Spicy Piri Piri Tuna Salad

This spicy piri piri tuna salad is a delicious alternative to your run of the mill tuna salad. The dressing is lighter made with mayonnaise, yogurt and mustard. A piri piri quick pickle with bell peppers, red onion and chillies provides more flavour as well as texture. All of this goes perfectly with the tuna and green olives. You can adjust the spice level to your own tolerance or make it milder overall and add extra hot sauce and chopped chillies on the side.

Spring is upon us which means we are saying goodbye to soups and stews and hello to salads. I don’t know about you but I hate salads in winter, but in spring and summer they are my favourite thing. This is definitely a heartier salad with a lot of flavour, not just a bunch of leaves and a can of tuna (which I also do sometimes, but I drown it in vinegar). It is a great recipe to make a day ahead as it only gets tastier as everything marinates in the dressing in the fridge. Don’t leave it lying around for a week, although this salad will probably not stay around that long.

Spicy Piri Piri Tuna Salad


• ½ cup mayonnaise or tartar sauce
• ½ cup Greek yogurt
• 1 tsp mild mustard
• Piri piri hot sauce
• Red wine vinegar
• Salt
• Pepper
• Parsley

Piri Piri Quick Pickle

• 1 bell pepper (any colour), diced
• ½ Chili (any colour, optional), deseeded and finely diced
• 1 red onion, diced
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• Salt
• Pepper
• Piri piri hot sauce

Potato Salad
• 2 pound waxy potatoes
• Dressing
• Piri piri quick pickle
• 1 can of tuna, drained
• Green olives


  1. Peel and boil the potatoes until cooked. Drain them and set aside to cool slightly. Whilst the potatoes are boiling prepare the Piri Piri quick pickle and dressing.
  2. For the quick pickle dice the onion and bell pepper and mince the garlic, then mix everything with salt, pepper and Piri Piri sauce to taste. Adding freshly chopped chillies for more heat is optional. Set the quick pickle aside for later.
  3. For the dressing mix one part mayo or tartar sauce with one part Greek yogurt and one teaspoon mild mustard. Season the dressing with salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, sugar and parsley to taste. One can also add a few drops of hot sauce for more spice.
  4. Cut the potatoes into cubes whilst still warm, add the dressing, Piri Piri quick pickle, tuna and green olives and stir everything together carefully. For extra heat and acidity you can even add the quick pickle juice.
  5. Leave it to cool completely before and taste it before serving. Season if necessary.

Spicy Piri Piri Tuna Salad

So there you have a simple and delicious tuna salad recipe. A lot of tuna salads are quite one dimensional, yet this one has a lot layers that makes it less boring. Not everything goes with tuna but chilli really does. Also tuna is a great source of protein but the potatoes still provide plenty of carbs, the best of both worlds really. When you don’t have fresh chillies on hand some dried chilli flakes will also do the trick. I forgot to remove a dried chilli from my chilli stuffed ciabatta yesterday and almost cried, so those should not be underestimated. I hope you enjoyed this recipe and take care of yourselves. Have a great day!

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