Tuna’s a good go-to option when I get tired of my boring (yet-almost-always-satisfying) cheese sandwich, but now that I’m packing my lunches more often, I figured it’d be fun to switch it up a bit; thus, the ATA — Apple, Tuna, Arugula. I found a gigantic container of arugula for cheap at my local farmer’s market, and thought the peppery taste might be a nice substitute for bland iceberg lettuce. The apple added a fantastic change of texture, as well as a sweet spot in an otherwise savory sandwich.

Makes two sandwiches
♦4 slices of bread (I used white)
1 can of tuna
3 tbs. mayonnaise
1 Golden Delicious apple, sliced
1 tsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
Spicy mustard (optional)

Toast bread. Combine drained tuna with mayonnaise, olive oil, salt and pepper. Slather a bit of spicy mustard on one side (if desired), scoop tuna mixture onto bread, layer apple slices on top and add a handful of arugula. Easy peasy.

Total time? 5 minutes prep, 3 minutes to toast and assemble.
Cost? $1 tuna, $1 arugula, 50¢ apple.
Overall success relative to expectations? 8 out 10. I was a big fan of this sandwich. Cheap, easy and a winning combination of sweet and savory. I think the only thing that would make this better is to serve it as a tuna melt — add some Swiss cheese and toast it in its entirety.


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