Not usually a superstitious person something that started as a silly Harry Potter reference has now fully ingrained itself in my vocabulary. This joke started in my childhood, with all of us being huge Potterheads and the coincidental onset of rain whenever someone even simply mentioned this tuna salad. The fact that it always rains when this salad is mentioned has now carried into adulthood. If there was the brightest sunlight a minute ago, as soon as I or anyone else would mention this salad you could see a big dark cloud covering the sun. I am now convinced that it is in fact cursed, maybe we should just call it the Cursed Salad. This could be a very bad romantic comedy or a tragedy when you think about it, it has a certain ring to it. If you still doubt whether I truly belief it is cursed, I would like to inform you that I waited for rainy, yet warmish weather just to write this post. At least this way I can make sure that I didn’t bring the rain upon us all. Should it begin to rain while you are reading this post, I will claim full responsibility. It is definitely my fault and I’m very sorry. Please tell me there is something you that always brings the rain so I’m not solely responsible for the bad weather.
It is a real shame that this recipe, or rather the sheer mentioning of it is so cursed, as it is the ideal summer salad. It is very much like the Rhenish Potato Salad a nice change from all those mixed green salads we probably all eat all summer long. It is super simple throw together quite quickly ahead of time, you could even eat it with warm potatoes. That is, if warm mayonnaise or tartar sauce does not disgust you, as it does me. It is a great recipe for people who aren’t the biggest fans tuna, yet want to eat. All the flavours of the sauce, the olives and the vinegar blend together nicely. Therefore the tuna flavour is very balanced and not so overpowering. On the other hand, if you love tuna you should simply double the amount of tuna. The beauty of cooking your own food, is that you can really work with the flavours until it is ideal for you. Or the picky people you are cooking for, which is the reason I am not allowed to touch the vinegar if the salad is for anyone but myself. I really hope you will give this a try. Have a nice and hopefully rain-free day.
Quick and Easy Tuna Salad
- 1.5-2 kg Potatoes
- 1 can of tuna in oil (double for stronger tuna flavour)
- 1/2 cup – 3/4 cups of green olives
- 1/2 cup – 3/4 cups mayonnaise or tartar sauce
- Red wine vinegar
1. Boil the potatoes either peeled or in their skin, however you prefer to do it, in salted water. Drain them and leave them to cool completely, otherwise you will get mashed potatoes while stirring the salad.
2. Cut the potatoes into cubes and put them into a large bowl. Drain the tuna and olives and add them to the potatoes.
3. Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, parsley, salt and pepper and stir. Taste it and add more mayonnaise/tartar sauce, vinegar and spices as needed. You can eat it right away or leave it in the fridge for a few hours.