Classic Tuna Salad


A fresh and light classic tuna salad recipe that is as versatile as it is delicious!  Perfect in a sandwich, wrap, salad or as an appetizer!


Everyone should have a great tuna salad recipe in their collection… it’s just so perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner, but can easily be “dressed up” as an appetizer!

I am an official ambassador for Chicken of the Sea. Chicken of the Sea provided me with EZ-Open cans for the purpose of this post, as well as compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Growing up, I was NOT a tuna fan.  Probably because back then, I had an aversion to anything that came from the sea.  I know, I was crazy!  As an adult, I’m expanding my palate more and more, and that includes trying tuna again.  Low and behold… I really love it now!  It’s such a great source of protein, and I love the fresh, light flavor.

When Chicken of the Sea reached out to me to work together, I had grand ideas for a tuna casserole recipe… but the more I thought about it, I really wanted to bring you guys my classic tuna salad.  It’s ready in about 5 minutes, with zero cooking time, and is SO versatile!

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

This is definitely a great base tuna salad recipe, but feel free to add in your favorite things.  A chopped hard-boiled egg or two really adds some great flavor as well!  If you’re not a pro at hard-boiling eggs, I’ve got you covered… hop over HERE for a tutorial (plus a yummy recipe to go with it).

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Chicken of the Sea now has these great new EZ-Open cans… just pull the tab!  No more fumbling with a can opener, ever.  My favorite variety is the solid white albacore tuna, but they have several other varieties (you can see them all here).

Chicken of the Sea is genorously giving consumers the chance to win $25,000 worth of instant prizes simply for playing the game and grabbing the right EZ-Open can.  It’s a virtual kitchen set up, you can play once per day, and have 3 times to choose the right can.  To play, and get all the details, check out Chicken of the Sea’s Facebook page.  The game runs until November 12, so be sure to stop by and play!

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

There’s a great way to enjoy this light tuna salad, in a fun appetizer form!  Those little rye slices are the perfect 2-3 bite size, and you can dress them up with extra garnishes if you’re feeling fancy 🙂

For those of you who aren’t a fan of rye, or maybe aren’t eating bread… try these…

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Elegant, delicious, and low-carb!  I like to use English cucumbers for these, as the skin is more tender and the seeds are easily digestible.

My favorite way to enjoy this tuna salad though, is in a portable, hand-held wrap!

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Buttery avocado slices, tender baby spinach, and crunchy sweet carrots are the perfect compliment to the creamy tuna salad!

I hope you guys give this tuna salad a try soon… you’ll love how easy it is to toss together!


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Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Classic Tuna Salad

A fresh and light classic tuna salad recipe that is as versatile as it is delicious! Perfect in a sandwich, wrap, salad or as an appetizer!
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 2 - 5 oz cans Chicken of the Sea® Solid White Albacore in Water in EZ-Open Cans drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp celery minced
  • 2 Tbsp red onion minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard or Dijon
  • 1 tsp minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1-2 tsp sweet pickle relish optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice optional

Instructions

  • Fill a small bowl with cold water, add minced red onion and let soak for 5 minutes.
  • Drain and let dry on paper towels.
  • Add tuna to a medium mixing bowl, break up lightly with a fork, then add remaining ingredients (up to salt and pepper).
  • Stir to combine well.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.
  • Serve in a wrap, in a sandwich, on mini toasts, on cucumber slices, in lettuce cups or in a salad.

Notes

1. To serve as a wrap, line a soft flour tortilla with baby spinach, sprinkle with sliced carrots and avocado slices. Scoop tuna salad in a line down the middle of the tortilla, roll up tightly and serve.
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Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

Classic Tuna Salad | This tuna salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, in a wrap, sandwich, salad or even on toasts as an appetizer! | http://thechunkychef.com

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12 comments on “Classic Tuna Salad”

  1. This will make a great lunch! Yum!

  2. So many great ideas for the tuna salad! I am loving the cucumber bites! So pretty too!

  3. I love that you add relish to your tuna salad! My family has done that for years and there’s something about the salty-sweet combo that just works.

  4. OH man does that ever look delicious! I am so hungry now! That is what I get when I am hungry and looking at recipes! YUMMMM

  5. Tuna salad is one my favorite lunch meals of all-time! This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. I did not care for tuna as a kid either but I do love it as an adult. Love the mustard you added to yours.

  7. I really love tinned tuna as a quick and convenient ingredient and you can do so much with it. Love your idea, all so quick and tasty!

  8. One of my favorites- tuna salad. Love, love. love!!! Cucumber is a great idea for cutting carbs. Thanks.

  9. Whoa. These look crazy good! I haven’t had a good wrap for years.

  10. I love a good tuna salad and yours looks great! Love how you’ve served it up on cukes – YUM!

  11. I love this recipe! My daughter is also not a huge fan of tuna, but I think this might change her mind! 😉 It’s great that this recipe is flexible as well — I want to try all of the variations!

  12. So versatile and really delicious looking! Love the little cucumber bites!