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2004/09/06 18:16:38 (permalink)

Best Tuna Salad Recipe

Whats the best tuna salad recipe you have tried? Iv been expierementing and havnt been able to make anything great so anything would help.
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 19:04:00 (permalink)
    I cant say mine is the best, but it's my favorite... Just some tuna, finely diced pickle, finely diced onion, mayo, salt, pepper and maybe a little fresh dill...
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 19:20:17 (permalink)
    Try using fresh tuna instead of canned, grilled lightly and diced
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 19:31:33 (permalink)
    Have you ever tried Kraft Tuna Salad Maker? Not bad at all, I add a bit more onion & pickles and use the tuna in the package that isn't full of water or oil

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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 20:31:19 (permalink)
    A salad Nicesois (sp) (sorry folks). Olive oil packed tuna over little red skinned potatos, baby green beans, olives, good tomatos, boiled eggs and some salad greens. Mix the oil in the can with some good vinegar (white wine with tarragon is a fav) and pour over. With crusty bread it is the best!
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 21:02:37 (permalink)
    I'm as basic with my tuna salad as I am with my egg salad....

    tuna, lite mayo, chopped sweet pickles.

    Although I seem to remember going to tea one day and getting tuna salad with raisins and celery.. that was pretty good too.

    My favorite bread for tuna and mayonnaise (no pickles) is.......

    toasted blueberry bagels... yes, I'm wierd..sue me.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 21:26:19 (permalink)
    I think tuna in oil has a much better flavor, and so I then add finely chopped celery for crunch, lots of sweet pickle relish including some of the juice for tang, hard boiled eggs, salt, pepper, and either a load of Miracle Whip or mayo to moisten and make it as creamy or dry as you would prefer. The Miracle Whip gives it a slightly sweeter taste. The hard boiled eggs kind of cut the sharpness of the pickle relish. And chill well and give time for all the flavors to meld. It's all good.

    On lightly toasted white bread, mmm mmm mmmm.

    I have very plebeian tastes.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 21:55:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    I think tuna in oil has a much better flavor, and so I then add finely chopped celery for crunch, lots of sweet pickle relish including some of the juice for tang, hard boiled eggs, salt, pepper, and either a load of Miracle Whip or mayo to moisten and make it as creamy or dry as you would prefer. The Miracle Whip gives it a slightly sweeter taste. The hard boiled eggs kind of cut the sharpness of the pickle relish. And chill well and give time for all the flavors to meld. It's all good.

    On lightly toasted white bread, mmm mmm mmmm.

    I have very plebeian tastes.


    I agree with the tuna in oil... Hard boiled eggs... Now there's a stroke of genious!
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/06 23:34:01 (permalink)
    Tuna in water (got to watch that cholesterol) with some diced celery and onions, a little salt and pepper, some more pepper, some mayo or Miracle Whip (whatever is in the fridge), served on a good onion roll or rye bread.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 01:09:25 (permalink)
    Like UncleVic says, fresh dill. Maybe some Worcestershire.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 07:40:44 (permalink)
    Albacore, Hellmann's, celery, maybe onion, salt nd pepper.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 08:25:27 (permalink)
    When I was growing up, I couldn't get enough of what my aunt used to call Italian Tuna Salad - drained and flaked tuna, finely diced tomato and onion, some sliced black olives, a sprinkle of oregano, salt and pepper and a splash of wine vinegar and olive oil. I make it the same but use basil (chopped fresh if I have it) instead of the oregano and sometimes substitute basalmic vinegar for the wine vinegar.

    I hardly ever make the kind with mayonnaise but when I do, I always add a generous sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning. Somehow, it just seems right.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 11:26:21 (permalink)
    For my tuna salad, I drain a large can of water-packed chunk tuna and add two chopped hardboiled eggs, chopped onions, lemon juice and a mixture of chopped Bread & Butter pickles and Sweet & Hot pickles. Season with garlic salt, black pepper, mace (the spice!) and Tabasco. Add Miracle-Whip (about 1/2 cup) to moisten.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 11:51:47 (permalink)
    This is the recipe from The Hoagie Experience in the Philadelphia area. It is reprinted from the "A Taste of America" column that Jane & Michael used to write for Universal Press Syndicate at least 10 years ago and probably more. I don't know whether this restaurant is still in business, but it did make a great tasting tuna hoagie.

    1 - 7 oz can albacore tuna, drained and flaked
    2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickle
    1/3 cup minced celery
    1 tsp minced onion
    1 tsp prepared dijon mustard
    1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise (to taste)
    1/2 tsp lemon juice

    Blend well but do not pulverize.

