Tuna Salad

Like I mentioned in my Egg Salad post, my husband is working from home more and needs easy yet satisfying lunches to keep him fueled during the day.  Besides the egg salad, I have been making him tuna salad quite a bit.  This is definitely his version of tuna salad, as he prefers some crunchy vegetables in it (as well as more mayonnaise than I would like!).

(When I make tuna for myself, I actually normally don’t even use mayo.  Shocking, I know.  My secret is relish.  It moistens everything up and adds a sweetness to counter the salty tuna.  I love it just like that!)

The best part about tuna salad is how quick it is to make.  You can make enough to make 4 sandwiches in a matter of minutes.  I love to use it to make tuna melts, which was my favorite lunch in college (with extreme garlic fries!).  Just toast some bread, add the tuna, top it with a slice of cheese, and put it under the broiler to warm the tuna and melt the cheese.  Yum!

Tuna Salad

Start with the tuna…

  •  Open 2 cans of tuna.  (I prefer solid white tuna packed in water, not oil.)
  • Use a fork to break up the large chunks of fish.
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  • Finely dice 2 stalks of celery.
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  • Carefully dice 10 baby carrots (or 2 regular carrots).
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  • Add the celery and carrot to the tuna.
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  • Stir to combine.
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  • Add a couple of heaping tablespoons of sweet relish.
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  • Mix well.
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  • Add 1 large tablespoon of mayonnaise (or more if you prefer a wetter tuna).
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  • Stir until the mayo is fully incorporated.
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  • Season with pepper, to taste.  (No need for salt!)
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  • Stir one last time.
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Serve between two slices of your favorite bread.

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Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Katie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
  • 2 cans tuna, white chunk meat packed in water
  • 2 small stalks celery, finely diced
  • 10 baby carrots, finely diced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ground black pepper
  • 8 slices of bread (if making sandwiches)
  1. Combine the tuna, celery, carrots, relish, and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Season with pepper, to taste.
  4. Mix again.
  5. Serve on bread as a sandwich or by itself.


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