Simple Tuna Salad Recipe
From the Money Saving Recipes Series
I am Emily and this is my simple tuna salad recipe. It’s simple – only 6 ingredients and it’s fast because I need fast, time-saving recipes so I can spend more time sharing new recipes with my readers and it’s delicious because everyone who eats it says so!
Here is my recipe and keep in mind that I am feeding my family of five with this amount. If you need to only serve two then cut this recipe in half and eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. My recipe serves four adults – 4 – (1) cup servings – or two adults, two small children and one baby with leftovers for my husband’s work lunch the next day!
10 (5-0z) cans of Chunk Light Tuna packed in water, drained
1/3 cup finely chopped celery with leaves
1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
3/4 cup of Duke’s light mayonnaise
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
Crackers or bread to eat with your salad
The directions are easy….dump into a bowl, stir and serve! Wow! Super simple, fast and tasty! I scored 55 pouches of tuna in a ridiculous deal a few weeks ago and I want you to know that you certainly can use the pouches instead of the cans. These cans were in my stockpile and they expire sooner so I used them up first.
I really do think you get more out of a pouch than you do a can. It says it’s 5 ounces per can but 2.5 – 3 ounces is water! So all that’s left is half a can of tuna meat after you drain it off. I would recommend starting out with two pouches of tuna as I have noticed some differences in volume when comparing the store brand to the national brand. Also keep in mind that the pouches of tuna contain no liquid and it’s all moist tuna meat.
I also scored a crazy good deal on Duke’s Light Mayonnaise at my local H-E-B. It was on clearance for $2 per 18-oz squeeze bottle, reg price $2.78, so I grabbed 12 bottles and stocked up for the entire year at 28% savings. I prefer the taste of Duke’s Mayonnaise to any other brand and since I save so much money all year long with my Practical Couponing for Busy People Methods, I can afford to splurge on the products that I do like!
If you prefer a slightly moister version of this salad then leave a tiny bit of liquid in the cans. I like my salad pretty dry and I use the mayo to moisten so I really press down hard and drain out every bit of liquid from the cans.
I am not really sure if you can freeze leftovers of this salad. I don’t have to worry about testing that theory since there’s never any left anyway. I will be honest and say that I probably wouldn’t be willing to try since I am not so sure how well the tuna and eggs would hold up in the thawing process.
We usually eat our tuna salad with crackers like the Wheat Thins Toasted Chips pictured or Keebler Club Crackers or Ritz Crackers. I also like to eat it on toasted whole wheat bread or whole wheat crackers. There’s just something about the nutty flavor of whole wheat that I absolutely love!
Practical Couponing for Busy People Hack: If you have a preference for a certain brand or product then purchase that product and skip the cheap or free competitors. I hardly ever see coupons for my favorite Duke’s brand mayo but I do know clearance prices are always a deal. When I see it on clearance – I check the dates, make sure I only purchase what I can use or donate – and then stock up.
Keep in mind that there are certain brands and products that you will never get free or cheap. Some couponers prefer to only buy items that they can get cheap or free and others, like me, prefer to buy the items I like and save in other areas. For example, I am not at all snobbish about which brands of canned or frozen fruits or vegetables we eat. I buy whatever is the cheapest and this savings leaves me wiggle room in my budget to purchase the mayo I like!
If you do run out of an item, don’t have a coupon, can’t catch a sale and absolutely need it then purchase only the amount you need to get by. Then make sure you watch and see when you find a good deal on that particular item. You only want to stock up when it’s at it’s rock bottom price and some items, like my Duke’s Mayo, never get below 20-30% off.
I hope you enjoy my super simple tuna salad recipe! If you are looking for another super simple dump recipe then click here to see my Chicken Dump Soup Money Saving Recipe! It’s fast, easy and delicious while doing double duty of keeping your tummy and your wallet full!
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