Classic Tuna Salad

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Classic Tuna Salad is the PERFECT combo of creamy and crunchy, made with tuna, mayo, celery, mustard, and seasoning, ready in no time at all!

We’re all about fast and easy lunches, and this month we’re prepping our Classic Chicken Salad, Crab Salad (Seafood Salad), and Macaroni Salad!

Classic Tuna SaladCLASSIC TUNA SALAD

Classic Tuna Salad is the PERFECT choice for an easy and quick lunch, made out of savory tuna and crunchy celery, mixed with mayo, mustard, and relish, and a dash of lemon juice. I like to make a big batch of this on Friday, so we have quick lunches all weekend.

You can serve this tuna on top of a salad, or on a sandwich with lettuce and sliced red onion. I also like to make this with a side of crackers, or with some Perfectly Easy Dinner Rolls.

HOW LONG IS TUNA SALAD GOOD FOR?

Tuna Salad will last in a sealed container refrigerated for 2-3 days. I don’t like to freeze tuna salad because the mayo will not defrost well.

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WHAT ELSE CAN YOU MIX WITH TUNA SALAD?

  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Apple
  • Red onion
  • Avocado
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Bell pepper
  • Sun dried tomatoes

Quick and Easy Tuna Salad

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HOW TO SERVE TUNA SALAD

  • I like to serve tuna salad on toasted bread. This way the bread holds up better and doesn’t get too soft with the moisture from the tuna and mayo.
  • If I serve this on top of salad greens, I like to include tomato slices and extra wedges of lemon for flavor and pops of color on the tray.
  • Hollow out tomatoes and serve tuna inside for an easy brunch recipe that looks like you spent forever making it!
  • Serve tuna salad topped with fresh dill, parsley, or chopped green onions.
  • Hollow out an avocado and add to the tuna salad, then serve inside of the avocado shell.

HOW TO MAKE SOUTHERN TUNA SALAD

Southern tuna salad is basically tuna salad with the addition of relish and hard boiled eggs. This recipe already calls for relish to get a satisfying salty crunch, so all you’d have to add is chopped hardboiled egg.

TIPS FOR MAKING TUNA SALAD

  • Lighten this recipe up by using greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, and get tuna packed in water instead of oil.
  • Add spices like curry powder or celery seed to add some variation to your tuna salad recipe.
  • Make this spicy by substituting dijon with spicy mustard, and adding some diced jalapeno peppers.
  • Add healthier fats to make this an avocado tuna salad, by replacing some of the mayo with pureed avocado. Or just add cut up avocado pieces to the tuna salad.
  • For a healthier version, you can also add chopped veggies to this dish. Try cucumber, fennel, or jicama.
  • If you don’t have relish, add chopped dill pickle with a splash of pickle juice to the tuna salad.
  • This recipe is typically made with canned tuna, but if you have fresh you can cook it through, allow to cool, then chop into pieces and follow the recipe as usual.
  • You can use this recipe to make a tuna melt sandwich. Place on toasted bread with lettuce and tomato on a baking sheet with a slice of Swiss or provolone cheese on top, and broil for 1 minute. You can also do this in a toaster oven.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

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Classic Tuna Salad

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina

Classic Tuna Salad is the PERFECT combo of creamy and crunchy, made with tuna, mayo, celery, mustard, and seasoning, ready in no time at all!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 18 ounces tuna drained well
  • 1/2 cup celery minced

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, relish, pepper and lemon juice to a large bowl and mix well before adding in the tuna and celery and mix well again.
  2. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 315 calories, Calories: 315g, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 606mg, Potassium: 261mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 4.8g, Vitamin C: 2.2g, Calcium: 2.7g, Iron: 12.6g

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  1. This tuna salad recipe reads so delicious… but I have another question for you. My husband bought white pepper recently to use for a chicken recipe that came out so delicious.. well… I’m not so great with spices… just adding them to foods/recipes, the quantity and the right spice for the right recipe…. and I am now out of black pepper til grocery day… Could white pepper be used on this tuna salad recipe and work out or what else could it be used on just to be able to use it?
    I enjoy reading all of your entries to my e-mail and am So Grateful you are out there to help us that aren’t so savvy…. so to speak…. with spice abilities…. Thank you so much Sabrina, and a Happy blessed New Years to you and yours!