Spicy Crunchy Tuna Noodle Salad

This recipe came about as a natural evolution to my Tuna Macaroni Salad. As my tastes in tuna salad tended toward the crunchier and spicier, this pasta salad did as well. Take away the pasta and you’ve got a really good, really crunchy and nicely spicy tuna salad that I absolutely love.

Spicy Crunchy Tuna Noodle Salad

Spicy Crunchy Tuna Noodle Salad

6 cans tuna in water (3 chunk light, 3 solid white), drained
2 carrots, peeled and rough chopped into large chunks
2 stalks celery, rough chopped into large chunks
1 red onion, peeled and rough chopped into large chunks
1 red pepper, seeded and rough chopped into large chunks
1 large watermelon (or any other kind of) radish, julienned
1 tbsp. sweet relish
2 small dill gherkins, chopped
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked to your preference and drained
2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
1/4 c. lemon juice
Mayonnaise, to taste (I start with 1 cup)
Seasoned salt, to taste (start with 1 tsp)
Dill weed, to taste
Sriracha, to taste

Empty tuna into a large bowl. Run onion, celery, carrots and peppers through the food processor briefly, until veggies have the consistency of a fine chop. Put the veggies in the bowl with the tuna and julienned radishes, and stir through. Add remaining ingredients, and keep adding and tasting until you have reached your perfect combination of flavors. Put into refrigerator and allow to chill for several hours before serving.

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