Friday, March 27, 2009

Tuna and Egg Salad

Classic tuna salad mixture of tuna, hard boiled eggs, green onion, celery, pickles and dressed with mustard and mayonnaise.

Tuna and Egg Salad

Now honestly, I guess I wouldn't generally post about making something as simple as an egg salad, or here, tuna and egg salad. Or, maybe I would {scratches head} dunno... but, it is Lent afterall and I'm tryin' to do my best to stay away from meat on Fridays and so, I wanted some tuna and egg salad for lunch - so I figured what the heck.

It sure brings back a lot of memories to back in the day, my first apartment all on my own, and eating a lot of tuna and egg salad and tuna noodle salad. I could mix up a big batch of that noodle salad (which is this plus some elbow mac), and literally eat on it for days, making it pretty budget friendly. Sometimes I'd add in the boiled eggs, sometimes I'd leave out the pickles, and frankly, just macaroni, tuna, onion and mayo with some basic seasonings, most of the time.

Then ... I got to wondering ...

... do most folks go with sweet pickles or dill pickles? Or do they even put pickles in their tuna salad at all?

I know. I'm such a deep thinker.

But seriously, as I was puttin' mine together, which I always do the same way, all the time, all my life, I got to really wondering how do other people make their tuna salad? Afterall, folks do land here from the interwebs looking for recipes for egg salad, tuna salad and tuna noodle salad.

By the way, if you struggle with those darned boiled eggs, check out my method by clicking here. It's all about osmosis y'all!

How do you do your tuna salad Are you a sweet pickle person? Or a dill pickle person? Or ... no pickles at all person?

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Recipe: Tuna and Egg Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: About 4 servings

  • 2 (5 ounce) cans of chunk tuna, in oil, drained
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 stalk (rib) of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup or more mayonnaise, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped sweet or dill pickles or pickle relish
  • Kosher salt & freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Couple dashes of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), Old Bay and/or hot pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon, dill, rosemary, basil, thyme), optional

Combine all ingredients together and refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to meld. Serve as a sandwich spread, or with crackers, on whole wheat toast or in lettuce cups.

Tuna Noodle Salad: Prepare as above, except add in one half pound of cooked elbow macaroni, increase mayonnaise to a cup or more, and add in 1/2 cup of chopped sweet or yellow onion. Egg may be omitted, if desired.

Seacoast Salad: Substitute one box of prepared Kraft macaroni and cheese for the cooked elbow macaroni in the tuna noodle variation and add a small can of well drained peas.


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  1. Hmmmm. I'll have to try it. I have never had this one before.

  2. Looks good. I make mine about the same way. I have a rice cooker I can steam in but haven't tried eggs.
    Hubby was just askin' for some tuna salad, guess I'm gonna have to make some.

  3. Never have seen a rice maker, with the steamer for eggs, that's real nice. Eggs came out perfect. I'm a sweet relish girl, and don't tell nobody, but my whole family uses Miracle Whip instead of Gonna try your recipe, I like the idea of adding hot sauce. Looks delicious:)

  4. I just took a look at the rice maker on Amazon, very nice!!!!!

  5. I use sweet pickles, boiled eggs and minced onions are a must! Mixed with Miracle Whip because I don't do Mayo ;D

    I have been lazy a time or two and left out the onions and boiled egg...hubby refuses to eat it that way though so that bowl is all mine!;D

  6. Looks like sweet pickles is the winner so far! My kinda gals! ♥

    LOL Tammy - that's funny with your hubby - mine if left on his own will just take tuna fish and mayo straight up. No seasonings, no nothin'! If I don't have green onion, I use good old regular yellow onion too, but it's gotta have some kind of onion for sure!

  7. Ugh, I am so hungry and all your delicious looking recipes are making my tummy growl.


    And funny story. I work for a restaurant and as a joke my two cooks took a not boiled egg and threw it in the boiled egg pot that was cooling down to be peeled and set aside for salads. While a third and unsuspecting cook went to that egg to peel, he got a surprise.

    No worries, no prepped food for guest consuming was harmed. Just ONE egg.

    Thanks so much for visiting on my SITS day :)

  8. LOL, I miss pranks at work. I once arrived at my office to find everything on my desk on the walls, on my bookshelves had been turned upside down!! Boys.

  9. I make my Tuna salad similar to yours except I don't add any seasoning save a little black pepper; I make my own sweet pickle relish, so I throw some of that in, I probably use a bit more miracle whip and no mustard. The eggs are a must have.

    1. I'd have to agree on the eggs too - well, except for tuna melts. I know some people use the same mix for those but I exclude the eggs.

  10. I make my Tuna salad similar to yours except I don't add any seasoning save a little black pepper; I make my own sweet pickle relish, so I throw some of that in, I probably use a bit more miracle whip and no mustard. The eggs are a must have.

  11. Girlfriend... I love me some tuna fish salad. I make mine using tuna, mayo, celery seed, red delicious apple, boiled eggs, kosher dill pickles, cracked pepper and it with with crackers. I have been known to put it on wheat bread. My mom uses onion instead of apple and sometimes a fresh tomato but it makes it kinda messy. Will have to try the boiled eggs in my rice cooker!

    1. I love apple in my chicken salad, so why not?!!

  12. This is the best tuna fish recipe ever! I made mine into a tuna melt!

    1. Thank you so much Shelly! I'm so glad you enjoyed my combination & I really appreciate you stopping back by to let me know!!

  13. Basically the same way I make mine but to answer your question....I use sweet pickles.

  14. I don't use relish in mine. I'm not a big sweets eater so when I do use relish on a hotdog or burger I use the dill pickle relish. Other than that I make mine the same as yours. Might give it a whirl with the relish though. Always looking for a new way for fish. ~ Cindy

    1. For some reason I really love it with the relish (or pickle cubes or cubed pickles)! It's just another flavor element that I happen to love.

  15. It's 4am and I am hungry with nothing in my cabinets but tuna ingredients. (need to shop tmr) I couldn't call home to ask for the actual things I need and I searched online and none looked like what I remembered. But this! as soon as I saw the picture I remembered home. Thanks!!

  16. My mom makes it similar...except she uses miracle whip and a mixture of both dill and sweet relish. Thanks for sharing!

  17. We use a miracle whip and a little of both relishes if we have it.... usually just chop up a cpl of our home canned pickles. If im in a rush l will leave out the eggs. Must have a few dashes of hot sauce. One time l accidently put too much miracle whip in and it was really runny... l didnt have any more tuna to add and wasnt about to throw it out. I grabbed a few saltine crackers and crumbled them really fine, they absorbed the extra moisture and added a nice texture without changing thr flavor.

    1. Most folks would be surprised that saltines make a great thickener - my FIL uses them in a lot of things!


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