– Right now we’re all going through our pantries and figuring out what we can make with really simple ingredients. And I’ve been hearing from a lot of you guys over on Instagram that you have a lot of cans of tuna.
So today I’ll show you how to make the best tuna salad recipe that you’ve ever had with really simple ingredients. And you likely already have all of these items in your fridge and pantry. But unlike some tuna salads that look rather mushy and bland and might even resemble cat food, this one has texture and it truly holds its own.
Because it’s filled with crisp celery, vibrant red onion, and lots of flavor from the herbs and the mustard and it’s all tied together with the mayonnaise. It’s fast, easy, economical and a classic. So let me show you how to make tuna salad.
To get started you’ll need two cans of tuna. And my personal favorite is albacore tuna but you can choose any variety. If your tuna is packed in water or oil you’ll wanna open the cans and drain that off.
Higher end brands like wild planet and safe catch aren’t packed in any liquid it’s just the tuna steak. But you will get some naturally occurring liquids from the fish oils. Now you don’t technically have to drain this off but I find for this particular recipe it is a little too soft and creamy if I keep the liquid so I will go ahead and drain it.
Add your tuna to a mixing bowl and because I’ve got solid pieces of tuna steak I have to break it up a little bit with my fork to get it to come out. But you can see that the fish is nice and flakey and definitely not mushy.
Next you’ll need to chop up one rib of celery. Celery gives our tuna salad some texture and crunch. Not to mention fresh flavor. So I’ll run the knife down the length of the celery two or three times then slice across for nice crispy chunks.
You can dice the celery as big or small as you like. I tend to like pieces about this big. But if you’d like the celery diced up smaller feel free to do so. Then add that to the bowl. For a nice punch of flavor I’ll add about two tablespoons of diced red onion.
Red onion is always my favorite for salads. And it’s sweeter and not as pungent as yellow onion. If you don’t have red onion you can add two tablespoons of sliced green onion or even diced shallot. Which would impart a slight garlic flavor.
But when it comes to key ingredients that make this the best tuna salad recipe I’d say it’s the fresh herbs. So definitely don’t leave these out. Fresh herbs can easily elevate a recipe from good to great by adding depth of flavor and just brightening it up.
And since we’re now in spring, it’s the perfect time to make use of those garden fresh herbs. So you’ll need one to two tablespoons and I’m using chives and parsley today. But feel free to use other herbs like dill, tarragon, thyme, oregano or basil.
And once you’ve got those chopped up add them to the bowl. Then add 1/2 a tablespoon of dijon mustard for some bold tangy flavor with a little bit of spice. And lastly add a quarter cup of mayonnaise which is our creamy binder that will bring it all together.
And I’m using my homemade mayonnaise which I have a separate video for. But you could use store bought as well. Then just season it with salt and pepper and give it a stir. (gentle music) It’s totally up to you on how chunky or creamy you’d like your tuna salad and if you’d like it a little creamier just add more mayonnaise.
Tuna salad is a great recipe that you can enjoy on its own or with some crackers. But there’s many creative ways to serve it as well. You can stuff it into halves of avocado, tomato, or bell pepper. Make lettuce wraps using romaine or butter lettuce.
Or make a sandwich. I’m opting for the latter today. And using my favorite gluten free bread. And since I know you guys are gonna ask which brand it is it’s Canyon Bakehouse. So I’ll add a few leaves of lettuce to a slice of bread and then pile the tuna salad on top.
And just look at how chunky and creamy and colorful that salad is. (gentle music) Now I’ll often keep my tuna salad sandwich as an open faced sandwich like this. But if you’d like to add the top piece of bread go for it.
I hope you guys love this easy recipe today. And if you did make sure to share it with your family and friends and I will see you again in the next video. (gentle music)