Aug 21, 2011

Pomodori al Tonno recipe

I'm a hard worker, but not in summer. In summer I'm lazy.

Even in the kitchen.

Plus it's hot, and working by the stove–or even worse, the oven–in this weather, is torture.

Like today, for example. I wasn't feeling too good, I had no appetite (a bad sign for me), and I didn't have the desire to even swim once. What I did do was take a nice walk in the property's orto (vegetable garden) with a large basket, and returned home with inspiration.

And lunch.
Villa Rucellai in Tuscany

The good thing about spending time in the country is that you don't have to bother going grocery shopping. The produce is all home-grown, and every family has a ridiculously well-stocked pantry. Olive oil, wine, jams and preserves, canned vegetables, honey, bottled sauces, eggs, sausages, herbs, bread... everything is sourced or made right here, on the premises.

When I rinsed the field dust off these tomatoes, they were still warm from the sun.

I whipped this dish up in 10 minutes, and it managed to restore a smile on my face.

And a grumble to my tummy.
pomodori al tonno recipe

6 small Vesuvio tomatoes, halved
200 g (1 cup) oil-packed tuna, drained and flaked
2 ribs of baby white celery, diced
3-4 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
Pinch of salt

Scoop out the pulp from the tomatoes, removing seeds and watery parts, and set aside.

Chop the tomato pulp, toss in a mixing bowl with remaining ingredients, and stir to mix well.

Divide the mixture and scoop it into the halved tomatoes. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Uncork the chilled Sauvignon and put your feet up, it's summer and you deserve a break after all this hard work.

Buon appetito.


  1. This recipe looks and sounds amazing. I have to try it very soon...please stop by and visit me on my blog too!


  2. Deeeeelicious!!
    Got any spare?
    I always feel hungry when I visit.
    Hugs ~ Eddie

  3. this adds just the right touch to the summer tomatoes...

  4. One of my favourite summer lunches, sorry to hear you were feeling a little low yesterday. Maybe the heat it was already 33C in the shade here just before 10am.

  5. Hi Lola, i can almost feel the sun as I look at your photo of this dish...yum!
    I lie your "put your feet up" line!

  6. Tuna salad in a tomato...a perfect gluten and lactose free meal! Yeah!

  7. Beautiful photo of what looks like a delicious lunch. I love tuna packed tomatoes. You've inspired me to make these for my own lunch or even dinner today. It's hot and humid so this is a perfect idea.

  8. Yummy! Just the kind of thing I love to make (and eat) in the summer. Quick, easy and delicious—not to mention healthy—what more can you ask for?

  9. Fabiana~
    I apologize, I've been swamped with work, but I promise to bloghop and visit soon! :)


    Hey, buddy! Long time no see–how are you? Hugs and kisses to you.

    I do too, and they were so nice this year. Not a big yield, but so tasty!

    I might have to make these again this week... Rome is soooo hot. How are you in your area?

    We deserve to relax!

    Except for the mayo... you can substitute it with yogurt! ;)

    I'm happy you like my pomodori!

    I know, these are a real godsend!

  10. Totally making this today for my Sunday afternoon snack! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Christine (

  11. Christy~
    Great! i'm glad you'll be making these!! Ciao

  12. Tomatoes all time favorite and this recipe been added in my list of tomato recipes..Good work thanks for sharing....ciao...:)

  13. Tuscany Villas~
    Thanks for your kind comment. I'm so sad tomato season is coming to an end :( must make some of these before they all disappear from the market.
    Ciao and thanks for stopping by.