Cozy Cameo: An Even Greater Tuna Salad

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Tuna Salad Sandwich

I realize that this might sound kind of silly, but since I’m a bit of a silly person, I can’t help but wonder if the basic “mayo-only” tuna salad wants so much more for itself out of life. I can almost hear it saying in a frustrated tone, “This mayo is a nice start, but I have so much more to offer this world than just nice!” (It’s a very dramatic and passionate tuna salad, mind you). I imagine it having the desire to be an even greater tuna salad than it’s ever been, with crunch, freshness, zip and kick; a tuna salad worthy of being stuffed into the finest, crustiest seeded baguette; or scooped up by the most savory, “everything-on-‘em” crackers; or one that’s able to proudly stand up to the zestiest bed of peppery greens it’s spooned over. The “mayo-only” tuna salad senses its potential for greatness, and it’s had enough of being “nice” -it’s ready to get mixed up with some influential elements that’ll take it to the next level.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

OK, I’ll confess that I’ve never been a big fan of “mayo-only” tuna salad. Maybe it’s a consistency thing for me, but I need a little something to crunch into, to get some bite out of. I know how good tuna can be when combined with a few more things that make it a heartier, more textured salad that I can sink my teeth into; and then it’s oh-so good, and one of my favorite salads. For me, it’s all about layering when it comes to making really great tuna salad, and building flavors and creating crunch. The light, sweet-spice of red onion, the juicy crunchiness of celery and the “green” note of a fresh herb are a few key yummies that give tuna salad the hit of complexity it needs, and “Dang, Gina!” what a difference it makes.

So I raise my toasted baguette to “mayo-only” tuna salad for taking the step out to find its even greater self. Getting mixed up with other elements turned out to be the best thing it ever did, and I love it for having the chutzpah to do it. Thanks, tuna, for becoming the even greater, tastier tuna salad you were always meant to be. I just knew you had it in you.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.

Ingrid

Tuna Salad

Even Greater Tuna Salad with Diced Red Onion, Celery and Fresh Dill
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(Serves about 4)

Ingredients:

2 (5 ounce) cans no-salt-added solid white tuna in water, drained very well
¼ red onion, finely diced
3 ribs celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon real mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon salt, plus an extra pinch
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon yellow mustard
½ teaspoon lemon zest

Preparation:

-In a medium bowl, combine the well-drained tuna with the remainder of the ingredients, and mix well; keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

*Great served on toasted baguette or whole-grain bread, with crackers or over crisp greens.





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  • LittleMissChubby May 8, 2012, 1:55 am

    I love your blog! So much creativity with yummy food <3 I'm going to try out this recipe. It sounds simply delicious!

  • Lynda Rice May 8, 2012, 12:04 pm

    This is my all time favorite sandwich! The variety of crunch you put in this tuna recipe, make it a step above ordinary tuna salad for sure!

  • Andi May 8, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Other add-ins to consider: diced granny smith apples, dill pickles (Claussen!), craisins, banana peppers, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, hard boiled eggs….. My family has never been a mayo-only tuna salad family. Just try a couple of these at a time!

  • SP May 10, 2012, 12:36 am

    Love tuna salad. Never tried it with dill. I definitely need to try this recipe out.

    Also, you probably hear this a lot, but you take fantastic pictures. Your food looks amazing as is, but these photos really enhances it.

  • LP @dishclips May 11, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Tuna salad is one of my favorite sandwiches. This is very bistro worthy.

  • kari May 14, 2012, 7:04 pm

    My fave is tuna with mayo, green olives, and just a bit of juice from the olive jar. So, so good.

  • Kel May 28, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Looks divine!

  • Mel September 3, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Very delicious! For a little extra crunch and color, I added finely shredded carrots.

  • Pam February 25, 2013, 12:54 pm

    This looks like a great recipe. I was also tired of the usual tuna salad with mayo, and was told about tuna with mayo, onion, dill, and a red apple finely chopped. So good!!

    • The Cozy Apron February 25, 2013, 3:44 pm

      That’s interesting about the addition of the red apple, Pam – thank you for stopping by!

  • Em March 5, 2013, 5:33 pm

    I made this today…it’s basically heaven on a bun! Instead of using just plain mayo I used the mayo made with olive oil & cracked pepper, and skipped adding the fresh black pepper. I also squeezed a bit of fresh lemon juice into the mix! Very delicious!!

    • The Cozy Apron March 5, 2013, 7:02 pm

      Aww, thanks Em! Good substitutions/add-ins to make this your own version, too!

  • Pam Remington June 9, 2013, 5:27 pm

    Sounds fabulous, I also add dry roasted sunflower seeds as well as a little grated parmesan cheese…not to mention sweet gherkins chopped finely.

  • Bailey July 19, 2014, 10:32 am

    I found this recipe on Pinterest. I, personally, am not a tuna fan… BUT my husband raved about this. And I took a bite and loved the dill. We are dill fans in this house. Great recipe :-)

    • The Cozy Apron July 19, 2014, 6:48 pm

      Hi Bailey, thanks for sharing that with me! So tickled to read that even you, not the biggest tuna fan, enjoyed a bite! :-)

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