Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Simply Delicious Tuna Salad with Quail Eggs

I remember my mother making this simple tuna salad many times when I was a child. It is very simple to put together - especially for a hard-working Mom, who worked all day, and didn't have the luxury of time to cook a big, fancy meal.  My version is made with quail eggs, instead of regular, sliced eggs. For those of you who have never tried quail eggs, you can find them in many Asian or Portuguese food markets.  They are pretty much identical in taste to chicken eggs, except these possess the cute factor! Kids will love these, due to their tiny size; they can just "pop" them in their mouth!

Quail eggs

Cover eggs with cold water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat.  Cover pan with lid & allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Peeled quail eggs

Once you have cooked and peeled the quail eggs, set them aside.  For four servings, you can use 20 quail eggs, more or less. Next step is to boil your potatoes.

Peel, cube and boil 2 pounds of red potatoes.  Drain and set aside.

Now that you have your eggs, and potatoes cooked,  it is time to put together the salad.   Use a large serving bowl or dish.  You will need:
  • 3 cans flaked, drained tuna
  • 1 can chick peas, divided
  • 1 can black pitted olives, divided
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
First, start with one layer of tuna, potatoes, eggs, chick peas, olives, and parsley.  Continue to layer twice more.  Drizzle olive oil over over each layer.  It is extremely simple to make, but makes for a very satisfying meal.  Here is what it looks like...

Just set your serving dish in the center of your table, with a large serving spoon and allow guests to serve themselves.  I like to serve some crusty bread on the side along with some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.  Hope you enjoyed reading this post.  Happy Tuesday everyone!

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  1. Gee Rosinda that looks beautiful--AS USUAL!!! I saw fresh quail eggs at the restaurant supply place where I got the hazelnuts for Rachel's cake. Did you guys eat all that up in one sitting? Looks like a lotta food!

  2. Awe my mom used to make this
    Another great recepi

  3. I have just GOT to try quail eggs now!!!!I have never tried them and I'm all for the cute factor!! You make everything look so delicious Rosinda---you truly have a way with food!!