DrHGuy Recipe: Tremendously Tasty Tuna Salad With Curry

Barbie’s Tuna Salad

Over a decade ago, Prodigal (aka my elder son aka Sam) and I recommended to 1HeckOfAGuy.com readers our favorite tuna salad recipe: Barbie’s Tuna Salad.  And now, The Duchess and I are doubling down on this endorsement. So, the kitchen that brought you dishwasher salmon and (the dishwasher-processed) Chocolodka, is proud to offer readers what we recognize as the best tuna salad recipe of all time – even though there is no dishwasher involvement.

Barbie’s Tuna Salad

Prep Time: 10 Min
Ready In: 10 Min
Servings: 4


* 1 (7 ounce) can white tuna, drained and flaked
* 6 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
* 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
* 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
* 1/8 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
* 1 tablespoon dried parsley
* 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
* 1 pinch garlic powder


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the tuna, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, relish, and onion flakes. Season with curry powder, parsley, dill and garlic powder. Mix well and serve with crackers or on a sandwich.
  2. There is no second step.


  • The immediate precipitant that led to searching for and discovering this recipe (ten years ago) was a sale of canned tuna ($0.63 for a 5 oz can) at our local Jewel Food Store.
  • Perhaps the premier bemefit of this recipe is that it is incredibly forgiving. Neither Prodigal or I have ever been plagued by hobgoblins of foolish consistency, and one cannot help but appreciate that despite both absolute and proportional amounts of ingredients varying significantly from batch to batch, each of those batches was delicious.
  • We have at times adapted the recipe, strategically eliminating the onion flakes (well, OK, the strategic decision was not to make a trip to the store just to buy friggin’ onion flakes) without catastrophically impairing the result.
  • Similarly, we have initially replaced the “3 tablespoons of sweet relish.” (we weren’t able to locate this item in our fridge, which is, perhaps, just as well, given that we hadn’t purchased a jar of relish for at least 10 years) with “a lot of” chopped sweet gherkins of indeterminate age.
  • The luscious-looking sandwich shown in the illustration notwithstanding, Prodigal and I prefer our tuna salad served on a Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil Triscuit.

From the contributor’s description:

This is a really great tuna salad recipe I got from a friend who used it in her catering service business many years ago. The secret ingredients are the curry and Parmesan cheese! Odd combinations but this makes a terrific tuna sandwich! She used it for an appetizer with gourmet crackers and people always wanted her recipe. I have never tasted another tuna salad quite like this one, and it has been my favorite recipe for tuna salad for many, many years.”

Photo by thebittenword.com


2 thoughts on “DrHGuy Recipe: Tremendously Tasty Tuna Salad With Curry

  1. You might recall that some years ago I suggested you publish a cook book with LC’s recipes for food and drinks–with relevant comments. You nixed it. Now, how about a cookbook of recipes of you and Penny?

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