Fish Friday: Tuna Salad

Today’s salad didn’t show up at family picnics, but it was a staple of summer time lunches when we were kids, and is in keeping with this week’s theme on Miracle Whip.

When we were kids, it was Tuna Fish Salad on Wonder Bread Sandwiches. These days, I like my Tuna Salad Sandwiches on toasted Whole Wheat Bread, but most of the time I munch on Tuna Salad sitting on an Ak-Mak cracker.

In the photo above are three variations on the Tuna Salad theme, left to right – Old Fashioned Tuna Salad, like we had when we were kids, My Version of Tuna Salad, which is how I usually make it these days, and Curry Tuna Salad, which is another way I like it, but I don’t make it this way too often.

Tuna Salad For Two or Three

Basic Old-Fashioned Tuna Salad Ingredients:
1 can of Tuna packed in water no added salt
1/4 cup or less chopped Onion
1/2 stalk of Celery, sliced and chopped
2 teaspoons of Sweet Pickle Relish
2 big tablespoons or so of Miracle Whip
A lot of Black Pepper (to taste)

Open the can and drain the tuna well by squeezing the lid against the tuna so that the water drains out. (Don’t waste the tuna water! The cats love it!)
Chop the onion into small bits.
Slice the celery twice lengthwise, then chop the three strips into small bits the same size as the onion.

Put the drained tuna, the celery, and the onion, into a large salad bowl.
Sprinkle with black pepper.
Add the Sweet Pickle Relish.
Add the Miracle Whip.

Thoroughly stir until well mixed.
Serve chilled.

My Version of Tuna Salad:
Make the Old-Fashioned Tuna Salad.
Add 1/2 to a whole shredded carrot, depending on what you like.
Add some shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, again, how much depends on what you like.
Stir well and serve chilled.

Curry Tuna Salad:
Make the Old-Fashioned Tuna Salad.
Add Curry Powder – how much depends on your taste. 1/4 teaspoon or more.
Stir well and serve chilled.

Tuna Salad is great with sliced tomato and alfalfa sprouts and or lettuce. I like it on toasted bread as a sandwich, or smeared onto crackers – which is a good way to serve it at a picnic, in small bite hors d’oeuvres.

Voila! A nice side salad for your picnic meal.

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