Thursday, June 17, 2010

Crunchy Tuna Salad with Egg

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 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 tonight (you can adjust the add-ins according to your tastes): 

Crunchy Tuna Salad

  • 3 cans Albacor 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 Hellmann's Mayonnaise
  • pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Place eggs and tuna in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork to separate the tuna chunks a bit. 
  • Add vegetables, stir until well mixed. 
  • Stir in the mayo. 
  • Add pepper (optional)

  • 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.  The deli changed owners and the new owners had a different type of tuna salad.  While this is a similar salad, I was never able to duplicate the deli's salad.  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. 

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  1. I love hard boiled eggs in my tuna salad as well. This look yummy!

    Thanks for stopping by today. It's great to meet you and I look forward to sharing recipes with you!

  2. This looks really good!! Isn't it funny what we didn't like as kids and now as adults we love them. Thanks for a great post!!

  3. I LOVE tuna and so does my 6 year old! You know I always seems to just mix up some tuna, mayo and celery...but your recipe seems super tasty! I will definitely be trying this for lunch!

  4. I don't like tuna salad very much, but my family does! I love the idea of adding carrots to it too.

    I'll have to add this to my menu plan...because I always forget to serve things that I don't care for.