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Mimosa Layered Salad

Mimosa Layered Salad

Doesn’t this salad look like a work of abstract art?

The name Mimosa (wattle) comes from the colour and texture of this salad. Bright orange carrots and egg whites with mayonnaise are topped with small yellow grains of egg yolk, which look exactly like fluffy mimosa flowers. Yes, yes, I know mayo would put off many of you. But, there are solutions. Use light mayonnaise that is low in fat, or make your own! I haven’t tried preparing my own mayonnaise yet, but I’ve seen the process of making it and that didn’t look like anything too complicated!

We also like our Mimosa salad with canned saury fish instead of tuna. It’s not as fancy as tuna, but it has a richer, smoky flavour and it’s more salty.

Oh and I am already thinking of a menu for my birthday, which is at the end of the month (I wonder how many Aquarians are reading me by the way?!). I’ve found these Italian White Wine cookies which I might try – they look very simple and light and airy. I don’t feel like baking any great pies or cakes (like we did for New Year’s), rather something petite and feminine. But I really don’t know what… I mean I can’t choose. I have so many bookmarks of fantastic recipes I’ve found online, that I guess I’ll have to close my eyes and click on two or three random recipes!

Speaking about bookmarking recipes, how do you manage your online culinary archives/discoveries? Do you use your RSS reader, or your browser bookmarking system, or an external social bookmarking service? I’m curious as it’s been only half a year and I’m already desperate to keep my favourites in order…

Mimosa Salad with Tuna fish and carrots



2 onions
4 carrots
4 hard-boiled eggs
250g canned tuna fish
200g Provencal mayonnaise
Vegetable oil

Serves 6


Boil unpeeled carrots in plain water until ready.

Slice the onions in half-rings and fry them with vegetable oil and salt until golden-brown. Set to cool when ready.

When the carrots are ready, remove the skins and grate them coarsely. Set to cool.

Grated boiled carrots

Grate egg whites on a medium grater. Crumble the yolks.

Put fried onions on bottom of your salad bowl. Spread about a tablespoon mayonnaise over them.

Fried onions

Using a fork, divide the tuna fish into bite size pieces (or smaller) and put them onto onions and mayonnaise.
Cover the fish with a thin layer of mayonnaise.

Tuna fish

The next layer is the boiled carrots, which you also cover with some mayo.

Making Mimosa salad

Next, make a layer of boiled egg whites. Personally I don’t like egg whites so if I make this salad for myself, I keep this layer as thin as possible and use only 2 egg whites or so (yes I throw away the rest, leaving only the yolks!). Spread some mayonnaise over the egg whites and top the salad with crumbled egg yolks.

Mimosa layered salad

Leave the Mimosa salad in the fridge for an hour or two before serving.

Mimosa salas with tuna fish and carrots

Mimosa salad: tuna, carrots, and eggs

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  2. So pretty. I would have NEVER guessed the ingredients from the photo. I was imagining fruit with whipped cream and a crumble topping. Happy (early) birthday. Robin

  3. Cookie says:

    What an interesting mix of flavors and beautiful colors! When I think of Mimosa, I think Champagne and Orange Juice but this sounds just as good! My friend just recently made his own mayo for the first time and was really impressed with the flavor. It’s DEFINITELY way better than the kind from a jar!

  4. Alina says:

    Robin, hehe:) I missed lunch today and I’d LOVE some fruits with whipped cream!!
    Sook, thank you! ^_^
    Cookie, agree with you! I should make my own mayo next time a make a salad!

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  6. Osita says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I saw this recipe in the morning and it looked beautiful! Also all the ingredients I already in the pantry! The flavours are incredible and it makes a lovely summer dinner!

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  7. Alina says:

    Osita, I’m happy you liked the recipe! ^_^

  8. Lola says:

    This is one of my all-time favourite recipes! I love the mix of all of the different flavours and the colours! I particularly love it in winter when I don’t want to eat something heavy - it feels fresh but not empty like a salad and the tuna and egg really fill me up!

    Thank you so much for your amazing recipes, I can’t wait to cook some more!

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Lola!! I’m curious to know where and when you first learned about this recipe?!

      • Lola says:

        Hi Alina, I’m sorry but I can’t remember from where I saw a link to your site! I think it was from another food site :S! I remember seeing the recipe when it first came up last year!

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