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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 190.3
  • Total Fat: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 38.8 mg
  • Sodium: 695.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 11.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 32.5 g

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The BEST Tuna Salad

Submitted by: GORGEOUS26
The BEST Tuna Salad

Introduction

This flavorful tuna salad is made with cottage cheese and yogurt, not mayo. This flavorful tuna salad is made with cottage cheese and yogurt, not mayo.
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients

    1 can albacore tuna
    2/3 cup non-fat cottage cheese
    4 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
    1/4 small red onion, chopped finely
    1 stalk celery, chopped finely
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    splash of lemon juice
    pinch or two of dill

Tips

To change up the flavor, swap the dill for tarragon or thyme.


Directions

This beats the socks off any and all tuna salads I have ever had. And it's healthier too! By the way, I make lunches for my whole week of work so I usually triple the recipe and it makes six sandwiches.

Just throw into a bowl, give it a good mix and ENJOY!






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  • 43 of 43 people found this review helpful
    I make this recipe with normal tuna instead of albacore. I've also made it with water chestnuts & green onions instead of celery. I decreased the cottage cheese (because of the sodium) & I use non-fat plain greek yogurt. This is fabulous on cucumber rounds instead of bread! - 1/23/11

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  • Incredible!
    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
    I blended the cottage cheese first to make it more creamy...it was great! - 8/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I love mayo-based anything, so I was a bit skeptical of this, but it was SO DELICIOUS, super healthy, so much protein! I used lime juice instead of lemon, apples instead of celery, no dill, and a tiny bit of Lawry's seasoned salt. OMG Yummy!! - 2/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Beautiful! Delicious, super-easy, healthful. At first missed lemon juice & accidentally heavy on cottage cheese & onion. After tasting, splash (~tsp) lemon juice, more dill (total 1.25 tsp), seasoned salt & fresh black pepper. Extraodinary. Strongly recommend start w/ original (dill!) THANKS - 3/30/12

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Awesome! I did not have dill so I added minced dill pickle. I started with 2 TBS of FF Greek Yogurt and 1/3 C FF cottage cheese and found it to be more than sufficient. Thanks so much for this recipe--it is a keeper! - 10/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    this was strangely yummy. i hate mayo, but i will tolerate it in things like tuna salad but it still grosses me out that its in there. now i can have tuna salad without mayo!

    very yummy, i added salt and pepper. this will be made again for sure. so happy to not have to rely on mayo! thank you! - 5/5/08

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I used part-skim ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and non=fat greek yogurt instead of plain yogurt. Also added a few carrots(just because).Used regular mustard because i didn't have Dijon.Still delicious I have been looking for a alternative for tuna salad and this is it! Thanks GORGEOUS26! - 8/19/12

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I would never have thought of this combination in a million years, but it is GREAT! The yogurt gives it a special tang. I had no dill the second time I made it and tried basil instead. Yummy! I made it a third time and added a can of drained navy beans and a second can of tuna. It was great! - 3/2/10

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Cottage cheese, huh? This was/is very good and a keeper. To the previous poster, I don't believe the recipe counts for the pictured bread its served on. For an additional 90 calories, I used weight watchers rye bread. - 9/2/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    EXTRAORDINARY! This was BEYOND amazing! Thank you so much for posting this! I can see how either you love it or hate it, as it's very unconventional, but the combination of flavors in this make this my new fave lunch! You can TASTE how healthy it is! DELICIOUS! - 9/20/12

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  • Very Good
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight with some tweaks.. added relish and apples, changed dijon to honey mustard. Had maybe 1/5 of the recipe (it made a lot!) on some bread with spinach and provolone. Delicious - 1/7/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Made with regular tuna served on top of tossed salad with cucumbers for lunch. Big hit with everyone. - 9/19/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I don't usually rate recipes, but this was AMAZING! Exactly what I was looking for!

