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The Very Best Tuna Salad Ever

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If you have not tried this recipe you simply are missing a happy party for your taste buds. Tuna has been a food that my family and I have eaten all of our lives. There are many articles published about consuming tuna and other fish. There is a link provided in the sources section to an FDA report about eating any kind of fish.

After reading many articles on the topic, it appears to me that if we carefully select the tuna we consume that it should be safe. Smaller, less frequent portions should be consumed by children. The information regarding amounts to consume is in this article.

The great thing about this food is that it can be prepared many ways. This is only one of them.

My daughter's recipe for tuna on romaine hearts

The recipe today is one my daughter prepares and it is always a hit. She is my guest chef for today.

This salad is a combination of tantalizing flavors and a variety of textures. This will probably mean that you may need more than one serving.

It is best served chilled but some prefer it right after it is made.

Be certain to refrigerate left-overs immediately.


You may wish to try this tuna salad too

Mock Tuna Recipe

PETA has compiled a list of ten reasons not to eat tuna that you may wish to read. The link to that article is in the sources section below.

After reading the article, you may wish to try their recipe for 'faux' or mock tuna made from chick peas.

This is their recipe:

"4 cups garbanzo beans, cooked and drained
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1-2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
Vinegar-free pickle relish, to taste (optional)
Egg-free mayonnaise, to taste
Sea salt, to taste

• Mix all the ingredients except the egg-free mayonnaise together, mashing the garbanzos slightly as you mix.
• Add the "mayonnaise" until the salad is as moist as you like. "

Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken of the Sea.'

— Jessica Simpson

Choose tuna carefully

The original purpose of this article was to share the recipe for an extra special tuna salad but I feel that full disclosure of the information I found should be provided. I also say somewhat cynically which is somewhat unlike me, that our environment has been so invaded by so much that is not healthful that most, if not all, foods have cautions attached to them today. Being informed consumers may help us make wise food choices.


To Tuna or Not to Tuna...you decide


One source that I read stated that tuna can contain unsafe levels of mercury. For that reason, I have included this quote concerning the use of tuna.

  • "Canned white or albacore (0.32 parts per million of mercury). Children up to age six can eat up to one 3-ounce portion a month; children ages 6–12, two 4.5-ounce portions a month. Adults, including pregnant women, can safely eat it up to three times a month (women, 6-ounce portions; men, 8-ounce portions). Luckily, some brands of canned or pouch albacore contain significantly less mercury than well-known national brands, since they use smaller, lower-mercury fish.
  • Canned light— the safer choice (0.12 parts per million of mercury). Children up to age six can eat it up to three 3-ounce portions per month. Older children and adults can safely eat it once a week. But products labeled “gourmet” or “tonno” may contain mercury levels comparable to canned white, since they are made with bigger yellowfin tuna. Therefore, watch out for this label and eat it less often."

Salmon is considered a safer alternative.

If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the side, you might be a redneck.

— Jeff Foxworthy

Preparing Ingredients

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Seasonings Are Gathered and Ready

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Ready to Gently Blend Together

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Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

6 to 8 servings

A Work in Progress

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Ingredients

  • 4 cans tuna, your choice ( white albacore was used in this recipe)
  • 1 small bunch seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 medium onion, small chop
  • 1/2 cup sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, more if desired/yogurt or fat free sour cream can be used instead
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6-8 romaine lettuce hearts, endive may be used as well

Instructions

  1. Place tuna in a mixing bowl. Break apart with a fork.
  2. Add all other ingredients and gently fold together.
  3. Place individual servings on romaine heart. Serve with tomato slices.

Sources

http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/perfect-packed-lunch-mock-tuna-salad.aspx


http://www.edf.org/oceans/mercury-alert-canned-tuna-safe-eat

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

Comments

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 30, 2015:

Me too Dahoglund....I actually have found salmon is a fish I really enjoy too

I rarely eat red meats any more because it is just me...I am almost back to my vegetarian days in many ways.

thanks for visiting. Hoping all is well with you.

Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 23, 2015:

I am actually eating more tuna and salmon meals. There are benefits to fish.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 28, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, Anita

This is delicious. Crisp lettuce leaves and flavor-filled tuna makes this a hit every time. This is a great light summer dish.

Angels are on the way to you again this evening. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 28, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, Anita

This is delicious. Crisp lettuce leaves and flavor-filled tuna makes this a hit every time. This is a great light summer dish.

Angels are on the way to you again this evening. :) ps

Anita Coleman from virginia beach on April 28, 2013:

Looks wonderful... I am always up for a new tuna salad recipe... Thanks

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 11, 2013:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals..

As I said in the recipe my daughter inspired this hub. She introduced me to this a few months ago. It became one of my new favorite salads. Salads can be ordinary and boring or they can be like this. Full of flavor and texture and little surprises.

I hope you enjoy it.

Sending you Angels this morning :) ps

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on February 11, 2013:

Looks and sounds great. It looks like a winner for my lunch. Definately trying. Up, interesting and useful.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 10, 2013:

Thank you, twig22bend, my daughter will appreciate her Chef designation. You will enjoy this...it is just a little different twist with new textures and tastes to tempt you.

Sending you Angels this morning... :) ps

twig22bend on February 10, 2013:

This looks like my kind of dish. I love Tuna and Romaine, but I never tried it this way. Thanks for sharing. Your daughter made her mark as Chef of the Day.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 04, 2013:

Good day to you, shiningirisheyes...

Thanks for the compliment. Actually I do love to cook but would not be preparing all of these dishes if my family were not right next door. It is only me at my house so I do not make so much for me.

I hope you have a chance to try this..it really is very tasty.

Have a lovely lovely day..Sending you Angels my Friend....:) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 04, 2013:

Good day to you, shiningirisheyes...

Thanks for the compliment. Actually I do love to cook but would not be preparing all of these dishes if my family were not right next door. It is only me at my house so I do not make so much for me.

I hope you have a chance to try this..it really is very tasty.

Have a lovely lovely day..Sending you Angels my Friend....:) ps

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on February 04, 2013:

I can only imagine the decadent meals produced out of your kitchen!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 02, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf

Yes, I knew a little about the tuna but I found out more as prepared this recipe. My daughter's salad is the best I have ever had really. I feel certain you will enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by... Sending you Angels this morning..:) ps

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 02, 2013:

The information about mercury levels in tuna is disturbing, to say the least. We eat tuna weekly, though, and I'd never thought to try red seedless grapes in our tuna salad. My thanks to your daughter!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 02, 2013:

Good morning Christy..

I did not know of it either but am curious to try it. It sounds like it might hit the spot. Thank you for stopping by. Sending you Angels today :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 02, 2013:

Good morning Christy..

I did not know of it either but am curious to try it. It sounds like it might hit the spot. Thank you for stopping by. Sending you Angels today :) ps

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on February 01, 2013:

I did not realize there is a 'faux' tuna so I just learned that right here!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 01, 2013:

You are so welcome, MH....I love it best when someone fixes it for me..that is part of why I like this one so well. It always tastes better to me when my girl fixes it for me.

Glad to see you on this chilly Florida morning. :) Sending you Angels to begin your day.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 01, 2013:

Hi, RTalloni

thanks for stopping by...I hope you have a chance to try both of these recipes. My daughter's tuna is a nice change...it takes the salad to a whole new level with the addition of the grapes for sure.

I have not tried the mock tuna but am going to as I am curious to see what it is like.

Sending you Angels this morning :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 01, 2013:

Hi, RTalloni

thanks for stopping by...I hope you have a chance to try both of these recipes. My daughter's tuna is a nice change...it takes the salad to a whole new level with the addition of the grapes for sure.

I have not tried the mock tuna but am going to as I am curious to see what it is like.

