Barbie's Tuna Salad


The best tuna salad recipe with two secret ingredients: curry powder and Parmesan cheese! An odd combination but this makes a terrific tuna sandwich. I got this recipe from a friend who used it in her catering service business many years ago. She used it for an appetizer with gourmet crackers. It has been my favorite recipe for tuna salad for many, many years.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Looking at two halves of Barbie's tuna salad on a plate.

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  • 1 (7 ounce) can white tuna, drained and flaked

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

  • teaspoon dried minced onion flakes

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder

  • 1 pinch garlic powder


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead of tuna salad ingredients in various bowls.

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  2. Combine tuna, mayonnaise, relish, Parmesan cheese, and onion flakes in a medium bowl.

    Overhead of tuna mixture ingredients being stirred together in a bowl.

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  3. Season with parsley, dill, curry powder, and garlic powder. Mix well and serve with crackers or on a sandwich.

    Overhead of a tuna salad mixture in a bowl with herbs and seasonings being mixed in.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
17g Fat
5g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 150mg 3%

* 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.

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