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This tuna salad sandwich is so quick and easy and makes for a simple, yet scrumptious meal! Made with tuna, mayonnaise, and a few ingredients that make this the best tuna salad sandwich I’ve ever tasted!
If you are looking for a quick, easy and absolutely delicious sandwich recipe, I highly recommend that you try this tuna salad sandwich! Based on the tuna salad recipe I’ve shared previously, it is a definite throwback to the tuna sandwiches that I grew up with my Mama making throughout my childhood.
Ready in minutes, this will be one of those recipes that you’ll want to keep on hand for super simple meals that everyone will rave about!
Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe
How to Make the Best Tuna Salad Sandwich
There are a few things that you’ll need to make what my family declares as the best tuna salad sandwich they’ve ever tasted.
Tuna – I prefer to use light tuna packed in olive oil as I believe it has a less intense flavor. I continually try to review to find up to date information regarding sustainable fish and seafood as well as the brands that contain the least amount of mercury and healthful packaging that is BPA-free.
According to the EPA and FDA, young children and women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should limit their consumption of fish with lower mercury, including canned “light” tuna, to 12 ounces a week and no more than 6 ounces of albacore (“white”) tuna.
Mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt – You’ll need mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt to help bind your tuna salad together. Use your favorite brand. We prefer to use Duke’s for mayonnaise in our tuna salad sandwiches.
Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice helps to add a bit of acid to the dressing for the tuna salad and makes the fish flavor a little less intense.
Mustard – a little bit of mustard adds so much flavor to this recipe.
Curry Powder – I love to add a little bit of curry powder to my tuna salad. If you do not have it, you can certainly omit it, but I do recommend that you try it at least once!
Relish – a little sweet relish is key to tuna salad in my husband’s opinion.
Celery – the celery adds so much crunch and freshness to the tuna salad.
Drain the tuna and then add all of your ingredients to a medium bowl and gently stir to combine until all is well combined. Alternately, you can combine all of the ingredients, except for the tuna, in the bowl to form the dressing and then gently fold the tuna into the dressing mixture.
Once you have the tuna salad prepared, spoon it onto your favorite sandwich bread (we prefer sourdough) and then top with a piece of lettuce and slice of tomato.
Can You Make Tuna Salad Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! This makes an excellent make ahead or meal prep meal! Simply prepare your tuna salad as instructed without assembling your sandwich. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Then, you may also prepare your sandwich up to a day before eating. Just be sure to wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator.
Here’s my Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe. I hope you enjoy it!
Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe
- 2 (5-ounce) cans tuna drained, see notes in post above
- ½ cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 1 tablespoon sweet relish
- 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 8 slices sourdough bread toasted, if desired
- 4 slices lettuce optional
- 4 slices tomatoes optional
- Combine tuna, mayonnaise, celery, relish, mustard, lemon juice, and curry powder in a medium bowl until well combined. Spoon onto sandwich bread and top with lettuce and tomato.