There’s not a whole lot to say about tuna salad- it’s nothing new. Most of us have been eating it our whole lives. In college, I used to eat it every day at lunch¬† when I worked in the music department office, and people would come in and go, “Ewww, what’s that smell? Ugh, gross! Yuck – it smells fishy in here!”, which actually really got on my nerves, but didn’t stop me from eating it every day (hehe- take that, you tuna haters!).¬† Tuna salad can be pretty dull. Tuna, mayo, relish…not much to write home about. But with the right ingredients, tuna salad can be pretty darn tasty! I’ll show you how I make it (and my mom, and grandmother, and sister…) and you can decide if it still sounds dull, mmkay? Here we go!

Tuna Salad

1 large can, chunk light tuna in water
1 celery stalk, chopped into very small pieces
2 dill pickles, chopped (not the uber-huge monster pickles, and not baby dill, either – just a regular sized pickle)
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 small apple, chopped (any kind of apple you like – I used Fuji, but if you like it more tart, Grannysmith is good)
approx. 1/4 cup mayonnaise (the real thing)
approx. 1/4 cup Miracle Whip
1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning (I use Tony Chachere’s…in my family, we use this on just about everything)
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
splash of pickle juice

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!
*As far as the mayo goes, you can use as little or as much as you like – these are just approximations, as I usually just throw some in and taste as I go.

This is the tuna salad my family has been making forever – it’s always delicious and perfect for a summer picnic! It’s got a lot of crunch and a lot of flavor – hope you enjoy it!



  1. I love tuna too! I need to try your recipe sounds wonderful! Another one of my favorites is the sun dried cranberry tuna salad from Whole Foods.


    Comment by BMK — June 8, 2009 @ 1:11 PM

  2. Lol at "tuna haters!" Eat away :)


    Comment by Branny — June 8, 2009 @ 1:24 PM

  3. I love, love, love apples in tuna! That’s how G makes it! :)


    Comment by Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart — June 8, 2009 @ 3:39 PM

  4. I LOVE tuna salads! I used to think that adding apples would taste strange but now I love it! I like adding grapes too.


    Comment by Cookie — June 9, 2009 @ 3:37 PM

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