Tuna Salad

October 18, 2018 13 Comments

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad

No matter how creative or spontaneous or inventive I aim to be with my weekday lunches, at some point I always end up craving just simple a tuna salad sandwich. It's lunchtime comfort food. Has it been a while since you last had tuna salad? Here's my favorite, most basic recipe. I think it's just about perfect.

 There's not much to making tuna salad, really. My husband often just mixes the tuna with mayo and a few cracks of black pepper and calls it good! I like to add some crunch to balance out the cream, and so I mix in some chopped celery and shallots when I make it. A spoonful of pickle relish might not be the way you grew up with it, but try it — the sweet-and-sour pickles add just a little something extra to each bite.


I also like water-packed tuna, partly because I think it has a cleaner tuna flavor, and also because I figure I'm adding enough calories to my sandwich with the mayo. But if you're a fan of oil-packed tuna, by all means use that! And of course, sandwiches are just one of many dishes you can make with tuna salad. Mix in some macaroni for an easy pasta salad side dish, or pack it into avocado halves or scooped-out tomatoes for a gluten-free lunch. A few spoonfuls of tuna salad with crackers is also one of my favorite afternoon snacks.

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Makes about 2 cups of salad

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  • 2 5-ounce cans water-packed tuna fish
  •  2 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
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  • 1 small shallot or 1/4 red onion, diced small
  • 1 tablespoon  pickle relish, optional
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  • 1 rib celery, diced small
  • Salt and pepper
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  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)

Use a can opener to cut open the cans of tuna fish, but leave the lid in place. Holding the cans over the sink or a bowl, press the lid into the tuna fish and tilt the can to drain all the liquid. Remove the lids and transfer the tuna fish to a mixing bowl.

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Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, celery, shallot, lemon juice, pickle relish (if using), a sprinkle of salt, and a few cracks of fresh black pepper to the tuna fish. Stir with a fork to combine, breaking up any large chunks of tuna fish as you go. Add more mayo if you'd like smoother, creamier tuna salad. Taste and add more of any of the ingredients to taste.


Use immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Recipe Notes

Tuna Salad Variations

  • Use yogurt instead of mayo for a lighter salad.
  • Use extra-virgin olive oil instead of mayo for a looser salad.
  • Use canned salmon, smoked trout, or leftover chicken in place of the tuna.
  • Add diced apples, raisins, or dried fruit to the basic recipe.
  • Add diced fennel, shredded cabbage, diced cucumbers, or any other crunchy vegetable.
  • Add a dash of curry powder, dukkah, harissa, chopped fresh herbs, or any other spice mix in your cupboard.
  • Tuna and mayo — it's as simple as you can get, and a perfectly acceptable lunch.





13 Responses

Alla
Alla

April 07, 2019

Tuna Salad is a simple comfort food favorite. I am ready to have this gluten-free lunch.

Inessa
Inessa

April 07, 2019

This Best-Ever Tuna Salad recipe is truly one of the best. The tuna is mixed with mayonnaise, relish or chopped pickles.

Aronov
Aronov

April 05, 2019

The simple Chickpea Tuna Salad that’s full with brilliant flavor and bright ingredients like tomatoes and bell pepper.

Vosheva
Vosheva

April 05, 2019

Reel in an amazing salad with tuna. It has flavor, crunch and protein for a healthy and fast meal idea on busy days.

Nazarenko
Nazarenko

April 05, 2019

Tuna salad is one of the greatest omega-3 foods, but habitually, you’re left with a mouthful of mayonnaise.

Bykova
Bykova

April 05, 2019

The Tuna Salad Sandwich is one of my kid’s favorite after-school snacks.

Dmitry
Dmitry

April 05, 2019

My parents started making tuna salad sandwiches this way after reading your blog. Thanks for this helpful post.

Mariya
Mariya

April 03, 2019

Classic Tuna Salad, The PERFECT combo of creamy and crunchy. Made with tuna, mayo, celery, mustard, and seasoning. Ready in no time. Thanks.

Mariya
Mariya

April 03, 2019

Classic Tuna Salad, The PERFECT combo of creamy and crunchy. Made with tuna, mayo, celery, mustard, and seasoning. Ready in no time. Thanks.

Marina
Marina

April 03, 2019

You might think you don’t need guidelines for a tuna salad, especially an easy tuna salad. I suggest you to read this once before preparing. It is most awesome.

Bella
Bella

April 03, 2019

Tuna salad made unsurprisingly creamy with the toting up of avocado. This fantastic easy to make salad is healthy, light and stimulating.

Lyubov Borysenko
Lyubov Borysenko

December 12, 2018

Thanks for the recipe! My son goes to the elementary and I sometimes pack him this sandwich as a “reward”. He loves it a lot!

Andrey
Andrey

November 19, 2018

Same way I make mine at home. Easy

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