    Thanks! - 2/9/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious, and so easy to make! - 6/4/11

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It was surprisingly good. I made it for lunch at work and people asked me what it was.. I liked it and would make it again. - 3/4/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    We'll definitely make this again; it's great! - 1/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Okay, I was very skeptical (especially after making brownies made out of beans...yuck), but WOW..... It is sooo good!! Way more flavorful than just the typical tuna salad with mayo. When you said the Best tuna salad, you weren't kidding. Thanks so much for sharing!! - 8/6/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I looked at the nutritional breakdown of this recipe because the recipe says "1 can tuna." The size is 2.5 oz can. I don't thnk I've ever found a can that small. The dressing is great. I'm using it as a veggie dip. - 7/1/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    me and my husband enjoyed this new way of eating tuna. Yummm - 9/11/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this even though I prefer a bit more flavor. - 8/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    delicious! thanks! - 7/27/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Thank you! There are SO many variations you can make with this to change up the flavors too... this is awesome! :o) - 6/4/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It sounds amazing! did you try making it with fat free cottage cheese and yogurt? with all the flavors, i couldn't tell the difference - 4/21/08

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    FYI for Diane7786: The recipe breakdown was for 1 serving and this makes 2 servings so you would use a 5 ounce can of tuna. Hope that clarifies it for you. - 8/20/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I luv this,it sounds perfect. - 8/31/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I may have put too much lemon juice in this, I used the juice from 1/2 lemon. Also, I wasn't sure what size can of tuna to use. I used 14oz (2 small cans). If I make this again, I'll blend the cottage cheese. I'm also thinking this may taste better tomorrow after the flavors have blended more. - 10/20/09

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  • I wasn't sure which size can of tuna I should use here. I added 10oz which was too much and gave it a strong tuna flavor. Once I diluted that with more of the "mayo" mix, it was better. Still, not much different than any other tuna salad as far as taste goes. - 6/21/14

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  • This is absolutely brilliant. When blended/food processed, the mixture of cottage cheese and yogurt produces something texturally very similar to mayo, with none of the fat and a huge dollop of protein. - 6/1/14

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  • I was skeptical at first because I'm not a big fan of cottage cheese but, oh my goodness, this is good! I added more dill and I didn't have dijon mustard, so when I make it again I'm going to be sure to get some. I think it would also be good with a bit of dill relish. Wonderful recipe! Thanks! - 3/13/14

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  • Absolutely loved it! Thought I would just tolerate it, but put it on whole grain toast and I can't wait to eat it again. Thanks for giving me a new way to eat tuna. - 3/11/14

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  • Delicious. The yogurt, lemon juice and dill give this tuna salad extra special flavor. Second SP recipe I tried this week that paired cottage cheese with fish (see Baked Tilapia with Crumb Crust - also delicious.) Seems to a winning combination! - 3/11/14

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  • I use frozen whole cranberries in my tuna salad....From the freezer, I put them in the blender, and then add them to the salad....But I put cranberries in everything.....whole frozen berries in banana bread and pancakes etc.....
    - 3/11/14

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  • I am going to try this with salmon instead of tuna. - 3/11/14

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  • Sounds inerestng, can't wait to try it. I have missed tuna sandwiches. Tank you for th recipe. - 3/11/14

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  • I didn't care for the yogurt, cottage cheese, mustard combination. Something about the taste was odd. Guess I'll stick to my light Miracle whip, preservatives and all! - 3/11/14

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  • My husband and I tried this in place of using mayo. My husband warned me this wouldn't be good and I should have listened. We threw it out. - 3/4/14

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  • Like some others, I used part skim ricotta instead of cottage cheese and LOVED this. i am not a mayo fan so I never would eat tuna salad before. I eat it on 1/2 a wheat pita and it has become a once a week lunch now. - 2/16/14

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  • I enjoyed this recipe. I pureed the cottage cheese and yogurt to simulate mayo. - 11/17/13

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  • I really liked this tuna salad. However, the albacore tuna is a bit too "fishy" tasting for me. Next time I make it I'm going to use regular tuna. - 11/1/13

