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Jul 13, 2010 11:09 AM

Tuna and potato salad -- Help?

Hi everyone,

I was at my company picnic last week and my boss' mother brought a delicious salad that I would like to try making myself at home. I've been searching on here and Google and I haven't been able to find anything similar.

The ingredients were tuna, potatoes, chickpeas, parsley, onion, sliced egg, and green olives. It was in a light olive oil-based dressing, and was meant to be mixed with mayonnaise and lime/lemon to be squeezed on top. I believe his family are Portuguese, if that helps.

It seems pretty easy to me, but I would still really appreciate a recipe or any other tips anyone has, especially the dressing since the ingredients are pretty straightforward, but other than olive oil I'm not sure what else was in the dressing.

Could it just be his mum's own variation on the Portuguese tuna salad with chickpeas I can find easily?

I have considered asking my boss if he could give me the recipe, but I don't see him often and he's usually very busy when I do see him, so I haven't asked him yet. Also I was hoping to make this for dinner tonight, but that depends on if anyone can help me!

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  1. I just googled mediterranean tuna and potato salad (that's how the recipe reads to me)and got quite a few hits. I peeked at a few and what you might be missing is some sort of vinegar for your oil, balsamic and sherry were two. I would play with the mayo and oil mixture before adding it to the rest of the salad, and see if you can get close. Were there capers in it? That's a popular item in this type of salad.

    Also Epicurious has one of those dish-crafting applications where you enter the ingrediants you have, and then are supplied with a recipe(s). I haven't used it yet, but it might be helpful to you.

    Good luck!

    3 Replies
    1. re: onceadaylily

      I've lost a BBQ sauce recipe I loved, so I was happy to see that Epicurious had a dish-crafting service. But I can't find it. Do you have a link?

      Thanks in advance.

      1. re: itinerant1

        Uh oh. I could *swear* that I read on a thread on Chow that Epi was offering that now, but I had no luck when I searched the sight. Maybe I imagined the whole thing. Sorry for the inconveniance!

        But there are two sites (Supercook and Recipe Matcher) that provide this service. And sorry, again, but I can't link without IE closing down. My PC and I are having a stand-off. I am barely helpful today.

    2. Reminds me of an Olivia salad but replacing chicken & peas with tuna & chickpeas.,1943,...

      1. Seems a little salade nicoise-esque. But this about your boss - seems like an ideal opportunity to write him a short thank you note for the picnic, praising his mother's cooking, while asking for her recipe (at his leisure). He's got to like that.

        1. Go to your boss...Tell him/her how blown away you were with his/her mothers salad...(Note: The boss will be pleased you said something) Ask..."do you think she would give me the recipe?
          Odds are very good that you will get the recipe.........

          Good Luck...Enjoy!