Easy Egg Salad Sandwich Stuffing (Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken!)

Easy, delicious, and healthy (dairy-free) sandwich stuffing made with either tuna, chicken, or salmon! - Fitcakery.com
Easy, delicious, and healthy (dairy-free) sandwich stuffing made with either tuna, chicken, or salmon! - Fitcakery.com

We all have our family traditions.  And traditions are the stuff of childhood memories and the center of every holiday gathering, no?  So when it comes to traditional recipes within the family, there are certain ones that we just know are going to stick around.  You know, for better or worse.

I love my mom’s traditional New Year’s Lemon Bundt Cake.  That one is definitely a "for-the-better' tradition!  I swear I’ll never get sick of seeing that one come around. 

My grandma also has this adorable tradition of bringing olives and sweet gherkins (little pickles) to every holiday.  That one is a good one in my book – just because it’s a very my-grandma thing and, of course, brings back all kinds of childhood memories. (Ahem… eating pitted olives off my fingertips!)

There is one though, that comes around every Easter, and - let’s be honest:  We could all really do without!  Whenever I see that 16 layer salad looming over the buffet… I can’t help but question whether or not this particular combination of ingredients is technically legal in any of the 50 states.

Still, maybe I shouldn’t be quite so judgmental.  I’ll give you an idea of how it looks and you can decide how you feel about it for yourself.

Here is the secret family recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 16 cups of mayonnaise
  • 5 oz potato chips
  • 1 (5 oz) pack of gummy bears
  • 2 (1 oz) bags Funyuns
  • ½ chopped red cabbage
  • 3 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

In a very tall trifle bowl (or a giant decorative glass cylinder you found at a craft shop) layer about 2 ½ cups of mayonnaise with the bacon on top.  Repeat with each remaining ingredient, alternating with the mayonnaise until you fill the entire bowl or cylinder. 

What do you think?  Not as bad as I thought, right?  Still, I think it might need a few modifications here and there because April Fools!  (Yeah, it's April 1, already! Were you waiting for that?)

Well anyway, I just couldn't not be at least a little silly... But you’ve seen How I Met Your Mother, anyway, haven’t you?  You knew what was up.

And anyway… while I thought about actually taking a recipe like that and making it healthy… somehow, I thought it might not exactly be our style.

Photo source: IMDB

Photo source: IMDB

That being said, all the rest of the stuff I wrote was for real.  Just like this recipe I’m actually proud to share with you! 

Personally, I love this one because it’s a quick one to make, gives you some to share or some to save for later, and is yet another recipe to use some delicious hard-boiled eggs!  And I do love hard boiled eggs for decorating around Easter, don't you?  Definitely another holiday tradition that can stay around, I think!

Easy, delicious, and healthy (dairy-free) sandwich stuffing made with either tuna, chicken, or salmon! - Fitcakery.com
Easy, delicious, and healthy (dairy-free) sandwich stuffing made with either tuna, chicken, or salmon! - Fitcakery.com

Easy Egg Salad Sandwich Stuffing (Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken!)

Dairy free {makes 3 servings}

Ingredients:

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  • 1 (6 oz) can tuna, salmon, or chicken (or 6 oz freshly prepped)
  • About 1/3 Hass avocado
  • 2 T. sweet pickle relish
  • 3 eggs, hardboiled or steamed (I prefer to steam*, as they peel much more easily!) chopped**
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. each salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder (or more to taste, if needed)
  • Optional for added crunch: 2 T. chopped walnuts, 3 T. chopped celery, and/or 3 T. chopped radishes

*Steam your eggs by placing in a steamer basket over an inch or two of water.  Cover, and bring the water to a simmer.  Steam the eggs for 17-19 minutes.  Remove from the heat and remove the lid.  Cool to room temperature and peel immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to use! Refrigerate in the shell up to about 1 week.

**if you prefer to leave out some or all of the yolks, dogs and cats love helping with these! I keep left over hard boiled yolks in a container in the fridge for pet treat time!

Directions:

Mash the avocado into the tuna.  Add the relish, chopped eggs, green onion, seasonings, and any optional crunchy ingredients.

Divide into three portions and serve on toasted bread, in a wrap, or on top of a chopped green salad!

Makes about 3 servings

Nutrition per serving (without optional ingredients): 154 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated); 4 g carbs; 1 g fiber; 16 g protein