Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

What can be more satisfying than a perfect Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe? Add on the toppings that you like, piled on bread or a roll. Start off with our delicious tuna salad and you can’t go wrong!

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Perfect Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

When you don’t feel like making a meal with a lot of steps for lunch or dinner, try this delicious Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe instead!

I know a lot of you might wonder why you would need a recipe for making tuna salad. Don’t you just mix tuna fish and mayonnaise together? You can, for sure. But when you add a few more flavorful ingredients to your tuna salad it takes the level up a few notches.

If you really want to take this sandwich to the next level, try making our quick, 5 minute Homemade Mayonnaise!

Tuna salad can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for an easy lunch and even a light dinner. Add a cup of soup on the side or a salad and you’ve got a delicious, comforting meal.

Ingredients For Tuna Salad

  • Canned Tuna Fish: Opt for a white albacore for a firmer texture and a less “fishy” flavor.
  • Onion: Red or white onion both work well in tuna fish. White or yellow onion will have a slightly more mild flavor.
  • Celery: Diced celery adds a nice crunch.
  • Mayonnaise: We like using regular, full fat mayo for the best flavor. Light mayonnaise works too but often has added sugar giving it a sweeter flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard: You’ll never know it’s in there but it adds a delicious, tangy flavor.
ingredients in a bowl for making tuna fish salad

How To Assemble A Tuna Fish Sandwich

Once you have the tuna salad prepared, all you need to do is pick your favorite bread or roll, grab a few slices of tomato and lettuce for crunch. Of course, all of these toppings are optional, but we love the flavor and texture combinations going on in this sandwich recipe.

What Are Some Other Toppings For Tuna Salad?

If you’re not partial to tomatoes, there’s SO many other options for topping your tuna salad sandwich. Tuna fish has a fairly mild flavor, so a lot of toppings are going to work for this sandwich recipe.

  • Sliced raw onion or pickled red onion
  • Avocado
  • Sprouts like alfalfa or broccoli sprouts
  • Cheese (make a tuna melt!)
  • Pickles
tuna fish salad with bread, tomatoes and lettuce on a board

What Is The Best Tuna Fish For Making Tuna Salad?

Like we mentioned before, we like the texture and flavor of white albacore tuna. Albacore tuna has a firm texture and the flavor is very mild. There’s also solid white albacore and chunk white albacore canned tuna.

Solid white albacore has larger pieces of fish where chunk white albacore has the same texture and flavor but with smaller pieces of tuna. Since we’re flaking the tuna fish into a salad chunk white albacore works just fine!

Another variation you’ll find in the canned tuna aisle is chunk light tuna fish. Chunk light tuna fish has a softer texture and a much stronger flavor than albacore tuna.

Also, for this Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe, we like using tuna fish packed in water, not oil. Oil-based tuna fish is also very delicious, but we would use that in other recipes, not this tuna salad recipe with mayonnaise.

tuna fish salad in a bowl

Can Tuna Salad Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Tuna salad will get even better as it sits for a few hours in the refrigerator. The flavors will mix and blend together as it’s being refrigerated, resulting in a much more flavorful tuna salad recipe.

Of course, tuna salad will need to be used up in 3-4 days since it is fish. I really don’t let tuna fish go longer than a couple of days in the fridge because I think the flavor gets a little too strong for my taste. But it will be just fine if properly stored for 3-4 days, even up to 5 according to the FDA.

tuna salad sandwich on a plate with toothpick

What Else Can I Add To Tuna Salad?

Our recipe for tuna salad is perfectly delicious as is. Not too crazy that the average person won’t like it, but far above just mixing tuna fish with mayonnaise. Of course, to each his own, plain mayo will work just fine if that’s the way you like it!

  • Fresh Herbs: Try using fresh herbs like parsley or dill to elevate the flavor of this tuna salad.
  • Peppers: Diced bell peppers will add crunch and sweetness.
  • Pickle Relish: Dill or sweet.
  • Banana Peppers: For a bit of spice and tang.
  • Scallions: Instead of white or yellow onion, or in addition to.
tuna salad sandwich sliced and stacked on a plate up close

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Tuna Salad Sandwich

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

What can be more satisfying than a perfect Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe? Add on the toppings that you like, piled on bread or a roll for lunch or a light dinner!



  • 4 cans white albacore tuna fish, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 2 slices bread of choice or roll
  • 2 slices tomato
  • Lettuce


  1. Add the tuna fish to a bowl and flake with a fork. Add the onion, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper to the bowl and mix to combine with the tuna. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. If you don’t have time for this step, you can skip it but chilling the tuna salad will give it more flavor.
  2. Assemble the sandwich by adding about 1/2 cup of the tuna salad to a slice of bread or a roll. Top with two slices of tomato and follow with lettuce.  If desired, spread the top of the bun or the second piece of bread with an additional slather of mayonnaise before adding to the top of the sandwich.
  3. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftover tuna salad in a container or in a bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap. The tuna salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. We prefer using tuna salad up with in the first 3 days for the best flavor.

Nutrition information below is for the tuna salad alone, not bread or toppings since those will vary.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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