Tarragon Tuna Salad

fishy good

fishy good

Ever since I moved over to the American side of the Atlantic, I’ve been unable to order tuna in restaurants.

The first time I tried it, they brought me chicken.

who knew this would be such a great combo? ME, that's who!

who knew this would be such a great combo? ME, that’s who!

“No, it was the tuna salad,” I said patiently.

“Yeah. The chicken salad,” the surly waitress spat back at me.

“No, tuna.”

“Chicken?”

“Tuna!”

“Chicken!”

And so on….until I gave in and ate the damn chicken.

NOT chicken

NOT chicken

It would appear that us British/Irish folk pronounce our ‘tu’s differently to North Americans, who prefer to substitute a “too” sound*.

Thus, hubs (who is Canadian) laughs at my pronunciation of the following: Tuesday, tune, tube, turmeric, tuberculosis (actually, I don’t think that last one’s ever come up) etc

I had it on a baked potato, because my belly is a genius

I had it on a baked potato, because my belly is a genius

Due (another problematic word) to extreme vocal embarrassment I prefer to make my own tuna salad these days.

And hooray for that because I get to create lovely dishes like this one – aromatic, flavourful and very easy to whip together.

*and while we’re airing our semantic differences, it’s coriander NOT cilantro.

Tarragon Tuna Salad (serves 2)

  • 1 can tuna
  • 2 tsps sour cream
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • 2 tsps fresh tarragon leaves, very finely minced
  • 1 spring/green onion, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Mix all the above together. Chill until needed.

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14 thoughts on “Tarragon Tuna Salad

  1. Lovely, as always, Cat. Baby Lady cannot eat canned tuna as it makes her violently ill. Fresh tuna is no problem but there is something about the canning process to which she is allergic. So, we don’t et tuna salad. Too bad because I really like a good tuna salad. This looks and sounds wonderful.

  2. This looks delicious and I’m going to try to make it. I’ve never had a tuna salad like this. Ok, but the real reason I’m commenting is because I’m laughing about what you wrote about your pronunciation of certain “t” words. I once had a Latin teacher who was British, and he once referred to something being due on “Cheeseday”. It was my first year and I was completely confused but too embarrassed to ask when “Cheeseday” was. I thought I was missing out on some insider’s Latin joke because no one else seemed confused. Finally – and I mean after several minutes and cross-checking the dates with various “Cheesedays” – I realized he was actually saying “Tuesday.” My college roommate and I still call it “cheeseday”. I’m going to start pronouncing “tuna” like that and working “chooberculosis” into conversations :-)

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