Old-fashioned Tuna Salad

tuna salad

I hadn’t had Tuna Salad in years, but I was immediately drawn to a Tuna Salad recipe in a hundred-year-old cookbook. The old recipe brought back warm memories of lunches with friends and family where Tuna Salad was a prominent part of the meal.

The recipe did not disappoint. The recipe made a classic tuna salad, and was very quick and easy to make.

Here’s the original recipe:

Tuna salad recipe
General Welfare Guild Cook Book (Compiled by the General Welfare Guild, Beaver Valley General Hospital, New Brighton, PA; 1923)

The recipe called for “one small cup chopped celery or cucumber.” When I made the recipe, I assumed that a “small cup” was the equivalent of a 6-ounce tea cup – or about 3/4 cup. I used enough mayonnaise to bind the other ingredients together – about 1/4 cup. And, I skipped the extra mayonnaise garnish.

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Tuna Salad

  • Servings: 3 - 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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2  5-ounce cans tuna

3/4 cup celery or cucumber, chopped (I used celery.)

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup mayonnaise

Put the tuna in a bowl, and use a fork to flake. Add celery or cucumber, onion, and mayonnaise; stir to combine. If desired, serve on lettuce leaves.


23 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Tuna Salad

    1. hmm. . . Now you have me wondering if I’ve ever seen a recipe for tuna casserole in a hundred-year-old cookbook. I don’t think that I have. They probably became popular mid-century.

  1. Tuna salad is one of my favorite lunches and this post made me smile as I thought about the pleasure of tuna for lunch. As a sandwich, just by itself, or tossed in a garden salad it never disappoints. I use this recipe plus stir in sweet pickle relish, always delicious!

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