Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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Tuna Salad Sandwich

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  • Daniel

    I use 1 – 1/2 tsp dried tarragon in lieu of fresh parsley…most folks don’t have fresh parsley for these quick recipes anyway.

  • Deborah Conners

    This is similar to the tuna salad my mother made as well, except she used chopped green olives instead of capers. The olives gave it a similar briney flavor. Delicious!

  • Andrew

    No cucumber? Surely every tuna sandwich must have cucumber in? Thanks for the recipe

  • Patricia

    Love tuna salad, but I don’t love the downsizing of tuna cans. Wild Planet is especially annoying. You can get two servings out of the old 7-oz cans of tuna (still available at Costco) but only one from a 5-oz can. Do the tuna companies really think they are fooling us?

  • Joanna

    Wow! This was amazing! I made it exactly as written, excepti forgot the dill. This will be my new go-tos, Simply Recipes scores again. :)

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