Tuna Salad Recipe

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This flavorful tuna salad recipe is a delicious new spin on an old classic!  Make a tuna fish sandwich, party appetizers, or lettuce wraps. This healthy recipe comes together in under 15 minutes!

Tuna salad on round crackers served on a 2-tiered marble serving tray.


These are the fresh, colorful ingredients for this healthy recipe:

  • Albacore solid white tuna in water
  • Mayonnaise (or reduced fat mayo)
  • Yellow mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Orange and/or yellow bell pepper
  • Kalamata olives, pitted
  • Cherry tomatoes or heirloom medley tomatoes (a colorful mix)
  • Red onion
  • Kosher dill pickles
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh dill

PARTY TIP: When serving a crowd, tuna salad on crackers, bruschetta made with skillet roasted tomatoes, and homemade hummus with flatbread crackers will stave off hunger until the main entree is served!

A flat lay image of healthy ingredients for tuna salad.


Remember childhood and your favorite tuna salad sandwich wrapped in waxed paper and taken to school in a brown paper bag? This is the grown-up version of that popular lunch-time classic!

Tuna Salad Sandwich served on a round plate with chips and a pickle.


With fresh ingredients, this easy recipe comes together quickly!

Fresh colorful ingredients for healthy tuna salad.


Step by step, here’s how to take this classic recipe to the next level:

  • STEP 1: Add drained tuna to a medium bowl. Flake the pieces apart with a fork. Add the chopped veggies and mix. Drizzle vinegar over the top. Add dollops of mayo and mustard.
  • STEP 2: With a fork, mix ingredients until well incorporated.
  • STEP 3: Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as a handful of shaved Parmesan cheese on top.
  • STEP 4: Fold the cheese and spices into the tuna salad mixture. It’s now ready to serve, eat and enjoy!

Four images showing the steps for how to make tuna salad.


  • HOW TO MAKE TUNA SALAD HEALTHY: Rather than using full-fat mayonnaise, try low-fat mayo, plain yogurt, or hummus.
  • HOW TO BRIGHTEN THE FLAVOR: A squeeze of lemon juice will brighten the flavor of this recipe! For a bit more tang, fold in two tablespoons of capers.
  • HOW TO ADD MORE CRUNCH: Mix in 1/4 cup diced celery.
  • HOW LONG WILL TUNA SALAD STAY FRESH? When refrigerated, the mixture will stay fresh for 3-5 days: store it in a zip-top bag or an air-tight container.
  • CAN I FREEZE TUNA SALAD? This is not recommended. It does not freeze well!

Two cans of tuna with lids off that have been drained and stacked.


Tuna is often packed in unsaturated, heart-heathy soybean oil. Although you can drain off the oil and rinse the tuna in water, oil already absorbed into the flakes will not rinse out. When counting calories, tuna packed in water is the better choice; plus it retains more Omega-3s than its oil-packed counterpart!

An open-faced tuna sandwich on a plate with a dill garnish.


Spread the mixture on toasted or un-toasted bread. If desired, add some sprouts or a few leaves of lettuce for a nice crisp crunch! Serve with spears of dill pickles and a side of your favorite chips.


A tuna melt is a beautiful twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich!

  1. Melt a few pats of butter on a hot griddle. Lay two slices of bread over the butter. Flip and toast the pieces of bread until lightly golden. Remove from heat.
  2. Transfer one slice of toast to a baking tray. Put a slice of cheddar cheese on top of the toast. Place briefly in a 400-degree F oven just until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven.
  3. Spoon tuna salad over the melted cheese. Place the second slice of toast on top.
  4. Melt another pat of butter on the griddle. Transfer the tuna melt to the griddle. Grill the sandwich until it’s nicely browned.
  5. Cut in half diagonally, serve and enjoy!

Tuna salad on individual crackers garnished with fresh dill served on a tiered tray.


Scoop the tuna salad mixture onto individual crackers. Garnish each with a festive feathery sprig of fresh dill. Serve appetizers on a platter or tiered tray.

A tuna salad lettuce wrap on a round plate with cherry tomatoes and dill.


Looking for fresh new ways to enjoy tuna salad? Here are some great ideas:

