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What Do You Put In Your Tuna?

  1. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    I love tuna salad sandwiches but rarely make them.  I'm the only one that likes so much stuff in it.  I made a good one today.  It got me to thinking....what do YOU put in your tuna?

    Here's what I used today:

    Tuna in Spring water (drained)
    Chopped apple
    Chopped bell pepper
    Chopped onion
    Chopped jalapeno relish
    Chopped boiled egg
    Real mayo, only enough to moisten a bit (no Miracle Whip, yuck!)
    Chopped pecans

    1. sarovai profile image64
      sarovaiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I don't. But some of my friends , they use chopped onion and tomato and grinded garlic small amount, pepper and coriander powder. As per my friend it tastes like anything.

    2. PaperNotes profile image60
      PaperNotesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I usually keep it simple with just avocado, lemon, tuna or salmon and cracked pepper sandwiched between two thin slices of rice crackers. It's amazing!

    3. nikki1 profile image60
      nikki1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      pasta, eggbeaters, mayo, relish smile

  2. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 6 years ago

    I put Onion, Black Olives, Pepper, Salt, Egg, and I use Miracle Whip smile

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Seeing your post reminded me of the first time I ate at a friend's house back in high school.  They were having salad and I watched her parents salt and pepper their salad.  I thought that was the strangest thing.  I've always found it odd when Subway asks if you want salt and pepper on your sandwich.  There are just some things I never ever think of putting salt and pepper on.  I can see putting salt and pepper on tuna, but I never have.

      You're one of the Miracle Whip types, huh?  smile

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yes! lololololo big_smile I enjoy Miracle Whip but if it comes from Subway I put everything on my Tuna Salad. Including Jalapenos, Tomatoes, Lettuce , mustard etc. smile

        1. KCC Big Country profile image84
          KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          All the way down to the spinach leaves, carrots, and banana peppers?

      2. Smireles profile image83
        Smirelesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I agree with you. I never salted the tuna although I love salt on most everything else. I never salt the salad, either. I do love pepper on my salad.

    2. liljen23 profile image80
      liljen23posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I love tuna and I use salt,pepper, miracle whip(I love the flavor), eggs, and sometimes black olives. So you're an olive fan as well Aevan..

  3. wyanjen profile image89
    wyanjenposted 6 years ago

    Pickles.
    Chop 'em up real small.

    tasty.
    big_smile

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I sometimes use pickle relish, but I found this jalapeno relish that I like better.  Gives it that little extra kick.

  4. ediggity profile image61
    ediggityposted 6 years ago

    Hard boiled egg, mayonnaise, relish, salt, pepper, and a little mustard

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have used a little mustard before, but I find it doesn't add enough to it to be worth the trouble.

      1. ediggity profile image61
        ediggityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, sometimes I don't even bother.

  5. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I think we should all be mindful that the tuna is almost extinct in the seas as it has been fished to death, and stop thinking of tuna as that cheap and cheerful sandwich filler that we have ome to know and love, and think of it instead as one of man's failures at protecting natural resources.

  6. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 6 years ago

    I don't out anything in my tuna - I just put my tuna into my mouth smile

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Just plain?  My husband often eats just plain tuna on whole wheat pasta.

      1. Misha profile image76
        Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        With soy sauce and wasabi smile

        1. emievil profile image83
          emievilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ditto smile.

          On a sandwich - tuna with onions with a little bit of mayo and salt smile. And I'm the only one who eats that in this household. big_smile

  7. Jerami profile image77
    Jeramiposted 6 years ago

    1/3 salad shrimp to 2/3 tuna. Mayo, pickle relish, splash of celery,touch of mustard, cheddar cheese, boiled egg, the rest?  season for specific taste.

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds interesting....I'm not sure I would like it, but I would try it.  Cheddar cheese surprises me.  Hmmmmm

      1. Jerami profile image77
        Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        don't over do the cheddar or celery. mostly taste tuna and dices or whole shrimp.  You can leave out the pickle relish  add crushed corn flakes and make fried fish partties also.     I like it like that any way.

        1. KCC Big Country profile image84
          KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I've had salmon patties as a kid where my mother took canned salmon and cornmeal and fried them.  Same principle I guess.  As I just said in the last post here, I'm not really a fan of warmed tuna, so I don't know if I could take fried tuna.  I might could as long as I didn't think of it as tuna.

  8. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    I don't always have fresh pecans, so I have used walnuts too.  I have also put dried cranberries and sunflower seeds.

  9. NathanSyckel profile image60
    NathanSyckelposted 6 years ago

    Jalapenos
    Yellow Onions
    Celery
    More Jalapenos
    Egg Noodles
    Lots of Mayo
    and then wrap it all up in a corn tortilla. It's heaven.

