This tuna salad sandwich recipe will become your new favorite! Red onion, sweet pickle relish, celery, and a few simple spices will combine for INCREDIBLE flavor!
Quick Overview: In only 10 minutes, this easy recipe will become what you consider, the best tuna salad sandwich!
Why you’ll want to make tuna sandwiches
Plus, they’re easy, and don’t require heating up the kitchen!
It’s so nice to be able to keep a can of tuna in the pantry for those last minute meals, like this tuna pasta salad recipe, and for this recipe, you can use whatever kind of tuna you prefer: albacore, tuna with olive oil, etc. However, I think the best kind of tuna is white tuna in water, in case you find that helpful! (See “subsitutions” below if you decide to use something other than what I used!)
I’ve had and have made tuna salad sandwiches many different ways over the years but I keep coming back to the classic tuna salad that uses simple ingredients, and that’s what I want to share with you today!
See the recipe card below for ingredients and instructions all in one place!
- Canned tuna: For this recipe we choose solid white albacore tuna in water and flaked it after draining. You may use other canned tuna if you have a preference.
- Real mayonnaise: Mayo is used as a binder for the ingredients to come together in perfect harmony. There are many options for mayo. For this recipe we prefer to use real mayonnaise. Elevate this recipe by using mayo made with olive oil!
- Sweet pickle relish: You may substitute dill relish or even chop your own favorite pickles!
- Red onion: Depth and savory flavor profile.
- Celery: Celery brings a fresh crunch to this elevated dish.
- Fresh lemon juice and flat-leaf parsley: Both of these ingredients elevate this dish and bring a freshness to the recipe.
- Dried chives and garlic powder: Chives elevate and enhance the flavor profile of this delicious salad.
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper: Salt and pepper are perfect companions for tuna!
In only 10 minutes you’ll have delicious tuna salad ready for bread, a croissant or to even eat with crackers!
Drain the water from the tuna and place in a medium mixing bowl.
Next, add ⅓ cup real mayonnaise, ¼ cup sweet pickle relish, 2 tablespoons red onion, minced, 1 stalk celery, minced, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixing bowl of tuna.
Then add 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, 1 teaspoon dried chives, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
Combine together using a rubber spatula or spoon. Be sure all of the ingredients are well blended.
Hint: To elevate and add heat to this delicious tuna salad, add 1 small minced jalpeno!
- If you choose canned tuna packed in oil, you may want to reduce the mayonnaise to ¼ cup.
- You may use a number of mayonnaise options including mayo alternatives, such as miracle whip, plant based mayo, avocado oil mayo, plain greek yogurt, etc.
- You may use dill relish or your own minced sweet pickles or dill pickles instead of sweet relish if you prefer less sweetness.
- If you are averse to red onion, try substituting green onion, diced apples or grapes!
- Lime juice instead of lemon juice. (I haven’t tried this but I’m sure it would have great flavor!)
- Make a tuna melt: Simply make the recipe as stated, and then make it like a grilled cheese sandwich!
- Tuna Lettuce Wrap: Serve on a bed of lettuce or in one giant romaine lettuce leaf as a wrap!
- Additional Mix-in ideas: Looking to kick things up a notch? Here are some extra ingredients I’ve added to tuna salad before, that you may want to try: hot sauce, curry powder (like the flavors in our curry egg salad), garlic clove – chopped, (or garlic powder) a teaspoon of dijon mustard (or so), red bell pepper, or fresh dill!
What to Serve with this Tuna Sandwich Recipe
You can enjoy the tuna salad on only slices of bread, or you can top the tuna salad sandwich with: crisp lettuce, bacon (or turkey bacon), a slice of onion, avocado halves (or slices), a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, fresh veggies or more fresh herbs, or even top with potato chips for an extra “crunch!”
You may store this tuna salad in the refrigerator using an airtight container, for up to 5 days!
Due to the fact that there is mayonnaise in this recipe, refrigerate after 2 hours for food safety reasons.
If you choose a solid white canned tuna, you may need to flake the meat after you drain the water.
The GREATEST Tuna Salad Sandwich
- 12 oz. can tuna, drained
- ⅓ cup real mayonnaise see substitutions in post
- ¼ cup sweet pickle relish see substitutions in post
- 2 Tablespoons red onion, minced
- 1 stalk celery, minced
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried chives if desired
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Drain the water from the tuna and place in a medium mixing bowl.
- Next, add ⅓ cup real mayonnaise, ¼ cup sweet pickle relish, 2 tablespoons red onion, minced, 1 stalk celery, minced, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to themixing bowl of tuna
- Then add 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, 1 teaspoon dried chives, 1 teaspoongarlic powder, ¼ teaspoon koshersalt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepperand combine together using a rubber spatula. Be sure all of the ingredientsare well blended
- Serve on your favorite bread or a bed of lettuce with crackers. Enjoy!
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.