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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  • TeresaNC

    This is one of the best tuna salad recipes I have ever made! It even beats out my other favorite that also has cottage cheese in it. Thank you so much for sharing this – it is now my very favorite!

  • Je Ae

    I made this recipe yesterday, and loved it! It really made going low-carb easy. Instead of putting it on a sandwich, I had it on top of a bed of lettuce. Delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • Deanna

    Hi! I was wondering how much does this recipe make? I’m having to make a huge bowl for my husband to take to work one day so i was just wondering if how much more i should add! Thanks

  • yousef alem

    Well I think that your recipe is just great, but Ihave always made a tuna salad with just tuna, mayonnaise, and lettuce and it has tasted delicious on toast.

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