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Tuna Salad...But I have no relish?

Yep, that's it. I wanna make tuna salad, but i have no relish, and just tuna and mayo is kinda bland. Any ideas?

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  1. How about some chopped pickles. A little onion, and my favorite garlic. Love garlic with tuna.

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    1. re: catrn

      is this crazy to think about hot sauce? think that would blend well? lol

    2. Pickle
      onion or shallot
      hot sauce
      a little lemon juice
      mustard, just a dash
      parsley ...

      I also like tuna, no mayo ... vinaigrette, parsley, onion garlic, tomato slices

      1. I like tuna mixed with a balsamic, chopped celery, dijon, and a tiny bit of l lowfat mayo

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        1. re: cheesecake17

          Forgot celery, yes, absolutely cheese. Definitely great with tuna

        2. chopped celery, chopped onion, mustard, hard-cooked egg, or capers could all go in there.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Capers are good I like them, some don't, egg I have done but not always, I'm either way on that. Capers in anything are good, :)

          2. lemon juice, and/or a splash of sherry or balsamic vinegar...then chop & fold in capers, shallot or red onion, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh flat-leaf parsley for a tasty Mediterranean tuna salad. you can even toss in some chopped black olives if you like them.

            curried tuna salad is another favorite - Madras curry powder, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, chopped or shredded Granny Smith apple, currants (or raisins if you prefer), and a pinch of cayenne or a dab of chili-garlic sauce (Sriracha or Sambal Oelek) if you like it spicy.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Ooohhh, the Mediteranean tuna sounds awesome. I will definately try that.

              1. re: catrn

                one of my favorites. it's best if you use high-quality oil-packed tuna...or if you use regular tuna packed in water, add a little good olive oil.

                1. re: catrn

                  I almost never do the mayo/relish tuna salad since I discovered how much I like this. Tuna, capers and/or olives (if you've got tapenade, a good dollop is the easy way out), shallots, and a splash of white wine vinaigrette or lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil with whatever herbs you've got lying around. I also like some white beans in there if it's being served on greens instead of bread. Or a little feta, if you're into that sort of thing.

                  1. re: Wahooty

                    Thanks for the advice. I would love to get away from tuna and mayo, This sounds like a great way to enjoy my tuna! And who doesn't like feta.

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Curried Tuna Salad is great, and amazing how well kids like it. Definately the apples and raisins work well in this, I did not add the vinegar. We did , however, use half yogurt and half mayo (and a tad of dijon) We sold pounds of this on a daily basis at the gourmet food shop I managed.

                3. Mkay so itried hot sauce, honey mustard, basil, garlic, s&p, and a little lemon juice. That was surprisingly quite tasty. thanks for all the suggestions. :) Im totally gonna try that Mediterranean one too...

                  1. You too? I was making my tuna salad this morning, and found myself out of relish. I put in just the tiniest bit of ketchup and kept going...AND I put pickle relish on my shopping list.

                    Dill pickles just aren't the same, IMO.

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                    1. re: mcsheridan

                      I always have a jar of bread&butter pickles on hand and mince them (plus the onion in the pickle brine) for tuna salad, if I don't have relish. When the pickles are gone, I use the sweet brine in salad dressings or - my new favorite - heat it, pour over still-hot beans that were soaked and cooked without seasoning. Add raw sweet onion, chill and eat cold.

                      I like celery, including the leaves, in tuna salad. The good tuna salad made by a sub shop nearby includes very thinly shredded lettuce, no pickle and little or no onion that I can detect, though they might use onion powder or onion salt. It doesn't sound good but it is.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        I do love bread & butter pickles, yet I almost never have them in the fridge. Why not? I have no idea. Thanks for the reminder on those, plus the great ideas for using the brine. Pickled green beans here we come!

                        I frequently put celery in my tuna, although I'm not a fan of the leaves except as an addition to soups.

                        As to onion, I use just a little, finely minced, and I just love it. I've never detected any in sub shop or deli-made tuna, either.

                    2. Growing up mom made tuna + mayo+ red apple chopped +red onion diced + celery + curry powder... was very good... didn't know it was "unique" til i had friends over and made tuna as i knew it.

                      1. Pickled jalapenos are the best, or even pepperocini would work.

                        1. I never use relish. Water packed tuna (well drained), 1/2 mayo -- 1/2 softened cream cheese, a few shots of worchestershire (to taste), grated carrot, chopped ripe olves (I buy in the can already chopped), and chopped water chestnuts.

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                          1. re: laliz

                            Definitely a different recipe. Interesting combo

                            1. re: kchurchill5

                              I forgot that I often add frozen petite peas also.

                              1. re: laliz

                                It doesn't sound bad. Actually good, but that isn't what I would want to eat on my bread as tuna salad. when I have is separate I usually have a different name. Tuna salad to me is on bread and that is what I like. But Tuna Salad with a twist is great but not served on bread for me. But maybe a stand alone with all your veggies it would be good.

                                Just me, maybe a traditionalist when it comes to tuna salad sammy's

                            2. re: laliz

                              Lilia, is that a salad or more of a spread with the 50 - 50 cream cheese and mayo? I love the water chestnuts in mine also.

                              1. re: TimCarroll

                                My wife adds chopped veggies like carrots, cucumber, chopped lettuces, onion, eggs, and I love it. PS I love "pickalilly" too.

                                1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                  great suggestions, I actually am eating canned tuna and mayo right now as I read this and my imagination is fired to try the 3/4 suggestion on this thread that sound delicious.