When I was growing up, my mom made tuna salad quite often. It was pretty basic–some canned tuna, a little sweet pickle relish, chopped boiled eggs, and some Miracle Whip. Back in those days, I couldn’t eat a tuna salad sandwich without having some Cheetos on the side. I think part of that is because I’m not a huge tuna fan, so I needed the Cheetos to make it more palatable. Either way, tuna salad and Cheetos seemed to be inseparable in my mind. But I digress…
When we started eating cleaner and healthier, I realized that tuna salad as I knew it just really wasn’t going to work for several reasons: first, the sweet pickle relish and Miracle Whip were neither one good for a healthy diet; second, my husband hated sweet pickle relish anyway; and third, there were not going to be any Cheetos in my future. For years, we simply didn’t eat tuna salad at all. But then I looked around the World Wide Web for inspiration, and came up with a recipe for tuna salad that is not only healthy, but in my opinion, better and more delicious than the one I grew up eating! And bonus: it doesn’t require Cheetos to get it down!!
This recipe is very versatile, and you can take or leave any of the ingredients as you wish, depending on your taste or what you have on hand at any given time. I have left specific measurements out of it because it all depends on how much tuna you use, and how much stuff you like in it, which I believe is completely subjective. But I did include the amounts that I normally use for each, when I make a nice sized bowl of it. If you use lots of the colorful ingredients, your tuna salad will be beautiful and appetizing. I’ve seen some tuna salads that looked really gross, and no matter how good they might have tasted, I couldn’t even bring myself to try them based on their appearance. So colorful and pretty is very appealing to me when it comes to this salad. 🙂 And the more color you have in your diet, the better for nutrition, or so the experts say!
See all of those healthy ingredients in this salad? I love that it has so many great textures, and even a little “crunch” to it. It really makes a delicious meal or even a snack. On our grain-free diet, my hubby sometimes eats it on celery sticks or we’ll eat it wrapped in lettuce leaves, but there are lots of other serving options. My son loves this tuna salad, so it can be a kid-friendly meal as well! I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think!