Sending you Angels this morning :) ps

RTalloni on January 31, 2013:

Your daughter's tuna salad recipe not only looks yum, but it is pretty, as well! Thanks for including the garbanzo mock tuna salad as it would be a very healthy change up. A deliciously thorough post! :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 31, 2013:

Thank you for this. Love tuna salad.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

So you caught that, Peggy. Yeppie...if we went by what we are told, we wouldn't eat anything. One day something is bad for you the next it is really not so bad...the egg was the first to come to my mind, too, Peggy. I guess all things in moderation still is the best policy.. I hope you can give this a try. It really is yummy. So glad to see you this afternoon. Sending you some smiling Angels this afternoon. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

So you caught that, Peggy. Yeppie...if we went by what we are told, we wouldn't eat anything. One day something is bad for you the next it is really not so bad...like eggs for instance. I hope you can give this a try. It really is yummy. So glad to see you this afternoon. Sending you some smiling Angels this afternoon. :) ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2013:

I got a kick out of your comments at the top saying that just about everything we eat these days needs caution. That...plus they keep changing their minds about things that are good or bad for you. Coffee is bad...now it is good. Eggs...good, some say bad. Organic...non organic...the list goes on. I love tuna, but just to stay on the side of caution will probably be eating the light instead of so much albacore. Gave your recipe 5 stars, a useful and up rating. Looks great! Sometimes I add raisins if I don't have grapes and for those who like curry, that is also good. Yum...now I am hungry for some tuna salad! :)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

O, I hope you do give it a try. It really is tasty. And about the hits. some are doing well others not so much. But overall my readership is up over last year substantially so I keep plugging away.

Sending some Angels to drizzly Olympia from chilly Florida...we have gotten spoiled ...had such mild winter and when it get below 60 we are freeeeeeezin'....tonite it is supposed to be 34...50 degrees cooler than yesterday...

Have a lovely afternoon :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

Absolutely....enjoy the grapes and the lettuce...now, I am not a huge fan of tuna either but I think you just might like this. Thanks for sending to your daughter though..I think she just might like it..

Nice to see you today Sending you some Angels this afternoon :) ps

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 31, 2013:

Are you doing well with these recipes, PS? Are they getting a lot of views? Just curious! I hope you are.

I'm good with this one; I love tuna fish, so I'm willing to give this one a go.

Blessings and hugs coming your way from drizzly Olympia

bill

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 31, 2013:

Thanks for this interesting tuna salad recipe with grapes, Patricia. I am forwarding it to my daughter since she LOVES tuna. Since it is not one of my favorites though, I just plan to eat the grapes and the romaine. Okay?

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

I thought so too, Dirt Farmer. I had no idea. But researching for this make me more aware. And I wanted to share what I discovered.

This is a great salad...it combines all of the flavors we enjoy into one dish and the different textures make it so very satisfying.

So glad to see you this morning.

Have a lovely rest of the day.

Sending you more Angels and good wishes.. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

You will enjoy it, joanwz...it is a change of pace from the ordinary. The unexpected ingredients will surprise and please you and those who enjoy it with you.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sending you Angels on this 3oth day of our new year :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

My daughter makes this for her family so I asked her to prepare it for me to use in a hub. It has a lot of variety in flavors and textures which make it a hit for all.

Have a lovely day :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

Hi Carol

Usually it is a summer thing here too but it has been so summery most of the winter that we decided it was time for this delicious salad.

Hope all is good with you in AZ today.

Sending you Angels and my thanks for stopping by.

:) ps

Jill Spencer from United States on January 31, 2013:

Your daughter's recipe is fancy! It sounds good, especially with that exciting element of "danger" added in! I thought tuna was safer than that! The advice is similar to that given for eating crab, but less restrictive. Interesting that the more expensive gourmet tuna products are less safe!

Joan Whetzel on January 31, 2013:

This sounds like a great variation on the way we've made tuna salad around our house. I'm going to make some tuna salad again now.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 31, 2013:

So good! A lovely idea for a tun a recipe the simple additions makes even tastier as it looks.

carol stanley from Arizona on January 31, 2013:

sounds good. I seem to go on tuna kicks..we will have it once a week for a while and then months go by.. It is more of summer time eating..As we do the soup. Thanks for sharing about the mercury content. Great hub..Up and sharing