Sweet Hot Tuna Salad with Grapes for #TheSaladBar

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 19, 2013

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I’m a fan of opposites.

Yin and yang — light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water – works well as a concept when you think of flavors. So if something is spicy hot, it benefits from a sweet flavor to balance it and bring it more depth.

Sweet Hot Tuna Salad with Grapes on Shockingly Delicious. Not Your Mother's Tuna Salad! Today our Salad Bar cooks are highlighting Mexican flavors, and I started with a can of Jalapeno-flavored tuna as my inspiration. Spicy hot, packed in olive oil (which naturally turns into the dressing), this is a flavor explosion in a salad or sandwich.

Red Muscato Grapes on Shockingly DeliciousSo I balanced it with perfect Red Muscato grapes sent from my friends at Melissa’s Produce, in season right this minute, grown in California, and so sweet, firmly textured and pretty they make you shed a little foodie tear of joy. Add a crunch from celery and umami from shallots, and we’re all set.

Let’s eat!

Recipe: Sweet Hot Tuna Salad with Grapes

Sweet Hot Tuna Salad with Grapes on Shockingly Delicious. Not Your Mother's Tuna Salad! Summary: This is not your mother’s tuna salad! Spicy, sweet, crunchy and packed with flavor and texture, this is perfect atop greens or tucked between toasted bread for a sandwich.


  • Lettuce: mix of spinach and arugula, or your choice of greens


  1. In a mixing bowl, add tuna and its oil, and mayonnaise. Mix to combine and slightly break up the tuna. (I do this in my KitchenAid Mixer on low, for a few seconds, but you can do it by hand; suit yourself.)
  2. Add celery, grapes and shallot, and stir by hand to combine.
  3. Place clean greens on a plate, and pile tuna salad atop, or make a sandwich out of this by toasting bread and packing the tuna salad between slices of bread. Your choice!
  4. Serves 4.


Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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I am a member of the Bee Squad for Bumble Bee tuna. Canned tuna makes an excellent protein for quick meals because it is already cooked and ready to deploy.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Diet type: Pescatarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

The Salad Bar badgeHere are the other salads created by my fellow cooks for #TheSaladBar, a monthly cooperative feature. Choose my tuna-grape creation today, or one of theirs to try for your own Mexican-inspired meal! You can’t go wrong with any of these beauties.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda Clark August 3, 2015 at 7:49 am

I customized a sandwich wrap out of the salad with the recipe for a close associate.


Dorothy Reinhold August 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

That’s a GREAT idea — sandwich wrap!


sippitysup October 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I admire Bumble Bee for it’s message that tuna should not be too cheap. People should value the food they eat and realize the planet cannot afford cheap tuna. GREG


addiekmartin October 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

This is a delicious looking recipe. So original! 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold October 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thanks Addie!


Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook October 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

Oh wow, I’ve never noticed that kind of tuna before. Sounds like a great tuna salad!


Dorothy Reinhold October 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Yeah, my family is now hooked on this spicy tuna. It’s the perfect spice level — not too hot, but just enough to be interesting.


Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade October 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

I love adding grapes to my chicken salad, never thought about putting them in my tuna. Now I have to try it.


Dorothy Reinhold October 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I think if you already love them in your chicken salad, you will go wild for them in tuna!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) October 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

Love the sweet-spicy-savory combo here…I’ll bet this makes a killer sandwich!


Dorothy Reinhold October 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thank you, and it does! Hope you try it! (You can leave the grapes off for your husband. 🙂 )


Tara October 19, 2013 at 7:04 am

What a great combination of flavors, I have never had anything like this salad but I know I would love it!!!


Dorothy Reinhold October 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

The hot-sweet fishie combo is awesome!


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