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How to Make Tuna Salad

August 13th, 2012 Cooking

There are so many different ways to make tuna salad that it's difficult to cite a specific recipe as quintessential. A large part of preparing this dish comes from your own resourcefulness and being able to work with whatever you happen to have on-hand. However, there are certainly a few basic steps that practically every tuna salad requires, which you'll want to familiarize yourself with before trodding off the beaten path. If you're looking for a solid base to start from, try this recipe out, courtesy of the Reluctant Gourmet.

Ingredients
2 cans tuna (packed in water or olive oil)
1 stalk celery
1 hard-boiled egg
1 teaspoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon pickle relish
1 tablespoon mustard
Mayonnaise to taste
Salt & pepper to taste

Start by dicing the celery, chopping the hard-boiled egg and draining the tuna.

In a medium bowl, add the tuna and break it up a little bit - the size of the chunks is a matter of taste. Next, add the celery, egg, dill and a bit of mayonnaise. Mix everything together, taking care to not turn it into a big pile of mush by mixing too hard. Add more mayonnaise if you like, as well as some salt and pepper. Finally, stir in the mustard. This tastes great on top of chopped tomato, as a sandwich or simply served on a small bed of lettuce.

According to AllRecipes, you can spruce things up a bit by adding Parmesan cheese. The cheese complements the tuna flavor quite nicely. Melt the cheese down by placing the salad in a toaster oven or microwave for a minute or two and try serving it as an open-faced sandwich.