Tuesday, April 26, 2022

An Author's Lunch: Easy Spicy Tuna Salad from @CleoCoyle


How are things growing in your part of the world? Here in New York City, the flowers and trees have started to bloom and the streets look much prettier dressed in their new greenery and colorful blossoms...

Spring has also sprung in our Queens backyard, where the wild violets have returned to cheer up our little plot of New York ground...

My "Bottomless Cup," created in the cozy
backyard of our Queens, NYC, rowhouse.

Though Marc and I are under a tight writing deadline this week, I'm happy to share a simple recipe that I like to make when I'm pressed for time but still want good protein to fuel my afternoon. Other than tuna and celery, you need only two key ingredients...

The first ingredient is mayonnaise.

And the second is...

Sriracha Chili Sauce!



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I thought so, too, until I controlled the heat in recipes like this one. Use a small amount of the chili sauce for a wonderful smoky flavor. Increase the chili sauce for more heat. 

By blending it with mayonnaise (or sour cream or yogurt or cream cheese or a combo of these things), you can also create the most delightful dipping sauces for boiled or fried shrimp, french fries, and raw veggies like cauliflower, carrots, and celery sticks. And that's it! Well, almost.

You can mix this pretty pink mayo 
with other ingredients to make...

Easy Spicy Chicken Salad
Easy Spicy Shrimp Salad
Easy Spicy Egg Salad
Easy Spicy Potato Salad
Easy Spicy Coleslaw....

Or you can create something like my 
Easy Spicy Tuna lunch below...

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Cleo's Easy Spicy Tuna Salad

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce
1 can of tuna, drained (5 oz.)
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon dill relish (optional)

Directions: Mix mayo and sriracha sauce to create the spicy mayo. Combine with remaining ingredients to create the spicy tuna salad. I eat it on rice crackers or rye bread, but you may prefer it wrapped in a tortilla or pita. However you serve it, may you eat with joy!

Eat (and read) with joy!

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