I love tuna. My son loves tuna. That’s a win-win in my house because of the nutritional value tuna has. When a child enjoys the same foods as you, you do all you can to find ways to make it. Here are 10 different ways to make tuna salad.
10 Different Ways to Make Tuna Salad
Growing up, mom made us tuna fish sandwiches. Those were her specialty. I think she would put everything she had on hand in that tuna fish, i.e., apples, celery, eggs, and whatever else she could find in the refrigerator. We loved it and never complained. When winter came, she fixed warm tuna casseroles with that familiar can of soup. My dad raved about those casseroles my mom made. Never once did we have a tuna salad though. She may have them, but she never served it to us kids.
Now that I’m a mom, a healthy mom at that, we have salads all the time, and that includes tuna salads. I have found many ways to make tuna salad that my son and my husband will eat, which makes me very happy because these salads are healthy.
Wild Planet Foods is my choice
I’m a huge fan of Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna. Its ingredients are 100% pure tuna – nothing else. For disclosure reasons, I am a Wild Planet Ambassador. Nonetheless, when shopping for tuna read the ingredients to see for yourself why Wild Planet is the best choice for your tuna salads. Also, read up on their story about how they catch their foods by pole & line – it’s worth the read. AND, you may just find a few awesome albacore wild tuna salad recipes of their own.
Ways to Make Tuna Salad from Canned Tuna
No matter the season, cold, hot, warm or cool, tuna is one food that’s good any time of the year. So make it often and in different ways so your family won’t get bored with the same old tuna fish sandwich!
Black Olive Tuna Salad
- 2 – 5oz. cans of WP Albacore Wild Tuna, 1/2 drained
- 3-4 Tsp olive oil
- A mix of baby spinach and arugula
- Two small cans of black olives
- cucumber, sliced
- 1/2 c. Roma tomatoes, cut in halves
- One small apple, sliced
- small purple onion, chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and serve as a complete meal or side salad. No salad dressing needed.
Sweet Garden Tuna Salad
2 – 5oz. cans of WP Albacore Wild Tuna (more flavor if canned in oil), drained
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. chopped sweet garden mix pickles (mix of cucumber, pearl onion, cauliflower, etc.)
Mix all ingredients and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.
Tuna and Hummus Sweet Peppers
(this recipe comes straight from WP – allowed)
1 can (5oz) Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna, undrained
1 Tbsp hummus
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
Mini sweet peppers halved and seeds removed
2 Tbsp chopped green onion
Empty Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna into a bowl and lightly flake with a fork to incorporate juices. In a separate bowl, mix hummus, lemon juice, and black pepper to taste. Gently fold flaked tuna into hummus. Fill mini sweet peppers with tuna hummus mixture. Top with chopped green onion.
If your family loves tuna, these 10 different ways to make tuna salad will be very manageable to make in no time. Have you found your favorite yet?
Garden Sesame Seed Tuna Salad
- 2 – 5oz. cans of Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna, half drained (set aside)
- Tablespoon of olive oil or more
- Bag of mixed garden lettuce
- tomatoes cut up
- cucumber cut up; rhine off
- white onion, chopped
- black sesame seeds (black is richer in flavor than white)
Toss the salad with the olive oil, place tuna on top, sprinkle seeds all over; serve immediately.
Onion Dipped Tuna
2 – 5oz. cans of WP Albacore Tuna, undrained
1/4 c. plus 1T. mayonnaise
1/4 c. chopped celery
One pouch of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
Mix all ingredients and chill for at least an hour.
Blue Cheese Tuna Melt
1 – 5oz. can WP Albacore Wild Tuna, drained
2 T. blue cheese dressing
Four slices of bread
4 T. Kerrygold butter; softened
Four slices of your favorite cheese
Place a frying pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Mix the tuna and blue cheese dressing. For each sandwich, butter one slice of bread and place it butter side down in the heated pan. Top the bread with a slice of cheese, half the tuna mix, and another slice of cheese, then butter another slice of bread and place it on top of the cheese with the butter facing up. When golden brown carefully flip over the sandwich to brown the other side.
5oz. can WP Albacore Wild Tuna, undrained, cut up
2 T. olive oil
egg whites, chopped
Mash and cut up tuna, then mix the rest ingredients (however much you like) together, making sure ingredients are chopped up, garnish with greens, and serve in parfait glasses with a side of toasted buttered bread.
Tuna Salad Stuffed Shells
(another recipe straight from WP)
- 5oz can or 2 pouches (3oz each) Wild Planet Albacore Tuna, undrained
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped carrot
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped celery
- mayonnaise or Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp
- Six large cooked pasta shells drained and cooled
- Finely chopped parsley, optional
Place tuna and the natural juices from the can or pouch into a small bowl.
Flake with a fork to combine. Add carrot, celery and mayonnaise or yogurt; mix gently. Spoon tuna mixture into pasta shells and sprinkle with chopped parsley if desired.
Red and White Delicious Tuna
2 – 5oz. cans of WP Albacore Tuna, drained
1/4 c. Greek yogurt
white onion, chopped
Two Delicious red apples, cored and cut up
Mix all ingredients and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.
Tuna Fish on Bread
And of course, who doesn’t like tuna fish mashed between to pieces of bread. Fix it any way you want. But this way below is my favorite!
Just because most of these recipes are “salads,” doesn’t mean you have to eat them that way every time. These tuna salads can be consumed between bread slices, stuffed into a hollowed out tomato or mounded on top of lettuce leaves, a rice cake, or an avocado half. Without these 10 different ways to make tuna salad, I’d be lost. What about you? Which ones will you make?
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