Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich


My parents started making tuna fish salad sandwiches this way years ago, and as far as I’m concerned theirs is the best and only way to make a tuna fish sandwich.

First it helps to start with high quality canned tuna. If you have leftover cooked tuna steaks, then by all means use them instead of the canned tuna. Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have excellent canned tuna packed in olive oil. (The brand I like at Whole Foods is Wild Planet.)

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna packed in olive oil may be more flavorful than tuna packed in water, but check on the quality. It may be better to use tuna packed in water, drain it, and then add a bit of your own high quality extra virgin olive oil. This requires a bit of experimentation with brands.

Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 1 (5 or 6 ounce) can of tuna fish (drained, if packed in water, drain it, and add a teaspoon of good quality olive oil to the tuna)
  • 1/3 cup of cottage cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp of capers
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch or two of dill
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • (optional - lettuce and sliced tomatoes)
  • Sliced bread, lightly toasted


Mix all of the ingredients. Serve on toast, either open faced, or in a regular sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes. For a low carb option, serve on sliced lettuce.

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  • Katie

    I love tuna and this is the BEST recipe for a tuna sandwich I have ever made. Followed the recipe exactly! mmmmm can’t wait for tomorrow’s lunch! :)

  • Barbara

    Best Tuna Sanduíche EVER!!! Officially addicted.

  • sarah

    this recipes is amazing love to make it
    but i’m allergen to mayonnaise so i was wandering what else i can use

  • Karoline

    If you have a Costco near you you can buy the troll caught Wild Planet canned tuna for 6 for $15. Sure beats paying $4-5 per can at Whole Foods :)

  • Paul Bullock

    This is a really great tuna recipe. I love the lightness of it. I modified it just a bit by using ricotta instead of cottage cheese, primarily because I had ricotta on hand. Although a little bland, it was a great substitute to more mayo. I think I will add fresh sharp apple to it, gruyere and broil just enough to melt the cheese. Maybe a hard boiled egg as well. Thank you for sharing. First time I’ve been inspired by tuna fish in years.

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