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Tuna Salad

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There is so much great flavor in this creamy tuna salad that you will be craving a bite come lunchtime.
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  1. Tuna Salad Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Tuna Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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There’s something about a good tuna salad that just makes my mouth water. The combination of flavors of the tuna, crisp celery and onion mixed with the creamy mayo dressing is out-of-this-world delicious and it’s so easy to make, too!

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Tuna Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ⅔ cup + 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (your favorite brand)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 (5-ounce) cans chunk light tuna fish, drained and flaked
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ⅓ cup finely diced sweet yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup finely diced red onion

PRO TIP:

Try to choose tuna packed in water. Tuna in oil will change the consistency of this salad.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MAYO: You can substitute Miracle Whip for the mayonnaise in this tuna recipe if you prefer.

NUTS: You can substitute any type of chopped nut for walnuts in this classic recipe.

MIX-INS: You can add thinly sliced green onion, French fried onions, dill pickles, or chopped radish for even more crunch and bite.

SPICY: For a spicy twist on the best tuna salad around, you can add sriracha or hot sauce to the mayo mixture.

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How to Make This Tuna Salad Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can easily double this recipe if you are feeding a crowd.

STEP ONE: Add the mayo, sweet relish, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, and black pepper to a small bowl. Whisk to combine.

PRO TIP:

You can place the tuna in a paper towel or a clean dish towel and wring out even more liquid.

mayo, pickle relish, dijon mustard, salt and pepper whisked in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the tuna, celery, sweet yellow onion, and red onions, and stir until completely incorporated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. 

tuna, celery, yellow and red onions stir in a bowl

How To Serve

There are plenty of simple ways to enjoy this tasty tuna salad. For low carb options serve in a lettuce wrap or on a bed of lettuce. Of course, tuna salad sandwiches make easy lunches, or you can serve it with crackers or veggie sticks instead. Don’t forget the glass of iced tea to wash it down.

Our creamy tuna melts and tuna macaroni salad are two more easy recipes to enjoy when you are craving tuna.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this delicious tuna salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can store the tuna salad in the freezer for up to 1 week. Use an airtight food storage container.

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This classic tuna salad recipe only needs a few simple ingredients and is always a great option for a quick and easy lunch. Plus, you can customize your tuna salad to fit your own taste preferences.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best kind of tuna for tuna sandwiches?

We recommend canned chunk or flake light tuna or albacore tuna rather than white tuna or yellowfin tuna as those are higher in mercury. Just read the can of tuna for the type of tuna used.

Can I keep leftover tuna in the fridge?

You can keep any leftover tuna salad in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Can I mix in other ingredients to my tuna salad?

You can most definitely get creative with your tuna salad and mix in any extras you’d like.

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Tuna Salad

5 from 1 vote
There is so much great flavor in this creamy tuna salad that you will be craving a bite come lunchtime.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • cup mayonnaise, your favorite brand
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 10 ounces chunk light tuna fish, drained and flaked
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • cup finely diced sweet yellow onion
  • cup finely diced red onion

Instructions
 

  • Add the mayo, pickle relish, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, and black pepper to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the tuna, celery, sweet yellow onion, and red onions, and stir until completely incorporated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Serve with crackers, veggie sticks, or on a sandwich.

Notes

  • Try to choose tuna packed in water. Tuna in oil will change the consistency of this salad.
  • You can easily double this recipe if you are feeding a crowd.
  • You can place the tuna in a paper towel or a clean dish towel and wring out even more liquid.

Nutrition

Sodium: 649mg | Calcium: 25mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Vitamin A: 141IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 169mg | Cholesterol: 35mg | Calories: 308kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 27g | Protein: 12g | Carbohydrates: 4g | Iron: 1mg
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