cooks
Get the Open-Face Tuna Salad Sandwiches from Alexandra Cooks
8
Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad
Bev Cooks
Get the Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad from Bev Cooks
9
Open Face Tuna Melt for One
Macheesmo
Get the Open Face Tuna Melt for One recipe from Pass The sushi
10
Mint and Tuna Salad
Manger
Get the Mint and Tuna Salad from Manger
11
Niçoise Salad
Globetrotter from Food52
Get the Niçoise Salad by Globetrotter from Food52
12
Chickpea and Tuna Crostini with Arugula Salad
Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez from HuffPost Taste
Get the Chickpea and Tuna (Or Salmon) Crostini with Arugula Salad recipe by Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez from HuffPost Taste
13
Farfalle with Tuna, Lemon and Capers
Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez via HuffPost Taste
Get the Farfalle with Tuna, Lemon and Capers recipe by Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez from HuffPost Taste
14
Oregon Tuna Melts
Squire Fox
15
White Bean And Tuna Salad
Simply Recipes
Get the White Bean And Tuna Salad by Simply Recipes
16
Pasta With Tuna And Tomato Sauce
Simply Recipes
Get the Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce recipe by Simply Recipes
17
Tuna Avocado Rice Bowl
HumbleBean
Get the Tuna Avocado Rice Bowl recipe by HumbleBean via Food52

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