Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich

SandwichQuick and EasyCanned TunaFish and Seafood

Best ever tuna salad sandwich! Uses tuna, canned or freshly cooked, cottage cheese, mayo, red onion, celery, capers, lemon, parsley, dill, and Dijon.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My parents started making tuna 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. This really is the best ever tuna sandwich.

Canned Tuna for Tuna Salad

A good tuna salad sandwich starts with the the tuna salad. And a good tuna salad must have 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 that work perfectly for tuna salad. (The brand I like at Whole Foods is Wild Planet.)

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Tuna packed in olive oil may be more flavorful than tuna packed in water, but check on the quality of the oil. 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. Once you have decided on the best canned tuna, your tuna salad (and tuna salad sandwich) won’t disappoint.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Wanda Turner

    I’ve never been a tuna lover but am trying to eat healthier. I tried this recipe using the albacore tuna and it is really good! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

  • Sue

    Best tuna salad sandwich I ever made!


  • Mary Stucki

    Seriously THE best tuna salad I’ve ever made! I make this almost weekly and never tire of it. Thank you for sharing the delicious recipe.


  • Sandi

    I’m a true blue tuna lover! In fact, I love all fish in general. So when your recipe popped up on my FB page, I had to share and save it. I went to Trader Joe’s and bought some tuna packed in olive oil and got to work. Now I’m just waiting for lunchtime to have an open faced tuna sandwich! Don’t think I’ll ever go back to my boring tuna sandwiches again, thank you!


  • Carol

    The best tuna salad I’ve had! The capers and cottage cheese are a unique twist. Would highly recommend. Always a hit with family and friends.


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