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Recipe: Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes with Apples and Tarragon #OceanNaturals


A lot of tuna recipes qualify as classic comfort food. Creamy tuna casseroles, cheesy tuna melts, mayo-laden tuna salads. Sure, they taste great, but I wouldn’t exactly call them healthy.

And even if you wanted to indulge in some of those tuna tempations, it’s kind of hard to find quality tuna these days. My mom and I have been buying one of the more “natural” brands, and she recently asked, “Have you noticed that tuna we buy is looking more and more like dog food?” It’s true. I had already stopped buying it by the time she asked me.

So we haven’t really been eating a lot of tuna lately. Fresh is expensive, and there’s just no telling where some of that canned stuff comes from. But last week, I was asked to create a tuna recipe using Ocean Naturals Wild Premium Tuna.

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Once I found out about the Ocean Naturals promise to respect Mother Nature and provide wild, responsibly/ethically-caught seafood, I was in. I wasn’t really expecting much until I actually opened a can and the tuna was fresh, white, flaky and not dog-foody at all! We have a winner! Tuna and I are back together again! (I even got my mom a can.)

So, inspired by our garden crop, I created this light recipe featuring Ocean Naturals Skipjack Tuna. What’s Skipjack? Yeah, I had no idea either. When you buy a can, there’s a code on the bottom. If you go to the My Tuna page and enter that code, they’ll tell you what a Skipjack is, along with where your specific tuna was caught, the captain of the ship, the method of catch, and lots more info. How cool is that? Transparency is always a plus.

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For me, this salad hits all the necessary bases for a healthy lunch or dinner. The tuna provides 90mg Omega 3 fatty acids and 15 g protein per serving. The apples and shallot provide a crisp, fresh texture, the cider and tarragon burst with flavor, and the Cheddar complements the apple so nicely, I consider it an integral part of the recipe!

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Who needs heavy bread when you’ve got red tomatoes ripening in the sun? Right now it’s October, and we’ve still got tons of tomatoes popping!

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There are plenty of reasons I like this recipe, but the best one just might be that my 3-year-old will eat it! Apples never fail in our house!

Tuna Stuffed Tomato with Apples and Tarragon

 Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes with Apples and Tarragon


  • 2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
  • one can Ocean Naturals Skipjack tuna
  • one small apple, diced (A sweet, crisp variety works best. We like Honeycrisp.)
  • one small shallot (cut in half, then sliced thinly)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Cut out the stem and partially hollow out the middle of both tomatoes.
  2. Remove tuna from can and empty into a medium-sized bowl; flake with a fork. Add apple and shallot.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, tarragon, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Pour dressing mixture over tuna mixture. Toss with a fork until well-mixed.
  5. Scoop tuna mixture into the center of tomatoes. Heap any remaining mixture on top of tomatoes.
  6. Serve with cheddar cheese slices. Serves 2.

*Serving suggestion: Add toasted pine nuts, almond slivers or walnuts.

Not only is Ocean Naturals Premium Wild Tuna good, it’s good for you and good for the planet, too! From now on, you’ll find it in my pantry. If you’d like to win some to stock your pantry, too, follow Ocean Naturals on Facebook and watch Tuna Tuesdays for your chance to win. For more recipes, check out the Pinterest board below!




  1. I just learned a couple of weeks ago about how bad farm raised fish is for you! So hearing that Ocean Naturals is wild tuna and they fish responsibly is fantastic! And the recipe looks like something I could enjoy any day for lunch.
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  2. Yum, what an awesome sounding combination My hubby is always trying to play around with ingredients to add to tuna without adding a lot of fat.. this would be perfect. Love the pairing of cheddar! Actually I just love cheddar period 😉 Delish!
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  3. This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make it. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This looks absolutely delicious! I love tuna and we have been using less bread since we’re now gluten-free – perfect!
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  5. This looks incredibly good and I love the healthy factor in it. Thanks for a great recipe I can now try with my family.

  6. Those look so delicious. Pinning!
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  7. I was just thinking of making these for llunch today –never added the apples and tarrgon before sounds very yummy!!! =D TY for sharing.
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  8. This looks like a great recipe that is healthy, and totally creative!
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  9. That tomato is perfectly stuffed! I hope you submitted your photo to foodgawker! The recipe sounds great, too!
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  10. Yummy and healthy!

  11. I am not a tuna fan but I know my husband would love this!

  12. Great for a party! Great for those summer tomatoes
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  13. my hubby would really really love this recipe- for about 10 reasons!
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  14. I keep trying to love tuna, but so far no dice. The stuffed tomato picture is very pretty though.
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  15. This looks so good, it makes my mouth water! Looks so fresh and perfect for lunch! I’ll be making this soon!
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  16. Yummm.. this looks amazing, so light and fresh.. Love it.. we tried the Ocean Naturals, too and totally love them.. thanks for a great dinner idea…

  17. Those look amazing!! My husband just drooled on my keyboard, thanks!

  18. What a wonderful lunch idea or a light supper in the summer time. I love tuna salad, and never thought to add apples to it. I know my daughter would love this for her work lunch.
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  19. I love their promise to the environment. Lately, I’ve been feeling guilty about eating seafood, so it’s good to know that there are companies out there with a commitment to doing things right.
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  20. This is so tasty looking! I love this idea!
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  21. Oh this looks so good! I’ve never heard of tarragon, I’ll need to find that!

  22. What a neat idea. I never thought of stuffing tomatoes!
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  23. Loved the can of tuna you gave me… and you’re right , its not dog-foody at all. Its nice to find real tuna again.

  24. Rebecca Parsons says:

    My daughter would love these. She is a health freak, not sure where it comes from but she is a smart eater. Going to make these for her!

  25. YUM! Looks tasty and healthy! Thanks! #client
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  26. If only I lived closer… I sure would love to savor each and every bite of this recipe at your kitchen table! Looks amazing — thank you so much for your work on this campaign!! #client
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  27. Fantastic post – amazing pics and recipe!


  28. marissa lee says:

    i want to try this..i love how you shaped the cheese,it looks so pretty.

  29. This looks delicious! I am very fortunate to live on the Pacific Coast. We can get fresh tuna every fall. Delicious!!! I’m hoping to can some of my own this next year. Of course with a 3 year old, a 1.5 year old, and a 6 month old it might be a challenge. Haha!

  30. Looks so delicious! Thank you for the recipe

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