Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crunchy Tuna Salad with Egg



I'm in the mood for a tuna sandwich today.  When I looked back at old posts, I realized I haven't shared this recipe for Tuna Salad here.  (I have shared this on my other blog, but not here.)

When I was a kid, I hated Tuna Salad.  I really, really hated it.  It wasn't the tuna itself that I didn't like, it was the chunks of onions that my mom added to it!  I remember asking my mom to just take the tuna out of the can and put it on some bread for me.  She did that occasionally.  But most of the time I was stuck with picking out the chunks! 

Now, as an adult, I love to add not only onions, but also celery and carrots.  Mmmm!  I love all the crunchy veggies mixed with my tuna!  I also add hard boiled eggs to my tuna.  All those added items really makes a hearty sandwich and helps to stretch a can of tuna! 


I make it pretty much the same way each time except I don't measure.  Here's a rough idea of how I made it the last time (you can adjust the add-ins according to your tastes): 

Crunchy Tuna Salad

Ingredients:
  • 3 cans Albacore Tuna packed in water (drained)
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot, diced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Hellmann's Mayonnaise
  • pepper, to taste (optional)
Directions:  
  • Place the chopped eggs in a mixing bowl along with the tuna.  Mash with a fork to separate the tuna chunks a bit. 
  • Add vegetables, stir until well mixed. 
  • Stir in the mayo. 
  • Add pepper (optional)

Notes: 
  • Crisp-cooked bacon or the bacon sold in the salad dressing aisle is also a good addition to this salad. 
  • I like to serve this on toast, crackers, or in a wrap with some lettuce.  

I used to get tuna salad similar to this from a deli in Philly on my lunch break. I've never been able to duplicate it exactly, but that's okay, I like this one too! 

It's so much cheaper to make this tuna salad than it was to buy a single serving at the deli every day.  And it's a great way to use up some fresh vegetables.  I try to plan tuna salad whenever I buy celery for a recipe since we never seem to be able to use up the celery before it turns to mush in the veggie bin. 


This tuna salad makes a great meal on a hot summer day. 

Pair it with a garden salad or some fruit (with dip) for a complete and simple summer dinner! 









I'll be linking this recipe to the following blog hops and linky parties: 


hugs,

8 comments:

Ms Bibi said...

My oldest boy recently discovered love for tuna salad and the joy of making it himself. I will share with him this recipe.

Hope you can come by Foodie Wednesday and share it as well.
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Aimee said...

I love tuna, thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm your newest follower....from Turning the table Thursday. Stop on over at my place if you get a chance!
Aimee at www.shugarysweets.com

Miss April said...

Never tried it with carrots before, thanks for sharing. I'll have to try this and you're right - it does make a can of tuna go a long way at a low cost!

**** April **** said...

OK, I love all that PLUS I love adding APPLES to my tuna salad! I love the little crunch of sweetness when I bite into some. Noone else in my house shares my affinity for apples in tuna so generally they're added at the end once everyone ELSE has been served!

:) OH... and just for the record, if your kiddo is two, you're exempt from laughing at their expense...it's when they're 7/8 and should KNOW BETTER!! :)

Colie's Kitchen said...

That sounds really good especially with the toast

CentsLessDeals said...

This looks tasty! I found you from the blog hop and I'm following you via GFC. I would love it if you would follow me back!

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~JB

Miz Helen said...

Hi Alison,
Love, Love, your Tuna Salad. I really like the combination of veggies in the salad. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!
Miz Helen

Heather said...

yum! i am going to have to try this recipe out - thanks for sharing!

thanks for dropping by, too!

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