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  • Can you taste the texture of the cottage cheese? I hate cottage cheese! - 8/27/13

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  • Love the idea of cucumber rounds instead of bread! Thanks for the tip CATDLK - 8/26/13

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  • My husband even liked it! - 8/21/13

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  • I was leary of cottage cheese with tuna, but this was great! My Mom loved it too. - 8/15/13

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  • really good - 8/6/13

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  • Very goood - 8/4/13

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  • For Diane7786: Your comment about the 2.5 oz. tuna put me on a hunt. Star Kist has tuna in packets, but theirs is 2.6 oz., so the calorie count would be slightly more. Didn't check up on the "lunch kits", but those cans look pretty small. Perhaps this is what was used for the recipe? LONIANNE - 7/29/13

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  • Didn't rate as I made too many changes. Used canned salmon instead of tuna and used the SP recipe for Tzatziki sauce that I had already made instead of yogurt. Broke up the cottage cheese. It was just OK. Probably better had I not messed with it!! - 7/23/13

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  • AMAZING! I used to only like tuna if it was smothered in Mayo but not anymore! I used 1/2 cup 4% cottage cheese and 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt and it was still only 166 calories per serving. I also love that a serving gives me a heaping sandwich full so it feels really indulgent :) - 7/22/13

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  • Very delicious! I used Greek yogurt, added a boil egg, placed mix on top of arugula then, viola! A simple light lunch! - 7/8/13

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  • I made this for my husband. He really liked it but thought it could use some green olives. Thanks for the recipe!!! - 7/6/13

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  • I also used regular tuna (packed in water) and was very pleased with this recipe. Kick it up a notch with some red pepper flakes (or fresh diced jalapeno). I might add a few toasted walnuts for extra crunch next time. I ate mine on cheddar rice cakes since I'm gluten sensitive. Yum! - 7/5/13

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  • Add my voice to the chorus of surprise. I think I was frowning as I made this, I didn't want to taste cottage cheese in my tuna, but I don't! I only used 1/3 C cottage cheese and blended it first, it was perfect for my taste. - 7/3/13

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  • I've been looking for a good alternative to a mayo based tuna salad. This sounds good, and all the comments inspire me to give it a try. I'll come back and rate it after I've tasted it. I'm hoping to love it. - 7/2/13

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  • Just added a little salt and pepper and it was great! Amazing taste! - 7/2/13

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  • didn't like this at all, was disappointing after reading so many good reviews! - 7/2/13

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  • I add some chopped red pepper for taste and color. - 7/1/13

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  • A little on the bland side. It needed a lot more mustard, even with doubling that ingredient. - 7/1/13

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  • I added 1tsp. dill, amazing! - 7/1/13

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  • I use unsalted cottage cheese or Trader Joe's fat-free mayonnaise to reduce the sodium and I like to add a hint of chopped pickles for a bite along with chopped onions or chives, also. - 7/1/13

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  • Great recipe. I added water chestnuts, orange pepper and Kohrabi which gave me lots of mix to extend the recipe to 4 sandwiches. Also tried it in my Foreman Grill with 1 oz of reduced fat cheese. Yummm - 7/1/13

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  • I used low fat ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese to reduce the sodium, and it's not as lumpy!! Really tasty! - 7/1/13

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  • Excellent flavor. - 7/1/13

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  • Excellent..........Thank You. - 7/1/13

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  • ... Fresh lemon zest - refreshing -- Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt!! Ezekiel Bread Toast points !! - 7/1/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I will have this for dinner. It look good - 7/1/13

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  • Very flavorful! - 7/1/13

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  • Doesn't sound as good as mine, but I will save this recipe and make on a rainy day. - 7/1/13

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  • Sounds great I'll try it and let you know. - 6/1/13

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  • Salad is tasty enough, but I found it to be a little sloppy, so will be cutting the amount of cottage cheese next time I try this one. I love tuna, but don't like canned, so will also try pouches to see if that makes a difference. - 5/29/13