    Now for another great tasting tuna which I would consider to be pulverized, or whipped, head to Dino's Hoagies in Margate, NJ. You will not be disappointed.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 12:11:16 (permalink)
    A number of years ago, a chain of healthfood restaurants in Southern California (Good Earth) made a tuna salad that contained toasted slivered almonds, and was it ever WONDERFUL! I'd never have thought of putting almonds into it, myself, but I've missed that tuna salad since the chain closed down.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 12:15:48 (permalink)
    My Mother used to make an interesting tuna sandwich when I was a kid. Canned tuna, Hellmann's mayo, celery and black olives sliced in half. Put it between two slices of her homemade bread, dunk in beaten egg and fry on both sides. Yummy!
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 12:43:11 (permalink)
    We had King's Food hosts in the Midwest that did those, Ileechef. Tuna Frenchees and Cheese Frenchees. Deep fried sandwiches.
    What could be better? You ordered on a phone in the booth.
    My mother always added green olives with pimentos, sometimes black also.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/07 12:48:04 (permalink)
    The Good Earth restaurant chain (they had one at Marina del Rey in an old Van de Kamp's) was one of the WORST places one could ever eat! They could (and did) ruin an omlete!
    You want health food? Go to Fatburger and get a Double King with extra bacon and cheese.........
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/08 08:26:24 (permalink)
    I like the water packed tuna-finely chopped celery, onion and bell pepper, chopped boiled egg, salt , lots of pepper, mayo and lemon juice. I like to eat mine with crackers and for some reason , for years, I always like to eat pineapple along side my tuna salad. I also add chopped dill pickles. Forgot that in my original post.
    A lady that I used to work with added chopped apples and chex cereals to hers. It was unusual.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/08 19:48:47 (permalink)
    Albacore in water, Hellmann's, French's yellow mustard, celery, relish, a scallion, horseradish, black pepper. On rye toast with lettuce. A few Fritos on the side.

    Heaven.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/08 20:17:44 (permalink)
    Rye does go best with tuna, this is turning into a sandwich topic" />!!!!!!!!!
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2004/09/08 22:18:50 (permalink)
    Hey, this is from the sandwich forum too, but more tuna salad inspiration may be found in this thread on tuna melts:

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1072
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/09/29 13:59:52 (permalink)
    Here goes............

    The best recipe is:

    Use only canned tuna. If it isn't canned, it is something else.

    Ingredients:
    One large can of Bumble Bee Alcabore packed in water
    Hellmann's mayo - 1/8 cup or to taste (not too much!)
    Bermuda (red) onion - 1/4 or less to taste finely chopped
    Celery - one closed hand full finely chopped
    Celery seed (optional) 1/4 teaspoons - ground in a mortar
    Chives (optional) - 1 tablespoon
    Lemon juice - 1/2 teaspoon
    Salt (light) to taste
    White pepper (very light)

    Directions:
    Strain the Tuna well of all water, add lemon juice and ground in a blender or food processor to the desired texture. (Remember the finer the texture the more mayonaise is absorbed.) Do not exceed the mayo required or else it is too wet.

    In a mixing bowl, fold in the mayo a little at a time.
    Very finely chop the vegetables and mix in.
    Add salt and pepper to taste only after sampling the batch.

    Serve on seven grain bread or toasted wheat with bread and butter pickels (on the side!).

    Enjoy!
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/09/29 15:02:01 (permalink)
    These variations sound great and, being a long-time tuna sandwich lover, I'd probably go for any or all of them. The one thing I didn't see mentioned is topping the tuna spread (I do like mine "pulverized") with a handful of crushed potato chips. I prefer the plain old-fashioned style, but I guess you could use sour cream, bbq, etc. The taste and texture adds a certain something. pb
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/10/01 11:04:22 (permalink)
    other than chopped onion and sweet relish, Ivebeen experimenting with the new flavored mayo's, wasabi(sp) tuna salad is different and tasty
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/10/01 11:30:32 (permalink)
    Pulverized???? For tuna patties (to be fried), maybe. For sandwiches; nada...
    I like lots of diced onion, lots of DILL pickle relish (diced B&B pickles sometimes added), no friggin' eggs, some freshly ground pepper, perhaps a bit of fresh celery leaves, and a bit DUKE's mayo to moisten slightly. I also @ times add a can or two of smoked Herring to the mix of Alcabore. Of course, don't forget the Duke's FAMOUS SAUCE. After same has marinated overnight, I slice up some fresh 'maters and toast some good bread (not white bread). Make sandwich, etc., top with a slice of Swiss or Jarlsburg cheese & zap in micro just until cheese begins to melt. Delish.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/10/05 13:37:55 (permalink)
    The ultimate tuna for me is real simple.
    David Rosengarten turned me on to one technique.
    You have to spend at least five minutes with a fork
    mashing the tuna. That way you get all(most) of the tuna
    seperated, so what you use for seasoning coats every strand.
    I use one can of white and one can of light, packed in oil.
    Mash it finely. Add a good amount to taste of Hellmans,a teasopoonn of dijon,celery salt
    or seed and pepper. Thats it and I love it.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/10/05 13:50:57 (permalink)
    Y'all missed the most important ingredient!
    Regardless what makes up the tuna salad, before putting on the top piece of bread, one must add a careful, single layer of:
    Fritos! (original, narrow style, only)
    This is especially important when there is no celery in the salad to give it crunch.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/10/05 16:46:33 (permalink)
    Tuna in either oil or water will do, diced sweet pickles and a little of the juice, mayo/hellman's or MW works (whatever's in the fridge), Tablespoon or two of fresh salsa, dash or two of Tabasco Chipotle and season w/ salt, black pepper and of course sprinkle it with Old Bay to suit your taste. Spread on toasted Beefsteak rye with a fresh Beefsteak tomato cut and placed on the sandwich.

    I also do the Italian style with Tuna in olive oil, freshly diced homegrown plum tomatoes, chopped onion if that suits you, chopped black olive, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and Old Bay to taste.
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    RE: Best Tuna Salad Recipe 2005/10/05 20:42:03 (permalink)
    Add (to any of the aofrementioned) a toss of finely chopped cashews, yellow mustard and some diced jalepenos and that's how I like my tuna sandwich.
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