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A Tuna Salad recipe is a simple, lunch idea. It is an underrated classic. This recipe is light, simple to make, and great for a quick meal. It can be served on a sandwich, on top of a salad, or in a wrap. No matter how you eat it, it will be delicious!

stack of tuna salad sandwiches on a white round plate

Tuna salad comes together with just a few basic pantry staples, canned tuna can get a pretty amazing makeover. The easy lunch recipe is easy to personalize and quick to put together. Plus, it skews towards the healthier side, so it’s a great light option.

top down image of tuna salad served in a white round bowl

SIMPLE AND EASY TUNA SALAD RECIPE

Tuna is a lunchtime staple. It’s one of those lunch items that you never think to make but are really glad when you do make it. It’s light, filling, and easy to personalize. Plus, it comes together within 30 minutes, making it great when you’re running short on time or need a last-minute meal.

This tuna salad recipe has a secret ingredient that really elevates the traditional recipe. Now it may sound strange at first, but after one bite, you’ll see just how good it is. So, what’s the secret ingredient in this recipe? It’s a chopped hard-boiled egg. The hard-boiled egg gives the salad more body and adds a very subtle flavor. Plus, it adds more protein into the mix, making the meal even healthier.

The best part about this tuna salad recipe is that you can personalize it. Go spicy and add in hot sauce, add in vinegar and make it tangy, or combine flavors and add in a dollop of honey mustard. You can also add veggies like carrots or celery to add more texture to the dish. Since the base of tuna is relatively plain, it is easy to change up.

Not a big fan of tuna? Try out our egg salad instead and prepare it on a wrap or bread just like the tuna salad recipe.

ingredients to make tuna salad

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE A QUICK TUNA SALAD RECIPE

  • Canned tuna – one 12 oz can.
  • Lemon juice – balances the flavors and adds acid.
  • Mayonaise
  • Hard-boiled egg – try hard boiling an egg in the instant pot!
  • Pickled relish – adds a nice tang.
  • Celery – adds a nice crunch to the tuna.
  • Salt and pepper – Season with salt and pepper to taste.
top down image of tuna salad served in a white round bowl

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE TUNA SALAD

1. PREPARE THE TUNA

Open the can of tuna and drain out the excess water. Add the tuna to the bowl and add in all remaining ingredients. Mix until fully combined

2. CHILL

Place the bowl of tuna and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This will help bind all of the ingredients together.

3. SERVE

Serve the tuna on your favorite bread, on top of a salad, with crackers, or in a wrap.

tuna salad sandwich cut in half and stacked on one another and served on a white round plate

FAQ

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH TUNA SALAD

Anything that you would serve with a salad or sandwich is great alongside tuna. Go with a bag of chips, cut-up veggies, fruit, or French fries.

IS TUNA SALAD HEALTHY?

Tuna salad is a relatively healthy choice. Tuna is high in protein, iron, and full of vitamins. Keep the additions to the tuna salad small in order to keep it on the healthier side.

WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF MAYO IN THE RECIPE?

Not everyone loves mayonnaise, and luckily, it is very easy to swap out when making tuna salad. Try a smashed avocado, Greek yogurt, hummus, or anything with a similar texture. Just make sure it will help to bind everything together.

MORE SANDWICHES TO TRY OUT

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna Salad recipe is always a good idea. It's an underrated classic that is so light and simple to put together.
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Course: lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 12oz can of tuna
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 hardboiled eggs chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Open tuna and drain water from the can.
  • In a large bowl, placed drained tuna. Add in all remaining ingredients and mix together.
  • Chill the bowl with the tuna for 30 minutes.
  • When done chilling serve the tuna. Serve on your favorite bread, wraps, lettuce wraps, with crackers, or on top of a salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 26g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: tuna, tuna salad, tuna salad sandwich
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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  1. You talk about the bread but don’t say the brand. Can you share that with me please. Thanks

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