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not a big celery fan, but if it's finely finely finely chopped I can handle it.  Store-bought tuna salad seems to almost always have celery.  I eat it unless it's just too chunky, then it's got to go. 

      Egg noodles, huh?  I've had some pasta-type salads that have had tuna in them.

      What about warm tuna? Or tuna casseroles?  I'm not a big fan of warmed tuna.

  10. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    If I'm in a hurry, it's tuna, egg, pickle, mayo.  All the rest is just fluff.  LOL  I just happened to have some fresh bell pepper and onion.  I usually buy 4-6 bell peppers and 4-6 onions at a time and chop them up and freeze them.

    1. Jerami profile image77
      Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Onions is good on about anything.  I had some on a peanut butter sandwitch once and wsn't too bad.  Didn't love it though.
        With a bowl of beans and cornbread I eat raw onion like it was an apple. especially 10-15s

      1. KCC Big Country profile image84
        KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        My husband can eat raw onions like an apple.  Onion is something I like a bit more chopped up as well, but I really like the zing onion gives to things.  I cook with a lot of onions and bell pepper.

  11. wesleycox profile image82
    wesleycoxposted 6 years ago

    Mayonnaise only, maybe relish if I'm feeling frisky but that's it.

  12. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I usually add green onions and miracle whip. Sometimes I do eat it right out of the can too.

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I can't eat it out of the can.  My husband can.  I actually like my tuna chilled.  While I boiling the eggs I usually put the can into the freezer for a quick chill.

  13. wyanjen profile image89
    wyanjenposted 6 years ago

    Banana peppers go on everything.
    They're awesome on pizza!

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I like banana peppers, but I would rather eat them with something than on something if that makes sense.  Don't know why really.

  14. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    You're all getting into practice for the food competition! I donlt know anything interesting about food to write about sad

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Not true! You know lots of interesting things by default....you're not in America.  I love hearing about cuisine in other countries.  Being married to a Brit, I learn something new almost everyday about foods he likes, etc.

    2. wyanjen profile image89
      wyanjenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What was your most favorite food as a child?
      What did your mom serve up to you for lunch on a summery day that would make you feel like the most special kid in the neighborhood? smile

      (In my case, the answer is grilled cheese sandwiches. yum!)

      Maybe write about your favorite lunch (or dinner, or snack) from your childhood, and include the recipe for it wink

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Wyanjen. These are good ideas to make a hub of. I just saw the headings and groaned! What do I know about cookery, even though I cook every day and used to cook for 8 on a daily basis when I was married, and about 40 on Christmas Day!
        Cooking is one thing. Writing about it another. But hey good ideas for an alternative approach smile

        1. wyanjen profile image89
          wyanjenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Here is another idea for a food hub:

          What are better alternatives for fans of tuna sandwiches? wink

  15. tony0724 profile image60
    tony0724posted 6 years ago

    Pickles , Tomato ,Celery , Mayo , a ltttle lemon juice, and a dash of garlic

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Tomato slices? Chopped tomato?  Does the lemon juice make that big of a difference?

  16. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I could write about how a certain nation is hogging all the tuna, so that there is less for the rest of us to eat. It is quite incredible to think that this nation consumes more tuna per head of population than the whole of Europe and America put together!
    But that our so-called scientists have been bought out to allow this situation to continue resulting in the loss of 90% of the ocean's global tuna stocks in the last 20 years.
    But I don't think I'll hub this. I've forumed it instead. Hey guys its important, especially to tuna fans.

  17. Money Glitch profile image86
    Money Glitchposted 6 years ago

    Really depends on what mood I'm in, however my recipe is close to yours... smile

    Basic recipe
    Tuna in Spring water (drained)
    Chopped celery
    Chopped onion
    Sweet pickle relish
    Chopped boiled egg
    Real mayo, only enough to moisten a bit (no Miracle Whip, yuck!)

    Adds on depending on my mood
    Chopped pecans
    Chopped apples

    A friend of mine puts mustard in hers, I didn't like it at all. sad

  18. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    Yaaay for the real Mayo!  smile

  19. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    That's one thing I do NOT like about store-bought tuna salad....they always use too much mayo/dressing!!  I also like the tuna chunky and noticeable, not a mushy pulp.  LOL

  20. trish1048 profile image80
    trish1048posted 6 years ago

    I love tuna!  Most times it is simply the tuna in spring water, drained of course, and Hellman's mayo.  I agree with you on the Miracle Whip, KCC.  UGH!  But, to each his own.

    The extent of my creativity is adding sliced hot cherry peppers to it for a bit of a kick.  Other times, chopped onion.

