Tuna Salad

Light and fresh Tuna salad is a classic comfort food perfect for a quick and easy lunch. It’s ready in minutes!

Tuna salad can be served as a sandwich or with crackers. For more yummy sandwiches try Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches, Autumn Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Tuna salad served with croissants and crackers

A Childhood Classic

I have always loved tuna salad, but now I enjoy a more sophisticated version with a few extra mix ins. Tuna salad starts with a blend of two main ingredients: tuna and mayonnaise.

The best thing about basic recipes is how easily you can adapt them to your own tastes. I love to add relish or pickles, and a bit of cheese. But you could make your salad even more filling by adding chopped celery, cranberries, nuts, you name it!

Tuna salad can be served as a classic sandwich on Homemade Crescent Rolls or Potato Rolls, or on crackers, pita or gyro bread. However you eat it, it’s sure to be a tasty and quick lunch!

Tuna salad ingredients on a marble countertop

How to Make Tuna Salad

All this recipe requires is just to mix the ingredients and serve! We included the following ingredients in our recipe:

  • tuna
  • mayo
  • relish
  • parmesan cheese
  • parsley 
  • dill
  • garlic powder

MIX. Add tuna, mayo, relish, and cheese to a medium bowl. Add parsley, dill and garlic powder and mix well.

SERVE. Serve with crackers or as a sandwich.

Mixing tuna salad recipe in a mixing bowl

Recipe Tips + Additions

Here are a few tips along with ideas to change it up.

  • Tuna: Use any type of tuna as long as it is packed in water. This will result in the best and freshest taste.
  • To avoid an overall mushy sandwich, consider spooning the tuna salad on toasted pieces of bread. That way the extra moisture from the tuna salad doesn’t soak through the bread.
  • For a healthier version, use plain yogurt instead of sour cream and serve it in lettuce wraps rather than between pieces of bread. This will cut down on fat and carbs! 
  • Or use mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise in order to use a healthier fat.

Additions: You can add dried fruit like cranberries, or for more crunch try adding chopped apples, celery, cucumbers, and/or red onion.

Tuna salad sandwich made with a croissant

Storing Info

STORE this in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

FREEZE this in an airtight container for 1-2 months. Drain excess water after it is thawed as needed, and add more celery for crunch.

Tuna salad in a small serving dish surrounded by crackers and croissants

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Tuna Salad Recipe

Light and fresh Tuna salad is a classic comfort food perfect for a quick and easy lunch. It's ready in minutes!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Dishes, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 247kcal
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  • 1 (7oz) can white tuna - grained and flaked
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise - or salad dressing
  • 3 tbsp sweet pickle relish - or dill relish
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan Cheese - shredded
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 pinch garlic powder


  • Add tuna, mayo, relish, and cheese to a medium bowl.
  • Add parsley, dill and garlic powder and mix well.
  • Serve with crackers or as a sandwich.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    When I was in high school I used to eat tuna salad every day for breakfast AND lunch. I know, I know…a little weird to eat it for breakfast! But I love tuna. I even love how it makes bread soggy and stick to the roof of my mouth! Adding the dill and the parmesan is genius! I had not thought to add those in before. Delicious! I personally love to add in chopped crunchy pickles like Clausens. And I love it on crackers just as much as I love a good soggy stick to the roof of my mouth sandwich! Or open faced with mozzarella cheese under the broiler! Yum, yum!

    1. That’s dedication to tuna salad to have it for breakfast too! I love it!! 😉 And open faced with mozzarella sounds amazing! I’ll have to try it that way next.

  2. 5 stars
    I love tuna fish sandwiches, and this blend of flavors was amazing! I will be making this again 😍