Curried Tuna Salad for One

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How cute are these little cans of tuna? 

I kind of OD’ed on canned tuna in college when I was living alone and had no clue how to cook, so it’s been a long, long time since I had a legitimate craving for it. It all started with a conversation about cheap protein options…next thing I knew, I was at the market tossing a few packs of single-serving cans into my basket.

Back in the day, I would have thrown it over baby spinach with some tomatoes, frozen grapes, and grated parm and topped it off with fat-free bottled dressing. Thank god I got over that combo…What was I thinking?

Inspired by Melissa Clark’s A Good Appetite column in this week’s New York Times I set out to make curried tuna salad. For some reason, the chicken salad sandwich she wrote about took me back to a curried chicken salad I used to enjoy at Cambridge’s Hi-Rise Bread Company and well, the ol’ stream of consciousness took over.


  • 1 single-serve canned tuna, packed in water (~2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp (or more) curry powder
  • fresh or dried coriander (fresh would taste better)
  • a few raisins, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • a splash of lime juice (do NOT omit—it adds so much!)
Mix ingredients in a bowl and transfer to bread or eat over greens. I opted for the sandwich version, which I served with roasted broccoli.  

It was so good, if a bit messy. Next time, I think some sliced apple and celery will make an appearance as well.

What’s your favorite way to eat canned tuna? 

4 thoughts on “Curried Tuna Salad for One

    packingsnacks said:
    September 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog from clicking around various food blogs. 🙂
    I’ve recently rediscovered canned tuna too, after getting realllly tired of eating it almost every day back in elementary school (in those little packages that came with the crackers included?) I usually mix it with celery, raisins and a little bit of mayo but I’m a huge fan of curry chicken salad so I might have to try this combo too!

    Jess responded:
    September 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I hope you enjoy it : )

    lauren said:
    September 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I added a little cinnamon, cumin and chopped parsley too. Reaaaaal good!

      Jess responded:
      September 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      That sounds delicious!

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