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Shared by Rob Clement

Tuna Fish Salad

Yield: 4 servingsTime: 15 min + chilling

Tuna Fish Salad

Yield: 4 servingsTime: 15 min + chilling

Family Journey

Galicia (present-day western Ukraine and southern Poland)New YorkWilkes Barre, PA
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Charlotte, NC

This recipe and Ma’s chopped liver can be made on their own or together. If you plan to make both of them on the same day, start with the tuna salad and use the leftover grated onion and its juices in the chopped liver recipe. 

This recipe was shared by Rob Clement. Read more about his family in "A Chopped Liver That Binds the Generations" and try his recipe for Ma's Chopped Liver.


  • Two 5-ounce cans of tuna (preferably a sustainable brand packed in water)
  • 1 small Vidalia onion
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup celery, diced (about ½ stalk)
  • 1 half-sour pickle, diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper

For serving

  • Sliced bread or onion rolls
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  • Step 1

    Peel the Vidalia onion and grate over a bowl or pulse in a food processor. Transfer the onion into a fine mesh strainer over a bowl to drain. Reserve the liquid from the onion. 

  • Step 2

    Drain the tuna and place in a large mixing bowl. Add ⅓ cup of the grated onion, reserving the rest plus the juice to make chopped liver. Add in the red onion, celery, and pickle. Incorporate with tuna using a fork. Add mayonnaise, one spoonful at a time, folding into the tuna mixture, until you reach your desired consistency. Ma’s tuna was never dry. It’s the kind of tuna salad that doesn't require any additional mayo on the bread.

  • Step 3

    Add the dill, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, vinegar and white pepper. Mix well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before serving. 

  • Step 4

    Serve on sliced bread or onion rolls with sliced tomato, onions, pickles, and lettuce if you like.