Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Curried Tuna Salad

My future mother-in-law has a talent. Regardless of when we arrive at their gorgeous lake cabin in Northern Minnesota, there is always food ready. Flights can be delayed, or early, we can drive in, we can get a ride doesn't matter. There's always good food in the fridge, just waiting for our (hungry) arrival.

Her trick is make-ahead dishes that can be refrigerated and not loose any tastiness. This recipe is actually tastier if you make it ahead, she taught me. Like any mayo-based salad, it can be served on lettuce wraps, toast, crackers, whatever your heart desires. I happen to hate diesel mayo, aka full fat, so this uses just enough of the light stuff to keep the salad together.

The light, spicy flavors are absolutely cravable, and it comes together so easily, we end up making this about once a week. My friend Mary Kate makes a similar version with less curry powder and shredded rotisserie chicken, and that is also so delicious that her husband pouts when she shares it with guests. Still, there's no denying this dish is great for visitors and live-ins alike.

Yields: about 3 hearty portions
  • 12 oz tuna (go for the chunk white)
  • 1/2 c raisins (we like golden raisins)
  • 1/3 c scallions (about 4) sliced thinly
  • 1/4 c parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 c sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts (we usually do a blend)
  • 2 T or more lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/3 to 1/2 c lowfat or fat free mayo (amt depending on your tastes)
  • 1 1/2 T curry powder
  • optional: halved grapes, thinly sliced celery
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Serve on romaine lettuce "tacos," toast, or crackers.


flynn said...

What kind of curry powder do you normally use for this? Inquiring minds want to know.

Denise said...

I prefer hot madras style curry powder--I use one I brought back from London, but smuggling spices is illegal so I didn't post the deets :). Any of the orangey to yellow Indian style supermarket powders should do the trick, but with such a heaping dose (1.5 Tb), be sure it's one you like.