Curried Tuna on Spalted Maple

by Allan Maxwell April 25, 2015

After a morning in the workshop I'm ready for a good hearty lunch and my go to recipe is a chicken curried sandwich.  However, when pressed for time to cook and cool the chicken then there's no better alternative for me than to make the switch to tuna and served with a side of sliced apple and a fresh glass of milk.This quick recipe is tasty, hearty and refreshing.

On a warm sunny day I've been known to swap out the milk for my favourite cold beer, kick back and while away the rest of the day listening to the crashing ocean waves.  

Recipe for 2 (Hearty Servings)


  • Four slices of whole grain bread (or your favourite alternative)
  • Two tins of chunked tuna in water (alternatively in oil if you prefer)
  • Fresh lemon
  • 1 Apple (washed)
  • 1 tsp of curry powder (add a second if you like a little more flavour)
  • A hearty pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper to your taste
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup of your favourite apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped or crunched roasted walnuts
  • 2 large leaf lettuce leaves (if you have them, which I didn't on this day)



Drain and empty the tuna in to a small mixing bowl.  Chop about a 1/4 cup of fresh crisp celery, a 1/4 cup of a nice juicy apple and add it to the tuna.  I prefer quite large chunks but you can chop to suit your own taste.  Next crush or chop 1/4 cup of roasted walnuts and add them to the mix. These three ingredients will add some really great textures and flavours to your sandwich.

Now add about 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to the bowl.  At this point I usually start to mix everything together but it okay to wait until you've added all the other ingredients.  Next I add 1 tsp of curry powder and sprinkle it over the combined ingredients in the bowl.  Chop the lemon in half and squeeze about 1 tsp of juice in to the mixture.  Then add a pinch of salt and pepper, take a wooden spatula and fold everything together until you are satisfied everything is mixed well.

At this point taste the sandwich filling.  You may want to add more curry powder or salt and pepper to suit your taste. 

Next take your four slices of bread (you can leave it plain or spread on butter or margarine), take two lettuce leaves and place one each on to two of the bread slices.  Heap two hearty spoons of tuna filling on top of each lettuce leaf and top that off with the remaining slice of bread.

That's it.  Simple, quick and tasty.

All that's left to do now is to cut the sandwich in half, slice some apple, grab a beautiful wooden serving board, a glass of milk and head off to the deck to relax, enjoy lunch and listen to waves.  Bliss!


Allan Maxwell
Allan Maxwell


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