Here’s a kick0butt tuna fish sandwich for ya. We love Mom’s tuna salad recipe because it’s made from the heart and she fills it with tons of delicious love. Her recipe has delicious chunks of celery, sweet relish (or chopped dill pickles) and fresh herbs. It’s the fresh herbs that really makes her recipe for tuna salad so great.

Best Tuna Salad Recipe on a cutting board

Best Tuna Salad Recipe

Everything about it is amazing and it’s hard to not sneak a few spoonfuls before it’s shared with others. That’s why we have to make a big batch! It’s such an recipe that we make ahead of time because it’s great in tuna salad sandwiches. We are obsessed with tuna sandwiches, alfalfa sprouts and a few slices of cucumber. It’s the perfect and satisfying lunch. Sometimes we’ll  mix it up a bit and add it on a bed of crisp salad greens. It’s so good and flavorful that we don’t even need salad dressing! and of course if here’s any let over at all, Dad will make it into his absolute favorite tuna melt. But that’s only if there’s any leftover and if there isn’t, he just has to make a separate batch for himself for his week of tuna melts!

Best Tuna Salad Recipe in a bowl with spoon

Video: Mom’s famous tuna salad recipe!

How to Serve Tuna Salad

  • Tuna fish sandwiches are also a great picnic recipe that can be pre-made in big batches, chilled and brought out to serve for large groups.
  • For picnics where we bring tuna salad as a potluck
  • we’ll serve it with some really great crackers or potato chips.
  • Even a side of veggies like carrots and celery is a hit. E
  • veryone loves tuna on crackers instead of a tuna fish sandwich and it’s a light and healthy way to share a crowd favorite at a potluck.
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Mom’s Tuna Salad Recipe

For the tuna, we found a big flavor and texture difference by using the solid white chunk albacore tuna vs the chunk light style tunas. Some are chunkier and some are more mushy so add the amount of mayo to your preferred taste. Some folks like their tuna extra creamy and some like it drier, with less. So add accordingly!
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  • 10 ounces (285 g) tuna drained (2 cans)
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) mayonnaise , or more depending on how creamy you want it to be
  • 1 large stalk celery , diced
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) sweet relish or diced dill pickles
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) minced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) mustard
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) minced parsley
  • salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dried dill , or 1 teaspoon (5ml minced fresh dill) - (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) hot sauce or Sriracha sauce - optional
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste - (optional)


  • Add drained tuna to bowl and gently break up large chunks.
    Add mayonnaise, celery, relish or pickles, red onion, mustard, parsley, salt, pepper and/or optional dill, hot sauce, and lemon juice.
  • Gently stir everything together and serve in a sandwich, with crackers or on a salad. Or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 450mg, Potassium: 172mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 1.1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1.1mg

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