Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Favorite Tuna Salad

We attended a lovely, intimate luncheon after our goddaughter’s baptism a few months ago. The tuna salad sandwiches had a unique flavor that was so delicious. The secret ingredient in this tuna salad is the crystallized ginger. It adds a sweet, smooth flavor that complements the other ingredients. 

This recipe is my re-creation of the tuna salad. Sometimes, I have substituted a small green pepper for the celery and scallions for the medium onion. If you don't have (or like) tarragon, just use another herb, like chives or parsley.

For a tuna melt, add a slice or two of good white melting cheese, such as Swiss or provolone, and place under a broiler for a few minutes. You can also add lettuce and tomato for more texture and color.

2 (6.4 ounce) packages albacore white tuna
2 stalks celery, chopped
¼ medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
½ teaspoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
¼ cup mayonnaise, or to taste
¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Mix ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve on a bed of salad greens or in a sandwich.

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