Alright so I was introduced to a variation of this recipe a while back and have fallen in love with it! I’m sure your grandma’s tuna salad is just as good as my Mamaw’s is, but this is a tasty alternative when you are wanting something new!
- 1.5 to 2 cups diced apple (your preference of apple, I prefer granny smith)
- .5 to 1 cup of celery
- Roughly 1tbsp of fresh basil (chopped finely)
- Juice from roughly 1 rolled lemon
- One 12oz can of tuna in water (drained)
- .5 to 1 cup mayo
- Salt & Pepper to taste
**You can use low-calorie mayo to keep the calories down - if you feel it affects the flavor then add extra lemon juice & or basil! Also, if you use sea salt as opposed to table salt you will get more flavor from a smaller amount -- low sodium!**
Gather large bowl, knife, spatula or spoon, & measuring cups if preferred, & above ingredients
Peel & core apple
Take stalk of celery and slice down the center of the stalk long-ways creating two ‘stalks’ (may need more than one stalk)
Slice apple into small, diced pieces – size affects the chunkiness of the tuna salad
Slice across the two stalks to create small diced pieces of celery
Take a few leaves of basil and chopped very finely (you do not want a big piece of basil in your tuna salad)
Roll your lemon under your palm on the counter top until it feels softened when squeezed
Cut lemon in half
**I recommend that you use the lower side of each measurement and then continue to add up to the second measurement for your personal preference (for example, start with 1.5 cups and add up to 2 cups of apple)**
In your mixing bowl add part of the apple, celery, & basil, with the canned tuna.
Basil is under the apples -- didn't really think that one through!
Add mayo and mix together ingredients by folding them together using a spatula or spoon
Continue to add ingredients to play around with the texture and consistency of your tuna salad
I used the higher side of all my suggested measurements
Once you have a good texture add your lime juice, salt, & pepper to taste.
Toast up your favorite bread or grab a pita pocket, or sandwich thin
Load up your tuna salad and enjoy!
For an added layer of flavor & texture, add lettuce to your sandwich! Garnish your plate of sandwiches with half a lemon slice twisted, with fresh basil leaves on top. Add a splash to any picnic or gathering!
I hope that all of you LOVE this recipe! It makes 6-8 servings (sandwiches) depending how much you like to pile on yours. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it is cheap & easy to make!