  • TUNA SALAD WITH CAPERS: This is an easy way to take this recipe to the next level! Capers add more delightful tang to this already yummy dish.
  • AVOCADO TUNA SALAD: Slice an avocado in half. Remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and add it to a bowl. Mash it with a fork, leaving it slightly chunky. Add the mashed avocado to the tuna mixture. Serve with restaurant-style tortilla chips.
  • TUNA STUFFED AVOCADOS: Halve an avocado lengthwise and remove the pit; add a generous scoop of tuna salad to the middle depression of each half. Garnish with fresh sprigs of cilantro.
  • TUNA SALAD WITH EGG: Crank up the flavor a few notches by combining this delicious recipe with classic egg salad. The result is a creamy, delightful mixture your whole family will enjoy!
  • CLASSIC TUNA SALAD: For a childhood favorite, mix drained and flaked tuna with mayo, mustard, diced pickles or relish, and chopped celery.
  • TUNA SALAD WITHOUT MAYO: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Maggi seasoning sauce, and Dijon mustard. Pour the dressing over the tuna and mix well. Add your favorite diced veggies and mix again.
  • TUNA SALAD CELERY STICKS: Rinse several stalks of celery. Slice off the dry ends. Cut each stalk in half or in thirds. Spoon tuna salad into the depressions of each piece. These celery sticks are a wonderful, healthy mid-day snack!
  • TUNA SALAD LETTUCE WRAP: Place two overlapping leaves of butter lettuce (or romaine lettuce) on a plate. Add a generous scoop of tuna salad to the middle. Enjoy this healthy tuna fish sandwich without bread!


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This colorful, healthy tuna salad recipe is fresh new spin on an old classic! Enjoy this versatile mixture as a sandwich, lettuce wrap, or as an appetizer with crackers. Make this easy recipe in less than 15 minutes.


  • 2 12-ounce cans albacore tuna in water, drained
  • 1/41/3 cup mayonnaise (or reduced fat mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, or more if desired
  • 21/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup orange or yellow bell pepper (or a combo of the two)
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, gently chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup kosher dill pickles, chopped
  • Pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, packed (+ more for garnishing)


  1. Transfer drained tuna to a mixing bowl. Use a fork to flake the pieces apart.
  2. Add chopped veggies to the bowl. Mix briefly.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar, mayo and mustard. Mix well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Fold in a handful of shaved Parmesan cheese.



  • HOW TO MAKE TUNA SALAD HEALTHY: Rather than using full-fat mayonnaise, try low-fat mayo or plain yogurt.
  • TUNA SALAD WITHOUT MAYO: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Maggi seasoning sauce, and Dijon mustard. Pour the dressing over the flaked tuna and mix well. Add your favorite diced veggies.
  • HOW LONG WILL TUNA SALAD STAY FRESH? When refrigerated, the mixture will stay fresh for 3-5 days: store it in a zip-top bag or an air-tight container.
  • CAN I FREEZE TUNA SALAD? This is not recommended. It does not freeze well!
  • Prep Time: 12 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing Bowl
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Love this recipe! I used leftover grilled ahi. Added diced fresh jalapenos but otherwise no changes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh wow, that is one delicious snack that I can go on all day. It looks so amazing and the flavors are bang on. Yummy. Saving it to try later.

  3. Wow these little cutties look absolutely delicious. These will be perfect for my Easter table. I bet my family and guest will be surprised. I will definitely make this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tuna is a huge part of my diet because it is a great source of lean protein. I love the addition of fresh dill in your recipe. It’s herbal freshness adds a nice touch to the tuna.

  5. I love tuna and my hometown is actually considered as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. Yep, we got a lot of tuna there. Fresh tuna to be precise. :) Love all your tuna recipe ideas. They all look delish!

  6. I love how colorful and flavorful this tuna salad recipe is. I’ve never thought to use red onions instead of yellow.

  7. I love tuna salad! This recipe contains two of my favorite mix-ins: olives and pickles. Pickles are a must have for me, and the olives would be delicious! I can’t wait to try this one!

  8. That sounds like a yummy tuna salad!! I don’t think I’ve ever made it before and am usually a bit “scared” of the canned tuna… but this made me wanna have it anyway!! Great job!

  9. This tuna salad looks so creamy and delicious. Tuna salad is my kid’s favorite salad. I should make it for him!

  10. This recipe looks so yummy. I can’t wait to make it for my next gathering. My family loves tuna fish.

  11. Oh we love tuna salad in our house and this sounds like something my kids would love to make! This I’m sure. I must give it a go.

  12. I love a good tuna salad — thanks for sharing this great recipe! Also, love your idea of serving it on crackers! Yum!

  13. It has been a while since I have made tuna salad. I typically make it during the summer months for picnics and potlucks.

  14. This looks like the perfect lunch! You can do it and so many different ways. I love the idea of throwing some together with crackers for an appetizer, or just making a sandwich for lunch.

  15. I love just about all things tuna! I look forward to making this recipe. It looks amazingly delicious.

  16. This is perfect for next Friday! Running out of fish recipes that my family likes! They love to spread dip on crackers, so I am hopping that will be all it takes to get them to try it.

  17. ive honestly never been a huge fan of tuna salad but my husband would LOVE this recipe- i cant wait to make it for him as a surprise when he gets home

  18. I’ll have to try the no mayo version. This is such a pretty tuna salad and I love all the different suggestions too.

  19. My husband is a big fan of tuna. He’s actually the only one who eats seafood in our house and I am sure he would love this.