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    Quick and easy to make this creamy tuna salad is perfect for all of your sandwich needs. Simple to make, it’s a great option for nutritious lunches.

    tuna salad sandwich

    If you are looking for some variety in your lunches, then this tuna salad sandwich recipe is more than worth a try! Simple to make, it’s creamy and tangy and is perfect piled high in sandwiches and croissants.

    Made with a few everyday ingredients, this healthy tuna sandwich recipe comes together quickly and easily, and is loved by everyone who tries it!

    Be sure to try my Mediterranean Tuna Salad and Egg Salad too!

    stacked tuna sandwich on a plate

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Easy to make: Just add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. No cooking involved to make this tuna salad sandwich!
    • Make ahead: Make up a batch of this tuna fish sandwich recipe and enjoy it throughout the week for easy to grab lunches.
    • Delicious: This is no ordinary tuna salad. It’s full of texture and fresh and zingy flavors.

    Tuna Sandwich Ingredients

    Here is what you need to make the best tuna sandwich recipe:

    • Tuna: I like to use canned albacore tuna for this recipe, and one in water rather than oil. Drain it well before using.
    • Mayonnaise: I prefer to use a full fat mayo, but light will do the job too.
    • Vegetables: Celery, red onion and garlic.
    • Dill pickles: These add a great acidic tang. You can also use pickle relish.
    • Parsley: Or any other fresh herbs like chives or dill.
    • Lemon juice: Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled for the best flavor.
    • Mustard: Dijon mustard adds a great flavor. You can use wholegrain or yellow mustard for a milder taste.
    tuna sandwich ingredients

    How to make tuna sandwich

    • Add tuna, mayonnaise, celery, red onion, dill pickles, parsley, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and garlic to a mixing bowl.
    • Toss ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
    how to make tuna salad sandwich
    close up of holding tuna fish sandwich

    How do you serve it?

    I like to serve the tuna salad on toasted slices of bread along with a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice. Such a tasty and simple lunch! You can also serve it on croissants, bagels, tortillas, or lettuce leaves, or add it to a salad for a boost of protein and flavor.

    How long does it keep?

    This healthy tuna salad for sandwiches will keep well, covered in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Just give it a little stir and it’s good to use. I like to make a big batch and then enjoy it over a couple of days. It’s best not to freeze this tuna spread recipe as it contains mayonnaise.

    tuna salad for sandwiches in a bowl

    Tuna Sandwich Variations

    Here are some ideas if you are wondering what to put on a tuna sandwich:

    • Add chopped hard boiled eggs
    • Chopped avocado
    • chopped red bell pepper
    • finely chopped apple (like Granny Smith Apple)
    • Chopped or mashed chickpeas
    • Cucumber slices
    • Top sandwich with a lettuce leaf & tomato

    You can also easily substitute canned tuna with cooked or canned salmon. It will have a slightly different flavor and texture, but it will still be delicious! For a vegetarian option, chickpeas make a great substitution too!

    open face sandwich with tuna spread

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Finely chop the red onion and celery so that they mix evenly with the other ingredients.
    • Substitutions: You can use cooked salmon instead of tuna fish if that is what you prefer. You can also substitute the Dijon mustard for yellow, stone-ground, brown, or your favorite mustard.
    • Mayo-free: For a lower fat option, you can substitute half of the mayonnaise with Greek or plain yogurt.
    • Additional mix-ins: You can add chopped hard-boiled eggs or chopped avocado to your tuna fish sandwich.
    • Toppings: Place this tuna salad on toasted bread slices with lettuce, tomato slices or cucumber slices.
    • Gluten-Free, Paleo & Low-Carb: The tuna spread is gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30 and low-carb. You can serve it on gluten-free/low-carb bread, bagels or lettuce leaves for a healthy alternative.
    • Keep refrigerated and covered until ready to use.

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    Tuna Salad (Sandwich)

    Quick and easy to make this creamy tuna salad is perfect for all of your sandwich needs. Simple to make, it's a great option for nutritious lunches.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 4 sandwiches
    Calories 133kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    To serve

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Add tuna, mayonnaise, celery, red onion, dill pickles, parsley, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and garlic to a mixing bowl. Toss ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
    • You can serve the tuna salad on toasted slices of bread along with a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice. You can also serve it on croissants, bagels, tortillas or lettuce leaves.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Finely chop the red onion and celery so that they mix evenly with the other ingredients.
    • Substitutions: You can use cooked salmon instead of tuna fish if that is what you prefer. You can also substitute the Dijon mustard for yellow, stone-ground, brown, or your favorite mustard.
    • Mayo-free: For a lower fat option, you can substitute half of the mayonnaise with Greek or plain yogurt.
    • Additional mix-ins: You can add chopped hard-boiled eggs or chopped avocado to your salad.
    • Toppings: Place this tuna salad on toasted bread slices with lettuce, tomato slices or cucumber slices.
    • Gluten-Free, Paleo & Low-Carb: The tuna spread is gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30 and low-carb. You can serve it on gluten-free/low-carb bread, bagels or lettuce leaves for a healthy alternative.
    • Keep refrigerated and covered until ready to use.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 744mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Salad, Sandwich
    Cuisine American
    Keyword homemade tuna salad, tuna mayo salad, tuna mayo sandwich
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