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Tuna Salad

A flavorful tuna salad with the crunch of fresh celery, onion, and carrots.

Morsels of Life - Tuna Salad - A flavorful tuna salad with the crunch of fresh celery, onion, and carrots.

I've always been a fan of fish, but one of the few fish-containing foods I could never quite stomach was the infamous tuna salad. Usually a mish-mash of tuna, mayonnaise, and over-burdened with salt, it just never quite appealed to me. To me, Tuna Salad just takes all the negatives of fish and throws on a blistering amount of condiments to shut out the better aspects of fish. And just like many preconceptions, the time to throw this idea out the window came.

Circumstances forced me to consider it as an option for James' lunch since he would only have access to a cooler with no refrigerator or microwave. Our usual "leftovers for lunch" wouldn't work too well under these circumstances. We needed something he could eat cold, and we wanted to avoid paying a small fortune for deli meat and cheeses. I also wanted to to spare both of us from the mundane terror of tuna salad.

I figured I could play around and see what happened. I have to say, this tuna salad turned out better than expected. Incorporating celery, carrots, and onions really gave this tuna salad a more complex palette of flavors as well as a medley of textures, from soft to crispy.

What are your thoughts on Tuna Salad?

A flavorful tuna salad with the crunch of fresh celery, onion, and carrots.

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Yield: 4 servings


Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1/3 cup 1 carrot, julienned and then chopped
1/3 cup 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced "against the grain"
1 teaspoon lemon zest
10 ounces 2 cans tuna fish, drained
2 tablespoons mayo
1/4 cup onion, diced
2 teaspoons parsley, dried
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 tablespoon Italian Dressing Seasoning


  1. Gather all materials.
  2. Mix all materials together.
  3. Refrigerate. I've found the flavors mix and mingle, making for a better tasting tuna salad if you let it sit for a few hours or overnight. :)


  1. Thanks! I'll enjoy trying this new twist on tuna salad. Nice to have a change!

  2. We really liked it! A lot more flavor and a lot less mayo than your typical tuna salad. Come back and let us know what you thought. :)

  3. I actually like tuna salad. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  4. Hope you like this one too! :)

  5. My hubby loves tuna salad. I can't wait to make this version for him. :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!"

  6. Thanks for hosting! I hope your hubby loves this version of tuna salad. :)

  7. I love tuna salad - my momma always made it with celery, onions, and pickles. I think you need the crunch to balance out the "mush" of the tuna and mayo mixture. :) Yours looks fantastic.

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursday.

  8. I'm with you on needing some crunch to balance out the "mush!" Your mom sounds like she had a tasty tuna salad too. :)