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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2013, 09:17:46 AM »
I'm not really a fan of pasta salad, but when I do make it I use vinaigrette ( homemade, just follow any recipe and add whatever herbs you like - or none at all. I mix olive oil with lemon juice, a little mustard, salt , pepper and maybe a pinch oregano and/or mint. ) pour the vinaigrette over the pasta when it's still warm to let it absorb it better.

For tuna salad I just mix tuna with mayo and add in some veg/pickles/onions ( no pasta). To lower calories/fat, you can mix with cottage cheese

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2013, 09:26:48 AM »
Other than the usual chopped pickles/celery/onion, I use a little light creamy caesar dressing rather than mayo, and some chopped ginger.

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2013, 09:07:39 PM »

I'm fond of lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and dijon mustard, flavoured with a bit of garlic and thyme and freshly ground pepper.


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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2013, 03:00:19 PM »
I love a dressing made of yoghurt, a little mayo, lots of lemon zest, a little italian dressing, and a little sugar. 

ETA:  I forgot the celery!  I need my crunch :)

This is exactly the dressing I use for my cole slaw, and similar to what I use for my broccoli salad.  It is so yummy, and obviously you can customize how creamy you want it with the proportion of yogurt and mayo.

My tuna salad isn't worth mentioning it's so weird, but it's basically chopped celery, onion, sweet pickles, dill pickles and then black olives if I have them.  There's probably about 3 times as much of this as there is tuna. 

I guess I need my crunch, too.  The idea of mushy tuna salad makes my brain hurt!

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2013, 03:16:28 PM »
I didn't like "lite" mayo either until I found one that was made with olive oil.

otherwise, plain Greek yogurt is my go-to mayo substitute ... I use a lot less though, since the yogurt has a stronger flavor than mayo

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2013, 03:26:48 PM »
What I use in almost all my salads is: some oli, some (whine) vinegar, some lemon (or lime) juice, pepper and salt,   that is it.

What my mother used to say is: wise with oil, sparesome (stingy?) with vinegar. So I splash the oil and drip the vinegar in the salad.



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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2013, 03:52:00 PM »
I had some great tuna the other day.  It had yellow curry powder, plain greek yogurt, and spicy mustard in it. 

Forgot to add that you can chop up apples, grapes or whatever else you want in it.
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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2013, 03:25:44 AM »
I make a fabulicious cole slaw. I bet the dressing would go nicely in tuna. You may need to adjust the quantities a bit, but here's what I do for a full batch of cole slaw:

Grate one apple. (I use a firm, fairly sweet variety like Pink Lady or Gala.)
Grate one yellow onion. (Wash hands.)
Put this, along with most of the juice they generate, into a bowl. (If you really loathe raw onion, nuke it for half a minute to a minute to take the edge off.)
Stir them together. Add a huge blob of mayo. (Start with half a cup. You may need to add up to a cup, depending on how much onion and apple you use.) Add a generous dose of mustard (if you're using a squirt bottle, you'll have to do two full squeezes; if not, two generous teaspoons is a good starting point).
Salt with abandon. Pepper happily. Add 2 T. of white sugar. Stir, stir, stir. Add about 2 T. of cider vinegar. Stir. If the dressing doesn't look at least a bit liquidy, add two more 2 T. vinegar. Stir stir stir. Add to your heap of cabbage.

Obviously, that's not tuna. For the tuna, you might want to mince your apples and onions for added texture. The secret is to mix everything but the tuna together and then add it to the tuna.

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2013, 04:09:58 PM »
I don't like the lite mayo - but I do like the Olive Oil mayo!

My substitutions would change knowing if this was for cold tuna salad, or more of a tuna casserole? Only asking because you said elbow macaroni in the OP!

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2013, 09:16:44 PM »

I made a tuna pasta salad the other day that worked out really well.

Chunky pasta and tuna canned in water, chopped celery, red and yellow pepper, green onion and blanched green beans. The dressing was mayonnaise with lime juice, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, and a bit of granulated garlic - I think it was about 1/4 cup mayo to the juice of half a large lime, heavily seasoned. It came out very flavorful, with just enough dressing to bind things together, but not be goopy. 

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2013, 05:50:46 PM »
I don't like the lite mayo - but I do like the Olive Oil mayo!

My substitutions would change knowing if this was for cold tuna salad, or more of a tuna casserole? Only asking because you said elbow macaroni in the OP!

A cold salad with cold macaroni.



Update: I've been slowly getting use to the Olive Oil mayo. I've used a little of that with greek yogurt and a bit of lemon. I also like the vinaigrette with dijon and lime.

Both are quite tasty! :)

even thought I really do miss my mayo. :-\
 


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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2013, 01:57:41 AM »
What I use in almost all my salads is: some oli, some (whine) vinegar, some lemon (or lime) juice, pepper and salt,   that is it.

What my mother used to say is: wise with oil, sparesome (stingy?) with vinegar. So I splash the oil and drip the vinegar in the salad.

That reminds me of one of the quote about the men needed to make a salad: "a spendthrift for oil, a miser for vinegar, a counselor for salt, and a madman to mix it all up." I'm not sure who said it. Maybe it's just an old proverb.

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Re: Tuna Salad dressing suggestions, please.
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2013, 11:54:28 AM »
I use plain greek yogurt in place of mayo for everything, mostly because I can not stand mayo. 

I have a great pasta salad recipe that uses greek yogurt and a touch of red wine vinegar there's also some red onion and oregano.  It's awesome a fat free!