    I used to think I'd hate warm tuna, but I have tried the Tuna Helper, and it's actually delicious, in my opinion.

  21. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    I have had Tuna Helper, because I'll pretty much try anything once, but I didn't like it.

    I'm not even sure I've tried Hellman's. I'm sure someone has used it in something I've eaten over the years.  Is it noticeably different than Kraft's Real Mayo?

    1. trish1048 profile image80
      trish1048posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hellman's has been a staple in my entire family's pantries.  It is, in my opinion, (and many others') the be-all and end-all of mayo.

      I'm not fond of Kraft products per se.  And again, in my opinion, there is no comparison between Kraft and Hellman's mayo.  Kraft mayo, to me, has a tartness to it, perhaps, even vinegar-y.

      Forgot to mention, while I eat chunk light tuna upon occasion, mostly I use solid white albacore.

      1. KCC Big Country profile image84
        KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Trish:  I'll have to specifically buy Hellmans and try it.  I too often buy solid albacore instead of regular tuna.

        Beth:  Oh grapes, I have had grapes in mine before too.  I like that too.

  22. spryte profile image87
    spryteposted 6 years ago

    If you want a real quick meal with Tuna try mixing it up with some elbow macaroni, lemon juice, chopped celery, onion and a little bit of mayo.  I eat it by the bowlful...it's so yum!

    Otherwise...in my tuna sammich, I put a little bit of mayo and dill pickle relish.  I like to keep it simple.

  23. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    Hey Spryte!  I haven't seen you in like FOREVER!  How's it going? 

    I see you use lemon juice too.  Someone earlier did too.  How does it affect the taste?

  24. profile image70
    logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago

    I can tune a piano but I can't tuna fish! smile

  25. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    smile

  26. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 6 years ago

    I don't buy tins of tuna...
    The sea is just down the road and it's full of tuna at this time of year. big_smile
    So... when I catch tuna I smoke them with Manuka, brown sugar and honey. (Manuka is a native bush)
    There is no shortage of munchers when it comes to smoked tuna smile

  27. habee profile image89
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    Chopped apple, celery, pickle relish, boiled egg, and mayo.

    1. Smireles profile image83
      Smirelesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Habee you just added my recipe. We like it the same way!

  28. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    Black olive slices, a little olive oil, and - if I'm in the mood - chopped celery.  Also if I'm in the mood - Italian seasoning.

  29. Beth100 profile image84
    Beth100posted 6 years ago

    I have a few combos:

    tuna, finely diced pickle,mayo, salt, pepper
    tuna, diced apple, sliced red grapes, salt, curry, green onion (green part only), diced carrots, diced celery, mayo
    tuna served with rice
    tuna, salt, pepper, mayo, celery, carrots, red bell peppers, finely chopped anise
    tuna, lemon pepper, finely diced carrots, celery, green onions (green part only)

    If it's not from a can, then I marinate the tuna before grilling, which gives it the taste that I'm after. 

    mmmm...now I'm hungry!!  lol

  30. waynet profile image49
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    pasta, cucumber, sweetcorn and mayonniase it all up and eat it all!

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      LOL...I like all of these items, but I wouldn't have imagined throwing them all together or even with tuna.  I'd give it a try though.

    2. gracenotes profile image92
      gracenotesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I've got to try a variation of this.  With my home-grown cucumbers.  Should be good, thanks!

  31. Anath profile image72
    Anathposted 6 years ago

    I like it with fresh lemon juice, chopped hot chillies and chopped onions.  Mix, and leave for at least 5 minutes before spreading on freshly baked bread.

  32. gracenotes profile image92
    gracenotesposted 6 years ago

    I wonder if the chopped apples and pecans are a Southern thing in tuna.  I use them quite frequently, as well as hard-boiled eggs.

    Are you tired of the mayo in tuna salad?  Well, then simply chop up some onions and pimentos.  Add your tuna to that, as well as English peas and some Italian dressing to your taste.  Chill.  When ready to serve, get some canned chow mein noodles and put over the top of the tuna salad.

    Most everyone likes this crunchy variation.  And it's very colorful served on a lettuce leaf.

    1. gracenotes profile image92
      gracenotesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, darn!  I forgot one of the ingredients.  When you put the Italian dressing in the mix, don't forget to add the juice of half a lemon!  :-)

  33. barryrutherford profile image30
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago

    Tuna with chives and onion are good when i say onions i mean spring onions ...

  34. jenblacksheep profile image84
    jenblacksheepposted 6 years ago

    I bought some canned tuna for the first time in ages yesterday. Usually I mix it with corn and mayo. Yesterday I had that with pasta and some grated cheese. The same combo is also great in a baked potato!

