Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich

Print

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

Print
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

tuna-salad-sandwich-method-1 tuna-salad-sandwich-method-2

Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich on Simply Recipes. Thank you!

Print

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #simplyrecipes — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Showing 4 of 101 Comments

  • 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. :)

  • Lynda

    Love this. I used chopped dill pickles instead of capers and dill. Seems to cover the texture and flavor with less ingredients……….yummmy.

  • Jarec

    Thank you so much for this recipe…. Made it twice and loved it both times…. Followed recipe to the tee on first try and loved it….. Then added apple and hard boiled egg on next try…. As suggested by another viewers comment….. This will always be my household tuna recipe from now on….. My old household tuna recipe consisted of canned tuna, mayonnaise, and lettuce….ugh?…… So, thank you again for opening my eyes to another version of an old classic…..

  • 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.

View More Comments / Leave a Comment