A super simple seven ingredient tuna egg salad made with rice, capers, cucumbers and mayo. For when you want a high protein low fuss meal. Perfect as a salad or as a spread on bread or crackers. Gluten Free + Dairy Free.
Do you have go to recipes for certain situations? I know I do. And this tuna egg salad is one of them. This is one of my favorite recipes to make when I’m traveling for a few reasons.
First off it’s easy to make.
And it only requires six ingredients (though you can actually make this with just five ingredients and it’ll still be delicious).
And it requires minimal time, and minimal kitchen equipment. You just need a pot, a bowl and a knife. Fancy kitchen equipment can be hard to come by when traveling.
The apartment D and I were renting in Taipei for 9 days didn’t even have a single knife. Not one knife. No sharp knives nor butter knives. Good thing we travel with a sharp knife so we can never be caught off guard. So I’m sure you can imagine there wasn’t much to work with in a kitchen that doesn’t even have a single knife. Clearly more of a decorative rather than functional kitchen.
A perfect place to make this tuna egg salad with rice. I actually cannot take full credit for this salad — I’ve got to credit my mom for coming up with this recipe. She used to make this when I was a child and then for years this tuna egg salad recipe with rice was lost and forgotten.
Until now. Recently we both remembered about that super delicious and easy to make salad that it perfect for when you are low on time or just have nothing to work with in the kitchen.
If you have rice, canned tuna, eggs, onions, and mayo you are all set.
I personally also like the additional crunch from the freshly cut up cucumbers and the acidity from the capers and slight brininess. This is entirely optional.
The sweet yellow onions also provide their own crunch to this salad.
And it wouldn’t be a proper Russian recipe without mayo as the dressing so yes, you’ll need to throw in a few tablespoons of mayo into the mix.
For some reason we had serious issues in one Taiwan town finding regular mayo. All we could find was sweet mayo – have you ever heard of such a thing? Yep, sweet mayo was all we could find. So when we made this dish, it had a lightly sweet hint to it, but normally we’d be use regular mayo in this one.
So if you’re looking for a quick low fuss high protein lunch look no further than this tuna egg salad recipe. Super simple to make yet incredibly satisfying and perfect as a cold salad or a spread on crackers or bread. Open faced sandwiches work perfectly too. You’ve got the best of all these flavors in this tuna egg salad with rice.
This is just one of those recipes that my family has made dozens of times and will continue to make for years to come! Feel free to adjust the ingredient quantities to your liking. Want more eggs or tuna? Feel free to add them!
If you’re looking for more tuna recipe ideas be sure to check out my Quick Mexican Tuna Salad (served in Avocado boats), healthy tuna avocado egg salad, or my Spanish mixed salad with tuna, pickled asparagus, corn and olives.
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A super simple six ingredient tuna egg salad made with rice, capers, cucumbers and mayo. For when you want a high protein low fuss meal. Perfect as a salad or as a spread on bread or crackers. Gluten Free + Dairy Free.
10 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 1 cup cooked white rice,
- 1-2 tablespoons capers
- 2-3 small English cucumbers, cut into matchsticks
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- salt/pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix.
- Serve as a salad or as a spread on crackers or bread.