The Unexpected Ingredients Martha Stewart Uses In Tuna Salad

If you like to keep your pantry well-stocked, there's a good chance that you've got a can or two of tuna sitting on the shelf. Wondering what exactly to do with that tuna before it goes bad? Jazz things up with an ingredient swap that will upgrade your canned tuna, or stick to the classics and whip up an easy tuna salad sandwich for lunch.

But if you're tired of your usual tuna salad, you can also put a twist on this tried-and-true recipe. Martha Stewart has a recipe for a tuna salad sandwich, and while it uses the usual ingredients like tuna, mayo, and celery, there are a couple of extra items that might surprise you.

Stewart's recipe for tuna salad includes one chopped apple (she recommends Gala or McIntosh) and some freshly chopped basil leaves. It's typical to find apples in a chicken salad recipe, so we're willing to give it a shot with tuna salad along with some basil. While these ingredients may surprise you, the end result may be delicious.

What do people think of basil and apple in Martha Stewart's tuna salad?

While tuna salad doesn't usually have apples or basil leaves, fans of Martha Stewart aren't expecting her recipes to have clashing flavors. So does this flavor combination work? Based on the reviews of Stewart's tuna salad, apple and basil do pair with the fish. For The Kitchn, Sara Tane made and reviewed the tuna salad, and the verdict was that the texture added by the apples was a big plus. Tane said the apple also added sweetness while the basil brought some freshness to the tuna salad.

On Stewart's website, there are a few written reviews of this tuna salad for her tuna salad sandwich recipe. Overall, this recipe has three out of five stars, but there's high praise from those who really enjoyed the salad. One person wrote, "I have made this recipe over a dozen times. ... Every single item in this recipe is NECESSARY. Do not alter it — seriously. Fresh basil is an absolute must."

If you're taking this review to heart, read this before growing basil. This plant is great for beginners, and it'll add plenty of freshness and a pop of green to your summer dishes, like this basil pesto sauce recipe.