Our friend Dave served us a great tuna salad that captures the flavors of Southern California. I had to add a Meyer lemon to the mix, because we had a Meyer lemon tree in the backyard of the desert house where we were lucky enough to be spending a little time. Dave's wife Dot likes a little mustard in her version, so that ingredient is added as well. This version of a classic is light, easy on the mayo, and loves a few cashews served on the side if you want just a touch of salt and crunch. It is very refreshing and bright and does not weigh you down in the afternoon desert sun! —Bevi
can Albacore tuna
stalks celery, medium chopped
poblano chile, chopped in 1/4" dice
medium cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and medium chopped
scallions, medium chopped
cilantro, medium chopped
mayonaise, scant to heaping, depending on your preference
Dijon or country Dijon mustard
juice of one half of a Meyer lemon (use a regular lemon if necessary)
salt and pepper to season
In This Recipe
Drain the tuna and place in serving bowl. Break up the chunks. Add the chopped celery, poblano chile, cucumber, scallions, and cilantro. Then add the capers. Stir the solid ingredients until blended.
Add the mayonaise, mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Blend with a fork. adjust seasonings as necessary. Serve with a few salted cashews on the side.