Indian Tuna (or Chicken) Salad

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If you like Indian flavors, this is a fun twist on an old favorite. I was in the mood to make tuna salad but wanted something different, and when I didn't find a recipe that interested me, I made one up based on bhel puri chaat. The chutneys called for might not be standard issue in your pantry, but the store-bought ones do keep a long time and add a lot of flavor with no fat. The key to this recipe is the balance of flavors and textures. You need sweet and spicy, crunchy and soft. It's delicious and of course, it was easy. Serve on toasted naan, in sandwich wraps, tortillas, open-faced on toasted bread, or over greens as a salad.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 servings


  • 1 (5 ounce) can chunk white tuna, drained

  • 1 rib celery, diced

  • ½ red onion, chopped

  • cup raisins

  • 1 small carrot, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind chutney

  • 1 teaspoon red chile chutney

  • 1 teaspoon green chutney

  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Mix tuna, celery, red onion, raisins, carrot, and walnuts together in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, tamarind chutney, red chile chutney, green chutney, garam masala, and salt; mix with a fork until uniform in consistency.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Adjust the flavors as desired by adding more or less of the wet ingredients. More mayo and less chutney would make it milder, more red chile chutney would make it hotter. The chutneys are what make it, try them in different proportions.

It would be more authentically Indian with green mango instead of raisins, and you could use peppers instead of onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
27g Fat
42g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 729mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.