As of Saturday, November 1st it is officially (yet unofficially) National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. While this holidays origins are unclear, one thing is certain, it’s time for a peanut butter feast. Coincidentally, as of November 1st, it is also the Peanut Butter Boy’s 1 year anniversary! After one full year, I’m still going strong and my love for peanut butter has not diminished one bit. To celebrate, I’m sending out a call for your favorite peanut butter recipes. I want everyone to post and send me their favorite peanut butter recipe by November 30th (even if it’s an old recipe you’ve posted). At the end of the month, I’ll round up the entries and construct a (hopefully) large list of recipes! See the submission form beneath the following recipe.

To start this joyous month off, here’s a unique recipe for your lip-licking pleasure. I devised this recipe after a friend divulged that his dad puts peanut butter in egg salad sandwiches. I asked him if he thought it would work well with tuna or chicken – he said no, but that didn’t stop me. I use sour cream instead of mayonnaise because I can’t stand mayo and add beans for some nice texture and nutrition. I’ve been making this for several weeks and it’s wonderful with tuna and chicken, egg (according to my friend) and I imagine tofu would be great too. Choose your favorite and fill in the blank or choose nothing and double the beans. I give you the peanut butter “blank” salad:


6oz can (~3/4 cup) tuna, chicken, chopped hard-boiled eggs, tofu or omit
3/4 cup boiled or canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained (double if you omit the above)
1/2 cup nonfat sour cream, as needed
2T creamy peanut butter
2-3T honey mustard (optional)
1/2t cumin
1/2t chili powder
1/2t paprika
1/8t cayenne or chipotle chile pepper
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Mix all ingredients together and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Makes about 3 servings.

2. Spread between two slices of bread with a slice of cheese for a great sandwich, or forgo the second slice of bread and toast in a toaster oven for a peanut butter “blank” salad melt. Alternatively for a nice meal and presentation, serve on a bed of lettuce with celery and carrot sticks for dipping.

Filed in Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Course, Peanut Butter, Vegetarian

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  1. Heather says:

    hmmm… i’m scared… and intrigued! i will DEFINITELY put together a PB recipe! I have a husband (also a Nick! coincidence?) who loves, loves, loves PB. I’ve done a few, like PB banana cupcakes with chocolate ganache… but I’ll see if I can come up with something new :)

  2. Krista says:

    You are a brave soul! I won’t knock it till I try it, though! I bet the PB gives the recipe a nice smooth consistency! :)

  3. Dee says:

    How unusual. This reminds me of gado-gado. It’s an Indonesian salad with a peanut sauce. I’m not terribly clever with PB and savouries, so must really put my thinking cap on.

    Thank you for the pep talk :)

  4. Megan says:

    I would never have thought of this, but I am definitely willing to try it!

  5. Marianne says:

    I think that sounds like a good idea…I mean, think about it, you would dip chicken or tofu in a peanut sauce, right? Why not make it into a sandwich? I’m not 100% sure how it might go with tuna, but I would be all for chicken or tofu. I will definitely have to give it a try!

  6. Jessie says:

    i’m very interested in this recipe! I never thought I’d see chicken or tuna teamed up with peanut butter.

  7. ttfn300 says:

    haha, i should’ve known this was coming ;-)

  8. lk says:

    Wow! Wow! SO SO DELICIOUS peanut butter spread! I am drooling…..:P

  9. Katrina says:

    Other nuts sometimes go in these salads, I guess why not peanut(s) butter! Hmmm, guess it would have to be tried before knocked!

  10. Gera says:

    Hi Nick!

    Wow so delectable! In my country it isn’t usual peanut butter recipes but anyway, I love peanut butter so I’ll follow this post to explore them further :)

  11. Reeni says:

    I kind of had my doubts when I first saw what you were up to but after thinking on it for a moment I think your onto something. I trust your taste and I know you wouldn’t steer us wrong. I’m going to give it a try with chicken. If all goes well I’ll move on to the egg and tuna.

  12. Kristie says:

    Now this is probably the strangest peanut butter combo I’ve seen yet. Certainly not knocking it though. I’d honestly probably be willing to give it a try. I’m actually pretty tempted. Tuna good, pb good… why not, right?

  13. Nick says:

    Heather, Those Nick’s and their peanut butter, it must come with the name. Can’t wait to see your pb recipe!

    Krista, Super smooth and just a touch “nutty”, it’s wonderful!

    Dee, Peanut sauce is always delicious. So submit a sweet peanut butter recipe and feel better!

    Marianne, It really does make sense, and I’ve been doing it with tuna and it works just as good as the chicken, I can’t taste much of a difference.

    Jessie, Well chicken and peanut sauce is pretty common in some cuisines but peanut butter is not usually paired with fish, especially tuna.

    Reeni, I suggest chicken first, but if you’re using canned chicken the taste is almost identical to canned tuna, especially when mixed with sour cream, spices, salt and seasonings. Post your results!

    Kristie, I love being strange! If you want to dive head first, start with the tuna, I bet you’ll be impressed =).

  14. Sagan says:

    Congratulations on having the site up for a year:)

    Am SO excited that it is national peanut butter month. I will look around to see if I can find some good recipes for sharing.

    Also I like the idea for this recipe- so many ways to play around with it!

    Thanks! Send me your favorite! Yea, I thought this recipe was neat because it works in so many ways that, really, who wouldn’t enjoy it?! – Nick

  15. Catherine says:

    You won Barney Butter from Kath!!! Congrats!!

