Classic Tuna Salad

Last Updated on May 29, 2021

When it comes to a tasty and simple recipe, you can’t go wrong with this Classic Tuna Salad. It’s creamy, delicious, and loaded with flavor. Pair this up with my Homemade Wheat Bread Recipe and you’ve just created what’s certain to become a new favorite lunch or dinner meal. 

I’ve been making this delicious dish for years and my boys still love it. And it’s a great way to get some lean protein in their diet as well. 

Classic Tuna Salad

Honestly, I don’t understand why some people turn up their noses at tuna salad. I think it’s just because they haven’t made my recipe yet. I also think that it comes down to the texture and consistency of the ingredients. No one wants dried out tuna salad to eat. Or tuna salad that has an overbearing mayonnaise taste. 

I love this recipe because I can make it fast and leaves everyone satisfied. And it makes up the perfect leftovers for lunch the next day. This is one of those recipes that I pretty much make once a month because I know that someone in the family will easily eat it up.

I make a soy-free version so that everyone in my family can enjoy it, including the child with soy allergies. It truly is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever create. 

Why is my tuna salad dry?

The good news about making tuna salad is that it’s forgiving. If your tuna salad turns out dry, don’t fret. You can easily fix it without having to call the recipe a total loss! 

Add in a bit more mayo and stir and taste. Keep doing this until you get the creamy texture that you’re going for. This is the fastest way to add some moisture to your tuna salad. 

You’ll find that the more that you make this simple tuna recipe, the more that you’ll have it memorized and whip it up in no time at all. 

Are you ready to learn how to make this tasty sandwich salad? I think you’re going to love it! 

Ingredients to make Tuna Salad

As you can tell by the shortlist of ingredients, this recipe couldn’t be more simple to make! 

Personal note: I actually make a lot more than this recipe calls for because we love it so much! We typically eat it a couple of days in a row for lunch. So if you have more in your family or want to have this for a few days, double or triple the recipe to suit your needs. 

  • 1 (12 oz.) can of Tuna, drained well. I use tuna in water, not oil.
  • ¼ cup of sliced Celery (2 ribs)
  • ¼ cup of Diced Red Onion (½ of a medium-sized onion) 
  • ¼ cup of chopped Chives
  • ½ cup of Soy-free Mayonnaise (like Sir Kensington’s)
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice (juice of ½ a lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons Relish (use sugar-free for low carb option) OR homemade zucchini relish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions to make Tuna Salad

Take a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, relish, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

Then add the drained tuna, celery, red onion, and chives. Mix well.

You can serve over lettuce cups for a low-carb meal or pile high on homemade toasted wholewheat bread slices for a quick lunch.

Notes for Making Classic Tuna Salad

  • You can add chopped eggs for more protein. 
  • Chives can be substituted for sliced green onions.
  • You can add more vegetables like chopped carrots and bell peppers to bulk it up.
  • Add in cheese if you want
  • Also, I love these packets if you want to kick it up a notch with spices. 

How to Change Up The Flavor

This is a great classic way to cook up tuna salad but you can easily make it other ways, too as I mentioned above. Some simple additions can be green onions or even some different flavors of pickles as well. be creative! I have even added BBQ sauce and made a completely different combo for tuna that is delicious1 

I also like to toss in some hard-boiled eggs for some extra added protein here and there. 

classic tuna salad

How to store leftover tuna salad

More than likely, you’ll have a bit of tuna salad left over. Especially if you double or triple the recipe as I mentioned. And that’s great. That just means less food that you’ll have to prep for the next meal! 

The best way to store your salad is to put it in an airtight container with a lid and keep it in the fridge. I would also highly recommend that you use a glass storage container as the tuna smell can stain and seep into the plastic, keeping that smell around a lot longer than you’re going to want. I love mason jars for this.

Fun Ways to use leftover tuna salad

If you’re anything like me, you like leftovers but you also like adding a little bit of a spin to them. I’ll happily eat this recipe for several days in a row but I like to change it up.

One way that you can easily change it up is to add it to a salad. Putting this on a bed of lettuce eliminates the need for a dressing and gives you a healthy and delicious boost. 

The other way to eat this as a leftover is to fry it up and make tuna patties. You’ll want to dredge it in some panko or breadcrumbs and then smash it out so it’s flat. You then just put it in a cast-iron skillet or a pan and fry up both sides until it’s golden brown. I eat this with a little bit of ketchup and it’s awesome. 

As you can see, tuna salad is a family favorite for a reason. It’s a simple way to make a picnic lunch or to add it into your weekly meal or monthly meal plan. 

Don’t forget to bake up a fresh loaf of bread as well so that you have everything that you need to create a simple and easy meal. It’s so much fun to create an entire meal out of homemade recipes and ingredients that you have in your house. 

And if you’re using this to make a sandwich, it’s always fun to see how everyone prefers their bread. Some like their bread toasted on both sides while others want soft bread instead. 

Let me know how you and your family ate this delicious tuna salad after you serve it. 

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Classic Tuna Salad

Classic Tuna Salad

This is such a simple salad recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) can of Tuna, drained well
  • ¼ cup of sliced Celery (2 ribs)
  • ¼ cup of diced Red Onion (½ of a medium sized onion)
  • ¼ cup of chopped Chives
  • ½ cup of Soy-free Mayonnaise (like Sir Kensington's)
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice (juice of ½ a lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons Relish (use sugar-free for low carb option)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, relish, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Add the drained tuna, celery, red onion, and chives. Mix well.

Serve over lettuce cups for a low carb meal or pile high on toasted bread slices for a quick lunch.

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