Tuesday, February 2, 2010

~Fantastic Tuna Salad With 3 Variations~

We love "traditional" tuna salad sandwiches but after a while they can become a bit boring. Our solution is to perk up our favorite basic recipe with some interesting additions that give it a whole new taste and flare. Here is the basic recipe we use and three variations ... serve with your favorite crusty artisan bread, tortilla, wrap or good old stand by white bread, these variations are sure to please!

~Basic Tuna Salad ingredients:

12 oz. canned tuna packed in water and drained
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
5-6 tbsp. light or regular mayonnaise ( adjust to taste )
3 tbsp. lemon juice ( fresh if available )


In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients with a fork until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour or longer. Stir and serve on your favorite bread.

~for a Mediterranean Flare stir in:

3-4 tbsp. capers ( whole if small or chopped if large )
3 tbsp. chopped black and green olives mixed
2 tbsp. fresh basil chiffonade ( or cut very finely )
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon peel ( optional )

~for a Southwestern Flare stir in:

3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp. sun dried tomatoes
1-2 jalapeno chile very finely chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. cumin ( optional )

~for a Curried Flare stir in:

1/3 cup tart Granny Smith apple chopped
1/4 cup raisins
2-3 tsp. curry powder ( adjust to taste )
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. turmeric ( optional )