Classic Tuna Salad

This recipe serves two, but it’s easy enough to double or even triple to serve larger families.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 (5-ounce) can tuna packed in water
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper


1 Drain the tuna: Open the can and hold it over the sink. Tilt the can and press on the lid to allow the water in the can to drain.

2 Mix the tuna salad: In a bowl, break the tuna up with a fork. Add the celery, mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. Chill or use immediately.

White bowl with chopped celery, mayo, tuna and red onion along with a fork. White bowl with filling to make a tuna salad sandwich.

3 To serve: Spoon tuna salad onto slices of bread to make a sandwich, scoop onto crackers for a snack, or serve it atop a bed of salad greens.