  16. Chef E says:

    Hmmmmmm, I really have not had PB or PBJ since my kids were little; than that was enough for me, but you have intrigued me with these flavors together, savory tuna and sour cream mixed with PB…

    Do me a favor and give it a try! It’s a mild and subtle peanut butter flavor so maybe it’s a good way of getting you back on board! Haha, I do prefer creamy to crunchy =) – Nick

  17. Chef E says:

    Hey, I forgot to say ‘Your one Smooth’ operator!

  18. Psychgrad says:

    What if I’ve already posted my favourite PB recipe in the past? Should I submit it? I’m kind of a rule-follower.

    No matter! I’d only be mad if you didn’t submit anything. – Nick

  19. Andrea says:

    Now this is an interesting idea, and one I’ve never seen. I recently converted my European fiance to a peanut butter lover, so now he and the dog can both enjoy your ultimate dog treats! I think I’ll try this one out on him next!

    Excellent! Glad to see we’re converting the world! – Nick

  20. Happy 1st year, Nick! This is a very interesting recipe … I’m a little scared of it actually. I would never have imagined this combination together. Hmm … maybe on one of my spunky days! :)

    Thanks, but don’t be scared of it, think of it as a challenge. I suggest putting it together in the morning and making a sandwich for lunch – since it’s the morning you won’t want to taste it and come lunch time it will be a complete surprise! Worst case, you go out for lunch ~ Nick

  21. Chef E says:

    I will admit only that there is a jar in the pantry, but it is eaten by the heman that lives under this roof!

    Take it when he’s not looking and make something delicious! ~ Nick

  22. Sharon says:

    Very creative, I must say!

  23. HoneyB says:

    I will be seriously considering this because I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!

    Well put. – Nick

  24. Kang says:

    No!! peanut butter salad?! lol, I need to try this:D

  25. Gloria says:

    Not too sure about the tuna and peanut butter combo, but I like the idea of your recipe round-up. Instead of putting peanut butter in the recipe, can we used ground peanuts? Would that count? I just made a chili recipe with peanuts.
    BTW, I used to put a glob of peanut butter in my coffee, so does that make me a peanut butter lover? LOL

    Sure, ground peanuts are close enough and I’d love to see that chili recipe. I must know more about pb in the coffee, I’ve been meaning to try something similar for a few days now but I keep forgetting. Is it just that simple, pb in coffee? sugar? milk? have you tried it in tea? ~ Nick

  26. HangryPants says:

    I’m with Heather no. 1 – scared and intrigued. I don’t like tuna, but I bet it would be good with tofu!

    – Heather

    Yes, I can see the revulsion to tuna, most people dislike canned tuna to begin with, but chicken, tofu and beans are wonderful too. ~ Nick

  27. Sorry, commented in the wrong spot! I agree with hangrypants above. Your recipe scares me a little, but I must try it.

  28. No judging on your um, interesting recipe from me :) That’s because I love to scarf down chunky peanut butter & bacon sandwiches (which is pretty odd to many!).

    Ooooh, another recipe roundup! Yippee, yippee!

    Interesting, I just received an email from another reader who spoke of her favorite sandwich: peanut butter and bacon. I’m including this in the roundup for the month but you still need to enter another one =) ~ Nick

  29. naomi devlin says:

    Ha ha, I love that this is called ‘salad’ – in England, salad has to contain at least one vegetable, even if it’s only boring old iceberg lettuce.

    I think this sounds like a great filling though – even in the absence of greenery. It makes me think of a satay sauce or a pale mole. I think I’d eat mine in a long crisp piece of sweet romaine lettuce.

    x x x

    Haha Naomi, I think you’re taking “salad” incorrectly in this context. I meant it like potato salad or tuna or egg salad, the kind made with simply with mayonnaise, salt and pepper. And with tuna or egg, you usually make a sandwich out of it. You must make those over there although I admit that the term “salad” is a pretty poor way to describe it =). But yes, it’s very good placed on a bed of big leafy lettuce. ~ Nick

  30. Cate says:

    Congrats on one year! I’ve been following your blog (got hooked from KathEats).

    PB Tuna Salad…Memories of when I first met my hubby over 8 yrs ago. He was a trainer and was getting ready for a bodybuilding competition. His diet: 3 heaping tbsp of PB with a can of tuna! Whenever he opened the lid of his tupperware, the smell would be so strong that it would clear the room! He probably ate this 3 times a day (2 times/day after the competition). So of course I had to try it myself. The first time was not that pleasant – dry and fishy. I finished it and didn’t really think it was that good. Would you believe this: I craved it the next day! I must say yummy. The dry part works to my advantage too because it forces you to drink more water (gotta get those 6-10 glasses of water a day in).

    Oh, and get this…back then I was at the end of my natural pb and decided to experiment with it. I tried making a pb omelet (egg whites and tried to put pb inside and fold the other half of the egg on top). Mine failed probably because the pb was dry (I didn’t mix the pb well when I first opened the jar) and I’ve never tried again.

    I saw 2 yummy recipes for PB on this blog: and her blog is pretty good.

    I used to follow many bodybuilding forums, and tuna/peanut butter was a fairly common combo but it did gross me out for a while. This salad is a lot less dry and incredibly tasty and it is addicting! Speaking of that omelet, you should try my Peanut Butter & Banana Omelet, make sure you mix up the pb well! I’m going to check that blog out now too, thanks! Also, if you’ve got a good peanut butter recipe, make sure to fill that form out above and submit it for the National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month roundup! Thanks for stopping by! ~ Nick

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