Probably Not Your Mom’s Tuna Salad (Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That!)


Finding a new variation to an old theme can be refreshing—and fun! This take on tuna is one I hope you’ll enjoy.Read more about it here!

Latin Twist: Tuna Salad with Spark

Serving Size: 4

Latin Twist: Tuna Salad with Spark

My friends, you can always adjust the ingredients in this very versatile tuna salad to fit your/your family and friends' preferences!


  • 2 six-ounce cans of tuna packed in water, drained ?
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 roasted jalapeño (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt—or a combination of the two
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (or flat-leaf parsley) leaves
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small mixing bowl, break up the tuna with a fork.
  2. Toss with the onion, tomato, red bell pepper, jalapeño (if using), mayonnaise or yogurt, cilantro or parsley, and fresh lemon juice.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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