My Family's Portuguese Style Tuna Salad

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"This is the tuna salad I grew up on and that I've been making for my family for a century, more or less."

Original recipe yields 3-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (106.5 g)
  • Calories 37.7
  • Total Fat - 2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 2.5 mg
  • Sodium - 132.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 g
  • Sugars - 1.3 g
  • Protein - 0.9 g
  • Calcium - 28.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Mix everything together with a fork. If you need to adjust it with more mayo/less, it's up to you.

Step 2

NOTE: I normally never measure the ingredients, I eye-ball it to our liking like my mother did. However, my mom never used the mayo., but I use it to suit our Americanized tastes and it helps bind it especially in a sandwich.

Step 3

Serve it on it's own as part of a green salad or in a sandwich (I normally toast sliced bread lightly before adding the tuna).

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We have a Portuguese family member that said that is how he makes his tuna salad. We thoroughly enjoyed this awesome change of pace! Used solid albacore tuna and red onion, and made as directed. We enjoyed the zing of the red wine vinegar! Thank you for sharing ForeverMama! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

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(20 Sep 2022)


Wow - one of the best tuna salads I've had! Absolutely loved the kick added by the hot sauce and the tang from the vinegar! I used a HOT Peri Peri sauce and maybe overdid it a little. But it added great flavor. Also loved the crunch from the onion and celery. Served it over lettuce leaves and ate it like lettuce wraps. So good! Thanks for sharing - this will become one of my favorite keepers!

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(28 Aug 2022)