It’s not much of a secret that I dislike mayonnaise of any kind. I don’t like real mayo, or salad spread, or mayo made from olive oil. It’s purely a textural preference. It just feels…funny…in my mouth. So, I make tuna salad without it. I do keep mayo around my house (real and otherwise), because it comes in handy when I’m whipping up condiments that I don’t need to buy for 6 times the price. I make Thousand Island and Catalina dressings, Tartar Sauce, various aioli flavors, and so on. It is much less-expensive than buying something pre-made, and if making my own mayo didn’t take so long, I’d do that, too. But this isn’t about mayo, it’s about NO mayo, and the two delicious types of tuna salad I make on a regular basis.
The first recipe is the fastest, and the biggest crowd pleaser. It’s got that usually sweetness that you get in a regular tuna salad, minus the mayo mushiness. The second is perfect for people who prefer a kick and less sweetness in their tuna. It takes a little longer to make, because the only can you open is the can of tuna. The second one is my favorite, and it’s a great balance to a sweeter vegetable soup.
The first way I ever made Tuna salad, when I realized that I could make food some way other than the way it has always been done.
- 1 Can Albacore Tuna in Water
- 2 tbsp. Prepared pickle relish
- 1 tbsp. Red onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp. Garlic powder
- Fresh Black Pepper & Salt to taste
In a bowl, combine all ingredients until mixed well.
Add to a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers for a delightful salad, or spread on your favorite bread for a delicious sandwich.
Sometimes I want a little more savory in my tuna salad. I use yellow mustard, but you could use any mustard you want.
- 1 Can Albacore Tuna in water
- 1 Kosher dill pickle, diced
- 1/4 cup Red onion, diced
- 2 tbsp. Prepared yellow mustard
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Spread on your favorite bread for a delightful sandwich, or dollop on a bed of purple lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, and English cucumbers for a delicious salad.
You tell me which one you like better in the comments below. I can’t decide. Don’t forget to share this and ask your friends which they prefer.