Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad: Not your boring tuna salad. This one is packed with crunchy veggies and bright lemons and capers. Great on salad or in sandwich form! | macheesmo.com
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Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

Tuna salad probably doesn’t break most people’s top 100 of exciting dishes. I get it. But, you probably think of tuna salad that I thought of before I started making it this way: Gloopy and fishy. It’s one reason why I’ve yet to publish a classic tuna salad recipe in my almost decade (TEN YEARS) of writing this blog.

The trick, it turns out, to making delicious tuna salad and saving it from itself, is to inject it with two things: Crunch and Zest. It needs bright textures and flavors to bring it back to life. By adding lots of lemon zest, capers, and crunchy veggies, we can save canned (or packaged) tuna.

Believe it or not, I actually ate this Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad four days in a row for lunch. That’s almost unheard of in House Macheesmo! It’s worth giving a shot, even if you think you don’t like tuna salad!

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad: Not your boring tuna salad. This one is packed with crunchy veggies and bright lemons and capers. Great on salad or in sandwich form! | macheesmo.com

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

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Not your boring tuna salad. This one is packed with crunchy veggies and bright lemons and capers. Great on salad or in sandwich form!

Ingredients

3 scallions, minced
1 stalk celery, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 lemon, zest
1-2 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4-5 ounces tuna
Arugula, for serving
Toast, for serving
Salt and pepper
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Directions

  1. Mince celery and scallions and stir together with capers, lemon zest, mayo, and lemon juice. Fold in tuna (drained). Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve tuna salad on a bed of arugula either as a salad or on toast.
  3. Garnish the salad optionally with extra capers and lemon zest.

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

It’s important to use good tuna, in my opinion, for this recipe, but to be honest the star of the show is the lemon and the crunchy veggies.

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

Crunchy stuff!

And capers! I listed a normal amount of capers in the recipe but I love capers so much I can basically eat a whole jar on this salad.

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

The caper.

Here’s my salad base. Lots of lemon zest. Lots of capers. Lots of crunch!

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

Don’t skimp on the zest.

Then fold in the mayo and finally the tuna. Try to keep it in big chunks. Distinct pieces of tuna are good.

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

Big flakes.

My preferred way to serve this salad is on a piece of toast, open-faced, with a bed of arugula, the tuna salad, and extra zest and capers.

Boom! It’s a healthy lunch that I’ve yet to get tired of!

Any tuna salad fans in the house? Leave a comment!

Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad: Not your boring tuna salad. This one is packed with crunchy veggies and bright lemons and capers. Great on salad or in sandwich form! | macheesmo.com

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7 comments on “Lemon Zinger Tuna Salad

  1. Agree! canned or packaged tuna needs to be brought up a notch to really enjoy. Looks like you did it! Really like the extra ingredients-especially, the capers.

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    1. Lol! 4-5 ounces of tuna. I don’t have a fave brand honestly, but prefer the tuna that’s in the sealed pouches. It seems to be larger flakes than the canned variety.

      1. Sounds wonderful! Costco’s Kirkland brand Albacore solid white tuna in water is my favorite. Also, chopped red cabbage is great for crunch and color!

  2. I LOVE a good tuna salad, and yours seems to be a very good one that I’ll soon try. I also like chopped green olives (with or without pimiento) in mine when I’m out of capers, and I’ve even included shredded carrot at times. In my opinion, the main point to prevent “gloppiness” in tuna salad is to go easy on the mayonnaise–put in a lot less than you think you need and be sparing when you add more.

  3. I love Tuna Salad. This recipe sounds delicious and will try soon. Capers factor in my deviled eggs too. What about using preserved lemon in the mix? Thanks for posting.

  4. Love love tuna salad! I’ve added chopped apple to this as well—& eat several cans.

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