Food - Drink
Alton Brown's Tuna Salad Is Unconventional, Yet Beautiful
By KALEA MARTIN
In an episode of “Good Eats,” host Alton Brown shared his tuna salad recipe to prove that this classic food can take on a completely different form. For a recipe he called “Tuna Salad Undone,” Brown prepared his own version that uses four leaves of butter lettuce instead of bread.
Brown replaces the mayo and relish for shallots, bell peppers, nonpareil capers, and hard boiled eggs. Instead of mixing those ingredients together, Brown layers them onto the lettuce, sprinkles on black lava sea salt and micro greens, then squeezes some lemon juice and olive oil on top.
The “Good Eats” host explained it’s actually the tuna that makes the biggest difference, as he specifically uses ventresca canned tuna — a more expensive, but higher quality tuna meat. However, it’s the black lava salt, says Brown, with its earthy, salty flavor, that really takes the cake.