When I was 17, I worked in the kitchen at Surprise Lake Camp. I was one of the two Second Cooks on Teenside (the oldest campers in camp – ages 13 to 15). The head cook was a guy named Lenny, who was sweet and treated me like a daughter. I had no kitchen knowledge, but I was great at following directions. He taught me to make the best tuna salad ever and in the years that have followed, I still follow his basic recipe. I wasn’t the best cook back then, in fact, I really didn’t find my legs in the kitchen until around 12 years ago, the summer of my first pregnancy with my now 11-year-old son. But this tuna salad is still my basic recipe and wows my family.
2 cans white albacore tuna
2 tablespoons mayo
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
3 tablespoons sweet relish
Paprika to taste
Garlic Salt to taste
You can play around with the amounts and ingredients, but this is the basic recipe I follow. And it’s delicious!
First, drain your tuna. I prefer to use white albacore, but use any type of tuna you prefer.
Add your mayo. I enlisted my 11-year-old son to help me make this today. Teaching my kids how to cook is a priority. It helps with listening to directions and strengthening little hands (all three of my kids have low muscle tone and weak hands).
Add your mustard – I prefer to use spicy brown, but if you want to try a different mustard, like dijon, that will work also.
Don’t forget the paprika – it gives it a little kick up that is needed.
Serve with or without bread.
So, how do you like to make your tuna salad? Do you have any secret ingredients that you add? I’d love to hear your ideas! The Best Tuna Salad Recipe Ever