Friday, June 20, 2008

Pretty Tuna Salad

Yeah, like I really thought anyone needed instructions on how to make tuna salad-- but sometimes it's good to hear how someone else does it.

You actually can pretty up tuna salad by adding a splash of color using red capsicum (that's Australian for red bell peppers-- and if you say red bell peppers in Australia, I don't think anyone will know what the hell you are talking about).

Both my kids like this... a lot. I've been putting it on wholemeal bread (that's Australian for wheat bread), quartering it diagonally, and cutting the crust off. It is also lovely served with crackers, or atop a salad.

For me it's all about the red bell peppers in it, but if you're like my husband and "hate peppers", then feel free to substitute celery. But for goodness sakes, I am begging you-- please do not add that nasty sweet relish... mom, that means you.

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 large can (not those little mini cans) tuna packed in water
  • 1.5 tbsp Hellman's Mayonaise or Light Hellman's Mayonaise-- other brands just will not do in my opinion
  • 2-3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper (aka red capsicum)
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried onion flakes (the kind that come in a spice bottle--looks like dehydrated little pieces of onion)
  • 2 small pinches salt
  • A little pepper
  • (optional) 1-2 tbsp diced celery-- personally I don't do this, except for in my husband's portion which has no red bell pepper in it
The method of my madness:
  1. Squeeze water out of tuna can well.
  2. Put tuna in bowl and use a fork to smash it until not in chunks anymore.
  3. Throw in all the other ingredients (only 1 spoon of mayo at a time, you can always add more--but too much is just totally unacceptable) and mix with fork.
To serve on a salad:
  • Put lettuce or spinach in a bowl
  • Use an ice cream scooper to make a pretty round scoop of tuna salad on top
  • Add little veggie decorations around it like broccoli, green beans, cucumber, carrot--whatever
To serve on a sandwich:
  • Stick it on bread
  • For kids cut into quarters or let kids make them into shapes with cookie cutters
  • Cut diagonally for adult sandwiches


Jill said...

Its not sweet relish that she adds- it's...wait for it..........wait for's pickled watermelon!!! Yep that's right. Add some Saucy Susan and you've got yourself some Tuna ala Mom. (**For those that don't know Saucy Susan is a sweet apricot sauce filled with corn syrup and probably some hydrogenated oils to boot- and ONLY sold to the seniors of Florida.)

floridagirlinsydney said...

Wow, I just found this comment-- my first comment on the new blog!
Um- I don't think it's really pickled watermelon is it? And she doesn't put Saucy Susan in it-- no way. But you must not realize that Saucy Susan rules-- great to cook chicken in and dip eggrolls in.

JD at I Do Things said...

Capsicum! My husband and I encountered that on a New Zealand ferry. What a weird name for pepper.

Anyway, I am not a fan of the red capsicum, unfortunately. I might substitute the green variety. Either way, this sounds scrumptious and reminds me that I simply MUST have some tuna salad today.

JD at I Do Things

paula said...

I love salads and I will surely try this out. Guide to Healthy Eating