Tuna Salad

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I have to say I am a huge fan of tuna salad, so when I saw this recipe for tuna salad with french dressing that included mango I was pretty intrigued.

I am not a big fan of mayonnaise, but I’ll eat it when it is mixed in with different things like potato salad or macaroni salad.

When I saw this tuna salad recipe included more french dressing than mayonnaise {although, as the recipe card suggests, you can add more mayo if you like!} – I was super excited!

Tuna Salad and Mangoes, Together At Last!

Another thing I noticed in this recipe was mangoes. Mangoes…really? I would have never, ever, ever thought in a million years to add mango to tuna salad!

Fresh Mangoes aren’t especially common around where I live. If I want fresh mango, I usually have to drive a good 30 minutes to a “fancy” grocery store to get it. {And pay $6 for said mango, but that’s another story for another day.}

Still, the thought of mango intrigued me, so when I tried this recipe, I diced up some bits of dried mango. I think the fresh mango would obviously make it a bit more juicier, but the surprising pairing of mango and tuna is actually pretty good.

This recipe came from this Vintage Recipe Box, which I was able to date being from the 1980’s. I think it’s kind of ironic I like this recipe so much. I was a kid in the 1980’s – definitely was NOT eating tuna very often. We were also pretty poor, so mangoes were even more out of the question.

As an adult today though – this tuna salad recipe is awesome! If you like tuna, anyways. {My kids don’t like tuna at all, not surprisingly. Hopefully they will give it a chance when they get older!}

If you don’t have bottled French Dressing on hand, you can also make your own pretty simply. We even found a recipe for french dressing out of the same recipe box!

I used the recipe for french dressing in this recipe when I made it, since it’s not something I keep regularly in stock in my pantry. {Although with this new tuna salad recipe, maybe I just will have to start!}

How to Serve Tuna Salad

Here is the back of the recipe card with the directions:

The back of the card says to serve on a crisp lettuce leaf and that it makes 6 servings. If you are making it just for you and maybe one other person, you can pretty easily cut this recipe in half.

I like this tuna salad served with crackers best – {although I suppose lettuce is the “healthier” version} – not fancy crackers either, good old generic “buttery round crackers” are good enough for me!

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad with French Dressing and Mango

This unique tuna salad recipe is made with french dressing, mango, olives, and sweet relish. Serve on lettuce, croissants or with crackers.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 215 kcal


  • 2 cups of chunk tuna
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 4 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped sweet pickles
  • ¼ cup chopped mangoes
  • 6 stuffed olives chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of French Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip


  • Drizzle french dressing over tuna and let stand while preparing ingredients.
  • Drain off any excess French dressing.
  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, adding only enough mayonnaise that the salad holds together. {1 teaspoon is usually sufficient – can add more or less as desired}
  • Serve on crisp leaves of lettuce, on croissants, or with crackers.


Serving: 1gCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 27gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 358mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6g
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