Make the most of tinned tuna

Get the most out of this storecupboard staple with these fresh ideas for tinned tuna chunks in spring water. Not just for mixing with mayo in a sarnie, tuna is a really versatile ingredient that can be brought to life with fresh herbs, zingy chilli or vibrant veg. A great way to incorporate fish into your family's weekly meals without breaking the bank.

  1. Summer snack: Tuna and herb dip

    Whipped together with soft cheese, lemon, spring onions and chives, a tin of tuna is transformed into a creamy homemade dip that's perfect for sharing. Serve with crunchy radishes, veg sticks or toasted pittas alongside. You could even pack it up as part of a picnic spread.   

  2. Lunchbox: Tuna and tomato toasts

    Something a little different to a tuna sandwich, try topping charred ciabatta (or your favourite toasted bread) with a zingy Mediterranean-style topping of tuna, red onion, tomatoes, chilli and lemon. You can make the tuna mix ahead for an easy lunch in minutes - top rice cakes or crispbreads, salads, or toss with some cold cooked pasta for a change.

  3. Family dinner: Baked sweet potatoes with tuna salsa

    Add some colour to the family dinner table with these Mexican-inspired jacket potatoes. Soft, fluffy sweet potatoes are the perfect base for the salsa topping of tuna, coriander, lime and mixed beans, with a good dollop of creamy mashed avocado on top. Finish with some sliced red chilli for a bit of Mexican heat, if you like. 

  4. More ideas...

    These three ideas are just a taster of what you can rustle up with a tin of tuna, but there are plenty more options for you and your family to try. You could add it to a comforting cheesy pasta bake, pile it into crunchy taco shells, pack it into stuffed courgettes or make your own budget version of a classic tuna niçoise salad with soft-boiled eggs, potatoes and olives. 

    So what's stopping you? Grab a tin and get cooking!