This is my friend Julian's recipe for Tuna Salad. It is a spicier and heartier alternative to the mundane, mayonnaise-saturated Tuna Salad that most have grown accustomed to.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, combine tuna, red onion, orange bell pepper, red bell pepper, black beans, canned chile peppers; mix in mayonnaise if desired. Season with cumin and salt and pepper; mix in cilantro, and salsa verde if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 22.7g; carbohydrates 13.3g; fat 11.1g; cholesterol 14.2mg; sodium 662.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2009
This is a great recipe flavors are different than the usual tuna salad. I was looking for something different to pack in grownup lunch boxes and this is definitely it. Thanks! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2009
This is a great recipe flavors are different than the usual tuna salad. I was looking for something different to pack in grownup lunch boxes and this is definitely it. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2010
WOW! I loved this. I used water packed tuna instead of olive oil packed to cut down on fat. I eye balled the cumin. (probably ended up being the same as in the recipe I was sceptical but don't skip this!! It makes the salad!) I did not have green chiles or fresh cilantro but I had a large jar of HOT salsa and added some of that. Love all the ingredients! SO healthy. I just added about 1-2 TBS of olive oil Mayo and that smoothed it out rather cut the heat a bit. I like it with and without the mayo. I had to add more salsa and cumin after I added the mayo. (I like it with a kick) The cumin really changes this and adds an awesome taste to this. My new Fav power lunch. I used lots of yellow green red and orange pepper. (I had all of that on hand) I had to let you know how great this is! I used to just mix a TBS of mayo and salsa to my can of tuna (My sis taught me that. I thought it was gross when I saw her do that but it is good) I will never do that again. Can't wait to have my sis taste this one... SSSOOOOO YUMMY! THANKS!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2011
Yum!!! I was scanning through allrecipes, wondering if anyone had ever combined black beans and tuna, and I came across this recipe. It's great! I usually try to follow recipes to the letter when I'm trying them for the first time, but I had to make a few changes to use what I had on hand. I only used 2 pouches (2.6oz) of albacore white tuna, a few thin slices of red onion, 1/3 of a green bell pepper, and a little bit of miracle whip in leiu of the mayo. I also went light on the cumin and used a few spoonfuls of Rotel instead of salsa verde. I do wish that I had cilantro, but it is really tasty without it too! I will definitely make again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2010
This is going to sound dorky but this tuna salad tastes... festive. It has a lot of textures and flavors that really liven up a tuna sandwich. I swapped orange pepper for green and green chile peppers for jalapeno peppers - just because that's what I had. The cumin is great!! Eyeballed the mayo - as always - and stuffed it in a toasted whole wheat pita for a scrumptious healthy dinner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2010
Wow! Who knew tuna would be so good with a Mexican twist!The true key to this recipe is to let it sit for a few hours in the fridge before digging in - the extra time helps the spice come out! I used hot salsa instead of salsa verde since our family loves spicy stuff and I found this to be excellent in a whole wheat tortilla or on top of greens for a fun salad. I like others also used tuna in water not oil and really enjoyed the taste and lack of oiliness in the salad (I don't see why they'd want it in olive oil tell you the truth). Will definitely make again maybe for a party as it made a great dip with tortilla chips or Wheat Thins! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2012
Loved it.. great way to add more protein with the black beans! I always add a splash of lemon juice Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to my tuna salad and threw in some diced jalapeños for some kick. was also worried about the cumin but it was perfect! stuffed the mix in a pita and baked with a slice of provolone.. AWESOME! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2012
My personal trainer is trying to get me to eat tuna without mayonnaise. This is a great way to do it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2009
I liked this much better than the traditional tuna salad - I liked the addition of cumin especially. I left out the black beans (college student budget!) and the optional ingredients and it was still delicious. I also added a few shakes of chili powder because I felt like there was something missing. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2012
This is so quick and delicious! I use green onions toasted cumin substitute dried parsley for cilantro and drizzle with garlic olive oil (I usually use tuna packed in water). So fresh flavorful and crunchy! I don't ever seem have salsa verde or green chiles around but a scrape of frozen pureed chipotles does the trick for even more flavor. Also I rinse the beans. Mayonnaise seems redundant but I use a little anyway and it adds creaminess without being too heavy. Thanks for a great versatile recipe! Read More
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