Looking back on our lives, there were countless days spent at our Mimi’s. She was the one we spent our days with when we were home sick from school. She was the one we spent our Wednesdays with for our weekly sleepover. She was the one we celebrated so many special occasions with throughout the years. Some of our favorite memories with Mimi though are ones we continue to make today. They are stopping by her house for something random and finding ourselves engaged in an hour-long conversation. On days like that, she’ll usually make us a fresh tuna salad sandwich and pour us a tall glass of water while we catch up on life.
Those tuna sandwiches bring back so many fond memories of candid moments spent with someone we care so much about. Those moments are the memories we carry with us and what we hope to create with our family and friends when we invite them into our own homes. As simple as a tuna sandwich might be, it provided a familiar comfort that allowed us to open up and truly be ourselves no matter what season we were enduring.
Now, that we’re older and often find ourselves inviting loved ones into our own homes, we can’t help but think how Mimi’s Tuna Salad Recipe had the ability to make us feel at home. That feeling is the exact feeling we want others to experience while they’re in our homes. It’s also the reason when Mimi asks what she can help prepare while we’re planning for any upcoming gatherings, we often request her tuna salad!
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Mimi’s Tuna Salad Recipe
The Secret to Serving This Tuna Salad
Mimi’s Tuna Salad Recipe is rather easy to make, but the secret is to prepare it a day in advance to allow the flavors of each ingredient to blend together. Also, you will not want to skip out on including the relish in this recipe. The acidity of the relish will cut through the fatty mayo and will add flavor to what would otherwise be a rather simple dish.
How to Serve Mimi’s Tuna Salad
As simple as tuna salad may sound, it has the ability to create a casual comfort guests will appreciate while they’re in your home. Our favorite way to serve Mimi’s Tuna Salad is to spoon it into a decorative bowl or to prepare it as sandwiches in advance and place them on a decorative platter to be passed around family-style. The physical act of passing a dish around the table and sharing the same food creates an intimate interaction that sparks connection. Everyone at the table is not only enjoying the same recipe but is also sharing a moment in time that creates the emotional bonds our hearts long for.
The Perfect Pairings
Our favorite way to enjoy Mimi’s Egg Tuna Recipe is sandwiched between two slices of kaiser rolls or fresh croissants from the bakery. However, if you want to skip the bread, it’s just as good served on its own or over a mixed green salad. It also pairs well with various dishes and platters commonly served at lunch. Here are some of our favorite pairings!
- Mimi’s Egg Salad Recipe
- Nana’s Chicken Salad Recipe
- Classic white bread
- Plain or flavored croissants
- Toasted or untoasted bagel
- Pita Bread
- Lettuce Wrap
- Tortilla Chips
- Green salad
- Fruit platter
- Cheese platter
- Vegetable platter
- Dill pickles
- Macaroni salad
- Fruit salad
How to Make Mimi’s Tuna Salad
What You Need:
To create this simple and delicious recipe, you will need the following:
How to Prepare:
Mimi’s Tuna Salad is best prepared a day in advance to allow the flavors of each ingredient to blend together. To start, combine the tuna, onion, and celery in a medium mixing bowl. From there, gradually add in the mayonnaise to taste and consistency of your liking. Mimi usually mixes in about 1/4 cup of mayonnaise to each can of tuna.
Mimi's Tuna Salad Recipe
- can opener
- measuring cups
- Chef's knife
- cutting board
- 2 Large cans of white tuna, packed in water and drained
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, sliced small
- Mayonnaise, to taste (about 1/2 cup)
- In a medium bowl, combine tuna, onion, and celery. Gradually add in mayonnaise to taste.
- Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving.