This French Potato and Tuna Salad recipe is my take on a French potato tuna salad that I grew up eating. My mother would make it often for our school lunches, and we would always make a big batch of it when visiting my grandparent’s in the North of France.
It’s a simple yet healthy recipe which consists of cooked potatoes mixed with onions, lots of canned tuna fish, and a delicious french dressing made with tarragon vinegar, dijon mustard and herbes de provence.
It’s so refreshingly delicious, and it just so happens to be naturally Whole30 compliant, grain-free, gluten-free, and Paleo.
Ahhh this French Potato and Tuna Salad just transports me to a warm summers days in my grandparent’s backyard.
We would set up a large table outside and have massive picnics full of radishes, tomatoes, and green salad from the garden.
There would also be cherries, raspberries and red currents that my siblings and I would pick from the garden as well.
And then we would have a heartier salad to pair with all of the fresh garden goodies… like this French Potato and Tuna Salad.
It would still be warm from the heated potatoes.
Side note: this salad is SO good warm.
It’s also great cold as leftovers… but you have got to try making it fresh and eating it warm… with some tomatoes, radishes, pickles… and any other veggie of your fancy.
Also, the French flavors all come from the delicious homemade dressing… so make sure you are using Tarragon vinegar, dijon mustard, herbes de provence, and fresh parsley when you make it… it really makes a difference with the taste!
One more thing… this recipe is made with regular potatoes which have more recently become more accepted in the Paleo community.
They are 100% Whole30 compliant because, as the Whole30 program says, they are a “whole, real, nutrient-dense food.”
How nutrient-dense are they? Well according to PaleoLeap, one white potato has 70% of your vitamin C needs and 25% of your potassium needs for one day.
I’ve read debates on whether potatoes are Paleo and I personally think it all comes down to personal opinion. I’m very much of the belief that if a food isn’t processed and it comes form the earth, it’s ok.
I have found it interesting to read various opinions on this and enjoyed reading the Are White Potatoes Paleo? article by PaleoHacks.
Anyways, since there are no processed ingredients in this French Potato and Tuna Salad and everything is as clean as possible, and as delicious as possible… I find it to be a great addition to any diet. 🙂
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
A naturally Paleo, Whole30 compliant, clean recipe made of potatoes, onions, tuna fish, and a delicious french dressing.
- 3.5 lbs red potatoes
- 25 ounces canned tuna ( Wild Planet is my favorite)
- 1/2 cup diced white onion
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions , including the green parts
Slice your red potatoes into 1 inch thick slices. Put them into a large pot of boiling water, and cook for about 20 minutes. Make sure you can easily stab them with a knife before taking them out.
While the potatoes are cooking, put all of the tuna into a bowl and mix with a fork, cutting up the larger chunks of tuna into smaller pieces.
While the potatoes are cooking, you can also make the French dressing. Mix 8 Tbs olive oil, 4 Tbs tarragon vinegar, 2 Tbs dijon mustard, 1 tsp sea salt, 3/4 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp herbs de provence, and 3 Tbs diced fresh parsley together until a thick dressing forms.
Once the potatoes are cooked, transfer them to a large bowl and cut them into smaller pieces while mixing them up. Do this while they are still warm. You want there to be various sizes of potato in the salad.
Add the tuna to the bowl of potatoes and mix. Then, add the diced white onions and sliced scallions to the bowl and mix.
Lastly, add the French dressing to the bowl and mix.
Serve warm with a side of tomatoes, radishes, pickles or any other veggie of your choice.
You can also refridgerate it and eat it cold later.