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  • My husband & I really liked this for lunch. - 5/28/13

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  • I love this alternative to traditional tuna salad! - 5/21/13

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  • I made mine a little differently. I added lime instead of lemon and cilantro paste instead of dill. I didn't have celery at the time of prepration, so I omited that. I didn't really like my version, but I ate my serving. I will have to try it the other way... thanks for sharing. - 4/5/13

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  • I too lessened the cottage cheese due to sodium. - 3/27/13

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  • Awesome - 3/1/13

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  • THIS WAS A EXCELLENT RECIPE - 1/28/13

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  • It's delicioud. Thank you - 1/27/13

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  • yumm - 1/27/13

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  • i like it too, sooo Delicious, you can eat it with spoon much better ^^ - 1/20/13

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  • Really impressed that it tasted as good as it does! I thought that there is a lot of flavor that was packed into the recipe. I didn't have lemon juice, so I substituted balsamic vinegar for the acid and it tasted pretty good...although I think lemon juice would probably be better, but it worked. :) - 1/11/13

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  • great - 10/17/12

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  • The flavor of this was quite good (with a nice tang), however, the next time I make it, I'll cut back on the yogurt and cottage cheese. I used it to make a wrap with tomato and lettuce, and it was so soggy that it disintegrated halfway through. - 7/22/12

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  • I don't like tuna and I love this recipe. Tasty (I added my own zing) and filling. yum... - 7/13/12

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  • Very good and creative - 7/10/12

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  • It will take some getting use to (not using mayo) but this was a pretty good substitute - 7/2/12

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  • I was skeptical, but this was fantastic! I did not use dill or onion b/c I didn't have any. I used ff cottage cheese and fage 0% greek yogurt and added pepper. Threw it in a Joseph's wrap (5 net carbs) and added some lettuce - can't wait to eat the leftovers! - 6/21/12

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  • this was great! i didn't use lemon juice when i made. i also sauteed the celery and onions and added red pepper flakes to add some spice. it was perfect!! - 4/26/12

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  • I like things kinda spicy so I added a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper. I like the creaminess the cottage cheese adds. - 4/17/12

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  • I LOVED this tuna salad! I doubled the recipe for lunches for the week. I didn't have dill, so I left it out. I did add salt and pepper, but wish I would've skipped the salt. I used 0% Fage greek yogurt. - 4/3/12

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  • i use greek yogurt, it is thick and does a good job making it creamy. - 2/20/12

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  • Trying to add fish to my diet; this was surprisingly good. - 2/12/12

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  • This Was Super Good! I enjoyed every bite and look forward to having my left over Serving for lunch Tomorrow! :D - 1/26/12

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  • This is definitely the best tuna salad I've ever had. Sometimes I even add cheese to the top and make it a melt! - 7/15/11

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  • This is one of my favorite meals! - 7/5/11

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  • very good! and healthy - 6/26/11

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  • I felt there was too much cottage cheese. I used two small cans (drained) of tuna. I added additional red onion and a couple of gallops of pickled relish. It tasted bland until I added the extra zing. - 6/11/11

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  • I think this is good enough to make again! I wasn't sure if the tuna should be drained, and since the instructions didn't say to do that, my tuna was very soupy. I just ate it on toast, open faced. - 5/25/11

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  • I liked it on a bed of lettuce. I didn't have cottage cheese so I used a slice mozzarella cheese. An amazing amount of food. - 4/19/11

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  • i made this yesterday with one can of tuna and eyeballed the rest of the ingrediants. i toasted my bread and sprinkled cheese on it THEN i added some chilli powder to the toast...wich made a huge difference cuz it adds the extra yumminess to it. one batch will make me 4 sandwiches! - 4/14/11

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  • It tasted bland to me and I felt like the cottage cheese overpowered the tuna... - 3/27/11

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  • I love it!!! - 3/7/11

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