November 15, 2023Review Recipe
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Tuna lovers – you’re going to drool over this homemade tuna sandwich that only takes ten minutes to make and is a blend of tuna fish with crispy greens. We’ve perfected this tuna salad recipe with all of the ingredients you love; celery, mayo, lettuce, and onion.
Tuna Sandwich Ingredients
The combination of flavors in this sandwich includes mild saltiness from the tuna, a velvety richness from the mayo, and a touch of freshness from the green onions.
These elements come together on hearty whole-grain bread with crisp lettuce leaves for a satisfying, balanced, and delicious meal.
- 2 (6-ounce) cans of tuna, drained
- ½ cup of mayonnaise
- ⅛ cup of finely diced green onions
- ½ cup of finely diced celery
- ¼ teaspoon each of salt and black pepper, or to taste
- 8 large leaves of green or red leaf lettuce
- 8 slices of whole-grain bread
This recipe can also be modified with 2½ pouch bags of tuna. Most bags are 2.6-ounces.
Substitutions And Additions
MAYONNAISE: For an egg-free alternative mayo, use a simple olive oil-based dressing. It’ll taste just the same if you use a 1:1 ratio.
CELERY: If you don’t have any celery on hand, you can use chopped cucumber or red bell pepper.
ONION: I like putting red onion rather than green onions in my tuna salad. It gives it a nice bright bit of color and a tangy taste.
LEMON JUICE: You can add a bit of lemon juice or lemon zest to your tuna salad for a delicious kick.
PICKLES: Pickles are a great addition to any tuna salad! Chop them up for the best texture. All pickles are a good idea, but we recommend sweet pickles or dill pickles.
CONDIMENTS: Either mustard, Dijon mustard, or relish is a great topping for your tuna sandwich.
APPLE: You can use apple slices in your tuna salad! It adds a little more freshness, and it’s a unique taste!
HERBS: Adding fresh parsley to your tuna salad is a nice way to add a bit more flavor to the mix.
HOT SAUCE: A spicy kick is always a great idea, and a dash of Tabasco or other hot sauce would kick up your tuna salad a notch.
How To Make This Tuna Sandwich Recipe
Follow our easy instructions to mix up this classic tuna salad before assembling your sandwiches.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
This recipe makes enough tuna salad for 4 sandwiches. You can easily double it if you are feeding a crowd.
STEP ONE: Mix the tuna, mayonnaise, green onion, and celery together in a medium or large bowl. Add in salt and pepper to taste.
For added crunch, toast your bread before assembling your sandwiches.
STEP TWO: Divide the tuna mixture between four of the pieces of bread.
You can make this meal without bread! For a keto/low carb option, spread spoonfuls of the tuna into lettuce leaves. Another alternative to bread is crackers! Spread spoonfuls of tuna onto crackers. You can also turn these into wraps by replacing the bread with flour tortillas.
STEP THREE: Layer the two lettuce leaves on the other four slices of bread, tearing the leaves to fit the bread.
Additional toppings may be added like pickles, relish, mustard.
STEP FOUR: Assemble the two sides of each sandwich.
STEP FIVE: Slice and serve your sandwich to finish!
How To Serve This Tuna Salad Sandwich
Storing The Best Tuna Salad Recipe
Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your tuna sandwich:
MAKE AHEAD: Mix your tuna salad filling and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You can also slice and store any fresh vegetables you plan to add, like lettuce, tomatoes, or onions.
Assemble your sandwich just before serving to maintain the crispness of the bread. This way, you can have a quick and satisfying meal ready to enjoy without the fuss.
IN THE FRIDGE: Wrap your sandwiches in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to one day. The tuna mixture can be stored separately for up to three days.
IN THE FREEZER: You can store the tuna salad in the freezer for up to one week. Use an airtight food storage container.
Why We Love This Recipe
QUICK AND EASY: This recipe is a go-to for busy days when you need a satisfying meal in minutes. It comes together swiftly, making it perfect for a quick lunch or dinner option.
PROTEIN-PACKED: Tuna is a fantastic source of lean protein, making this sandwich not only delicious but also a nutritious choice.
CLASSIC COMFORT: It’s a classic recipe that brings back fond memories and satisfies cravings.
Made with a few simple ingredients, this tuna sandwich recipe is the perfect blend of crunchy and creamy. This recipe takes canned tuna to a whole new level and is one of our favorite recipes for lunchtime. We know you’re going to love this delicious sandwich!
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend canned chunk or flake light 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.
Any bread is a great choice for tuna sandwiches. Whole wheat bread, rye, or flour tortillas are great options.
You can keep any leftover tuna salad in the fridge for two to three days.
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- 12 ounces tuna, drained
- ½ cup mayonnaise, plus more for spreading on the bread
- ⅛ cup green onion, finely diced
- ½ cup celery, finely diced
- ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper, to taste
- 8 large leaves green lettuce, or red leaf lettuce
- 8 slices whole grain bread,
- Mix together tuna, mayonnaise, green onion, and celery. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide tuna mixture between four of the pieces of bread.
- Layer two lettuce leaves on the other four slices of bread, tearing the leaves to fit the bread.
- Assemble the two sides of each sandwich.
- Slice and serve.
- This recipe can also be modified with 2½ pouch bags of tuna. Most bags are 2.6-ounces.
- This recipe makes enough tuna salad for 4 sandwiches. You can easily double it if you are feeding a crowd.
- For added crunch, toast your bread before assembling your sandwiches.
- You can make this meal without bread! For a keto/low carb option, spread spoonfuls of the tuna into lettuce leaves. Another alternative to bread is crackers! Spread spoonfuls of tuna onto crackers. You can also turn these into wraps by replacing the bread with flour tortillas.
- Additional toppings may be added like pickles, relish, mustard.
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