With just a few ingredients, this Homemade Tuna Salad makes a quick and easy lunch. Serve on bread for a tuna salad sandwich, in a lettuce wrap, or straight from the bowl.
Easy Homemade Tuna Salad
As a child, I wasn’t a huge fan of tuna salad sandwiches. But thankfully my tastes have changed as an adult! This classic tuna salad is just what you’d expect for a quick and easy lunch. With canned tuna, mayonnaise, a pinch of Dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, and a few other ingredients it’s super flavorful and creamy.
Oh, and did I mention the only steps are to drain the tuna and combine the ingredients? Draining the tuna is the most important part, to avoid a watery dish. You can make it in advance to enjoy chilled for lunch or dig in right away. Easy peasy!
What You’ll Need
What’s in tuna salad? Just a handful of things! Tuna, mayo, and a few additional ingredients for flavor.
- Tuna – Tuna packed in water is best. Oil will make this salad a bit too greasy.
- Mayonnaise – Be sure to use a quality brand of mayo, like Hellman’s.
- Celery – Adds some crunch to the salad.
- Sweet pickle relish – Adds a sweet flavor and texture.
- Lemon juice – Lemon always pairs well with tuna and really enhances the flavors.
- Salt & pepper
There are many different ways to customize the texture and flavor of this dish. Here are a few ideas for optional add-ins:
- Green onions or red onions
- Dijon mustard
- Use yogurt in place of mayonnaise (or part of it)
- Diced apples
- Diced cucumbers
- Shredded cabbage
- Curry powder or other spices
How to Make Tuna Salad
Making this recipe is as easy as 1..2..there’s not even a 3!
- Combine the ingredients. Mix the drained tuna with all of the other ingredients.
- Serve. Serve as desired (see suggestions below). You can also let it chill for a few hours before serving if desired.
Serve immediately after making or place it in the fridge to chill first.
The most common way to use this recipe is in a sandwich. Personally, I love making tuna salad sandwiches on croissants with tomato and lettuce, as you see in the photo. You can also use regular bread.
For a low-carb option, you can make a lettuce wrap with a nice, crispy iceberg lettuce leaf.
Or enjoy this as a snack with crackers right from the bowl!
How Long Will Tuna Salad Last?
Homemade tuna salad will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. Keep it covered in an airtight container. It’s perfect for making in advance and having lunch ready to go for the next few days!
I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
More Easy Lunch Ideas:
- Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
- Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Ham and Pimento Cheese Wrap
- Easy Meatball Sub
- 4 cans tuna packed in water drained (5 ounce cans)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup celery minced
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Drain the liquid from the tuna cans. Then, add the tuna and rest of the ingredients to a mixing bowl
- Stir all of the ingredients together until well combined.
- Serve the tuna salad as is out of a bowl, wrapped up in lettuce, or in a sandwich.