Simple, 3 ingredient chili tuna salad that makes for a great snack or lunch. This recipe has so much more flavor than typical tuna salad while still being just as easy to make. Spread this chili tuna salad on crackers or use as a sandwich the next time you’re craving something light, healthy, and simple.
Okay, let me just start by saying: I love tuna and eat it practically every day. It’s such a healthy, delicious way to eat protein. My boyfriend loves tuna, too, and he’s who created this chili tuna salad recipe.
What makes this tuna salad taste so good? Sambal oelek. It’s a chili paste you can add to all sorts of dishes. For instance, we use it in when making this red chili hummus. Ooh, and I recently saw in a magazine a chile con queso recipe with sambal oelek in it- sounds seriously amazing!
If you’ve never tried tuna salad with sambal oelek, you’re in for a real treat. Typically, tuna salads are bland and flavorless. Not this one! Even though it’s only one ingredient, the sambal oelek does a really good job of adding flavor.
How you do you eat tuna salad? I like eating it with crackers while my boyfriend typically eats his as a sandwich. No matter how you eat this chili tuna salad, you really ought to put dill pickles slices with it. They’re the perfect cool, crispy contrast to the tuna.
As I said when I posted this tuna noodle casserole recipe, people have very strong reactions to tuna: either you love it or hate it but there’s not much room for indifference. Perhaps because the odor is so potent. When I was younger I didn’t like it, but now I can’t get enough of the stuff. So, who knows?
If you’re a fan of tuna, you really have to try this chili tuna salad. You’re going to love how simple it is and how much better it tastes than typical tuna salad. And, if all you’ve ever tasted are bland, run-of-the-mill tuna salads, this chili tuna salad will blow you away.
Okay, this is a shorter post because well, this is a short recipe- only 3 ingredients! Let’s make some chili tuna salad.
- 2 - (5 oz.) cans tuna in water, drained and flaked
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
- dill pickle slices (optional)
- In a medium bowl combine tuna, mayonnaise, and sambal oelek. Serve with crackers and dill pickle slices (optional) or use as filling in a sandwich.
Still craving tuna? Check out this best ever tuna noodle casserole (so good!)..