This tuna salad is made special with the addition of cream cheese and chopped raw carrots. Red peppers make it pretty and one or two other vegetables, fruits or nuts keep it changing and interesting. I developed this recipe after I tasted cream cheese in a salmon salad sandwich at a funeral lunch in Canada many years ago. Add baby spinach or lettuce leaves, and serve on your favorite bread or as a wrap in a tortilla.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir mayonnaise and cream cheese together in a bowl until smooth. Add tuna, carrot, and red pepper; season with pepper.

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Cook's Note:

Make it your own; add one or two of these optional ingredients as desired: 1 tablespoon finely minced onion or green onion, 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickles (such as Sechler's(R) Candied Sweet Dills), 2 tablespoons chopped pecans or almonds, 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped celery, or 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots, cherries or cranberries. I have to laugh sometimes when I think I have so many ingredients one could ask, 'Where is the tuna?'

Nutrition Facts

179.2 calories; 17.4 g protein; 2.2 g carbohydrates; 37.1 mg cholesterol; 119.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2014
Winner! What I liked about this when I looked over the recipe was the novel addition of the cream cheese and it worked! I did miss however some of the tang and flavor more mayonnaise would have given it but a squeeze of lemon and some minced red onion fixed that right up. LOVED the red bell pepper here! I would never have thought to add that to tuna salad and it made a difference - in a good way. I didn't have carrots on hand and I'm not sure I would have liked them anyway (simply because I don't like carrots in the first place except in cake) and I found celery was the substitute that worked for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2014
Winner! What I liked about this when I looked over the recipe was the novel addition of the cream cheese and it worked! I did miss however some of the tang and flavor more mayonnaise would have given it but a squeeze of lemon and some minced red onion fixed that right up. LOVED the red bell pepper here! I would never have thought to add that to tuna salad and it made a difference - in a good way. I didn't have carrots on hand and I'm not sure I would have liked them anyway (simply because I don't like carrots in the first place except in cake) and I found celery was the substitute that worked for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2014
Winner! What I liked about this when I looked over the recipe was the novel addition of the cream cheese and it worked! I did miss however some of the tang and flavor more mayonnaise would have given it but a squeeze of lemon and some minced red onion fixed that right up. LOVED the red bell pepper here! I would never have thought to add that to tuna salad and it made a difference - in a good way. I didn't have carrots on hand and I'm not sure I would have liked them anyway (simply because I don't like carrots in the first place except in cake) and I found celery was the substitute that worked for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2014
I really like the touch of cream cheese with tuna. As the footnotes suggested I made it my own. Added minced onion sweet pickles and almonds. Thanks Joan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2014
I liked this but not so much because the taste was anything new or different. It was because the cream cheese added made it hold up better. I have a manual shredder that sort of looks like a potato peeler. That was way faster than small chopping carrot. It makes it a good size too. I realized I didn't have red pepper only green. So I used the green one but only did 2 Tblsp. minced. Lastly I chose this recipe to use up an equal amount of canned white chicken meat. I used whipped cream cheese. It is lower in calories and stirs into things more easily and regular mayo. Recalculating the calories and actual servings it ended up as 175 cal. for 3 good sized servings. That didn't include a tomato for stuffing bread or anything else. That was just for the filling. I would make this again if for the way it held together when scooped. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2014
I was out of tuna so I used chicken. Delicious! The cream cheese is a delightful addition. Tuna is on my shopping list so I can make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2015
This is very good with the addition of cream cheese. I sliced a cucumber in half lengthwise scraped out the seeds and filled both halves with this tuna salad. I'll be making this tuna salad recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2017
Made this using home canned salmon since I always seem to have more of that than my canned tuna. Other than that the only thing I did different was to omit the carrots since I didn't have any on hand and I added about half a diced shallot. Made these for hubby's lunch wraps. He's already asking me to make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2016
I didn't have tuna but used a can of pink salmon. I reduced mayo to 1tbsp reduced cream cheese I'm half and dded the following:1/2 Serrano pepper for bit of a kick and 2 tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds 1tbsp organic hemp oil and green onions. Dish served 4- 1/2 cup servings for a total of 236 calories per serving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2018
everyone loved it. left out carrots added onion. loved the crunch of the bell pepper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2018
OMG! So good. I've never had cream cheese in it before but it pairs nicely. I took the chefs note and made it my own. I added roasted redpeppers and sweet heat relish. I'll never go back to old regular tuna salad. Read More