Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fully Loaded Tuna Salad

My husband makes his Tuna Salad with just a dollop of mayonnaise, some salt and pepper.  Although that is fine, I like mine a little more interesting with lots of other flavors going on.  So this is my version of a Tuna Salad with the "works".   I actually used this recipe to make Tuna Melts for my kids recently.  I loved it so much that I ate it in a sandwich and I thought it would make a great spread for crackers or even a as a wonderful topping to a green salad.  My house is always stocked with canned tuna for a quick meal.  Although this technically is a quick meal, it doesn't taste like one.

Tuna Fish Spread:
3 cans of drained light tuna fish
1/3 cup light mayonnaise (or to taste)
1 Tbs dijon mustard
2-3 Tbs finely diced celery
2-3 Tbs finely diced green bell pepper
2-3 Tbs finely diced red onion
2-3 Tbs finely diced green onion (green part only)
1 Tbs of drained capers
1 Tbs of pickle relish (optional)
1 serrano or jalapeno pepper partially seeded
black pepper ( to taste)
salt (if needed).  I did not use any since the tuna and the capers provided salt.
paprika -optional garnish

Finely chop (either by hand or in food processor) the onion, celery, bell pepper, capers, green onions and green chili.  Mix with the drained tuna fish, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and black pepper.  Taste for flavor.  Eat with bread, crackers or in a green salad. Enjoy.

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  1. fully loaded is correct! It totally does sound like a meal to me and surely a very tasty one. :)

  2. I will take the whole bowl please. I will let you keep the bread because i am nice. ;)
    Seriously though, I love to spread tuna salad on a cucumber. Call me crazy, but it is my favorite!

  3. YES PLEASE! How I love tuna! So delicious!

  4. Dear Ramona, I simply love tune in all ways. Your salad sounds delicious. I'm doing a 'give away' of a souvenir at my blog. I'll be delighted if you'd participate. Cheers, Paula

  5. Thats one yummy tuna salad...even I prepare almost the same way , except I havent tried adding capers or jalapeneos and my hus hates Bell peppers (*gasp*). But nevertheless he is one tuna sandhwich crazy guy, n thats the only option he will eat at subway or jimmy johns etc.
    I try to spice it up when making at home just like u!! Great recipe!


  6. You made me smile. I think my husband would cook similar way, and I was going to say mine has lots of veggies. Then look at your recipe and lots of veggies just like how I would put! We think alike. ;-) Looks delicious. Oh yeah great idea for dip or eat with crackers. That is actually a nice snack idea!

  7. Wow, love all the flavor and texture you've added into this! Simple is often good, but you've demonstrated that sometimes MORE is better!

  8. Ramona, you've put me in the mood for tuna salad! I love how you've made it...I will whip some up this weekend :) Thanks for the inspiration~

  9. When the works include jalapeño, count me in! I totally want to make this for my nana, who LOVES seafood! :D

  10. I love the kick of spice in this tuna! I wish I had some right now! Delish!

  11. This salad looks utterly beautiful my friend, so many fabulous Ingredients :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. I'm not fond of fish or seafood but will have tuna once in a while. When I do eat it, I like it the way you've prepared it. The more add-ins the better.

  13. I'm a sucker for a good tuna salad sandwich. Love this :-)

  14. Yummy - I would put that on my Jiffy Bun. I sometimes mix mayo and sour cream.

  15. I do love tuna fish salad and just recently, someone's post (can't remember who) reminded me of the tuna melt. So I've been making tuna salad tuna melts lately. Your salad is very close to mine which means I love it! I don't use capers however, and definitely use the pickle relish. Love that kick of jalapeno that you add as weel. I'm going to have to try capers and jalapeno next time. A great salad!!

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