Tuna Boat Recipe

Tuna Boat Recipe

Posted on November 21, 2013

Looking for a recipe that tastes great and will impress your kids? Look no further. Tuna boats made out of bell peppers are a great for a day by the pool or a snack after a boat ride at the lake.

Make sure you that you dice the celery really fine. Pictured above is the Zak MeeMe Measuring Cups

This is an awesome treat for the kids. Make sure you that you dice the celery really fine. For add-ins I only used a small handful of raisins. I found that the cucumber sail was by far the toughest part of this recipe.

Tuna Boats are great on Zak Serving Trays

Using a specialty slicer might be in your best interest if you are as unskilled with a knife as I am. An alternative for the cucumber sail could be to use a pre-cut slice of cheese cut in half so that it’s a rectangle and skewer it the same way you would the cucumber.

Tuna Boat Recipe Instructions

Tuna Boat Recipe


  • 7 ounces Water-packed tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup Diced celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon Fat-free mayonnaise
  • 3 Bell peppers
  • 6-7 Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Cucumber (Hothouse or English)
  • Will Vary 6-Inch wooden skewers

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small bowl, flake the tuna with a fork.
  2. Add the celery, lemon juice and mayonnaise along with any add-ins you’d like to use, and stir the mixture well. (Cover and chill the salad if you’re making the recipe in advance.)
  3. Additional add-ins could include diced cucumbers, celery or carrots, raisins or dried cranberries, or chopped apples.
  4. To create the pepper boats, core the peppers, scooping out the seeds, then slice off only the very ends of the peppers, leaving most of the natural curve intact.
  5. Cut each pepper lengthwise to create 2-inch wide slices, and place these slices inside up on a platter. You should get about 6 to 7 “boats” out of each medium sized bell pepper.
  6. To create the cucumber sails: cut about an inch off one of the cucumber’s ends, then measure and cut two 3 1/2-inch sections of cucumber.
  7. Using a knife or mandolin slicer, cut 12 to 14 long, thin cucumber slices (about 1/8-inch thick). Push a skewer through the top and bottom of each slice to make sails.
  8. To assemble, fill each bell pepper boat with tuna salad. Push the blunt end of each sail into one end of each pepper slice, topping the other end with a halved cherry tomato.
  9. Serve immediately.

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