Our “Cooking for Two” sequence is all about these of us who love good meals however want smaller batches. Perhaps you’re single or coupled however with no children (no children, earlier than children, after children). Regardless of the cause, you don’t essentially need lots of leftovers hanging round. We had you in thoughts after we developed these recipes.
Elevate your hand should you didn’t develop up consuming tuna salad sandwiches. Anyone? That’s what I assumed.
Wait! You, within the again. Okay, I’ll permit that not all people grew up consuming these. Your mom most likely fed you one thing way more attention-grabbing. However, maintain on, there’s consolation in that may of tuna!
TUNA SALAD: A SIMPLE PLEASURE
I’ve reminiscences as a toddler sitting atop Mt. Chocorua in New Hampshire with my camp pals after a day’s climb. Lunch was at all times oranges and tuna or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and for dessert, properly, let’s simply say a Hershey bar by no means tasted so good.
And now, in these instances, that sandwich brings simply as a lot pleasure (to not point out value financial savings). Spare me the bells and whistles; I’ll get to them in a minute.
Proper now, a traditional tuna salad sandwich is all I’m after. And which means canned tuna, mayo, celery, lemon juice, and should you like, crimson onion. Interval. Slather it on some good bread and I’m that glad camper once more. In truth, I’m taking my sandwich out to the again porch to eat within the sunshine.
THE BEST TUNA
Any can or jar of tuna will work in a sandwich. Simply ensure you drain the water or oil earlier than mixing with the components for tuna salad.
I want utilizing water-packed tuna in tuna salad as a result of I’m already including mayonnaise to the recipe. I save oil-packed tuna for dishes the place the oil issues a bit extra, reminiscent of on this Salad Nicoise, as a result of oil-packed tuna is richer than water-packed tuna.
That being mentioned, tuna salad is not any time to get choosy—simply use what you have got available.
SWAPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR TUNA SALAD
I’m strictly a mayo form of gal, however should you want Miracle Whip or mild mayo, go for it. I’ve by no means tried it with yogurt, however Greek yogurt may work, particularly should you add somewhat lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
To toast or not, it’s as much as you should you’re turning this right into a sandwich. Typically I’m in a toasty temper and crave somewhat crunch, and generally I simply need the consolation of sentimental bread. No bread in the home? My higher half at all times prefers tuna salad on saltines(?), however you may make a few of these biscuits or selfmade soda bread.
TUNA SALAD ADD-INS AND ADAPTATIONS
The perfect factor about primary recipes is how simply you may adapt them to your individual tastes. Use my Traditional Tuna Salad recipe as a basis however then combine issues up with some wonderful add-ins:
It’s also possible to strive these nice herbs and spices for tuna salad:
- Smoked paprika
- Chopped recent parsley
If it sounds good to you, it most likely can be. If you wish to get fancy, make Elise’s Finest Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich, although I’m going to have to speak to her about that declare.
HOW TO SERVE TUNA SALAD
For me, the subsequent neatest thing to a plain ol’ tuna sandwich is a tuna soften. That’s a grilled cheese sandwich with tuna salad. Slap some cheese on the sandwich, butter the bread on the surface, and grill it in a pan till the bread is crisp and golden and the cheese melts.
You might do one thing related with a tortilla, too. Simply place cheese within the heart, prime with tuna salad, fold it like a burrito, and grill it to seal it. However there’s extra! Make a wrap with pita or flatbread and add some greens and sliced tomatoes or cucumbers.
You might additionally serve this as a real salad on prime of greens with some additional greens to spherical it out.
Tuna salad makes a easy mid-afternoon snack when paired with crackers or unfold onto celery sticks. It’s also possible to take the virtuous route and prime your greens with a scoop of tuna salad for a wholesome lunch.
HOW TO STORE TUNA SALAD
Leftover tuna salad might be saved within the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Cowl the container with a lid or plastic wrap to maintain different fridge odors out and the tuna odors in.