  35. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 6 years ago

    A baited hook if I'm lucky...

  36. wrenfrost56 profile image81
    wrenfrost56posted 6 years ago

    Salad cream, cucumber, sweetcorn, carrot, black pepper. mmmmmm smile

    1. profile image70
      logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Let me know when it's ready wrenfrost and I'll head over! smile 
      Sounds really good!
      Have you tried the Miracle Whip with olive oil?

  37. profile image60
    SarahLambertposted 6 years ago

    pickle relish, chopped egg, chopped onion, mayo and pepper...

  38. Sally's Trove profile image99
    Sally's Troveposted 6 years ago

    I love this thread. All of you have made scores of variations on tuna salad...a whole new tuna dimension has been entered!

    Your conversations have brought back memories. For example, my mother told me from the time I was a little kid to beware of sweet pickles in a tuna salad sandwich ordered in a restaurant, because the pickles disguise the fact that the tuna salad is more than a day old.

    I know that to not be true now, and so I put sweet pickles in mine, but for years, I thought I might get poisoned if sweet pickles were involved.

    Super thread...and "meat" for a Hub or two.

  39. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    LOL....I'm glad you enjoyed it Sally's Trove.  With the food contest coming up starting tomorrow, maybe this thread inspired some good hubs, who knows?

    I don't know about you, but I'm suddenly hungry.  smile

    1. Sally's Trove profile image99
      Sally's Troveposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I hope it did...

      10 Best Tuna Salad Recipes

      10 Best Water Packed Tuna Salad Recipes

      Water Packed Tuna versus Oil Packed Tuna

      Is Tuna Salad an Endangered Species?

      Tuna and Nut Salad (I loved the ideas contributed about adding nuts to tuna salad)

      Hot Tuna Salads (This could go a lot of ways...tuna melts, popular tuna salad recipes, even a retrospective of tuna salad recipes through the years...)

      Tuna Salad Pickles or Not?

      Tuna Salad Mustard or Not?

      10 Summer Tuna Salad Hits (Maybe someone who grills tuna has a salad recipe for the leftovers.)

      Just having fun here...hope it generates some Hubbalicious thoughts.

      Now I'm joining you...I'm starving!

  40. Boomer60 profile image60
    Boomer60posted 6 years ago

    I put cottage cheese and a dab of mayonnaise and a can of drained tuna mixed together .  I just eat the cottage cheese and tuna mix  on top of baby spinach   and call it a meal.

  41. Wendy Krick profile image51
    Wendy Krickposted 6 years ago

    sweet onion, pickles and mayonnaise with pepper.

  42. GoldiString profile image60
    GoldiStringposted 6 years ago

    Tuna wrapped in leaf lettuce.

  43. Gerber Ink profile image86
    Gerber Inkposted 6 years ago

    I like to mix in finely diced celery, real mayo, and Grey Poupon mustard.  I eat it on whole wheat bread or rolled up in Boston lettuce leaves.  Occasionally I may also shred some baby carrots, diced boiled eggs and mix them in there too.  It pretty much depends on what is in the fridge!

  44. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    These aren't the healthiest, but I do like the occasional tuna casserole - noodles, cheese, etc.  Also, the occasional tuna melt sandwich.  It doesn't have to be one of those big restaurant kind - just a basic grilled cheese with tuna in it.

  45. Eric Calderwood profile image82
    Eric Calderwoodposted 6 years ago

    I don't put anything in my Tuna.  Unfortunately there is an ever increasing amount of mercury found in Tuna, especially Albacore Tuna, for me to be able to eat very much of it.  If I could eat it I would eat it plain anyway, no mayonnaise or anything. When on the rare occasion I do have some, I just eat it plain.

  46. msannec profile image59
    msannecposted 6 years ago

    I use sweet pickle relish, chopped boiled egg, mayo (or whipped salad dressing, which I prefer), and a pinch of sugar. Sometimes I'll used finely minced onion if I have it on hand.

  47. BrainSpace profile image60
    BrainSpaceposted 6 years ago

    Wow. I didn't realize there were so may ways to make a tuna salad sandwhich. I make mine with:

    miracle whip
    vlasic sweet relish
    mustard
    onions
    sea salt
    pepper
    sometimes bananna peppers

    Then I place it on two pieces of bread, top it off with shredded cheese, and put in the over on broil until the cheese is melted...MMMMM delicious!

  48. Lady Rose profile image74
    Lady Roseposted 6 years ago

    I keep mine simple. chopped onions, garlic, tomato, salt and pepper and sometimes home made mayonnaise.

  49. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 6 years ago

    I cant eat tuna, the smell kills me!!!!!!!!!!

 
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